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(@SussexRoyal via AP). In this undated photo made available on Sunday, May 12, 2019 by @SussexRoyal, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex holds the feet of her baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have rele... (@SussexRoyal via AP). In this undated photo made available on Sunday, May 12, 2019 by @SussexRoyal, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex holds the feet of her baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have rele...

Meghan, Harry release baby feet photo for US Mother's Day

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have released a photo of their newborn baby's feet to mark Meghan's first Mother's Day as a mom. More>>

Illinois State University freezes tuition, room and board

Illinois State University is freezing tuition and room and board rates for the next academic year. More>>

Sesser police arrest juvenile for vandalism

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Sesser Police have arrested a juvenile for spraying graffiti around town. Parents may face fines under the town's Parental Responsibility ordinance.

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Man arrested after firing shots outside Carbondale bar

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Carbondale Police arrest a man after firing shots toward a crowd of people outside a bar.

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Lawmakers debate tax reform amid $1.5 billion in unexpected revenue

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(WSIL) -- Illinois got $1.5 billion more money that in it expected from income taxes in April, leading Republican leaders to declare there is no need for new taxes.

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Drier and warmer weather is on the way

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WSIL -- It was another cloudy and chilly day today but we finally have some sunshine and warmer temperatures on the way.

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Poll: Support for marijuana dwindles, but still preferred

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(WSIL) -- A new poll funded by an anti-marijuana group shows support is dwindling for recreational marijuana.

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Rain likely this evening

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Most folks woke up to dry conditions this morning despite a few showers lingering around sunrise. 

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Luncheon for the 5th Southern Illinois Veterans Honor Flight Video included

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First Baptist church of Marion hosts 5th Southern Illinois Veterans Honor flight.

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Melissa McCarthy attends SIUC Ceremony Video included

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 Melissa McCarthy a former saluki joins thousands of students, gaining a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  

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Dozens attend Coal Miners Memorial Service Video included

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Dozens arrived early in the morning for the Coal Miners Memorial Service to honor coal miners both past and present.

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Historical marker dedicated to college Video included

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The Williamson County Historical Society dedicates a historical marker for the Creal Springs Seminary.

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Cloudy and cool Mother's Day, warmer weather on the way

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WSIL -- It was another cloudy and chilly day today but we have some changes ahead.

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Showers Likely by lunch time

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Most started the day dry, but showers are on their way. 

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School fundraiser ruined by Twitter conspiracy claiming to have broken James Comey's ‘secret code’

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GRASS VALLEY, Ca (CNN) -- The power of social media shelved a school fundraiser in California scheduled for Saturday May 11.

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Southern Illinois University preps for graduation Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The tassel was worth the hassle for thousands of expecting graduating students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Man faces charges in deadly DUI crash Video included

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TAMAROA (WSIL) -- Relatives of Jordan Grissom want justice after he died in a drunk-driving crash in Perry County.

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Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky abortion law aimed at banning a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies.

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UNSUNG HERO: Pope County teens build a park for the Village of Eddyville Video included

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EDDYVILLE (WSIL) -- Children in Eddyville now have a place to play outdoors thanks to a group of teens.

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Golfers raise money for St. Francis Care Video included

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- Golfing for pets? That’s what folks were doing at the Jackson County Country Club today.

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Midwest firefighters honor Kody Vanfossan Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Dozens of fire departments came together to honor their fallen brother, Kody Vanfossan. Some traveling hundreds of miles to pay tribute to the 24-year-old firefighter. 

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Hundreds gathered for fallen firefighter's funeral Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Hundreds of firefighters lined the inside of Christopher High School to honor fallen firefighter Kody Vanfossan.  

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Breast milk bank opens in Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The Mother’s Milk Bank of The Western Great Lakes now has its first donation center in southern Illinois.

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Man wanted on felony charge found hiding under a bed

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BROOKPORT (WSIL) -- A man wanted for felony firearm possession is back in custody, after deputies found him hiding under a bed.

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Free rides for Honor Flight welcome home ceremony

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WSIL -- Rides Mass Transit District has once again teamed up with the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois to honor those taking part in the latest Honor Flight. 

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Murphysboro man sentenced for having child porn

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- A 72-year-old Murphysboro man is headed to prison for having child porn.

