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SIU alum, hailed as a hero, makes grand return to campus

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WSIL -- Former Saluki defensive lineman Jason Seaman will take on the honorary role as grand marshal for Southern Illinois University's 2018 homecoming parade. It's a way to recognize him for saving dozens of students. 

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UNSUNG HERO: Master gardner volunteers at Vienna Grade School Video included

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WSIL -- A Master Gardner is lending her green thumb to students at Vienna Grade School. While learning about horticulture they developed a passion for the lifestyle and a love for their special teacher.

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Touch of Nature receives $200k grant to help build a bike trail Video included

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MAKANDA, Ill. -- SIU's Touch of Nature is getting $200,000 in state funding for a new bike path. It's part of a $1.5 million grant to help 11 Illinois communities with recreational trail projects.

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Autism conference held at John A. Logan College

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Groups in the medical field meet to raise awareness about autism.

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Disaster drill held ahead of Fort Massac Encampment

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METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Organizers of the annual Fort Massac Encampment expect thousands of people in Metropolis this weekend, and while they don't expect anything to go wrong, they say it's always best to prepare for the worst.

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Will President Trump visit Southern Illinois?

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WSIL -- There is speculation circulating about President Trump making a visit to Carbondale next week.

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Free legal assistance available for local veterans Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The SIU School of Law is hosting a free event for veterans in November.

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Carbondale ESD #95 pushes Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

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CARBONDALE, Ill.—Carbondale ESD #95 is introducing more Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports assistance into classrooms. 

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Musician reunited with guitar after stolen from Herrin church

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HERRIN, Ill. -- For the past 20 years, Bill Harper has played guitar for children's mass at Our Lady Mt. Carmel Catholic Church three times a week. He uses a special, acoustic guitar worth $3,000. 

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Carbondale Middle School students run their own web project Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill.—When students in Mrs. Conn's English and Language Arts class at Carbondale Middle School aren't reading and writing, they're engaging in what they call "Passion Days."

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Marion fire displaces family of seven

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MARION, Ill. -- A family is safe after their home was destroyed in an early morning fire in Marion.

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Experts: Pritzker lawsuit to have little impact on S.I. voters Video included

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WSIL -- Recent polls put democrat candidate for governor JB Pritzker as much as 20 points ahead of Governor Bruce Rauner. A gap so big that John Jackson with the Paul Simon Institute says, it will likely not be affected by a new discrimination lawsuit filed against Pritzker and his campaign. 

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Hotel opens on Carbondale Strip Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- After more than a year and a-half of construction, the Hilton 'Homes 2 Suites' Hotel in downtown Carbondale is open for business.

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Pritzker staffers file lawsuit calling the campaign a "cesspool of racial discrimination" Video included

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CHICAGO -- A major October surprise for J.B. Pritzker's gubernatorial campaign as 10 current and former staffers file a federal lawsuit claiming they have been racially discriminated against while working for the campaign.

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Jackson County Ambulance Service seeks upgrades

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Jackson County leaders look for money to fund improvements for the ambulance service.

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Advocates renew push for Walker's Bluff casino

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A group of people supporting an expansion of Walker's Bluff make their case to state lawmakers.

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Locals give heroes welcome to honor flight veterans Video included

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MARION, Ill -- An estimated 3,000 supporters attended the Welcome Home celebration at Veterans Airport Tuesday. When participants arrived back from a full day of touring war memorials in Washington D.C., they were greeted by locals waving American flags and homemade banners.  

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New Madrid Fault: A look at early earthquake warning Video included

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WSIL -- We're all familiar with warnings for weather, but what about earthquakes? It's a natural disaster that's much more damaging and wide reaching with a storied history in our area. Scientists estimate the probability of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake along the New Madrid Fault in the next 50 years at 28-46 percent. 

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Rauner talks SIU, tax plan, and re-election Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Tuesday morning Governor Bruce Rauner received a big endorsement from the Illinois State Rifle Association. While he was in town, News Three talked with him about what he believes voters should know before they head to the polls.

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Crews investigate overnight fire in Franklin County

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Several fire departments from both Franklin and Williamson Counties are on the scene of a house fire in Franklin County.  

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8 arrested, $700k worth of illegal drugs seized in multi-agency bust

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WSIL -- Eight people are now in custody after multiple agencies seized $700,000 in meth. 

