Shelbyville Daily Union

August 20, 2013

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Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Goodman receives honorary degree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Actor John Goodman says he’s learned to be grateful for his blessings, rather than always striving for more.

Goodman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters Sunday during at the convocation at Missouri State University in Springfield. He graduated from the school with a fine arts degree in 1975.

He says he originally went to Missouri State to play football but an injury led him to focus on drama. He says he owes his career to the school because its teachers helped him find and pursue his passion.

Goodman, a St. Louis native who has starred in stage, television and film roles, told the students to appreciate small blessings, because “the most important thing you will do in your life is take your next breath.”

2nd Mellencamp son surrenders on charges

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The second of rocker John Mellencamp’s sons has surrendered for arrest on charges of punching and kicking a 19-year-old man in southern Indiana.

A Monroe County jail officer says 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp was released on bond after being booked early Monday on the felony battery charges. Eighteen-year-old Speck Mellencamp bonded out of jail on those charges Friday.

Authorities say Speck Mellencamp entered the porch of a man’s Bloomington home and punched him in the face July 29, believing that man had hit him earlier that evening. Court documents say the brothers and another 19-year-old man “punched, kicked and stomped” the man who suffered facial injuries.

Court records don’t list attorneys for the Mellencamp brothers. John Mellencamp’s publicist has declined comment. The singer lives near Bloomington, 50 miles south of Indianapolis.

State: Power plant’s waste in groundwater

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois environmental officials believe toxic waste from a closed power plant in eastern Illinois is leaching into groundwater and could contaminate the Middle Fork River.

Andrew Mason of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told The News-Gazette in Champaign that contaminants in coal-ash ponds at Dynegy Inc.’s Vermilion Power Station are leaching into groundwater beneath them.

The Houston, Texas-based company acknowledges that groundwater in the area eventually winds up in the adjacent river. The company says it has submitted a corrective plan to the state EPA, but was asked to make changes.

Mason expects to hear from the company in the fall.

Dynegy closed the plant in 2011.

Coal ash is what’s left behind when coal is burned for power. It can contain toxic substances such as arsenic and selenium.