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Weekend scattered showers

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WSIL - Forecast is not great for the weekend, but doesn't look like a total washout.  ...

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I-57 rest area in Union Co. to close next week

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UNION CO. (WSIL) -- I-DOT is shutting down the rest area on southbound I-57 in Anna. 

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Roadwork will impact traffic on Route 37 in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- Route 37 south near Benton will shut down next week.

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Dongola man headed to prison for making child pornography

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UNION CO. (WSIL) -- A Dongola man gets 32 years in prison for making child porn.

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Rain returns for the first half of the weekend

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WSIL -- A light breeze out of the north combining with overcast skies will keep temperatures about 10-15º cooler than normal for early May standards, which puts us only in the low 60s. 

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Carbondale choir heads to Carnegie Hall Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- About 26 members of the First United Methodist Church choir in Carbondale, will be hitting the New York stage, as part of the Distinguished Concerts International series. 

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Two fires in downtown Christopher under investigation Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Investigators continue to search for the cause of Sunday's early morning fire that left one firefighter dead, but that's not the only fire on Market Street in Christopher that's under investigation. 

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Old King Coal Festival Begins

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WEST FRANKFORT (WSIL) -- The Old King Coal Festival kicks-off Thursday May 9 in West Frankfort.

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Bill allowing state student aid for undocumented immigrants heads to governor

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- A bill that would allow undocumented immigrants and transgender students to receive state financial aid for higher education is headed to the governor's desk.

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Actress Melissa McCarthy spotted in Carbondale

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WSIL -- Actress Melissa McCarthy is already in Carbondale ahead of Saturday's commencement speech in which she will receive an honorary doctorate degree.

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8 week program to help quit smoking Video included

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- As state lawmakers and stores like Walmart raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21, health officials in our region started an eight week program to help people fight the urge to smoke.

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Franklin Co. Deputies honored for saving woman's life Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- Deputies Brice Shaffer and Nicholas Sullivan were honored May 9 for saving a young woman this winter from turbulent and freezing waters at the Rend Lake Spillway.  

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Three-drawer chests being recalled following fatality

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WSIL -- Three-drawer chests sold on Walmart.com, Amazon.com, and Target.com are being recalled after one child was killed when the chest fell on the two year old.

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Nominations open for Illinois Teacher of the Year

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- The Illinois State Board of Education is accepting applications for Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards.

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Marion "getaway driver" gets prison time for having gun

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JACKSON CO. (WSIL) -- Travis J. Taylor, 29, drove a getaway car after another suspect tried to rob a home in Murphysboro in October 2017

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Evening showers, Friday cool down

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- A few showers will move across southern Illinois this afternoon and evening.

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Southern Illinois lawmakers honor fallen Christopher firefighter

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Lawmakers from southern Illinois are honoring Christopher firefighter Kody Vanfossan.

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Shawneetown man dies in head-on crash

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WHITE CO. -- Illinois State Police are investigating a deadly crash in White County that killed a Shawneetown man.

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Sentencing pushed back for man convicted in eye-gouging case

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PERRY COUNTY (WSIL) -- Sentencing has been delayed for man convicted of battery for gouging another man's eyes out.

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Semi fire on I-57 causes traffic delays

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PULASKI COUNTY (WSIL) -- A portion of Interstate 57 is closed after another semi fire. This time it's one of the northbound lanes of 57 near milepost 11.

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Go green for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Video included

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SALINE CO. (WSIL) -- May 9 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.  

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Morning showers and possible thunderstorms

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Showers moved through during the overnight hours last night.

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Man charged in Paducah kidnapping case

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GLASSPORT, PA -- A Glassport, Pennsylvania man faces charges after police found a missing Paducah teenager in his apartment.  

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Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

(David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). Barbara Moore, left, and her granddaughter Amaya Ward, 7, fill sandbags with other volunteers at the Cherokee Lakes Campground in O'Fallon, Mo., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The levee at the campground began leak... (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). Barbara Moore, left, and her granddaughter Amaya Ward, 7, fill sandbags with other volunteers at the Cherokee Lakes Campground in O'Fallon, Mo., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The levee at the campground began leak...
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Rain swamping the nation's midsection is forcing people from their homes in Kansas and straining levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere, prompting yet more flash flood concerns. More>>

Dog recovering at St. Francis Care after car crash with semi Video included

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- A dog that was critically injured in a car crash with a semi, is recovering after more than $3,000 in donations poured into St. Francis Care for his surgery. 

