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WSIL-TV -- Closings for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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Snow and ice cleanup continues

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Thousands experienced an ice storm then snow over just a few days, creating new challenges for people trying to get everything cleaned up.

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Name that giraffe: New addition at Peoria Zoo

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WSIL -- Managers at the Peoria Zoo have welcomed a new addition to the world. 

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Marion mall owners hope to dispel closing rumors Video included

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MARION -- Social media gets messages to many people as quick as anything, but they don't always turn out true.

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Jefferson County road conditions

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MT. VERNON -- Many of us got some snow Monday. Those in Mt. Vernon saw around two inches of snow fall since last night, on top of an already icy ground. 

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Grasso runs for Republican nomination for Illinois Attorney General Video included

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MT. VERNON -- High-powered attorney Gary Grasso, of DuPage County, says he has what it takes to become Illinios' top prosecutor. 

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Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year. A

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Early morning snow causes traffic troubles

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WSIL -- Another round of winter weather has created some hazardous driving conditions around southern Illinois.  

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Businesses burglarized in Poplar Bluff Video included

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POPLAR BLUFF -- Police in Poplar Bluff investigating after a string of business burglaries early Sunday morning.

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Celebration held to honor life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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CARBONDALE -- Hundreds gathered in Carbondale Sunday to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Preparing for snow

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- While much of the snow and ice have melted off the roads, some spots still have that layer of ice on top of them making for slick travels. With more snow expected to fall across southern Illinois in the morning, people are already out getting those supplies. 

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Polar Plunge raises nearly $12k for Steeleville family

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STEELEVILLE -- With Saturday's chilly weather would you consider taking a dive into a pond? In Steeleville, dozens did just that for the 10th Steeleville Polar Plunge. Plungers said while the weather was cold, it was well worth it because the money went to a little boy in need. 

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Police looking for armed robbery suspect

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect, who they say held a person at gunpoint in their own home. 

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Deputies save 90-year-old woman trapped in snow

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MCCRACKEN CO. — Two deputies are being praised after saving a 90-year-old woman after she fell in the snow. 

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Active shooter drills increase across the region Video included

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VIENNA -- Mass shootings, whether at schools, businesses, malls, and even churches, appear to be happening more often. 

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Man dies in Pulaski County crash

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PULASKI CO. -- A Tamms man died in a single car crash on Saturday, authorities say. 

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Southern Illinois native's terrifying ordeal during Hawaii missile scare Video included

A screenshot shows part of the message a southern Illinois native sent his mom during missile scare in Hawaii. A screenshot shows part of the message a southern Illinois native sent his mom during missile scare in Hawaii.
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WSIL -- A southern Illinois native found himself caught in chaos on Saturday morning, after a missile alert was sent out across Hawaii. 

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Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

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HONOLULU (AP) - A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said. 

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Local non profit rolls out new memorial for fallen veterans Video included

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JEFFERSON CO. -- Founders of a new Mt. Vernon organization helping veterans honor one of their own in a unique way.

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Benefit planned for young mother killed in crash Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Friends and loved ones of a young southern Illinois mother killed in a car crash will host a benefit this weekend, in her honor. 

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Mueller recovers from fifth surgery

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ST. LOUIS -- A Johnston City teen recovers from her fifth surgery following a car wreck that almost cost her her arm.

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Local immigrant responds to Trump's 's***hole' comment

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale city councilman Navreet Kang came to America in 1981 from India.

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Fire destroys building at high school Video included

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WAYNE CO. -- An agriculture building at Wayne City High School was destroyed in a fire on Friday morning. 

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Old city hall building sold, new Sonic restaurant coming to Benton

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BENTON -- A new Sonic restaurant is coming to Benton after the former city hall building recently sold at an auction.

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Locals prepare but don't panic for winter storm

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- While some plan to avoid slick roads caused by a winter storm, others say it's business as usual. 

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Three dead in Massac County crash, 2 children

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MASSAC CO. -- Three people died in a crash in Massac County on Thursday, including two young children. 

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SIU Law School hosts women leadership conference Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Organizers of a workshop at SIU hope to empower women in leadership.   

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Rauner, Pritzker spar in new campaign ads Video included

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WSIL -- In what could be a sign of things to come, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign released a new attack ad, going after Democratic frontrunner J.B. Pritzker, who responded with a pair of ads of his own.  

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Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations Video included

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet.

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Prosecutors have problems with new bail reform law

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MARION -- Prosecutors worry a law that took effect at the beginning of the month could let criminals out too early and pose a threat to the public.

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Murphysboro lists snow routes

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro police are asking people to move their vehicles parked along snow routes.

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Traffic deaths drop in Kentucky for 2017

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KENTUCKY -- Fewer people died on Kentucky roadways last year.

