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Thousands expected for annual Fort Massac Encampment Video included

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METROPOLIS -- Thousands are expected to take a trip back in time at the Fort Massac Encampment this weekend. Friday, more than 3000 school children got a glimpse of what it would have looked like when the fort was in its heyday.

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Cambria plans vote on residential TIF district

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CAMBRIA -- Cambria leaders hope to encourage growth by establishing a new TIF district.

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ISP: 8 vehicles involved in crash on I-57

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JEFFERSON CO -- Illinois State Police say two people were injured in an eight vehicle pile-up on I-57 in Jefferson County.

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I-57 Northbound will be closed in Williamson County Friday night

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Interstate 57 Northbound in Williamson County will be shut down Friday evening to allow crews to clean up a crash.

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Former Zeigler Treasurer pleads not guilty to federal charges Video included

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BENTON-- In his first court appearance since being indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and and embezzlement, former Zeigler Treasurer Ryan Thorpe barely spoke and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Experts urge basic training to save lives in emergencies Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- When disasters strike, help is usually minutes away. That's why those crucial moments can be the difference between life and death. A nationwide campaign urges citizens to take matters into their own hands, in hopes that they can help make that difference.

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Sack Hunger: A look back on the season Video included

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BENTON -- Friday night, News 3 will hold our last Sack Hunger Food Drive. We'll have a team in Marion collecting food for the Marion Ministerial Alliance.

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Trump's plan to end Obamacare subsidies may lead to higher premiums Video included

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WSIL -- President Trump's plan to end Obamacare subsidies may lead to higher premiums next year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and at least one major insurer. 

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New WeatherBug stations installed southern Illinois schools Video included

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WSIL -- Three new WeatherBug stations have been installed at three southern Illinois schools. Carbondale Community High School, Massac County High School, and Hardin County K-12 received the new stations that will be used in the classroom and provide information that increases safety outdoors.

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Sack Hunger: Marion Ministerial Alliance Video included

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MARION -- The high school football regular season wraps up Friday night, and so does our Sack Hunger food drive. News 3 will be in Marion as the Wildcats host Mattoon. Fans will donate to the Marion Ministerial Alliance.

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Free speech draws open debate in Marion

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MARION -- As a national debate over kneeling for the national anthem continues, a Marion council member brought people together Thursday night to discuss the matter.

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City leaders discuss SIU cheerleaders' decision to kneel during football game Video included

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CARBONDALE -- To stand or kneel during the National Anthem stirs up controversy across the country. Now, three SIU cheerleaders have many southern Illinoisans weighing in.

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Halloween mask robbery investigation continues

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CARBONDALE -- Police arrested one suspect in connection to a recent armed robbery at the Circle K in Carbondale involving two men in Halloween masks, according to investigators.

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Three arrested after violent home invasion Video included

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HARRISBURG -- It was a harrowing night for a man living on South Main Street.

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Safety first at corn mazes

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JOHNSTON CITY -- Fall fun usually includes pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Workers at Bandy's Pumpkin Patch told News 3 about 10-thousand children visit their corn maze every year, and they stress the importance of safety.

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Southern Illinois guardsmen prepare for first deployment Video included

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SPARTA -- Six Illinois Army National Guard soldiers prepare for their unit's first ever deployment to Iraq. 

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John A. Logan holds 13th annual Civil War Days Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- Tuesday, southern Illinois Middle school students got a live look at history. John A. Logan College held its 13th Annual Civil War Days.

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Expert: Money preventing "average Joes" from running for office Video included

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WSIL -- More than 100 million dollars has been raised in the Illinois governor's race so far, with that number expected to double or triple by the time election day rolls around next year.

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Millions share stories of sexual assault with #MeToo Video included

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WSIL -- It started with a simple tweet. 

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FBI seized more than $47,000 in property from former Zeigler treasurer Video included

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WSIL -- A new FBI document details the value of property agents seized from the home of former Zeigler treasurer Ryan Thorpe. 

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Congressional investigators make unannounced visit to Marion V.A.

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A team of Congressional investigators made an unannounced visit to the Marion V.A. Medical Center this week.

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Officers make arrest in Halloween mask robbery

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CARBONDALE -- Police have a Cook County man in custody on armed robbery charges. 