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Pritzker calls for more DCFS caseworkers Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- After a state report blasted the state's child welfare agency, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says changes are coming to DCFS.

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Governor cuts ribbon on Pepsi MidAmerica expansion Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Crews are putting the finishing touches on an expansion of the Pepsi MidAmerica plant.

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Governor Pritzker on hand to announce hundreds of new jobs

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Jackson County. Governor JB Pritzker was on hand to celebrate the new  Illinicare/Centene center in the University Mall. 

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Jacob teacher looks back on May 8th damage Video included

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JACOB (WSIL) -- Ten years ago, the derecho caused widespread damage in our region. One of our News 3 crews went to a small school in Jacob where the gym was a pile of rubble after the high winds tore it apart. 

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'It was just unbelievable': Residents, leaders, reporters recall super derecho Video included

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(WSIL) -- Millions of dollars in damage after a super derecho on May 8, 2009. We're looking back at the impact.

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WBVN celebrates 29 years of broadcasting Video included

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MARION (WSIL) --  104.5 began broadcasting in 1990 and celebrated their 29th anniversary with a full day of song requests.  

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10 Years Later: Remembering May 8th

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Where were you on May 8, 2009? We asked News 3 viewers to share their memories of the derecho that struck southern Illinois. 

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10 Years: "The Derecho" still fresh in many minds

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WSIL -- 10 years later the "super derecho" is still on the minds of many in our region.

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'Seared into my memory': SIU official reflects on May 8th Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Many folks in southern Illinois vividly remember the Derecho of 2009. Brad Dillard, Director of Plant and Service Operations at SIU Carbondale, says it made for a memorable day at the university.

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Remembering the Derecho: Insurance agent looks back Video included

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(WSIL) -- "The Super Derecho" is infamous in these parts and one of the most costly disasters for insurance companies in Illinois history.

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Storms expected tonight and Thursday

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- The chance of showers and storms locally will climb rapidly this evening. Strong storms are possible early Thursday morning.

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Cullerton proposes hiking cigarette taxes by $1 a pack

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is proposing to raise the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack.

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Funeral services set for fallen Christopher firefighter

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Funeral services have been set for fallen firefighter Kody Vanfossan. 

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Drugmakers will have to reveal medication prices in TV ads

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Those ever-present TV ads for prescription drugs will soon reveal prices, too, the nation's top health official said Wednesday, responding to a public outcry for government action to restrain medication costs.

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Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

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NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors.

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Suspect arrested in Cape Girardeau after chase, foot pursuit

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (WSIL) -- An early morning police chase in Cape Girardeau ended with a wanted man in custody.

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Brookport Bridge closed to traffic

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BROOKPORT (WSIL) -- The Brookport Bridge is closed to all traffic due to maintenance and repair work.  

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State police closes case on shooting near elementary school

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MASSAC COUNTY (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police have completed an investigation involving a shooting near Maple Elementary School in Metropolis.

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Parents remember fallen Christopher firefighter Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Hundreds gathered Tuesday to welcome a fallen firefighter back home to Christopher.

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Caruthersville Humane Society looking for person who shot and dumped puppy

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CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (WSIL) -- The Caruthersville Humane Society is looking for information and offering $200 to anyone who can help them find the person(s) who shot a puppy and left her to die. 

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One dead, at least 7 injured in school shooting

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WSIL (ABC NEWS) -- The sheriff investigating a Colorado school shooting says the suspects in the shooting that injured 8 are students at the school: one adult and one juvenile. 

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SIU community remembers Seymour Bryson and Harvey Welch Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Two instrumental figures to SIU passed away over the weekend.

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Puppies provide stress relief for SIU students Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- It's finals week at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, so students were thankful for some stress relief of the four-legged variety.

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Worries following announcement Heartland will no longer deliver babies Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Heartland Regional Medical Center plans to discontinue labor and delivery services at the end of the month. Those plans have patients and doctors concerned about losing such a valuable service for the community.  