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Vienna grocery store to reopen Video included

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VIENNA, IL-- The only grocery store in Vienna, Illinois will reopen in just two weeks. 

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Families remember infants, children with lantern vigil Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Families who have been affected by pregnancy loss or the death of a child kept their loved one's memory alive Monday night. Dozens from across Southern Illinois came together for the third annual Tender Lights Remembrance event at Walker's Bluff.  

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Herrin notifies residents of upcoming "smoke testing" Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- In an effort to save money and keep underground pipes in good condition, Herrin will be pumping smoke into sewer pipes. The process helps crews find breaks or defects in the pipes and schedule repairs.  

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Appeal filed to Illinois Supreme Court in murder case

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The special prosecutor charging Gaege Bethune with murder in the death of a SIU student has filed an appeal of a judge's ruling, overturning Bethune's conviction.

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2 suspects charged with kidnapping, threatening women with gun

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SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two men face kidnapping and burglary charges in Sikeston. 

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Funeral services set for Dr. Carlo Montemagno

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WSIL -- Funeral Services are now set for SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

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Carbondale NAACP holds Freedom Fund Banquet Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than 300 people gathered Sunday evening for the 41st Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at the Carbondale Civic Center.

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"Pins for Pets" helps local animal shelter Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Dozens of animal lovers enjoyed an afternoon of bowling Sunday while raising money for homeless pets at Wright-Way Rescue.

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Car show benefits local charity and Alzheimer's Association Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of motorcycle and car enthusiasts spent Saturday at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson for a car show that raised money for local charities. 

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Thousands turn out for Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- People from across the Midwest made their way to Murphysboro Saturday for one of the area's biggest beer festivals.  The Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest featured beers from more than 50 breweries, including several from southern Illinois. 

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost comments on “extremely troubling” disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says its important to find the truth behind the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.  

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UNSUNG HERO: Mcleansboro Fire Department rescue Video included

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MCLEANSBORO -- In this week's Unsung Hero, members of the McLeansboro Fire Department are being recognized for their heroic actions while battling a dangerous fire.

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City revitalizes West Frankfort Outlet Mall Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- The West Frankfort Outlet Mall was like most malls, struggling for shoppers now that Amazon and other online shopping sites have taken business away from retail brick and mortar stores.

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Unsung Hero recognized by city leaders Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill -- In 2015, Jarod Starrick found out his coworker Tim Lee needed a kidney transplant. The two men have been working together for the city of Murphysboro for about 2 and a half year, but have been friends for more than decade. The transplant took place in late-May and now Starrick's action is being remembered.  

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10 cases of AFM reported in Illinois Video included

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WSIL-- An alert for parents health officials say there's a serious respiratory virus spreading across the state.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diagnosed  the poliolike condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis and difficulty swallowing.  The CDC began tracking the cases in 2014 after seeing an uptick in the number of cases. S

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Vigil held to honor Montemagno Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than a hundred people come out to honor the life of SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

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Stocks rise after big decline earlier this week

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WSIL -- Stocks rebounded slightly Friday after a rough week on Wall Street.

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Local landowners can learn how to make some extra cash

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JACKSON CO., Ill. -- Landowners across the area have a new opportunity to make some extra money.      

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Candidates for Illinois Governor clash in final debate

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QUINCY, Ill. -- Less than four weeks until voters head to polls to decide who will be the next governor of Illinois. 

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Women at Work: Latina empowerment luncheon aims to inspire next generation Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations continued on Southern Illinois University's campus Thursday with a discussion aimed at empowering young Latina women. Dozens of students talked with community leaders, who shared their experiences, including being women at work.

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Golconda couple rescues abandoned horse Video included

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POPE COUNTY, Ill. -- Lolita Burton and her husband Steve Walker, Golconda's police chief, have been taking in animals for the past nine years. Their most recent rescue is a 14 to 15-year-old Palomino, which they've named Lucky. 

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AFSCME calls on Gov. Rauner to give workers required step increases, back pay Video included

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CHICAGO -- Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and union leaders blasted Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday morning, saying he was costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars by not paying contractually-required raises to state workers.

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HVAC fall prep Video included

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WSIL -- Having a warm home this time of the year is a must, but when was the last time you had your furnace checked?

