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Harrisburg leaders meet with residents to discuss violence Video included

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HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg city leaders hope to put an end to the recent spike in violent crimes. 

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Crash on route 37 sends one to the hospital

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- A man suffers serious injuries after a crash on Route 37. 

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Two teens seriously hurt after wreck near Elkville

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ELKVILLE -- Two teens are in the hospital with serious injuries after a wreck near Elkville.

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Local church strikes deal with American Coal Video included

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GALATIA --  An Eldorado woman has gained some attention on social media from a video she posted that went viral after the church where she buried her daughter struck a deal with American Coal to mine underneath the cemetery.

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One person dead in West Frankfort after crash

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WEST FRANKFORT -- In West Frankfort, one person is dead after a crash on Route 149 and Dry Rd. 

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Governor candidate calls for funding reform Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar was in Carbondale Sunday morning calling for funding reform to Illinois' public institutions.

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I-57 crash leaves multiple people injured Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Illinois State Police said multiple people were injured after a crash near mile marker 53 on Interstate 57 early Sunday morning. 

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Carbondale teen reported missing

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CARBONDALE -- A Carbondale teenager is missing after her high school graduation.

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Police arrest a man after a shooting in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE -- A suspect has been arrested in an early morning shooting in Carbondale. 

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Head on collision in McCracken County

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MCCRACKEN CO., KY. -- A crash in McCracken County trapped one driver inside of her Jeep. 

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Overturned semi carrying cattle shuts down part of I-57

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- A crash has shut down Interstate 57 northbound starting at Exit 45. 

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Civil Air Patrol prepares youth for the future Video included

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MARION -- The Civil Air Patrol is teaching youth valuable lessons. 

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Jeep riders raise money for education and shoes Video included

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MARION -- A Southern Illinois group got muddy as a way to raise money. 

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Pool players compete for a chance to go to Las Vegas Video included

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MARION -- In Marion, pool players at the American Pool Association local team championship are trying to earn a chance to play in Las Vegas. 

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Two in hospital after crash in White County

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WHITE CO. -- An wreck on Interstate 64 in White County on Saturday morning sent two people to the hospital. 

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Gubernatorial candidate to visit Cairo and Carbondale

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CAIRO -- Illinois gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar will visit Cairo Saturday.

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Flash flood warning for Perry and Jackson Counties

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WSIL -- A flash flood warning is in effect until 9:45 a.m. for Perry and Jackson Counties.

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Nursing home celebrates "Spirit of America" Video included

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UNION CO. -- A local assisted care facility celebrated National Nursing Home Week.

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Rauner, Democrats accuse each other of peddling fake news Video included

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WSIL -- The Rauner administration and Illinois Senate Democrats are accusing each other of spreading fake news. 

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Local nurse trains for 10K to help toddler Video included

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MARION -- A local woman is training for a charity run in honor of a toddler with health problems. Nurse Tameeka Marvin followed Lincoln Dunning's story on his mom's social media page.

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Unsung Hero: Isaiah's new leg Video included

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MARION -- A Marion teen is playing his favorite sport with ease thanks to a generous donation. 

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As water recedes, residents around Horseshoe Lake assess damage Video included

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ALEXANDER COUNTY -- The Mississippi River is slowly returning to its banks, but it leaves behind a mess for residents to clean up.

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Court documents reveal possible financial crisis at Morthland College Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Court documents filed through the Franklin County clerk show Morthland College owes the IRS more than $700,000, but the college's founder and president Tim Morthland owes money to others as well.

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The wonders of science put on display in Du Quoin Video included

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PERRY CO. -- Du Quoin Middle School clubs got a chance to demonstrate what they do for fun on Thursday. 

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Vienna students graduate with high school and college diplomas Video included

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JOHNSON CO. -- Some Vienna High School students will graduating with a diploma and a college degree. 

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Morthland students worried about academic futures after sports program cut Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Administrators at Morthland College are working to determine the direction of the institution after the school announced it would be cutting all athletic programs and only offer "club sports" after a slow down of federal funding. 

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Johnson County students prepare for total solar eclipse Video included

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VIENNA -- Hundreds of Johnson County students had the chance to learn more about the impact of the upcoming total solar eclipse. Vienna High School hosted an assembly for the Johnson County Schools to help students prepare.

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Callie On The Job: Crappie Masters Video included

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REND LAKE --  Fishing can be a way to kick back and relieve stress, but for some it's a career. 

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Illinois budget: Progress on pause Video included

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WSIL -- One day after passing several components of the so-called "Grand Bargain" legislative package, the Illinois Senate, along with the House, adjourned for the day without considering a single bill related to the budget. 

