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Springfield Bioswale Project Advances

Springfield Bioswale Project Advances

Springfield officials are moving forward with a project to recycle rainwater runoff. Bidding is set to begin Thursday for the water reuse and bioswale project. A bioswale is a shallow ditch that uses special soil to filter pollutants out of water.

Springfield’s public works director says officials hope to finish the project by the end of the year. They say it will help keep toxins out of the city’s sewer system and will limit sewer backups from rainwater entering the system.

The city will used recycled runoff to water plants downtown and to clean sewer lines. A $600,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant is expected to cover most of the project costs.

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In this film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox, the character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, left, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, "Avatar." The film was nominated Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 for an Oscar for best picture. The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7.

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If regular people picked the Oscars, ‘American Sniper’ would win

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from "American Sniper."

If ordinary Americans voted for the Academy Awards, the portrait of a sharpshooter in the Iraq war, would be the best picture winner.

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Regina Hall almost became a nun

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The "Think Like a Man" star missed out on becoming a nun because some of her "numbers" were too high.