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Warmer to end the weekend

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(WSIL) -- Clouds will increase into the afternoon, along with rising temperatures. Overall today will be warm, cloudy and mostly dry. The chance for rain does return tonight with the best chance coming after seven or eight o'clock. Showers will likely linger into the morning hours Tuesday. Expect highs today in the mid 50s, slightly warmer than yesterday.  Meteorologist Jacie Brianne is back tonight with another look at your forecast.  More>>

University Mall celebrates a Tuba Christmas Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The sound of Christmas filled University Mall Saturday morning. More than a dozen musicians came together for their "Tuba Christmas". The performance serves as a reunion for the tuba players who often don't get the chance to practice together for the event.

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Thousands attend 29th annual Lights Fantastic Parade Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Thousands lined the streets in Carbondale Saturday night for the 29th annual Lights Fantastic Parade. More than 60 floats, a dozen school bands, and numerous organizations lit up the night as they made their way along Illinois Avenue. Carbondale held Christmas celebrations throughout the day with craft sales, ornament decorating, a cookie walk, and letters to Santa.

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Hundreds shop the Alternative Gift Fair in Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Hundreds of shoppers made their way to the Alternative Gift Fair Saturday at the Carbondale Civic Center. 
 

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Laborers Local 773 members and families come together for Christmas Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Around 1,500 people attended one of the largest Christmas parties in Southern Illinois. 

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A cloudy and warm Sunday ahead Video included

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WSIL -- It was quiet start to the weekend but we have some changes around the corner.

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Partly cloudy this afternoon

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Clouds covered much of the viewing area at sunrise

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Officials offer tips to keep your home safe during the holidays Video included

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If you don't want the Grinch to steal Christmas this year, Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says don't over share on social media. 

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New transportation facility in the works in Jackson County Video included

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The Jackson County Mass Transit District gets federal funding to construct a new operations, storage and maintenance facility.

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ISP trooper arrested for sex crimes

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An Illinois State Trooper has been fired after allegations of sex assault and sex abuse.

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Weekend starts frosty but gets warmer

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WSIL - A heavy frost is possible Saturday morning but afternoon temperatures could end up warmer than seasonal.  ...

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Clearing

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WSIL -- *UPDATE* --- As the front has passes it seems cloud cover is beginning to clear behind the front more quickly than originally anticipated. Forecast revisions remain primarily in sky conditions. Partly cloudy conditions are forecast for much of the day today. An increase in sunshine may also result in temperatures a bit warmer than originally forecast. Temperatures may climb back up into the mid-50s.  ORIGINAL FORECAST -- Early this morning we had showers scattered acros...

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Shooter kills 2, wounds others, is dead at Florida Navy base

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The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and two victims are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

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Benton to celebrate historical courthouse's last Christmas Video included

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When the City of Benton celebrates its annual Festival of Lights this Saturday, it will be a bittersweet ceremony as they say goodbye to their historical courthouse and welcome to one to come.

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Students learn trade, help community Video included

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Students in Franklin County are learning a trade and learning about a volunteer program that builds homes for families.

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Dr. Daniel Mahony named new SIU president Video included

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Southern Illinois University officially has a new president. The board of trustees approved Dr. Daniel Mahony as SIU's new leader Thursday.

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Inmates graduate from first welding program Video included

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Inmates took part in the first welding program at the Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro.

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Administrators, law enforcement respond to graffiti message

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Frankfort CUSD #168 Administrators received a report about a statement written on a restroom wall at Frankfort Community High School. 

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Boil order issued for Carterville water customers

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Carterville water customers should boil their water until further notice. 

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Sparta man sentenced to 3 years for looting pre-need funeral funds

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Nathan Lee was sentenced Wednesday in Randolph County court.

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Illinois mother pleads guilty in beating death of 5-year-old son

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She faces 20 to 60 years in prison.

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Friday will be cloudy damp and cooler

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WSIL - Showers are expected to move into the region tonight.  ...

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One person dies after out of control leaf fire

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 A Lake of Egypt resident has died following serious injuries from an out of control leaf fire.

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House will draft Trump impeachment articles, Pelosi says

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Pelosi delivered the historic announcement Thursday from the speaker's offices at the Capitol. 

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Memo says Gov.-elect Beshear facing massive budget shortfall

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The memo from Bevin's budget director, John Chilton, said additional funding will be needed for pensions, corrections, Medicaid and employee health benefits. 

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Grain bin manufacturer GSI to close Flora facility at the end of January

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The Grain Systems Incorporated (GSI) facility in Flora is slated to close at the end of January. 

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A tradition returns to our region - Christmas in Carterville Video included

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Many families in southern Illinois have made Christmas in Carterville a holiday tradition, and the event is returning for another year. 

