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Paramedic explains frustrations with opioid epidemic Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois medics witness firsthand the effects of opiate-related overdoses, and why it remains the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. 

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Spotting the warning signs of child sexual abuse Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Recent cases of child sex assault in southern Illinois highlight the importance of parents and guardians recognizing the signs of abuse.

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Environmental factors keep Shawnee wildfires from growing to massive scale Video included

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WSIL -- Fall is peak fire season for southern Illinois. Days like Wednesday show why; strong winds combined with lack of rain and low humidity can cause any fire to quickly get out of control. The types of fires common in southern Illinois dwarf those experienced in southern California, and always will.  

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Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. 

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Friends stand by officer accused of sex crimes with juvenile Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Friends of an Ava police officer who is accused of committing sex crimes with a minor say they're standing in his corner. 

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FBI investigating robbery at bank in Hardin Co.

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HARDIN CO. -- The FBI is investigating a robbery that happened at a bank in Cave-in-Rock late Tuesday.

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Candidates set for March Primaries

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WSIL -- With the filing deadline now past, we know who we'll see on the ballot in Illinois elections next year.

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Carbondale Mayor delivers "State of the City Address" Video included

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CARBONDALE -- .Mayor Mike Henry unveils the city's "new look" as he talks about its successes and obstacles at the State of the City Address. 

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Carbondale business owner tired of clients getting parking tickets Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Salon Euphoria says its clients feel anything but euphoric after getting pampered at the salon only to find a parking ticket. The salon blames the city's newly installed parking meters on the strip.

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Marion teen's brick project nets $7,500 for three charities

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MARION -- A project spearheaded by a high school freshman results in thousands of dollars for three local charities.

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Marion council drops contract proposal for city administrator, two others

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MARION -- The Marion City Council drops a controversial proposal.

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man steals donation box

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CARTERVILLE -- Police in Carterville are looking for a man who stole a donation box from the Tequila's Mexican Restaurant. 

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Church safety training in Paducah Dec. 12 and 13

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PADUCAH -- Paducah Police will hold a seminar on dealing with the threat of church shootings.

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Williamson County sheriff leads church safety training

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MARION -- Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick led a seminar on keeping church sanctuaries peaceful places of worship Monday night. 

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Poshard Foundation gives away toys to underprivileged kids

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CARTERVILLE -- The Poshard Foundation worked to make a lot of children happy with its annual toy giveaway at John A Logan college Monday.  

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Concerns after video shows suspicious man outside home

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Neighbors in a West Frankfort neighborhood remain on edge after surveillance video captured a man acting suspiciously outside a home off Country Club Road.

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Christopher council considers property tax increase, sexual harassment policy

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CHRISTOPHER -- City leaders in Christopher consider a property tax increase, a new sexual harassment policy and a new engineering firm at Monday night's meeting.

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Anna police looking for suspected thief

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ANNA -- Anna police are looking for a man who they said walked out of the Anna Walmart without paying for merchandise he hid under his coat.  

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Tips to fight the holiday stress

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WSIL -- The holiday season should make spirits bright, but experts warn it could be a dark time for many.  

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Carbondale mayor hosting State of the City Tuesday

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CARBONDALE -- Tuesday, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 State of the City address. 

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Herrin considers tax increases after lowering property tax proposal

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HERRIN -- If you live in Herrin you'll likely pay more in property taxes soon.

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Man arrested in Metropolis on drug charges

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METROPOLIS -- Metropolis police arrested a man after finding him passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. 

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Johnston City teen on the road to recovery

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JOHNSTON CITY -- A Johnston City teen who nearly lost her arm in a car crash is showing strong signs of recovery.

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Eldorado man arrested for skipping court

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SALINE CO. -- Saline County sheriff's deputies arrested a man for failing to appear in court on drug and battery charges.