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Mt. Vernon woman shares her victory over breast cancer in honor of awareness month Video included

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MT. VERNON -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and folks in Jefferson County today honored those who battled the disease. Dozens met Tuesday afternoon for a walk around the courthouse. One woman shares of story of overcoming the deadly disease.

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2017 Trick-or-Treat Schedule & Halloween events

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WSIL -- Halloween is coming soon. Several communities will be celebrating. Here's a look at the 2017 trick-or-treating schedule. 

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Du Quoin city leaders considering renovating Grand Theater

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DU QUOIN -- Du Quoin city leaders want to to renovate one of the town's most iconic buildings, to its former marquee value.

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Anna investing in security cameras to protect park

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ANNA -- City leaders in Anna are considering investing in security cameras to help protect the Anna City Park community.

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Jefferson County Sheriff plans to re-run for seat in 2018 Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen has begun his campaign for another term in office. It comes as Sheriff Allen's first term starts to wrap up.  

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Department leads walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Folks in Jefferson County join in the fight against breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dozens of people met Tuesday at the courthouse. 

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Illinois Governor race spending at all-time high Video included

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WSIL -- John Jackson, a professor at SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, says the amount of money spent in Illinois governor's race so far is unheard of.

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Group pushes consolidation of school districts Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Illinois has the highest number of local governments in the nation, something the Civic Federation blames for Illinois' high property taxes, and the largest portion of your property tax bill goes to local school districts.

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SIU showcases Tree Campus USA designation Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Fourth graders from Murphysboro's Carruther's School participated in a Tree Walk Tuesday morning at Southern Illinois University. 

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Parking locations for Veteran's Honor Flight return Video included

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MARION -- Thousands of people are expected be at the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois Tuesday night welcoming veterans home from their trip to Washington D.C., and that could mean traffic. 

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Dozens of veterans, guardians headed for Washington, DC Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- More than 50 veterans and their guardians are spending Tuesday in Washington, DC. 

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Southeast Missouri community remembers teens killed in crash Video included

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POPLAR BLUFF -- A community in Southeast Missouri is rallying to remember Poplar Bluff High School students who were killed in a tragic car crash.

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Man arrested after Paducah chase

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PADUCAH, KY. -- A man is behind bars after a car chase through Paducah on Sunday. 

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Two people arrested in St. Clair County on gun charges

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ST. CLAIR CO. -- The St. Clair County drug tactical unit arrested two people Monday in a firearms investigation. 

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Herrin Police dealing with masked robbers as well

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HERRIN -- Investigators say two men in Halloween masks robbed the Circle K on N. Park Ave. on Tuesday.

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SIU chancellor and Carbondale mayor hold meet and greet Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale residents and SIU students got the chance to meet Mayor Mike Henry and Chancellor Carlo Montemagno at the Student Center on Monday. 

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Sparta National Guard firefighting team prepares for Iraq

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SPARTA -- A Sparta National Guard Firefighting team prepares for a deployment to Iraq. 

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Teen driving fatalities down significantly Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Monday kicked off National Teen Driver Safety Week and studies show roads are safer for them, than they were ten years ago. 

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Drivers beware! Deer more active in the fall

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WSIL -- It's that time of year again. Deer mating season starts in a couple of weeks and since deer become especially active in the fall experts say drivers need to stay alert.  

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Murphysboro mayor hopes for new business development Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Work on a brand new hotel in Murphysboro will soon begin. Developers are preparing the ground where the old Apple Tree Inn once stood.

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Bowers court appearance, accused of sexually assaulting teen

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MARION -- A Marion VA Administrator accused of sexually assaulting a teen made a brief court appearance on Monday. 

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Man arrested for stabbing at Herrin gas station

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HERRIN -- A Cambria man faces aggravated battery charges after a weekend stabbing in Herrin.

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Search underway for two inmates who escaped from Missouri jail Video included

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Authorities are searching for a pair of inmates who escaped from a jail in the Missouri bootheel.

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Woman shot in McCracken County home invasion, suspect at large Video included

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A woman in McCracken County, Kentucky was hospitalized after being shot inside her home early Sunday morning. The shooting followed a busy night and morning for law enforcement.
 

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Excitement mounts as veterans prepare for Honor Flight Video included

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MARION -- On Tuesday, 65 veterans will board a plane in Marion bound for Washington D.C. as part of the second Veteran's Honor Flight to leave southern Illinois. 