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Local strawberry crop delay, shortage Video included

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COBDEN (WSIL) -- Every spring for the past 20 years, locals drive by Bass Farms off of Route 51 just waiting for its "Fresh Strawberry" sign to go up. But this year, it went up about a week later than usual.  

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Child abuse cases increase in southern Illinois Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Officials report a record high of child abuse cases.

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Republicans propose tougher rules on passing tax increases Video included

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(WSIL) -- Illinois may change it's tax code soon, switching from a flat tax to a graduated income tax where people get taxed at a higher rate the more money they make.

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Upcoming traffic delays on Interstate 64

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JEFFERSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- One lane of traffic will be impacted form 7 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th. 

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Carbondale man arrested for shots fired

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A 21-year-old Carbondale man has been arrested in connection with firing a gun.

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Road work planned on Interstate 57

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation will be working on Interstate 57 near West Frankfort next week, so be ready to avoid the area or plan for a delay.

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Special prosecutor requested in Burns murder case

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SALINE COUNTY (WSIL) -- The Saline County State's Attorney wants a special prosecutor to take over a murder case.

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Man faces charges after taking teen from Paducah

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PADUCAH, KY (WSIL) -- A missing Paducah teen has been found in Pennsylvania. 

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Sentencing delayed for man convicted of murder

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- Sentencing has been pushed back for a man convicted of stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death.

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Windy Wednesday with evening storms

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- South winds will increase Wednesday with gusts likely topping 25mph. Heavy rain is expected Thursday morning as a band of storms is forecast to move through the region.

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Carbondale Police investigating shootings

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Carbondale Police are investigating shootings that occurred Monday evening.

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Public libraries across Illinois receive grant funding

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WSIL -- White awarded $15.4 million in Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants to 631 public libraries. 

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Pritzker names Costello II DNR Law Enforcement Director

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- State Rep. Jerry Costello II has resigned from his house seat to become the Director of Law Enforcement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Traffic on southbound I-57 at a standstill in Franklin Co. Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- All lanes of I-57 are now open after a semi fire early Tuesday morning.

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Midwest rivers recede, but flooding danger lingers

(David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A vehicle drives through Mississippi River flood water in downtown Alton, Il. on Monday, May 6, 2019. Flooding from the Mississippi River closed streets in downtown, forced the closure of Argosy Casino and... (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP). A vehicle drives through Mississippi River flood water in downtown Alton, Il. on Monday, May 6, 2019. Flooding from the Mississippi River closed streets in downtown, forced the closure of Argosy Casino and...
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The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries are receding in many flood-ravaged communities, but concerns remain high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days. More>>

Democrats set to hold Barr in contempt over Mueller report Video included

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House in Washington.
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President Donald Trump's turnabout on whether the special counsel should appear before Congress has sparked criticism from Democratic lawmakers. More>>

Remembering fallen firefighter: Kody Vanfossan Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Local firefighters are stepping up to help cover shifts in Christopher after a fire claimed the life of one of their own.

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Vienna students celebrate teacher appreciation week Video included

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VIENNA (WSIL) -- This week marks teacher appreciation week and to celebrate Vienna high school students are giving back to teachers and staff.  

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EPA awards Vienna schools $100,000 Video included

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VIENNA (WSIL) -- Shortly after Vienna students return to school in the fall, they'll see some new school buses.  

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Sesser-Valier bus driver credited with protecting kids on interstate

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police paid tribute to a Franklin County bus driver.

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Paducah Police looking for missing juvenile

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PADUCAH, Ky. (WSIL) -- Paducah Police are asking for your help finding a missing juvenile.

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Three arrested after Poplar Bluff shooting

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (WSIL) -- Poplar Bluff police arrested 3 people after a weekend shooting. 

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Phone scam alleges your SSN is suspended Video included

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WSIL -- An old phone scam is making the rounds again and we want to make you aware.

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Flooding continues along the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU (WSIL) -- Ongoing rain has caused the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau to reach its highest point so far in this year.

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Menard Prison closed to visitors due to flooding Video included

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CHESTER (WSIL) -- Flooding has been a major concern this year along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and continues to cause issues for many people who live in the area.

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Students act out deadly accident to prevent drunk drivers Video included

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HARDIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- With prom and graduation in the coming weeks, one local school is taking the opportunity to show students, rather than tell them about the dangers of drinking and driving. Students at Hardin County High School reenacted a deadly scene as a warning.