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Mild Thursday, but more rain by Friday morning

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One more beautiful day! Allow extra time to scrape the windshield this morning as there is some frost, but sunshine and south winds will kick in and bring afternoon temperatures into the upper 50s. 

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Efforts underway to reopen Job Corps Campus in Golconda Video included

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Leaders are looking for interested parties to re-purpose and reopen the Job Corps Campus in Golconda, helping to bring jobs back to the region.

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The WSIL Weather Academy travels to the Marion Junior High School Video included

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WSIL -- The WSIL Weather Academy continues their journey to local schools this week in an effort to educate students about science and weather. 

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St. Kicks puts shoes on kids for Christmas Video included

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BENTON (WSIL) -- A Benton business is just one of several in the region looking to help children keep their feet warm this winter.

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U.S. House passes anti-robocall bill

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved the "Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act," or TRACED Act, to crack down on those who spam Americans with automated calls.

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Most of Thursday forecast looks good

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Look at a forecast board and see a chance of showers on Thursday, but look deeper and see a sunny morning.

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Arnold's Market closing after 47 years

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The market posted on Facebook that their final day in business will be December 18.

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Carbondale Terriers tackle reading Video included

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The team visited Lewis Elementary on Tuesday to read to students. 

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Trump team on Capitol Hill amid 'serious misconduct' probe

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The panel hears Wednesday from constitutional scholars on the issue of what's an impeachable offense.

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FEMA stops in Grand Tower for flood damage assessment

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FEMA officials are assessing flood damage in Grand Tower. 
 

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IDOC investigating assault of two correctional officers

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Authorities are investigating after two correctional officers were assaulted at Menard Correctional Center.

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Motorcycle rider injured after striking deer near Eldorado

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A Carmi man was injured early Wednesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer. The accident happened at around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday along U.S. Highway 45 just north of Eldorado. 

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Sunny & warm Wednesday, but rain returns Thursday night

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Wednesday is the "pick of the week"! Sunny skies and temperatures warming back in to the low to mid 50s. Soak it up because rain returns into the forecast by Thursday evening. 

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Stride Pro Wrestling fundraiser to benefit Dan ‘Curly’ Summers Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- There's a wrestling throw down taking place this weekend and it's all for a good cause. 

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Businesses adjusting ahead of car trade-in tax next month Video included

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Dealerships are reminding car owners to be aware of a new trade-in tax in Illinois that goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

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Fur-ever Homes: Meet Stubs, Sam and Boss at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri Video included

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WSIL -- Animals all across the region are waiting for their "Fur-ever" homes and this week we are helping three of our furry friends find their families.

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Illinois State Scholars announced

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The 2020-21 scholars are high school seniors recognized for their superior academic achievement.

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Warmer Wednesday

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Sunshine and warmer weather expected for Wednesday. 

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Poshards give $100,000 on Giving Tuesday

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Glenn and Jo Poshard donate $100,000 to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for the annual Renewing Illinois Summit. 

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SIU Board of Trustees to vote on new system president

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Daniel F. Mahony, currently the president of Winthrop University in South Carolina, has been selected to serve as president of the Southern Illinois University System. 

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Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

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Kamala Harris is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. 

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'Unicorn puppy' will stay with Missouri rescue mission

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A dog that drew international attention because of a tail-like growth on his face will remain with the founder of a group that rescued him.

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MDC offering $20,000 reward to find elk poachers

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Missouri’s Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of poachers that shot a female adult elk and left it for dead November 18 in Carter County. 

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Sen. Paul offering bill to combat student loan debt

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to combat the rising debt load for college students by allowing them to dip into retirement accounts to help pay for school or pay back loans. 

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Cold & frosty morning, but temperatures bouncing back Tuesday afternoon

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A cold, frosty morning will make way for a milder afternoon as wind turn out of the south and west.  Allow a little extra time if you park outside Tuesday morning as there's a lot of frost on the car windshields.  

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Humane Society of Southeast Missouri needs your help Video included

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Advocates say they want a better, safer place for the pets. 

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Carbondale Public Library invites residents to swap holiday decorations

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The holiday decorations growing old and tired in your storage closet can be swapped out for other knick knacks Saturday at the Carbondale Public Library's first Holiday Decor Swap.

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Franklin County woman's engagement ring found after 25 years Video included

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A woman finds her engagement ring that had been lost for over 25 years.

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Schedule change: Candy Cane Lane featured tonight on "Great Christmas Light Fight"

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The holiday lights display will be featured on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight." 

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Beshear selects Adkins, Coleman for key administration jobs

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Gov.-elect Andy Beshear selected longtime state Rep. Rocky Adkins, his former political competitor, to serve as his senior adviser in the latest round of personnel decisions on Monday, which included an expanded role for Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman

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Lights Fantastic Parade will impact traffic in Carbondale

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The 29th annual Lights Fantastic Parade is set for Saturday December 7 in Carbondale.