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Structural changes in the near future for SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- SIU could be seeing some significant changes to its college structure, and Chancellor Carlo Montemagno said during the State of the University Address that they will be made sooner than later. 

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Head on collision on Route 3 in Union County

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UNION CO. -- Three people were taken to the hospital following a wreck on Route 3 in Union County.

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Crash in Paducah kills one after man runs red light

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PADUCAH -- Police said 68-year-old Lawrence Dickey, of Paducah, is dead following a fatal car crash.

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Anna Kids Fest: wiener dogs, racing and fundraising for children Video included

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ANNA -- It was race day in Anna Saturday, with an usual contestant: wiener dogs.

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Storm Stories 10-15-2017 Video included

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WSIL -- Weather Warrior Tony Laubach recounts some of his most memorable October storms.  

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Shooting in Cape Girardeau injures one

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CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Police are investigating a shooting in Cape Girardeau.

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Author publishes book about southern Illinois

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CARBONDALE -- The plot of a new book revolves around an SIU professor creating a new political party and changing American politics and government in ways that seem unimaginable. The book is called "Between the Walls of Time" by Michael Stafford. 

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Carbondale kids get into the Halloween spirit Video included

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CARBONDALE -- With Halloween just a little over two weeks away the Boys and Girls Club teamed up with Green Earth, Inc. to put on a fun Halloween event over the weekend. 

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Roller Girls hold Brawl-O-Ween Derby Video included

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MARION -- Roller Derby combines traditional roller skating with racing and elements of hockey, but some say it's a sport about family.

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Thousands turn out for SIU Homecoming

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CARBONDALE -- Thousands lined the streets for the SIU homecoming parade on Saturday under nice skies. 

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Shots fired in Perryville

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 PERRYVILLE, MO. -- Early Saturday morning, police in Perryville, Missouri were called to a home for reports someone was firing shots inside a garage.     

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Auditor's report recommends changes in Zeigler government Video included

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ZEIGLER -- A new auditor's report on City of Zeigler finances shows former Treasurer Ryan Thorpe started writing himself city checks soon after he was hired in January 2013.

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Illinois sending convicted murderers to lower security prisons Video included

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WSIL -- The number of convicted murderers serving time at maximum security prisons in Illinois fell 18 percent over the last two years, but increased significantly at medium and minimum security facilities, according to an analysis of records from the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

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Governor's Opioid Task Force hears from people in Mt. Vernon

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MT. VERNON -- The opioid crisis claims thousands of lives each year, including more than 1,800 in Illinois last year, and the Governor's office has created a new task force to combat the problem.

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Police investigate another Halloween mask robbery

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CARBONDALE -- Police are once again searching for two men who held up a business wearing Halloween masks. 

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Ag industry seeing increase in women farmers

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JACKSON CO. --  While women farmers face some challenges in the agriculture field, many say those challenges wont stop them from thriving on farms. The USDA reported women account for 30 percent of farm operators in the U.S. and local farmers say those numbers keep growing. 

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SIUC students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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CARBONDALE -- September 15 to October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month and several SIUC students got together for the occasion Thursday night. 

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Hardin County high schoolers celebrate 10th year cleaning up Ohio River Video included

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HARDIN COUNTY --  High school students took to the Ohio River, cleaning up thousands of pounds of trash along the banks.

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Community dedicates Tyler Iubelt Memorial Highway

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PERRY CO. -- Dozens packed the Tamaroa Community Center Thursday to dedicate a stretch of Highway 51 in honor of Private First Class Tyler Iubelt.

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Training to back up the Storm Prediction Center Video included

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WSIL -- Meet the 15th Operational Weather Squadron operating out of Scott Air Force Base. A team of weather forecasters that handles analysis, forecasting, and weather briefing for the Air force, Army, Navy, Marines, Guard, Reserve, United States Strategic Command, and United States Northern Command in 24 states.

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State police step up efforts to make I-57 safer Video included

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WSIL -- State police have stepped up their effort to make Interstate 57 in Southern Illinois safer for all drivers. 

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Ameya Pawar drops out of Illinois governor's race

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WSIL -- Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is dropping out the race for Illinois governor. 