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Man convicted of murder files motion for new trial

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SALINE COUNTY (WSIL) -- A man convicted of murdering a pregnant woman in Saline County wants a new trial.

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Would-be bomber gets 16-year term; judge cites mental health

(U.S. Marshals office via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals office shows Chicago terrorism suspect Adel Daoud. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman handed Adel Daouda 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of ... (U.S. Marshals office via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals office shows Chicago terrorism suspect Adel Daoud. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman handed Adel Daouda 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of ...
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A judge has handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, saying she factored in his mental health in imposing a sentence much lower than prosecutors requested. More>>

Lawmakers introduce plan to legalize recreational marijuana Video included

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(WSIL) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to legalize marijuana.

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Melissa McCarthy to attend graduation at SIU

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- This commencement weekend will be an especially busy one in Carbondale because Oscar-nominated actress, and former SIU student, Melissa McCarthy will be walking across the stage to receive an honorary doctorate of performing acts.

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Local sports standout signs with NFL team Video included

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WSIL -- Former Marion High School and John A. Logan College(JALC) standout, Aaron Adeoye, is heading to the National Football League. 

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Brookport Bridge lane reduction starts this week

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BROOKPORT (WSIL) -- The U.S. 45 Brookport Bridge will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and maintenance. 

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Chase through Williamson County leads to arrest

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MARION (WSIL) -- A deputy with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office saw a blue 1995 Chevy Suburban swerve into the oncoming lane. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off.

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Teen shot and killed in Centralia

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CENTRALIA (WSIL) -- One teen is dead, another is in custody after a weekend shooting in Centralia.

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Illinois state senator moves to make Daylight Saving Time permanent

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SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) — A group of central Illinois high school students inspired legislation to get rid of time changes in the Land of Lincoln forever. 

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Another body found at Illinois factory; death toll reaches 3

(Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP). Debris can be seen as emergency personnel and others search and clear the scene of an explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones chemical plant Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Waukegan, Ill.  An explosion and fire at a... (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP). Debris can be seen as emergency personnel and others search and clear the scene of an explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones chemical plant Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Waukegan, Ill. An explosion and fire at a...
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Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi says search and rescue personnel have found the body of another worker in the rubble of a northern Illinois silicone plant that exploded and burst into flames. More>>

Man who set off bomb near business takes plea deal

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PULASKI CO. (WSIL) -- A man accused of setting off a bomb near a business back in January has taken a plea deal. 

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Police report confirms second domestic incident involving Carbondale mayor and wife Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry now says he was involved in a second domestic incident with his wife Theresa. 

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Cool start to Monday, but another pleasant afternoon

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WSIL -- A little cool to start off Monday morning, but south winds kick in this afternoon shooting temperatures back into the mid to upper 70s.

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A new Royal Baby has arrived

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LONDON (AP) -- Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are the proud parents of a new baby boy.    

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Police chief confirms local firefighter dies while battling blaze Video included

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Officials confirm a firefighter has died while fighting a fire early Sunday morning in Christopher. 

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Rubber ducks dropped from helicopter for good cause Video included

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GOREVILLE (WSIL) -- Thousands of yellow rubber duck's fell from the sky Sunday as part of the 13th Annual Duck Drop.

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Girls World Expo empowers hundreds Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Hundreds of young girls gathered at the Pavilion of Marion for the 2nd Annual Girl's World Expo.

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24 year-old killed in car vs. pedestrian crash

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JEFFERSON COUNTY (WSIL) --  Early Sunday morning, police say David Derrald Leon Jay died after being struck by a vehicle in rural Belle Rive, Jefferson County.

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Illinois lawmakers to consider new teacher testing methods

Two bills are pending in the Illinois General Assembly that would pause or permanently eliminate a basic skills test for new teachers that some officials say has contributed to a statewide educator shortage. More>>

Hundreds celebrate Free Comic Book Day Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Free Comic Book day returned to Southern Illinois for the 18th year. 

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Scholarships given to students staying local Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Saturday, dozens of high school students were awarded scholarships to local community colleges.  

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Fundraiser for equine therapy returns for 7th year Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Saturday marked the seventh annual fundraiser "Sweethearts of the Saddle," where folks dressed in their best derby attire and watched the Kentucky Derby.  