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Veterans Honor Flight seeks more vets

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MARION -- Organizers of Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois are working to make more veterans and volunteers aware of the program. 

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City of Chester seeks money from the state

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CHESTER -- The city of Chester has been sending utilities to Menard Correctional Center without getting paid for months, but now, city officials say its accounts are running dry. 

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Combat veteran brings knife to gun fight and wins Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A Mt. Vernon man, suddenly and shockingly turns the tables on his would-be attacker after pulling a knife and chasing the man out of Times Square Liquor.

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Winter storm on the way, keeping safety first

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CARBONDALE -- As a winter storm makes its way to our region, many folks around town are getting prepared.

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Court documents outline allegations of abuse by transgender inmate Video included

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WSIL -- Harassment, beatings and sexual assault are just a few of the abuses transgender inmate Deon Hampton, who goes by Strawberry, claims she suffered at the hands of corrections officers in two southern Illinois prisons.

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Local law enforcement and victim advocates urge stalking awareness Video included

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UNION CO. -- The crime of stalking affects more than 3.5 million Americans every year.  Experts say the emotional trauma of being stalked can even lead to post traumatic stress disorder. 

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Rural hospitals optimistic about new tax law Video included

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PARIS, IL -- How will the new tax law impact rural hospitals? Like a lot of issues trapped in the partisan echo chamber these days, it depends on who you ask. 

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Old water line leaks on Marion square

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MARION -- A broken water main in Marion caused some issues Wednesday morning on the town square.

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Murphysboro bans fighting by agreement Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Since Chad Roberts took over as Murphysboro Police Chief, he's been trying to clean up the city's ordinances.

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Illinois grapples with teacher shortage

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WSIL -- The Illinois teacher shortage has grown worse in the southern counties, compared to the rest of the state. 

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Plumbing to be replaced at Quincy veterans' home

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QUINCY -- Governor Rauner said the state will replace plumbing at a Quincy veterans' home to hopefully prevent further outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease.

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Paducah adopts anti-discrimination LGBT law

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PADUCAH -- Paducah is now the ninth city in Kentucky to adopt anti-discrimination laws for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.  

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How do superintendents decide to close schools?

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WSIL -- As people in the region brace for possible ice and snow, administrators at area schools may have to decide whether or not to call off school. 

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Duckworth: new net neutrality laws bad for small business

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WSIL -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth predicts the changes to federal net neutrality laws will be bad for students and small businesses.

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Health department gets $2.3 million grant

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WSIL -- The Southern Seven Health Department is getting federal grant money to help provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children. 

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Tips to avoid the flu

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- As the flu rapidly spreads across the country, doctors and medical experts urge you to do your part to stay healthy.

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Man has concerns over arrest

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JOHNSTON CITY -- A Johnston City man is confused and frustrated over an arrest that kept him in jail for several hours. 

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Couple use their children to pull off Walmart Heist, police say Video included

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UNION COUNTY, IL -- Anna police need help identifying suspects who used their CHILDREN to pull off a heist from the town's Walmart. 

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Transgender inmate accusing Menard officers of abuse agrees to transfer

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BENTON -- 26-year old Deon Hampton, a transgender inmate who goes by Strawberry, will be transferred from Menard Correctional Center to Lawrence Correctional Center following an agreement with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Illinois police required to take mental health awareness training Video included

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CARBONDALE -- When someone suffers a mental health crisis, police officers are usually first on scene. But a majority of officers are not trained on how to safely interact with people who have a mental illness. 

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Sanguinetti tours Carbondale drug treatment center

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CARBONDALE -- Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti wants to cut the number of opioid deaths in Illinois and she wants help from medical professionals in southern Illinois.

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Man disrupts Marion city council meeting

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MARION -- You could soon see added security in Marion after an unexpected visitor disrupted the city council meeting.

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Jefferson County cashier chases armed crook out of store Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A Johnston City man is in the Jefferson County jail accused of attempting to rob multiple businesses Friday night in Mt. Vernon, but that suspect got more than he bargained for at one business.

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Carterville Police arrest man with assault rifle, body armor and helmet Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- A Carterville man faces felony charges, after police say he walked around his apartment complex with a loaded rifle. 

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Man dies from apparent stabbing

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RANDOLPH CO. -- A man is dead after an apparent stabbing. 

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Buncombe fire chief battles bladder cancer Video included

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BUNCOMBE -- It was a diagnosis Buncombe Fire Chief Sue Davis never thought she'd hear. 

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas across world

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CARTERVILLE -- While some of us celebrated Christmas on December 25, many across the globe celebrated it Sunday.