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Couple dry days coming up

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WSIL - We might only see a little sun on Tuesday but dry skies are expected.  ...

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Deer harvest numbers down in opening weekend of Illinois firearm season

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Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 50,173 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. That number is down more than 8,000 compared to 2018.

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Chilly, blustery Monday, but getting warmer by midweek

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Gloomy and cold for Monday. We're tracking a few light snow showers, flurries, and drizzle through much of the morning, but otherwise cloudy and temperatures hovering in the mid 30s through much of the day. 

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Fatal crash in Jackson County

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One person is dead following a crash on Gorham Road in Jackson County. 

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New Carbondale Warming Center opens its doors Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The city opened its new Warming Center to help neighbors in need during the colder months. 

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Museum in Pinckneyville holds Old Fashioned Christmas Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE (WSIL) -- Families were able to step back into time at the 7th annual Old Fashioned Christmas in Pinckneyville.

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Another cloudy and chilly day ahead as we kick off the work week

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WSIL -- Another dreary and breezy day for the area but we have some changes on the way.

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Cold, cloudy, and breezy

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(WSIL) -- Clouds are rolling in this morning bringing cooler air and windy conditions with them. Highs this afternoon likely top out in the low 40s with wind chill values in the high 20s and low 30s this afternoon. A chance for showers returns to the forecast for those in the northern half of our viewing area, primarily in the afternoon. Those showers may change over to flurries as temperatures drop tonight. Monday brings another chilly and breezy day.  Meteorologist Jacie Brian... More>>

Semi crash in Franklin County blocks northbound traffic Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- Traffic on Interstate 57 is being diverted off at Exit 71 for Benton and West City following an incident with a semi.

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Shoppers in Anna, Marion take part in Small Business Saturday Video included

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(WSIL) -- With another Black Friday behind us, the big focus this weekend was on shopping locally for this year's Small Business Saturday.

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Red Devils are welcomed home Video included

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- The Murphysboro Red Devils are the class 4-A runner up and, Saturday, the town of gave the team a hero's welcome. Many of the players have been together since the 5th and 6th grade. The group did something no other Murphysboro team had ever done by getting to the state championship game. Residents of the town say they couldn't be more proud of the team for achieving what they did. ""This is a historic team, and it goes without saying that we ar... More>>

Kids in Marion get holiday pictures with the grouchy green guy Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Hundreds of children were able to get a holiday picture with someone whose heart is two sizes too small. 

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Front pushes through this evening

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Showers and storms this morning will carry over into the afternoon. 

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Murphysboro gets standing ovation despite loss in championship game Video included

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It was a disappointing end to a historic season for the Murphsyboro Red Devils. 

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Johnston Cite Fire Chief urges fireplace maintenance and safety Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY (WSIL) -- As winter starts approaching and the cold weather follows with it, many may want to curl up next to a nice warm fire. 

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Nashville proud despite loss of state title Video included

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Sterling Newman made some big plays to take down the Nashville Hornets 35-14.

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Officer resigns after DUI arrest on Thanksgiving

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A Kentucky police officer has resigned after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Thanksgiving.

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Soggy Saturday in the forecast

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WSIL - Heavy rain is expected Saturday morning across the region.  

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WSIL News 3 to broadcast IHSA state championship football games

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The state championship games in all eight classes of IHSA football are set. WSIL News 3 will be airing the games which play on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

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Where to watch the Illinois High School Football State Championships

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The 2019 IHSA Football State Championship games will air live on statewide television via Quincy Media Inc.’s IHSA TV Network on Friday and Saturday November 29-30.

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Rainy start to the weekend

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(WSIL) -- Shower chances Friday will begin to build during late morning and continue to grow into the evening.

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Illinois State troopers rush heart to hospital for transplant

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A heart transplant recipient is recovering nicely thanks to his doctors, nurses, and two Illinois State Police troopers. 

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Fire damages Du Quoin home on Thanksgiving Video included

Du Quoin Fire Department responds to house fire on Thanksgiving Day. Du Quoin Fire Department responds to house fire on Thanksgiving Day.
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DU QUOIN (WSIL) -- A wood-burning stove may have been the cause of a house fire in Du Quoin Thursday evening.

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Volunteers in Jackson County serve hundreds of neighbors this Thanksgiving Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY (WSIL) Volunteers were busy in Murphysboro and Carbondale helping with Thanksgiving dinner traditions that date back more than three decades.

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First responders spend the holiday on the job Video included

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Several stores and agencies are closed this Thanksgiving-- but first responders are still hard at work. 


