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Anna council approves two more liquor licenses

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ANNA -- Anna businesses have a couple more chances to get a liquor license.

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Shots fired at Carterville duplex

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CARTERVILLE -- Police hunt for a gunman after someone fired multiple shots at a duplex on McNeil Street in Carterville.

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Professor, activist speaks about Black Panther Party

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CARTERVILLE -- A guest speaker at John A. Logan College highlights the Black Panther Party and how it impacted the political landscape.

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SIU leaders weigh in chancellor's reorganization plan

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CARBONDALE -- There's been a lot of discussion about proposed changes at SIU-Carbondale. 

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Family holds vigil after deadly shooting in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE -- It was an emotional night as a group in Carbondale held a candle light vigil for a man who was shot and killed last week.

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Officers searching for possibly armed suspect

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Police are actively searching for Andrew Millican, 29, near the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center. 

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Officers learn life-saving techniques to "Stop the Bleed"

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- When an emergency strikes, law enforcement typically arrive first, before paramedics. That's why on Tuesday at John A. Logan College, southern Illinois law officers learned life-saving techniques, which go beyond first aid.

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Democratic Governor primary race heating up Video included

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WSIL — With the Illinois primaries now one month away, the race to be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate is closer than ever.

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Low numbers of EHD in deer in 2017 across southern Illinois Video included

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WSIL -- EHD, a viral disease that can be fatal to deer once again popped up southern Illinois in 2017. 

The disease spreads through biting gnats, called midges, and causes high fever and severe internal bleeding, often resulting in death.

In total, the state received 66 reports from landowners and hunters, totaling 169 deer in 32 counties.

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Jefferson County communities could see water rate increase

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MT. VERNON -- Water rates could be increasing for several communities in Jefferson County.

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Marion to increase security in wake of school shootings

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MARION -- Recent deadly shootings at schools prompt renewed calls for tougher gun laws and added protection on campus.

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Farmers focus on grain bin safety Video included

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PERRY CO. -- It's something everyone has seen: grain bins. However when it comes to unloading the massive bins, the contents inside can swallow a person in an instant. 

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Makandastrong fundraiser Video included

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WSIL -- On May 11th, 2017 Makanda Williams was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic poline glioma, or DIPG, a rare malignant brain tumor found in children with no effective treatment in the U.S.

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911 turns 50 and continues moving forward Video included

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PERRY CO. -- It's something kids today are taught in school: when emergencies happen, dial 911.

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Local stores talk efforts to keep guns out of the wrong hands Video included

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MARION -- A bill that would require better gun background checks stalled in the U-S Senate, even after President Trump said he'd be 'supportive' of the move. Some local stores say, in addition to background checks, more could be done to keep guns out of the wrong hands. 

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Carbondale Middle School student brings airsoft gun to school Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Parents and teachers are concerns over how school leaders reacted after a student brought an unloaded air-soft gun to campus. Parents of Carbondale Middle Schoolers learned of a threat in an email two days after a student brought a look-alike weapon to school. 

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Woman arrested for dragging officer during traffic stop

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro police arrest a woman for assaulting a police officer.

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Car drags officer in Murphysboro

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro police are investigating after an incident that sent one of their officers to the hospital.

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Police: 12-year-old threatens girls with toy handgun in Herrin

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A 12-year-old girl is accused of threatening a group of girls with what the victims believed was a real handgun. 

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Laura Bush to speak at SEMO on Wednesday

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Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education and women's rights, will speak at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday.  

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SEMO firefighter's home destroyed by fire

(Photo: Scott County Rural Fire Protection District) (Photo: Scott County Rural Fire Protection District)
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SCOTT COUNTY, MO -- Firefighters are used to fighting fires at other people's homes, but they responded to a house belonging to one of their own this weekend. 

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2018 Polar Plunge Video included

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From the SI Roller Girls to SIU faculty, dozens of groups plunged into the chilly waters of campus lake to support Special Olympic athletes. 