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Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. More>>

Almost 12 million pounds of Tyson chicken strips recalled

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(CNN) -- Tyson Foods has significantly expanded a recall of its chicken strips over concerns that some might be contaminated with pieces of metal, federal food safety officials said.

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I57 Deadly crash forced drivers to take multiple detours Video included

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Troopers closed interstate 57 from West Frankfort to Marion, sending thousands of semis into through towns that usually see just local traffic.  

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UNSUNG HERO: Pope County prom dress drive Video included

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POPE COUNTY (WSIL) -- Two Pope County school faculty members are helping parents and students pay for prom.

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Confronting the dangers of texting while driving

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police and Sen. Dale Fowler are partnering with AT&T to teach southern Illinois high school students the dangers of distracted driving.

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Rising Mississippi River poses flood risk to nearby communities Video included

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GRAND TOWER (WSIL) -- The Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is projected to rise another six feet by next week, putting it at nearly 45 feet. Nestled directly between the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers, is the community of Grand Tower. 

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Anna elementary students raise $6,500 for juvenile diabetes research

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ANNA (WSIL) -- Anna elementary students celebrated Friday after raising $6,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. 

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Family still searching for sister missing since 1965 Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (WSIL) -- The longest missing child case in Missouri is still open in Cape Girardeau, and family members are not giving up hope.

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Judge returns guilty verdict in Carbondale murder trial

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- A Jackson County judge has found Jarrell Pullen guilty of murder. 

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4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

(Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP). Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through flood water at the intersection of Pershing Ave and E 2nd St. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Lincoln's employer Hahn Ready Mix allowed him to take time off from work to voluntee... (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP). Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through flood water at the intersection of Pershing Ave and E 2nd St. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Lincoln's employer Hahn Ready Mix allowed him to take time off from work to voluntee...
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Crews respond to fire in Orient Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- No one was injured in a fire Friday morning at Elsie's in Orient.

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Heartland Regional Medical Center discontinuing labor and delivery services May 31

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MARION (WSIL) -- Heartland Regional Medical Center announced Friday that it will discontinue inpatient obstetrical and pediatric services at the end of May. 

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Victims of deadly I-57 crash identified

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police have released the identities of five people killed in Thursday's crash on Interstate 57 near West Frankfort.

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Mississippi River causing major flooding across the Midwest

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WSIL -- The Midwest and much of the Mississippi River Valley are bracing for historical flooding after another round of heavy rain fell this week.  

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Man arrested for torturing dog in McCracken County

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MCCRACKEN CO., KY (WSIL) -- Investigators have arrested a Kevil man for torturing a dog. 

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Actor who played Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, dead at 74

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WSIL -- Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, has died, his family announced Thursday. He was 74.

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Flooding puts Menard Correctional Center on lockdown

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CHESTER (WSIL) -- Rising floodwater in Randolph County has Menard Correctional Facility on lockdown.

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Texas could ban food stamp recipients from buying junk food

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AUSTIN, Texas (ABC) -- A lawmaker has filed a bill that would ban Texans from using food stamps to buy junk food.

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More police will be at FCHS Friday May 3

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WSIL -- There will be a heightened police presence at the Frankfort Community High School (FCHS) in West Frankfort on Friday, May 3.

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Ex-girlfriend of murder suspect testifies against him Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- The underage ex-girlfriend of a murder suspect took the stand Thursday and talked about the months leading up to a deadly shooting, saying she felt scared and threatened as she testified.

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5 dead in I-57 crash, NB lanes reopened Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. (WSIL) -- Drivers are urged to avoid Interstate 57 near West Frankfort. 

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'The Mueller Report' is officially a best-seller

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NEW YORK (AP) - "The Mueller Report" is now officially a best-seller.

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Starbucks coffee press recalled

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WSIL -- Starbucks is recalling its Bodum + Starbucks Recycled Coffee Presses due to a laceration hazard.

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Due to flooding, multiple roads closed in Alexander County Video included

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ALEXANDER COUNTY (WSIL) -- The US  Army Corps of Engineers declared a state of emergency in the areas near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

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WSIL announces new channel lineup

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- WSIL-TV is proud to announce the addition of three new channels available free over-the-air.