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Southern Illinois United Nations Association hosts Human Rights Day ceremony

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CARBONDALE -- December 10 marks International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Victory Dream Center hosts "Spirit of Love" drive

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CARBONDALE -- The Victory Dream Center held its annual Spirit of Love - Operation 400 Food and Toy Distribution event Sunday.

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Herrin to consider lower property tax levy than originally proposed

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HERRIN -- The Herrin city council will vote on a property tax increase Monday, yet the increase won't be as high as originally proposed.

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Gambit Inn burned to the ground after training Video included

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VIENNA -- Sunday was day two as training came to a close for dozens of firefighters across southern Illinois. It's a rare experience they call well worth it.

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"Forever SIU" scholarship funding campaign raises $50 million so far Video included

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CARBONDALE -- SIU hopes to raise $75 million for scholarships as part of its "Forever SIU" campaign, and the university is two-thirds of the way there.

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SIU and IDNR host veteran's deer hunt

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JACKSON CO. -- As part of SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center's Veteran Adventure's Program, 11 active military and veterans are being treated to a free southern Illinois deer hunt.

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Carbondale escape room adds Christmas-themed room Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Panic Room in Carbondale is adding some festive fun this holiday season with a new Christmas-themed room.

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Legion sends Christmas cards to veterans Video included

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MARION -- Lots of people love getting cards for the holidays and that includes the nation's veterans. 

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Fire departments tackle a mock hotel fire for training Video included

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VIENNA -- Every second counts when it comes to fighting a fire. For two days fire crews across southern Illinois got the chance to put their skills to the test. 

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Person dead in Elkville following crash

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ELKVILLE -- One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Elkville, Saturday. 

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Pinckneyville unveils new solar installation at wastewater plant Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE -- Leaders in Pinckneyville are looking to cut the city’s utility bills. The community will soon switch over to solar power to treat the city’s wastewater facility which leaders say will save taxpayer dollars.

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Fireplace & space heater safety Video included

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HERRIN -- Frigid temperatures have a lot of us hauling out our space heaters or cranking up the fireplace.  Those heating devices can pose serious dangerous when not used properly. 

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Author says Tamms prison could have been a success Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A new book explores both the good and bad aspects of the controversial supermax prison, which once operated in the Alexander County town of Tamms.

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Two alumni donate $1 million each for SIU scholarships

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CARBONDALE --  A couple of prominent SIU graduates show their love for the university by donating millions.

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Southern Illinoisan gun shop owner weighs on concealed carry act Video included

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MARION -- The United States House has passed a law allowing concealed carry holders to cross state lines. 

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New details in Murphysboro child sex crimes case Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- A new court document details the child sex crimes police say a 67-year-old man committed inside his apartment. 

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Adopting stricter sexual harassment policies

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HARRISBURG -- In the wake of dozens of sexual assault cases against entertainment figures and lawmakers, Illinois mandates sexual harassment policies in local governments across the state.

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Vet clinic offers free rabies vaccinations Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Wright-Way Rescue and TimberTrails Low-Cost Veterinary Services free rabies vaccines for dogs and cats Thursday afternoon. A no-kill rescue shelter and vet clinic, the free vaccinations were given to the first 200 dogs and cats through the door.

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Country musician Drew Baldridge visits Murphysboro High School Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Heads turned at Murphysboro High School Thursday morning, as a well-known visitor walked the halls. Country music recording artist Drew Baldridge stopped by to chat with students and even play a few tunes.

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Two Murphysboro men face child porn charges Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Two men face child pornography charges after two separate police investigations. 

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Murder suspect's attorney withdraws at client's urging Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The court-appointed attorney for a woman charged in the 2016 death of Robin Stief has withdrawn from the case, at the urging of his client. 

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School project leads to happy holidays for homeless Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE -- At St. Bruno Catholic School in Pinckneyville, small things... become big things. Case in point:  A simple idea to provide a single clothing item to people in need... has grown into a huge project which will help MANY more people than first planned.

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Record number of people leaving Illinois Video included

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WSIL-TV -- More than 250 thousand people moved from Illinois to other U.S. States in 2015, while only 165,000 moved in, according to new data from the IRS.