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Forklift rodeo Video included

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One local manufacturer is trying to take the boredom out of on the job training.  

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Tires slashed on 70+ vehicles in Perryville, three arrested

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Three men have been arrested after tires on more than 70 vehicles in Perryville were slashed.

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School shooter preparedness Video included

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WSIL -- As more details emerge regarding Wednesday's deadly shooting in Florida, local schools are working to keep students and staff prepared.

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Remembering Pravin Varughese four years later Video included

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CARBONDALE -- This Sunday marks four years since police found the body of SIU student, Pravin Varughese, in a wooded area behind Carbondale's Buffalo Wild Wings. Every year since the 19 year-old's death, family and friends gather to honor him. 

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Shooting homicide leads to multi-vehicle crash Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Police are investigating after one person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting.

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Trial date set for Varughese murder suspect

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MURPHYSBORO -- A man charged with the murder of Pravin Varughese will stand trial in June and for now, that trial will stay in Jackson County.

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Teen charged as an adult for Marshall County High School shooting

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MARSHALL CO., KY -- A grand jury indicted Gabriel R. Parker, 15, of Hardin, KY Friday on two counts of murder and 14 counts of first degree assault.   

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Murder suspect's mental fitness to be examined

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MURPHYSBORO -- A doctor will examine the mental fitness of a murder suspect before going to trial.

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Recent shooting renews concerns about violence in video games

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UNION CO. -- The Florida school shooting reignites the national conversation over violence in video games, with some lawmakers blaming the virtual violence for inciting real violence.

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Do schools communicate if a problematic student transfers? Video included

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MURPPHYSBORO -- The Florida school shooter was described by his peers as a "troubled kid" who was expelled from the school where the shooting happened. He was later transferred to a different school. So are schools required to talk to each other when a student transfers for behavioral problems? 

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Reporting disturbing posts you see on social media Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Peers of the Florida school shooter say there were many red flags on social media about the shooter's frame of mind. Reporting a post through Facebook and Instragram is different than going to authorities to make them aware of what's been posted. 

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Officials respond to Legionnaires' case at Chester Mental Health Center Video included

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CHESTER -- Officials with the Illinois Department of Human Services are monitoring the 270 residents at the Chester Mental Health Center closely after one of them tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia that doctors say can be deadly. 

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Former Zeigler treasurer gets more time before guilty plea Video included

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BENTON — Former Zeigler treasurer Ryan Thorpe was expected to plead guilty Thursday to federal charges for stealing more than $315,000 from the city, but in a last minute change his case was continued.

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Wounded veteran snow goose hunt Video included

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WSIL -- Smiles abound in a goose pit outside Olive Branch for a group of veterans on a fully guided snow goose hunt donated by Snows Unlimited. While the hunt was a success, to these veterans from Tennessee, it's not about the amount of birds they shoot. "It's a chance for us to unwind," said Ron McFadden. 

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School officials worried about pension cost shift

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CARBONDALE -- Gov. Bruce Rauner laid out a plan to shift retirement costs to local school districts and school administrators are not happy about it.

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Giant City School nominated for Blue Ribbon award

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CARBONDALE -- The U.S. Department of Education gives a Carbondale school high honors.

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Authorities stress safety after school shooting

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Investigators search for a motive after a gunman opened fire killing 17 people at a south Florida high school. This latest tragedy prompted law enforcement to remind everyone to always be prepared.

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Gov. Rauner proposes budget in address to lawmakers Video included

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WSIL — In a roughly 30 minute long speech Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed what he calls a balanced budget, and said lawmakers’ top priority should be rolling back part of last summer’s income tax hike.

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Former Zeigler Treasurer to plead guilty to federal charges

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BENTON — Former Zeigler Treasurer Ryan Thorpe, accused of stealing more than $315,000 from the city, will plead guilty in federal court Thursday.