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Name of Illinois trooper killed in crash added to memorial

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Trooper Christopher Lambert died in January when he was hit by a vehicle while he directed traffic during a snow storm near a crash on I-294 near Northbrook.

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Carbondale Police investigating overnight shooting

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- One person was taken to a hospital, after being shot multiple times.

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Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room is prepared for Attorney General William Barr who will face lawmakers' questions Wednesday for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, on... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room is prepared for Attorney General William Barr who will face lawmakers' questions Wednesday for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, on...
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Attorney General William Barr will face lawmakers' questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report. More>>

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activates flood fight teams

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CAIRO (WSIL) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared a state of emergency in areas near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

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SIH identifies regional health issues Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Higher than average cancer rates, tobacco use, obesity and barriers to health care. Those are some health issues that southern Illinoisans face. 

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Vehicle theft suspect arrested in Marion Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- A man wanted in connection with vehicle thefts in Williamson County has been taken into custody.

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Photos: AJ Freund's parents' home from 2013 show filthy conditions

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CRYSTAL LAKE (ABC) -- Documents obtained by the ABC7 I-Team in Chicago give an inside look at the Crystal Lake home owned by Joann Cunningham and Andrew Freund, Sr., who are charged with murder in the death of their son AJ Freund.

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Woman may have infected ‘Avengers: Endgame’ fans with measles

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LOS ANGELES (WSIL) -- A group of movie-goers in California who watched "Avengers: Endgame" on opening night may soon be battling the measles.

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Marion High School Military Signing Day Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- More than a dozen students at Marion High School today signed up to join the U.S. Military. 

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Burger King offers 'real meals' to raise mental health awareness

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WSIL -- Burger King is hoping to raise mental health awareness this May (which is mental health awareness month) with its newest offering.

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Longest pedestrian bridge in North America to open in Tennessee this month

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WSIL -- The longest pedestrian bridge in North America is set to open in Tennessee on May 17.

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Murder suspect threatens to cause a mistrial Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- A murder suspect threatens to cause a mistrial on the first day of testimony.

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McCracken County investigating animal cruelty

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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (WSIL) -- A puppy found with its snout and legs taped shut, being treated at the McCracken County Humane Society. 

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New leadership ready to give Cairo a boost Video included

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CAIRO (WSIL) -- A new mayor and five new city councilmen plan to bring change and progress to Cairo.

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State workers sue AFSCME, want union to pay back millions in fees

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WSIL -- A Benton woman is one of nine current and former state workers suing the AFSCME union over agency fees paid between May 2017 and June 2018.

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White House wants $4.5 billion in emergency border funding

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Acting-Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan prepares for a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on his agency's future funding, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. McAleenan, who is also t... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Acting-Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan prepares for a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on his agency's future funding, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. McAleenan, who is also t...
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The White House is asking Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency spending for border security. More>>

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  • Rapper Kodak Black arrested; Lil Wayne bows out of show

    Rapper Kodak Black arrested; Lil Wayne bows out of show

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    (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons...(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons...
    (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons...(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons...
    Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons charges just before he was to perform at a hip-hop festival.
    Officials say Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested on federal and state weapons charges just before he was to perform at a hip-hop festival.
  • Prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

    Prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

    Monday, May 13 2019 1:13 AM EDT2019-05-13 05:13:15 GMT
    (Houston Police Dept. via AP). This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Dept. shows Derion Vence. Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday, May 11, 2019 in c...(Houston Police Dept. via AP). This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Dept. shows Derion Vence. Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday, May 11, 2019 in c...
    (Houston Police Dept. via AP). This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Dept. shows Derion Vence. Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday, May 11, 2019 in c...(Houston Police Dept. via AP). This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Dept. shows Derion Vence. Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston Saturday, May 11, 2019 in c...
    The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend has been arrested near Houston.
    The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend has been arrested near Houston.
  • Washington to offer first 'public option' insurance in US

    Washington to offer first 'public option' insurance in US

    Monday, May 13 2019 1:13 AM EDT2019-05-13 05:13:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi...(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi...
    (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi...(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi...
    Washington is set to become the first state in the nation to offer a universally available public health insurance option.
    Washington is set to become the first state in the nation to offer a universally available public health insurance option.

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