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SIU community reacts to Montemagno's death

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Despite battling cancer, those close to Carlo Montemagno said he was in good spirits and enthusiastic about the future of SIU.

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SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has died

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- SIU Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has died. 

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Electoral Board: Democratic candidate can't be on the ballot

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SALINE CO., Ill. -- The Electoral Board of Saline County says democratic Treasurer Candidate Danny Gibbs shouldn't appear on the November ballot. 

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Woman found guilty of setting hotel fire

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- A jury says a Christopher woman is guilty of arson after setting a hotel fire in December 2015.

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Buckner woman accused of stabbing man in back

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BUCKER, Ill. -- The Franklin County Sheriff says a domestic dispute ended with a Buckner woman in jail and a man in the hospital. 

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Funding for port could bring economic growth to Cairo Video included

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CAIRO, Ill. --  A dirt levy road in Cairo currently sits empty, but soon a port terminal will occupy the land and part of the Mississippi River while bringing businesses, jobs and more people to the region. .

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Eligibility questions remain for Saline County Treasurer candidate Video included

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SALINE COUNTY -- With under a month to go until Election Day its still unclear whether Saline County Treasure candidate Danny Gibbs will actually be on the ballot. 

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Bridge replacements, repairs coming to Union County Video included

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UNION COUNTY, Ill. -- For the past several years, Kristie McAlister has been bringing up bridge safety to leaders at Union County Board meetings. She lives in Jonesboro and has three grandchildren who cross over wooden bridges on their way to school everyday. 

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Lawyers working on plea deal for man accused of shooting cop

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A man accused of shooting a police officer could be close to a plea deal.

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Police teach new drivers about being pulled over Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Illinois law mandates that all driver's education classes include a section on what to do during a traffic stop. News Three went to Harrisburg High School Wednesday as new drivers learned how to handle the tense situation.

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Group meets to get input on renewable energy policy

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- A coalition of groups promoting clean energy asks southern Illinoisans for input.

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Carbondale officers searching for robbery suspect

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Police are searching for a man who held up a gas station early Wednesday morning. 

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Armed robbery investigation underway in Christopher

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CHRISTOPHER -- Authorities in Franklin County are on the scene of an armed robbery in Christopher.

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Trial delayed for woman accused of hiring someone to kill her husband

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The trial of a woman accused of hiring someone to murder her husband has been delayed.

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Solar panel farm vote delayed by Carbondale City Council Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A controversial topic about the development of a solar panel farm in Carbondale was tabled at Tuesday night's city council meeting. 

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Candy Cane Lane to receive national attention

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WSIL -- A local holiday attraction will be getting national attention this December.

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Illinois, Kentucky voter registration deadline

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WSIL -- Eighteen states, including Illinois and Kentucky have midterm registration deadlines today, October 9. 

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SIUC's first-ever scholarship for DACA students

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An Southern Illinois University Carbondale Administrator recently started the school's first-ever scholarship just for DACA students. 

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Gastropub to open in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A short-lived popular gastropub in Carbondale will be back and better suited to meet the demand next week.

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Follow the Money: Bryant vs. Griffin Video included

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WSIL -- In an election cycle filled with expensive races up and down the ballot, the 115th district is shaping up to be one of the more costly in southern Illinois.  Democrat Marsha Griffin is looking to unseat two term Incumbent Terri Bryant, who has historically been a prolific fundraiser.

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Franklin County leaders renew push for new courthouse

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BENTON, Ill. -- The Franklin County Courthouse was built in 1875. 143 years later, it has some issues.

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Illinois think-tank calls out 'wasteful spending' Video included

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WSIL -- A new report by the watchdog group, the Illinois Policy Institute, cites more than $80 million in what researchers call "wasteful projects" in Illinois. Three of those projects are in our area, two at SIU Carbondale and one at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. 

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Man sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding SIH

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BENTON, Ill. -- A judge orders a former employee of Southern Illinois Healthcare to serve an 18-month prison sentence for defrauding the company.

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Herrin's Doughboy Statue gets facelift

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HERRIN, Ill. -- The Doughboy Statue in Herrin is getting a face-lift before the annual ceremony on Veterans Day. 

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Randy Dunn claims SIU leaders violated terms of separation agreement

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WSIL -- Lawyers for former SIU President Randy Dunn have accused two current SIU leaders of violating a separation agreement with Dunn.