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Suspect strikes plea deal with prosecutors in Mt. Vernon murder

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WSIL -- One of eight men indicted in the January murder of Mt. Vernon resident DeAndray Jackson reached a deal with prosecutors. 

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Randolph County man faces 12 charges

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RANDOLPH CO. -- A man, recently cleared of involuntary manslaughter, finds himself behind bars again. Steeleville Police arrested 39 year-old Beau Shawgo early Tuesday morning, after a brief struggle. 

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Dispatcher on administrative leave following sexual assault investigation

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Board members of the Central Dispatch of West Franklin County voted Wednesday night to place former Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Hampton on unpaid administrative leave, indefinitely. 

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Emergency responders meet for annual disaster conference Video included

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MARION -- Dozens of emergency responders and other disaster relief workers met from 24 southern Illinois counties Wednesday for their annual disaster conference at The Pavilion.
 

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Murphysboro approves liquor license for salons and spas

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro salons and spas can soon offer customers alcohol with their services. Tuesday, city leaders voted to approve amending the liquor code to add liquor licenses for the personal-service businesses. 

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Coal industry rejoices after CPP repeal Video included

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WSIL -- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule to repeal the so-called "Clean Power Plan," put in place by President Obama.

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MVTHS students look forward to new greenhouse, despite delay Video included

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WSIL -- At 30-by-70 feet, the greenhouse being built at Mt. Vernon High School is quite impressive. 

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Police searching for armed and dangerous suspect

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Officers need the public's help tracking down an armed and dangerous suspect

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Sen. Durbin speaks at Paul Simon Institute's 20th anniversary

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CARBONDALE -- Sen. Dick Durbin spoke at SIUC Tuesday night for the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

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Residents report recycle abuse at the city's drop off site Video included

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BENTON -- Some people in Benton reportedly cause a nuisance at the City's recycling drop off. Instead of dropping off their recyclables, someone has been dumping trash, glass and other unwanted items there. 

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Senator Durbin talks housing crisis with Cairo 7th graders Video included

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ALEXANDER COUNTY -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin stopped in Cairo Tuesday morning, he's looking into the town's public housing issues after families were forced from the McBride and Elmwood complexes due to mismanagement by the Alexander County Housing Authority. 

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Increase in Illinois students going to college out of state Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The number of Illinois students leaving the state for college is continuing to increase, according to a study by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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Interstate 57 north bound closed due to fatal traffic crash.

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WSIL -- Northbound lanes have re-opened to traffic.

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Firefighters stress safety during National Fire Prevention Week Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. -- October 8th-14th marks National Fire Prevention Week and first responders across the country are reminding communities about practicing prevention.

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Bill proposed to ban assault weapons in Illinois Video included

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WSIL -- A new bill has gun advocates worried about an outright ban on firearms.

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West City police say 2/3 missing inmates captured Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. -- West City police said law officers have caught two of the three men Monday, but other sources say two of the men are still on the loose.

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Marion starts laying new bricks on Market Street Video included

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MARION -- Road crews have started repaving Marion's historic Market Street.

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New report shows fewer crimes on SIU's campus Video included

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CARBONDALE -- New numbers reveal a decrease of crime on SIU's campus. The university's police department released its annual security report.

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Tuesday parade in Mt. Vernon to honor vets

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MT. VERNON -- A special parade in Mt. Vernon on Tuesday will honor eight disabled veterans.  

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Two people arrested in Chester on charges of forging prescriptions

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CHESTER -- Two people face drug charges, accused of forging prescriptions. 

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Hunt for missing sexual predator

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JEFFERSON CO. -- A nationwide hunt is underway for 27-year-old Nathan Ellison, who's a registered sexual predator. 

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Three in hospital following Marion bar stabbing

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MARION -- A stabbing in Marion over the weekend sent three people to the hospital. 

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Carbondale shooting victim identified

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale police are investigating a homicide that took place early Saturday morning. 

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EPA head to throw out coal restrictions

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WSIL -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said he's throwing out restrictions on coal-fired plants, which were aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Overnight house fire rekindles in Franklin Co. Video included

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ROYALTON -- A home in Franklin County is a complete loss after an overnight fire.

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Vigil held for Vegas victims

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CARBONDALE -- It's been one week since the shooting massacre in Las Vegas and people continue to gather to honor the 58 innocent lives that were taken.