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Anaplasmosis study on southern Illinois cattle Video included

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WSIL -- For cattle farmers, Anaplasmosis is a scary disease. The most prevalent tick borne disease in cows worldwide, it infects the red blood cells and causes severe anemia.

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Sex trafficking: A growing problem Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Sex trafficking is among the most under reported crimes in the United States, but experts believe more than 250,000 people are victims. Thousands of them live in Illinois. 

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Murphysboro to sue Union Pacific over land dispute

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro plans to sue Union Pacific railroad over a land dispute.

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Anna VFW needs help fixing its roof

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ANNA -- For several months, veterans at the Anna VFW have been trying to patch up their roof.

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Murphysboro hotel expected to break ground in early May

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MURPHYSBORO -- The developer of a proposed hotel in Murphysboro gets a step closer to finishing the project.

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Du Quoin Fire Chief to retire Video included

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DU QUOIN — For the first time since 1983 Du Quoin Fire Chief Bob Shaw won’t be suiting up when a call comes in.

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Trump administration proposes overhaul of food stamps Video included

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WSIL — In a new plan buried in the the White House's 2019 budget, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul of the nation's food stamps system.

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Two hurt in multi-vehicle crash on I-64

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Illinois State Police say two people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 64.

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Doctors concerned about people using pets to get drugs

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Veterinarians say some pet owners are making false claims to access medicine meant for their pet.

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Woman dies after falling 80 feet at Ferne Clyffe Video included

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JOHNSON CO. -- In late January, a woman from Perryville, Missouri traveled to Southern Illinois for a day of hiking, but she never returned home. While hiking at Ferne Clyffe State Park, 24 year-old Jodie Blandford slipped on ice and fell about 80 feet. Her body was found four days later. 

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Lanes of I-57 reopened after semi crash

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Illinois State Police say both lanes of Interstate 57 are reopened after a semi crash. 

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Southern Illinois doctors combat flu outbreak

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Flu activity remains high in Illinois with hundreds of cases of the flu reported in the state.

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Tax Preparation

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What's considered the largest tax reform since President Ronald Reagan was in office has raised a lot of questions.  

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Neighbors concerned after weekend shooting Video included

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HARRISBURG-- On Saturday, an early morning shooting had people in Harrisburg jumping from their beds wondering what had happened. Now, they say, they wonder about their safety. 

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Historic sword for sale

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BENTON -- A piece of local history is now up for grabs. 

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Hundley House for sale

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CARBONDALE -- A house many call haunted is up for sale in Carbondale. 

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Patton sworn in after mishap with previous Marion commissioner

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MARION -- Marion has a new commissioner for the second time in less than a week.

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State lawmaker proposes bill to extend Marion TIF

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MARION -- A Marion business wants to expand but it needs some help.

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Two vehicles crash on Route 13

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CARTERVILLE-- A two-vehicle crash has closed two eastbound lanes on Route 13 this morning.

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Carbondale library screens Indie Lens Pop-Up film highlighting HBCUs

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CARBONDALE -- The Carbondale Public Library teams up with WSIU to host a series of Indie Lens Pop-Up films.

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Man arrested in Harrisburg shooting

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HARRISBURG -- Authorities arrested a man following a shooting on Saturday. 

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Women for Change hosts rally and forum urging people to vote

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CARBONDALE -- A group in Carbondale is working to get more people to the polls.

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Icy conditions don't stop daddy-daughter time

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CARBONDALE -- While the weather left many roads icy, it didn't stop families from enjoying their Sunday.

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Rauner, Ives take shots at each other at GOP luncheon Video included

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CARTERVILLE --Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and his primary challenger Jeanne Ives continued to take shots at each other Saturday at the Williamson County Republican Women's Lincoln Day Luncheon. 

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Man missing in Marion

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MARION -- Family of 39-year-old Seneca Marshall said he went missing around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  

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WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday Video included

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MOUNDS -- A Southern Illinois Veteran hit a huge milestone today and dozens of people showed up to help him celebrate.