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Looking for answers 25 years later Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Even a new coat of paint, and new siding can't hide the pain, death, and destruction that hit the  Pyramid Apartments on Carbondale's Rawlings Street, December 6th, 1992. 

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Governor launches campaign to bring awareness to "Move Over" Law Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has teamed up with Illinois safety leaders to stress the importance of the state's "Move Over" law.

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Mt. Vernon sues Jefferson County sheriff candidate for $7,000 Video included

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MT. VERNON -- A candidate for sheriff of Jefferson County has been locked in a five-year legal battle with the City of Mt. Vernon over claims he misrepresented a knee injury to obtain thousands of dollars in workers compensation benefits. 

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Authorities investigating standoff in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG -- Police responded to a standoff situation at the Saline County Housing complex in Harrisburg. 

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Serving the homeless in southern Illinois

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HARRISBURG -- The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Stabbing suspect now faces 1st degree murder charge

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CARBONDALE -- A  Jackson County woman police say stabbed her boyfriend to death on Thanksgiving is now charged with first degree murder. 

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Families gather for "Santa in the Park"

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CARBONDALE --  Folks in Carbondale gathered for a good time Tuesday night to see "Santa in the Park."

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Crisis training helps police and the public

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CARBONDALE -- A program aims to prevent people battling mental illnesses from being trapped in the criminal justice system. Carbondale and Cape Girardeau pledged to participate and are getting their teams trained.

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Carbondale Mayor responds to alleged questionable expense reports Video included

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CARBONDALE --  When Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry saw the headline on the Illinois News Network's website Monday saying he had been reimbursed for a conference he didn't attend he was confused.

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Dispute over land in Mulkeytown continues after years of litigation Video included

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MULKEYTOWN -- A fight over land in Franklin County has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

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Rep. Ives challenges Rauner for Illinois governor Video included

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JACKSON CO. - One day after filing her bid for Illinois governor, State Representative Jeanne Ives hit the campaign trail in southern Illinois.

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Carbondale fire department receives grant for new Sparky mascot

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CARBONDALE -- After nearly 25 years, the Carbondale fire department's mascot "Sparky" needed a bit of a a facelift.

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Shots fired at home in Harrisburg, 1 man arrested

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HARRISBURG -- Nobody got hurt after someone fired a gun at a home in Harrisburg with people inside.

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Man arrested for making and having child porn

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MURPHYSBORO -- Police officers arrested Paul Joseph Blaney, 67, earlier this week after a 14-month investigation. 

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Missing Indiana woman's car found in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON CO. -- Five days after Indiana resident Cean Peevey went missing, her car was found in Jefferson County. 

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Woman embraces pet pig

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COULTERVILLE -- While some pig owners get criticized for having pet pigs, one family says their community embraces their pet pig.

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Spring Garden students participate in cardboard boat regatta

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INA -- A middle school in Ina gives a creative science lesson to its 8th graders.

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Mt. Vernon property tax levy uncertain weeks before final approval

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MT. VERNON -- The city of Mt. Vernon plans to raise property taxes, but by how much is still up in the air.

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Citizens hopeful for Cairo's future

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CAIRO -- While many families in Cairo moved out because of the housing crisis, others are moving back, and they're bringing hope. 

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Gift fair encourages alternative gifts

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CARBONDALE -- It's easy to get wrapped up in the shopping season this Christmas, but how about giving someone something a little more thoughtful? That's the idea behind the alternative gift fair in Carbondale where people had the opportunity to buy items they wouldn't typically find on shelves. 

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"Christmas at the Cross" celebration

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ALTO PASS -- Folks gathered at Bald Knob Cross for an afternoon of music and fellowship for the "Christmas at the Cross" celebration Sunday.

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CVS buying Aetna in deal that could change health care

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(AP) CVS is confirming that it's buying Aetna for $69 billion in a deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client. 