 

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Cold wet Black Friday

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WSIL - Early shoppers on Black Friday will have the best chance of avoiding showers but the day overall looks wet and cold.  Showers are expected in the afternoon with high temperatures only in the 40s.  Saturday looks warmer but the rain might be more persistent and heavier with a chance of thunder and lightning.  Jim has the latest forecast including a look at Dekalb for the HS football championship games on News 3 this evening. 

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Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

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Legal marijuana sales to adults are set to open in two Midwestern states. 

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Holiday stress: Amazon, others under gun for 1-day delivery

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Amazon, Walmart and others have promised to deliver more of their orders within 24 hours of customers clicking on "Buy." 

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WSIL Weather Academy travels to Parrish Elementary School Video included

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The Weather Academy made another trip to Jackson County - this time stopping by Parrish Elementary School to teach first graders. 

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Patti's 1880's Settlement reopens after nearly two years Video included

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It was a busy night at Patti's 1880 Settlement as families from across the area spent the evening dining before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Attorneys seek to consolidate Fairlife animal-abuse lawsuits

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Multiple federal lawsuits have been filed accusing Fairlife of abusing cows at an Indiana dairy farm, saying the company's claims that it treats animals humanely are fraudulent. 

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A few showers late Thanksgiving afternoon; more rain Black Friday

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Happy Thanksgiving! While the holiday will begin dry, showers are likely later on this afternoon and evening with even more rain for Black Friday and the first half of the weekend.

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Senator under investigation for possible bribery resigns

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An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for fraud has resigned his office. 

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Dentmon Center in Carbondale set to open Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Kids and teens will soon have access to a newly renovated youth center in Carbondale.  Carbondale native and professional basketball player Justin Dentmon purchased the building in 2016 with the hopes of providing a safe place for the community.

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Multi-vehicle crash stalls I-57

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police are working a crash scene on I-57 in the northbound lanes.

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Two people injured in crash on I-24

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MASSAC COUNTY (WSIL) -- Two people were injured after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 24 Wednesday.

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Sesser Auto Body taking nominations for 6th annual Christmas car giveaway Video included

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The Sesser couple partners with other charitable organizations and enlists the help of local pastors to select the recipients each year.

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Zeigler water service to be disrupted Thanksgiving Day

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ZEIGLER (WSIL) -- Some residents in Zeigler will be without water for several hours Thursday morning. 

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Community Thanksgiving meals planned across southern Illinois

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Several local organizations will be serving up meals this Thanksgiving. 

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Amazon to double holiday hiring to 200,000

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Amazon plans to hire 200,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, double the number of workers it hired a year ago

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Derek Shelton named Pittsburgh Pirates manager

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Carbondale native and SIU alum Derek Shelton has been named the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

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High winds temporarily shut down Cave-In-Rock Ferry

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The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is back open. 

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Turkey of a forecast

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Thanksgiving day will be best suited for indoor sports.

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Crash on I-57 impacting traffic

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The Franklin County Emergency Management agency is reporting a traffic crash on Interstate 57. 

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No cash? Salvation Army now accepting mobile donations

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Leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will help in reaching the campaign's $150 million goal. 

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19 products sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods subject to recall

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 19 different products, all sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods are subject to recall.

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Jimmy Carter released from hospital

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Former President Jimmy Carter is heading home after spending two weeks in the hospital. 

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Mt. Vernon's Central Christian Church holding its 23rd Thanksgiving dinner Video included

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MT. VERNON (WSIL) -- Thanksgiving is already tomorrow, and there's a church in Mt. Vernon that wants to make sure every family has their holiday meal. 

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Central Christian Church holding coat giveaway on Thanksgiving Video included

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MT. VERNON (WSIL) -- Central Christian Church is going a step above feeding the community this Thanksgiving. 

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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, says she didn't vote for Bevin

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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, who was kicked off Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's ticket when he unsuccessfully sought reelection this year, says she didn't vote for him. 

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High winds remain through the morning; gusts 40-50 mph possible

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A Wind Advisory is in effect for much of the region until 3 p.m. Wednesday with a rare High Wind Warning also issued for Jefferson and Wayne counties. 

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Bed bugs found at more southern Illinois schools

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Harrisburg school leaders believe bed bugs that have turned up in two schools are isolated incidents.

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Deadly shooting under investigation in Mt. Vernon Video included

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One person is dead after a shooting Monday in Mt. Vernon .

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Mt. Vernon leaders debating property tax or sales tax increase Video included

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Mt. Vernon leaders are working on ways to pay nearly half a million dollars to their pension plan. 

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What not to feed your pets during the holiday season Video included

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The holidays are right around the corner and that means so is the food. While delicious, that holiday food can be harmful to pets.

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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station set to open Christmas Day

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The 120,000 square foot aquarium includes more than 1 million gallons of water, including a 250,000 gallon shark tank, 13,000 animals, and 44 exhibits will open Christmas Day.

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