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Area food pantries in need of donations Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The holiday season brings in enough food to last food pantries a couple of months, but come mid-February those supplies run thin.

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Efforts to help police handle stresses of the job Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Across the country, more police officers die each year by suicide than in the line of duty. 

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Black History Month Media Event for Youth

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JACKSON CO. --    Students can celebrate Black History Month with southern Illinois TV Journalists. The Black History Month Media Event for Youth will be held Saturday, February 17th at the Carbondale African American Museum.

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SIU raises tuition two percent for incoming students

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CARBONDALE -- The cost of attending SIU next year will rise.

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A wild week: Illinois governor's race

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WSIL -- It was another wild week in the Illinois governor's race, with both front-runners facing big political problems as they near the primaries. 

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Blue can't serve on city council

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MARION -- Mayor Anthony Rinella confirms to News 3 Monte Blue will not be able to serve on the Marion City Council. 

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Thieves take $7,000 in tools from Carterville construction company Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- The owner of Stennett Construction in Carterville wants to see the people who stole from his tool trailer brought to justice. Thursday morning, while he and his crew prepared to start the day, they realized all of their expensive tools were gone.  

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Some local counties begin early voting, despite delays Video included

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WSIL -- Early voting for the primary election was supposed to begin Thursday but many Illinois counties are putting it on hold.  A pending candidate challenge for Attorney General has impacted the entire state. 

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How daycare centers prevent flu outbreaks Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 50 kids across the nation have died from the flu this season. 

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Grad student council has 'no confidence' in SIU chancellor Video included

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CARBONDALE -- By a vote of 23-1, the Graduate and Professional Student Council at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale passed a resolution expressing no confidence in Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

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Carbondale church first to install solar panels, looks to sustainability Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Church of the Good Shepherd is becoming Carbondale's first church to install solar panels and make the switch to renewable energy. From the ground, you won't be able to see much, but from above, the 24 new solar panels are being placed on the roof. 

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Thebes public housing residents told to relocate Video included

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THEBES -- More trouble with public housing in Alexander County as two more complexes are set to close. 

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Ashley woman hurt after 2-car crash

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WASHINGTON CO. -- A woman from Ashley, Illinois suffered major injuries after a crash Thursday morning. 

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Fighting hunger in Franklin County Video included

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SESSER -- A group of high school students hopes to fight hunger with a new type of market. 

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Film highlights DREAMers, SIUC students and advocates push for "clean" DREAM Act

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CARBONDALE -- Undocumented students, known as DREAMers, and advocates put a spotlight on the immigration issue in Carbondale Wednesday night.

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Board pushes forward in Morthland College investigation Video included

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WSIL -- In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Illinois Board of Higher Education appointed an officer to oversee a hearing where the board could revoke Morthland College's authority to operate in the state.

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Electrical fire destroys Ferges home

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FERGES -- Firefighters in Williamson County believe it was an electrical fire that destroyed a home on Stotlar Road. 

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One dead after crash in Jackson County

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JACKSON CO. -- One person has died after a crash in rural Murphysboro.

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Students at Marshall County High School head back to class after tragic shooting

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MARSHALL CO., KY -- Students at the Marshall County high school will return this morning after a tragic shooting rocked the community.

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One person killed in crash

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- One person is dead after a crash on Route 13.

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Students from the Saline County CEO Program hold fundraiser

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WSIL -- High school students in southern Illinois are working to create their own businesses as part of a CEO program. Teenagers in the Saline County CEO Program have a fundraiser coming up on January 30.

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Evie Allen gets engaged on live TV

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WSIL -- Evie Allen's boyfriend makes a surprise appearance to ask her one very important question. 

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Job Squad: December 29, 2017

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WSIL -- There are multiple openings this week on our Job Squad report.

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Southern Illinois shines in New York Times town hall Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- The nation's premier national newspaper holds a town hall meeting in West Frankfort Thursday night, to take the political temperature of southern Illinois.

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