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Local police officers recognized for heroic actions Video included

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DU QUOIN -- Several local police officers received recognition Thursday for their actions. The Fraternal Order of Police recognized the officers for their life-saving actions.

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Hazmat crews respond after oil, debris dumped in Marion creek Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Several crews responded to a hazmat situation in Marion Thursday.

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2 injured in Williamson County crash

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Authorities have released new details about the crash that closed a portion of I-57 Thursday morning.

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8th grader's speech banned at graduation Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A controversial graduation speech stirs up one Franklin County town. 

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Former Saluki tennis greats file complaint against SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Two former Saluki women's tennis greats say they filed the Title IX complaint against SIU. 

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Morthland College ends athletic program Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Morthland College trustees voted Wednesday to end the school's athletic program. 

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Summer lunch programs to begin

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MURPHYSBORO -- The end of the school year means the beginning of summer fun, but for some students it also means the end of a guaranteed healthy or full meal every day. 

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Legislators vote on 'Grand Bargain' budget bills Video included

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WSIL -- When it comes to approving a budget, Illinois lawmakers appear to be closer than they've been in nearly two years. Even so, there's still a lot of uncertainty.

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Shawnee High School teacher Honored by Illinois VFW Video included

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WOLF LAKE -- A Shawnee High School Teacher enjoys an honor from Illinois for instilling good citizenship in her students.

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Local doctor warns of caffeine dangers Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The recent death of a South Carolina teen brings the dangers of "too much" caffeine back into the spotlight. 

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Local farmers pay for planting early this year Video included

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BENTON -- Planting in southern Illinois is well under way, but some are planting for the second time. 

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Illinois farm managers meet to help farmers with finances Video included

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WSIL -- Farming is a way of life, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Just like any job, finances play a big part, and there are folks who make it their job to make dealing with those finances a little easier.

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MVTHS reaches separation agreement with superintendent Video included

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JEFFERSON CO. -- Mt. Vernon Township High School has parted way with superintendent Dr. Michael Smith.

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Johnston City officials warn homeowners to clean up Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY -- Johnston City leaders plan to crack down on messy yards with a warning, asking residents to clean up or face a fine. 

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At least 20 injured when tornado hits trailer park

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CHICAGO (AP) - At least 20 people were injured when a tornado hit a mobile home park Tuesday near a small town in western Wisconsin, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told KSTP-TV.

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Motorcyclist warns other riders beware of deer Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Early Tuesday morning, two men riding motorcycles near Spillertown hit a deer and lost control of their bikes. Survivors of similar crashes warn riders to stay extra cautious. 

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Harrisburg business owners look for a solution to flooding Video included

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HARRISBURG -- Business owners raise new flood concerns in Harrisburg. Those owners want the city to do more to prevent the kind of flooding that swamped their businesses last month. They aim to pack this week's city council meeting with concerned citizens.

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Harrisburg sees spike in crime Video included

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SALINE CO. -- The City of Harrisburg has seen a recent spike in violent crimes.

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Local gun shop owners worry about new bill headed to House Video included

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WSIL -- A bill affecting owners of small gun shops is heading to the Illinois House floor for a vote. The bill would add hundreds, even thousands of extra dollars in fees for small dealers and leave big box stores exempt. 

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SIU reveals new finalists for chancellor position

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CARBONDALE -- SIU has revealed two new finalists for the open chancellor position. 

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Leader calls for Rep. Dave Severin to resign Video included

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WSIL -- The Williamson County Democratic chairman is calling for Representative Dave Severin to resign.

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Missing man found safe in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale Police have found Lee Batie, 78 safe. He had been reported missing May 11. Investigators say Batie is healthy, but did not provide any other details.

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Lane reduction on Route 149 in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN CO. -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is alerting drivers of a lane reduction on Route 149 near Interstate 57 in West Frankfort  Construction begins Wednesday, May 17.  

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Two injured after motorcycle-on-deer collisions

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MARION -- Two people suffer minor injuries after their motorcycles crash in Marion.

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Superintendent of Mt. Vernon schools voted out Video included

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MT. VERNON -- In a unanimous decision, Mount Vernon School leaders agreed to part ways with superintendent Mike Smith. 

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Williamson County unsafe or abandoned properties to be reviewed Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- The Williamson County Board of Commissioners plans to take action on unsafe or abandoned properties in unincorporated areas. 

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Jewelry theft suspect pursued by store owner

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METROPOLIS -- A Metropolis jewelry store owner made a daring move to help police arrest a theft suspect. 

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Marion woman arrested on a DUI charge

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MARION -- A Marion woman ended up in the Williamson County Jail after police said she drove under the influence Monday morning.

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Women's Center making plans for layoffs after little state funding Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A lack of state funding could force the closure of a center that helps more than 1,200 Southern Illinoisans affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault.