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Carbondale man killed in car vs. semi crash on I-57

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FRANKLIN CO. – A Carbondale man was killed in a crash Saturday night on I-57.

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POLITICO: Illinois governor most-likely to lose re-election

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WSIL – One of the country’s top political news sites has named the Illinois governor’s race as the one most-likely to be won by the challenger. 

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Union County celebrates its bicentennial Video included

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ANNA -- Union County celebrated its bicentennial on Saturday with an exhibit at the courthouse. 

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Fire rips through house in Marion Video included

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MARION -- A house fire kept firefighters busy throughout the early morning hours in Marion on Saturday. 

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Anna businesses vandalized by man with slingshot Video included

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ANNA - Several business owners woke up to am unpleasant surprise on Saturday morning. 

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Child care workers deal with frigid temps Video included

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HERRIN -- With winter temperatures still hovering below the freezing mark, it poses a complicated situation for child care workers. 

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Cold doesn't stop 84-year-old Cambria man from running

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CARTERVILLE -- Dozens of people turned out early Saturday morning for the annual Snowman Shuffle 5k at John A. Logan College. 

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Man rips heads off chickens in jealous rage

Gregory Ulrich, left, is accused of ripping heads off chickens and his friend, John Budnovitch IV, right, is accused of playing a role in the incident. Gregory Ulrich, left, is accused of ripping heads off chickens and his friend, John Budnovitch IV, right, is accused of playing a role in the incident.
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MILFORD, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut man killed 20 chickens and ripped their heads from their bodies in a drunken, jealous rage on Christmas. 

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Authorities investigate fatal hit and run, suspect at large

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WASHINGTON CO. – Illinois State Police are looking for a driver in a fatal hit and run crash that occurred Friday night on I-64. 

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Sikeston police investigate hit and run

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SIKESTON, MO – Police say a woman suffered serious internal injuries after a hit and run on Friday night. 

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New Year's twins born in different years Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- A pair of Southern Illinois twins are getting a lot attention because their New Year's birthdays fall in separate years.

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Doors open to new OLMC school Video included

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HERRIN-- After one hundred years in the same location, Our Lady of Mount Carmel school in Herrin opened the doors to its long-anticipated new building. 

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Massac County commissioners prepare for renovations Video included

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METROPOLIS -- For nearly a year in Massac County, judges, the office of the circuit clerk and state's attorney have been operating out of a temporary location.

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Night's Shield introduces new children's program Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- The Night's Shield in West Frankfort introduced its new program named The Children's Crisis Shelter. 

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Carbondale High School gets backpack grant Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Illinois Education Association awarded Carbondale Community High School with a $500 grant.  The money will allow teacher Jenna Jamieson to host her 2nd annual Backpacks for Success initiative. The project is in collaboration with Circle K of SIU.  They provide backpacks and school supplies to students in need in the Carbondale area.  Jamieson said they need all the donations they can get, because the need is always growing.  "We need mor... More>>

Prosecutor: Employee stole $500,000 from employer

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WSIL -- A Benton man now faces federal fraud charges for stealing more than $500,000 from his employer. 

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Former Williamson County man shares addiction experience with students Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Students at Adams Grade school in Creal Springs got to hear about addiction awareness Thursday. 

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Cattle farmers fighting ice keeping watering holes open Video included

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WSIL -- The cold weather takes a toll on many of us, but it really hits those that work out in it every day. For cattle farmers, the cold weather adds an extra step to the daily routine. "The number one issue we have to deal with is water, and keeping water to the cattle," said Jeff Beasley. 

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Residents hope for increased tourism after Expedia article

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MAKANDA -- After taking the top get-away destination in Illinois from travel company Expedia, some Makanda residents say the extra recognition is welcomed. 

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Group aims to arm officers with life-saving trauma kits

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WSIL -- Shawnee Tactical Solutions is holding a Stop the Bleeding Drive.  

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Cold weather causing more water main breaks Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Freezing temperatures can cause many problems, and not just on your home or car. 

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Play company gives to Marion Civic Center after dissolving Video included

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MARION -- Only months ago, "Paradise Alley Players" shutdown for good, with the company dissolving and donating left over funds to the Marion Civic Center. 

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Farmers still growing produce despite record setting cold Video included

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COBDEN -- Despite working more than 40 hours a week at All Seasons Farm in Cobden, owner Jill Rendleman says winter feels like a vacation.

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Expedia names Makanda best escape in IL

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WSIL -- Travel company Expedia has named Makanda the best place in Illinois to escape to.

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Goal to keeping resolutions: motivation Video included

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WSIL -- With the start of a New Year, many of us have decided to make some changes. For most, this includes eating better and working out, but getting started can be the hardest part. 

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Evie Allen gets engaged on live TV Video included

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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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