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Celebration of culture at Southern Illinois Irish Festival Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- People from across the region came together at the annual Southern Illinois Irish festival. The annual tradition draws hundreds to celebrate Irish and Scottish culture every year.

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Dream hunt making dreams come true for kids Video included

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SALINE CO. -- They call it the chance of a lifetime. The Illinois Dream Hunt has been making sure that kids with learning disabilities and critical illnesses get some of the best medicine: the great outdoors.

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Jefferson County celebrates its history

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MT. VERNON -- People in Mt. Vernon took a step back in time to look at the past at the Jefferson County Heritage Festival this weekend. 

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Man shot in McCracken County

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MCCRACKEN CO., KY. -- Sunday morning, police said a man was shot by another man at a home on Reed Street in McCracken County.

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Storm Story Sunday 10-8-17 Video included

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WSIL -- In his time, News 3's Weather Warrior has seen 321 tornadoes touchdown. Join him for a new weekly segment where he recounts his storm-chasing stories.

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Residents puzzled by overnight shooting in Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- With the crime scene tape taken down, residents are still wondering about the shooting that left one person dead in a neighborhood in the 700 block of East College Street in Carbondale.

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Taekwondo competition focuses on creating leaders Video included

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DUQUOIN -- People took advantage of Saturday morning's nice weather to practice their taekwondo.

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Thousands raised for Special Olympics at Plane Pull

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MURPHYSBORO -- At least 150 people came out to the Southern Illinois Airport to test their strength and raise money for the Special Olympics.

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Illinois Democrats endorse Pritzker as candidate for governor

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Democratic county chairs endorsed J.B Pritzker on Saturday as the gubernatorial candidate for the Democratic primary. 

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Search continues for escaped inmates Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- In West City, multiple law agencies remain on the hunt for escaped inmates. At least three prisoners reportedly escaped from a private transport van late today, as it stopped in the Franklin County town.

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Callie On The Job: Marion Collision Repair Video included

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MARION -- Whether it's a dint, a ding or a full-on crash, many people are in need of having their car restored to its former glory.

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Callie On The Job: Neil Winchester Taxidermy

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MARION -- It's almost hunting season and many hunters will be heading out into the woods looking to fill their tags with a good harvest. This week, Callie was on the job with someone who helps hunters preserve the memory of their hunt through taxidermy. 

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2 hurt after semis crash on I-57 in Franklin County Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Illinois State Police say two people went to hospitals after an early morning crash on I-57 near West Frankfort.

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1 dead in 2-vehicle crash

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JACKSON COUNTY -- The Jackson County coroner has released the identity of the person killed in Thursday's crash.

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Callie On The Job: Krispy Kreme

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MARION -- A locally owned doughnut shop is providing more than just sweets to the community. Callie heads to Krispy Kreme in Marion for this week's Callie on the Job.  

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1 student shot at Mattoon High School

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MATTOON --  One student was shot Wednesday morning inside the Mattoon High School caferteria. 

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Callie On The Job: ARCH Air Medical

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SPARTA -- Even though we plan for the best, accidents still happen, at that time every second counts. Callie learns how lives are saved in this week's Callie on the Job.

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Southern Illinois churches share evangelism experiences in Guatemala

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WSIL -- Three Southern Illinois churches share their experiences about going on a foreign mission trip to Guatemala. 

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Bicyclist dies after getting hit by vehicle

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WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A man is dead after being hit by a vehicle, while riding his bicycle.

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Callie On The Job: CrossFit Little Egypt

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HARRISBURG -- CrossFit is a workout program involving weight lifting, cardio and gymnastics. Callie visited Crossfit Little Egypt in Harrisburg in this week's Callie On The Job.

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Unsung Hero: A look back

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WSIL -- Since 2012, I have had the joy of meeting hundreds of people going above and beyond in their community to make it a better place. Sometimes these people have even risked their own lives for others. While my tenure at WSIL is ending, these stories and the people behind them will stay with me forever. Here's a look back at some of my favorite unsung heroes. 

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Callie On The Job: Du Quoin State Fair

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DU QUOIN -- Last year, 105,000 people visited the Du Quoin State Fair. In order to accommodate that many people there's a lot of preparation that has to be done. Callie learns what goes into getting the grounds fair ready in this week's Callie On The Job. 

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