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Stolen tractor in Pope County found Video included

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POPE CO. -- A tractor stolen in Pope County will soon return to its owner.

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Summer vacation home safety tips Video included

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CARBONDALE --  If you plan on leaving town for a vacation this summer, there's a few things to keep in mind before you leave.

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Police step up seat belt patrol Video included

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CARBONDALE --  Over the next two weeks, local police departments will get out and heavily enforce the seat belt law. 

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Interactive Map for eclipse viewers in Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The countdown to the solar eclipse is now in the double digits, but one local town is still developing ways to make it easier for incoming visitors.

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Protecting yourself from a ransomware attack Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- The Cyber Defense Team at John A Logan College says the "Wanna Cry Malware" hack would have been much smaller if people had updated their computer operating systems.  

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Paducah man behind bars after police chase

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PADUCAH, KY. -- A Paducah man is in jail facing several charges after a police pursuit that crossed three Kentucky counties. 

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Woman falls at Garden of the Gods Video included

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SALINE CO. -- An Evansville woman was injured this weekend in a fall at Garden of the Gods. 

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High water not a challenge for Mother's Day Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- There was just one thing in the way from letting mother's celebrate Mother's Day with their families at Walker's Bluff Winery: water left over from the floods three weeks ago. 

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Williamson County Board considers demolishing abandoned properties Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO -- Several abandoned buildings throughout Williamson County could be demolished if commissioners approve a proposed ordinance.

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Suspect in attempted Dowell break in caught

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DOWELL -- A suspect in an attempted break in at a home in Dowell was arrested early Sunday morning. 

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Murray man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

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MURRAY, KY. -- A man from Murray, Ky. is behind bars after allegations of sexually assaulting a minor.

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SIU students move home for the summer Video included

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CARBONDALE -- While some students graduated from SIU with a diploma on Saturday, others only said a temporary goodbye. 

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Some SIU students graduated while raising a family Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A class of graduates walked from the SIU Arena today, joining a large group of alumni; however, not all graduates are just full time students.

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Illinois EPA sponsors hazardous waste collection in Marion

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MARION -- Southern Illinoisans disposed of some unwanted items at a Chemical Hazardous Waste Pick Up on Saturday. 

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Old King Coal Festival honors coal miners during memorial service Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Saturday, the beautiful weather brought a lot of people and excitement in West Frankfort. 

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Taco Bell opens in West Frankfort

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Taco Bell is now open in West Frankfort. 

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$50,000 tractor stolen in Pope County

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POPE CO. -- Sheriff Jerry Suits is asking people to be on the lookout for a stolen tractor. 

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Kentucky man arrested for drug trafficking

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OHIO CO., KY. -- A man from Ohio County, Ky. was arrested on drug trafficking charges. 

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No survivors in Kentucky plane crash

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CHRISTIAN CO., KY. -- A small plane crash in western Kentucky killed everyone on board.

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Noah's March aims to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes Video included

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SALINE CO. -- An 11-year-old Florida boy is walking coast to coast to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

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1 injured in Benton drag racing crash

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BENTON -- A serious drag racing crash sent one driver to the hospital.

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Alligator gar reintroduction in Illinois waters Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is working to reintroduce the alligator gar in Illinois. The Division of Fisheries recently published it's Fish Species Management Plan for Alligator Gar in Illinois which highlights the state's efforts and plans for reintroduction.

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Schimpf: Income taxes likely going up, confident about SIU funding Video included

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WSIL -- As Illinois lawmakers work to reach a budget agreement, State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R- Murphysboro) said the state income tax will likely be increased, as part of the final agreement. 

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Unsung Hero: Carrie Plummer Video included

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MT. VERNON -- A Jefferson County teacher received a special award after going through a tough tragedy earlier this year.

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Upgraded Du Quoin pool set to open for year Video included

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PERRY CO. -- After years of battling an aging pool, the city of Du Quoin made some major upgrades this winter.

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Pritzker visits SIU's small business development center Video included

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WSIL -- Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker, made another stop in Southern Illinois on Friday. 

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Burns found guilty of planning to kidnap prosecutor Video included

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HARRISBURG -- After a three-day trial and a quick deliberation, jurors decided Brian Burns did plot to have someone kidnap former Saline County State's Attorney Mike Henshaw. 

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New bill allows schools time off for community funerals

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Senators unanimously passed legislation today that was drafted in response to Chester Community School District dismissing school early to host Officer James Brockmeyer's funeral in November of last year. 

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Matt Donkin named Superintendent of West Frankfort Schools

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Regional School Superintendent Matt Donkin is set to become the new Superintendent of West Frankfort Schools.

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Need a summer job? Look in non-traditional places Video included

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WSIL -- When it comes to finding that perfect summer job, teens may might want to think outside the box. 