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Search suspended for missing boater

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BENTON, Ky. -- Emergency responders have halted their search on Kentucky Lake.

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Operation Honor Guard Video included

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Operation Honor Guard helps fund area Honor Guards so they can continue to provide services at military funerals.

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Fire Prevention Week Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Officials with The Carbondale Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” which is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.

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Sensory-friendly haunted house Video included

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MARION -- The Marion Carnegie Library invited children with autism to explore their sensory room.

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Deadly limo crash raises safety questions Video included

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WSIL -- Limousines and party buses are used for get-togethers and celebrations, just like the limo being used Saturday afternoon taking friends to a 30th birthday party in upstate New York. 

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Trumpaganda: U of I course on Trump's use of twitter, attacks on 'fake news'

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URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- Students at the University of Illinois are going to get a chance to study how President Trump uses the media for propaganda purposes. 

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Fire damages vehicles belonging to Harrisburg animal control officer

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Police investigate a fire near the home of an animal control officer in Harrisburg.

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Fall Family Festival

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- It was a night of family fun and free food in West Frankfort this evening.

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Google shutting down Google+ after user data exposed

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WSIL  -- Google is shutting down its long-shunned Google+ social network for consumers, following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that could have exposed some personal information of up to 500,000 people. 

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Harrisburg plans new dispatch center for city calls Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Harrisburg city leaders plan to create their own dispatch center.

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Rural King break-ins Video included

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WSIL -- Thieves targeted two Rural King stores, causing significant damage and stealing guns.  

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Search for stolen sign in Paducah

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PADUCAH, Ky. -- Paducah police are asking for your help to find a stolen sign that has an interesting saying painted on. 

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Fire at Linemen's Lounge in Johnston City

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JOHNSTON CITY Ill. -- Several local fire departments responded to an early morning fire at Linemen's Lounge in Johnston City.

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Southern Illinois Plane Pull raises more than $10,000 for Special Olympics

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MURPHYSBORO -- Hundreds of competitors tested their strength Saturday, pulling a 30-ton plane to raise money for the Special Olympics.

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Wave of purple walks to end Alzheimer's

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of people gathered at the Marion VA Saturday morning for the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's." 

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Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, ending a contentious confirmation battle.

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Truth Test: Did Sam McCann vote to raise taxes?

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WSIL -- A new ad in the Illinois governor’s race attacks Conservative party candidate Sam McCann, claiming he was planted in the race by Mike Madigan to attract voters from Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

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Cairo Police searching for murder suspect

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CAIRO, Ill -- The Cairo Police Department is searching for Deuntae Jones on a warrant for first degree murder. 

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As teenager Abby Schuhardt fights a rare disease, the community works to help with medical expenses.

UNSUNG HERO: Goreville high school students become Angel's for Abby Video included

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GOREVILLE -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Johnson County Church is thanking Goreville High School students for helping them raise money for a local family. As teenager Abby Schuhardt fights a rare disease, the community works to help with medical expenses. 

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Truth Test: Has JB Pritzker released a tax plan? Video included

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WSIL -- A progressive income tax has long been a point of focus in Democrat JB Pritzker's campaign for Illinois governor, saying his plan would only raise taxes on the rich.

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Follow the Money: Natalie Phelps Finnie Video included

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WSIL -- Engaged in one of the most hotly contested house races in the state, Democratic incumbent Natalie Phelps Finnie and Republican Patrick Windhorst are battling it out to represent Illinois' 118th district.

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Truth Test: Kelly ad claims Bost voted to raise his own pay Video included

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WSIL -- A new ad in the race for Illinois 12th congressional district, where Democrat Brendan Kelly is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bost. In the ad Kelly attacks Bost saying he’s a career politician who works for himself, not southern Illinois.

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Truth Test: PAC Ad questions Brendan Kelly's record as prosecutor Video included

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WSIL -- A new ad, from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned Political Action Committee, attacks Democrat Brendan Kelly's record as St. Clair County State's Attorney. 

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Coca-cola considers cannabis-infused drinks

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WSIL -- Coca-Cola is making some waves today with news that it's considering a new ingredient: cannabis. 

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Truth Test: Does JB Pritzker support a mileage tax? Video included

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WSIL -- A new attack ad in the Illinois governor's race hits on a familiar theme.

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