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Intel Briefing – January 2012

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Corps shy of Missouri River levee- repair money.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently has only enough money available to fix 11 of 68 Missouri River levees, and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012. Officials made the announcement December 12 during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force in suburban Kansas City. The damaged levees are located in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. The Corps said the $68 million available is sufficient only to help pay for the most crucial projects. The goal is to fix those levees at least enough to protect against a 25-year flood, although many previously provided 100-year flood protection. The Corps said it would cost $253 million to make all the repairs needed in the Missouri River Basin.

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Whooping cough cases increasing across Chicago area.

Pertussis – whooping cough – cases have grown throughout the Chicago area, with some counties reporting their highest numbers in nearly 5 years. Statewide, 1,100 people have contracted pertussis in 2011 through November, health officials said. There were 1,057 cases all of last year. There have been more than 650 confirmed cases of whooping cough in McHenry, DuPage and Lake counties. Confirmed cases have spiked over the last few weeks. In McHenry County, what started with eight cases among students at Cary-Grove High School in Cary has grown into an outbreak with more than 200 cases – a county record – affecting as many as 16 communities and at least 33 schools. “The majority of cases are definitely at the schools,” a spokeswoman for the McHenry County Health Department said. There have been 138 confirmed cases in Lake County, prompting health officials last week to issue an alert urging residents to be aware of the symptoms, including coughing, spasms, and vomiting.

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$48,000 in copper taken from MEC plant.

More than 9,000 pounds of copper were reported stolen from the Mayville Engineering Co. (MEC) Horicon Street Plant in Mayville, Wisconsin, the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reported December 12. According to a Mayville police report, 9,543 pounds of copper valued at $48,378 was taken. A report filed December 5 said the theft took place at about 6 p.m. December 3. Police said someone forcibly entered the plant and used a MEC forklift to load the copper onto a truck.

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