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Poplar Bluff police look for "armed and dangerous" suspect

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WSIL -- Poplar Bluff police are looking for an "armed and dangerous" suspect. 

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Hospice keeps memories alive with Tree of Life Video included

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MARION -- The holiday season can be especially difficult for people who have lost loved ones.  

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Fire closes Williamson County business Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- With the help of friends and family, Helen Dempsey reopened "Helen's" just over a month ago. Sunday morning, a fire in the back of the Williamson County business closed it down.

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Local churches learn how to stay safe Video included

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MARION -- It's been nearly a month since a gunman opened fire in Sutherland Springs, Texas and killed 26 people, showing that no where is exempt from violence. Now local churches are taking steps to keep their congregations safe.  

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Illinois leaders mark state's 199th birthday; eyes on 200th

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois leaders celebrated the state's 199th birthday with eyes on its 200th in a year. 

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Storm Story Sunday 12-3-17 Video included

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WSIL -- Weather Warrior Tony Laubach lists his favorite three storm chases of the year on this week's Storm Story Sunday. 

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Colored pens and coin tosses used to settle tied elections

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - In Manteo, North Carolina, population about 1,400, the vote for one town commission post was so close that it took nearly three weeks, two recounts, a drawing of straws and a coin toss to settle the election. 

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Carbondale kicks off Christmas season with Lights Fantastic Parade Video included

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CARBONDALE-- Thousands of people lined Route 51 in Carbondale Saturday night for the Lights Fantastic Parade.

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Opossum breaks into liquor store, gets drunk as a skunk

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. 

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Murray Energy comes out against Senate tax deal

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WSIL -- One of the area's biggest coal companies opposes the Senate tax plan, calling it a "mockery of tax reform."

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Kendrick Paper catches fire in Mt. Vernon Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Multiple fire crews responded to a fire at Kendrick Paper Stock Company in Mt. Vernon.  

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Kentucky GOP rejects governor's call for resignations

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Republican Party leaders have rejected a request from the state's GOP governor that they call for the resignation of four lawmakers who signed a secret sexual harassment settlement. 

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Kids raise money to keep Herrin Youth Center open

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HERRIN -- Staff and kids with the Herrin Youth Center are asking for donations to keep the center open. 

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Opening day for Carbondale Winter Farmers' Market Video included

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WSIL -- Saturday is opening day for the Carbondale Community Winter Farmer's Market! 

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Riding along with IDNR Conservation Police Video included

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WSIL -- Firearms deer season keeps Illinois Conservation Police Officers very busy.

"This is when the real game warden work begins," said CPO Chris Johnson. "Starting November 1st, we can't even keep our voicemails empty."

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SIU Students look to save Africana Studies Department Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Senior Julius Jefferson has never taken a class in the Africana Studies Department at Southern Illinois University, but now he finds himself on the forefront of saving the department's future.

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FCC plans vote on Net Neutrality repeal Video included

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WSIL -- There could be major changes on the horizon regarding how you use the internet.

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Marion mayor Bob Butler to retire in January Video included

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MARION -- Mayor Bob Butler is set to retire early next year. 

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No injuries after school bus crash

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Nobody got hurt in a three vehicle crash involving a school bus.

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SIUC chancellor explains structural changes amidst complaints from faculty and staff Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The chancellor of SIU Carbondale has big plans for the future of the university. 

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Saline Co. workers frustrated with not getting paid on time

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SALINE CO. -- Several Saline County employees showed up to work heated Thursday morning, after waking up and finding out they didn’t get paid on time. 

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Murphysboro Man arrested for child porn Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- A Murphysboro man faces decades behind bars after police find child pornography and a marijuana-growing operation in his home.

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Inmate claims jail forced her to lie in human waste for nearly a week Video included

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WSIL -- A female inmate claims Jefferson County jail staffers forced her to lie and sleep in human waste for nearly a week, while ignoring her repeated calls for medical attention.

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