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SIU students and staff react to chancellor decision being tabled Video included

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CARBONDALE -- SIU Carbondale will have to wait longer for leaders to name a new  chancellor.

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Callie On The Job: New You Body Sculpting Video included

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MARION -- Some people have tried every weight loss method in the book but still aren't seeing results. Callie learns about new technology aimed at speeding up the process in this week's Callie On The Job.  

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Audio recordings highlight attempt to kidnap former Saline County State's Attorney Video included

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HARRISBURG -- Audio recordings played in court on Thursday offer details of a murder suspect's plan to kidnap former Saline County State's Attorney Mike Henshaw.

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Flood damage figures beginning to come in Video included

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WSIL -- With floodwater finally receding after recent heavy rainfall, county officials have begun to report damage numbers.

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Wolf Creek overpass set to open in two weeks Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- It won't be long before the Illinois Department of Transportation opens up the Wolf Creek Overpass.

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Murder suspect says he's not guilty

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MURPHYSBORO -- A Carbondale man accused of a deadly March shooting pleaded not guilty Thursday in Jackson County court.

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Former jail worker arrested for sexual misconduct

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JACKSON CO. -- A former Jackson County jail worker faces sexual misconduct charges.

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Deadly shooting under investigation in Cape Girardeau

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- A 41-year-old man is dead after an afternoon shooting.  

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Woman dies in wreck on Route 13

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MARION -- A woman has died after a crash on route 13 in Marion.

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McCracken County Jail employee arrested for sexual abuse

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PADUCAH -- A McCracken County Jail employee is accused of sexual abusing a coworker.

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SIU board passes loan resolution, tables chancellor decision Video included

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EDWARDSVILLE -- SIU Carbondale will have to wait a little longer before a chancellor is chosen. While the process for that decision continues, SIUC leaders look to borrow millions from Edwardsville.

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Rep. Brandon Phelps hosts drive for area flood victims

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HARRISBURG -- Illinois Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg is hosting a food and supply collection drive for flood victims this week. 

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Special needs students learn social skills at fishing expedition Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Thousands of people with special needs gathered at Bleyer Park Wednesday for a day of catch and release. 

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State owes Franklin County $1.1 million, says treasurer Video included

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WSIL -- The state owes Franklin County $1.1 million, according to the county's treasurer. 

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Chester Bridge reopens after being closed due to flooding Video included

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CHESTER -- Wednesday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation officials finally removed the barricades and let traffic flow across the Chester Bridge again.

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Senior service providers struggle without state funding Video included

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JACKSON CO -- The state budget impact is affecting programs like Meals on Wheels.

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Inmate tased after escape attempt

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MASSAC CO. -- Authorities had to tase an inmate after he tried to escape Wednesday. 

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Trial begins for man who wanted to kidnap prosecutor Video included

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SALINE CO. -- Opening statements began Wednesday afternoon in the case of a man accused of plotting to kidnap former State's Attorney Mike Henshaw. 

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Marion Police warn of counterfeit money

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Marion Police are warning the public of counterfeit money circulating throughout our region.

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Controversial abortion bill heading to Illinois Governor's desk

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A measure expanding public financing for abortions in Illinois is headed to the governor after Senate approval.   

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Pullen indicted on murder charges

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JACKSON CO. -- A Grand Jury has indicted Jarrell Pullen on several charges, including the murder of Javon Trott. 

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Army Corps of Engineers fights against rising Cairo flood waters Video included

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CAIRO -- With 12-hour days and a week away from his four kids, engineer Mike Clay and his team prove they are committed to protecting Cairo and surrounding areas from the rising rivers. 

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Murphysboro honors toddler by recognizing May as Williams Syndrome Month Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The City of Murphysboro honors one of its youngest citizens. Tuesday, during the city council meeting, a proclamation ceremony was held to recognize May as Williams Syndrome Month.

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Sen. Duckworth believes AHCA would hurt veterans Video included

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WSIL -- More backlash against the American Health Care Bill, this time from veteran and U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth. 

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Chester Bridge could reopen Wednesday

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RANDOLPH CO. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will inspect the Chester Bridge Wednesday.

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Driver leads police on high-speed chase through Jackson County Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- What started out as a traffic violation on Route 13 in Carbondale Tuesday turned into a high-speed chase.

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Cyclists: Safety tips for sharing the road Video included

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CARBONDALE -- May is National Bike Month, and our warm, sunny weather may have some folks thinking about a ride. But many may not know the rules they need to follow.

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Harrisburg man in stable condition after stabbing Video included

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HARRISBURG --  A Harrisburg man is recovering after being stabbed in his head and face in an attack outside his home. This incident, along with recent shootings in that area of town, have some neighbors worried about their safety.

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