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2018 Sounds of the Season Schedule

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WSIL -- Each year school choirs from around the region visit the WSIL and WSIU studios to record our 'Sounds of the Season' program.  

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Coroner: Senior living center resident dies of hypothermia Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill -- Authorities investigate a death at a local senior living center in Carbondale.

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Nearly 50 tires slashed at Carbondale car dealerships Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Car dealerships in Carbondale are busy with the holiday season, but they are also dealing with slashed tires on vehicles.  d...

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West Frankfort business owner sued for sexual harassment Video included

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A lawsuit filed in Federal Court claims a West Frankfort business owner has sexually harassed her employees for years, creating sexually hostile work environment.

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Administrative changes to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Sheriff Jeff Bullard took office on December 1 and has brought two law enforcement leaders he trusts, with him. He filled positions for Chief Deputy and Jail Administrator. 

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Toyota recalls pickups, SUVs to fix air bag, brake problems

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DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix air bag and brake problems.

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SIU board approves reorganization plan, interim chancellor

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- SIU leaders move forward with their effort to reorganize the Carbondale campus.

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Check expiration dates, fees on gift cards: BBB

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WSIL -- With just 12 days until Christmas, many people are running short on time to buy gifts. Gift cards can be convenient, but before you buy, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises you check the fine print.

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Owner calls minimum wage hike bad for business Video included

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WSIL -- Businesses in Illinois could soon be forced to pay their employees nearly double an hour. 

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Abuse of recycling center forces leaders to change hours of operations Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Williamson County officials say people are not following the rules when it comes to the county's recycling program, and that has led to a significant change. 

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Del Monte recalls more than 60,000 cases of canned corn

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WSIL -- Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling more than 60,000 cases of canned FIESTA CORN seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing. 

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Cybersecurity tips for holiday shopping, travel Video included

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WSIL -- With less than two weeks until Christmas, many have wrapped up their holiday shopping or are hopefully close to it. But, gift shopping means swiping your card countless of times or using personal information while shopping online. 

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What's in the Farm Bill passed by Congress? Video included

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WSIL -- A busy day on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive Farm Bill. 

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"Community Christmas" helps ease burden on parents Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Parents got to shop for their kids Wednesday without the stress at the register.  

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How would a government shutdown affect southern Illinois?

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WSIL -- A looming government shutdown could impact southern Illinois.

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5.1 million pounds of beef added to recall due to salmonella

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WASHINGTON -- JBS Tolleson, Inc., is recalling an additional 5 million pounds of raw beef, sold under several brands including the Kroger brand because it could be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

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Tampons recalled because they were unraveling inside people's bodies

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WSIL -- Kimberly-Clark is recalling some U by Kotex Sleek Tampons because they can unravel inside women, causing infections and injury.

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Man accused of beating infant son to death faces murder charges

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MARION, Ill. -- Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a man accused of beating his infant son to death.

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Saline County Clerk passes away

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SALINE CO.— News 3 has confirmed confirmed Saline County Clerk Roger Craig passed away this morning.

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Interim President discusses future of SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois Board of Trustees will decide on Thursday whether to approve a new interim chancellor for the Carbondale campus.  

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Jimmy Dean sausage recalled due to possible metal pieces

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WSIL -- CTI Foods LLC, based in Owingsville, Kentucky, is recalling approximately 30 thousand pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry sausage links because they could have metal in them.

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U.S. becomes net exporter of petroleum, Illinois oil production remains steady Video included

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WSIL -- For the first time in nearly 75 years, the United States has become a net exporter of petroleum, which consists of crude oil and natural gas liquids.  

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Following issues with jail's surveillance system, Williamson County Board opens bidding for overhaul Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- A failing surveillance system in the Williamson County Jail is leaving law enforcement in the dark after an inmate was beaten last month.

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More jobs in southern Illinois despite high unemployment Video included

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WSIL -- The National Conference of State Legislatures reports 155,000 jobs were created in November.

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Two homes destroyed by fire in Cairo

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CAIRO, Ill. -- Flames destroyed two homes in Cairo.

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Herrin Police warn of phone scams Video included

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WSIL -- The Herrin Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam making the rounds.

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Doctor works on mental exam for murder suspect

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- One of three people charged with murdering a woman in 2016 is scheduled to stand trial in February.

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Poshard Foundation gathers 1,700 toys for kids this holiday season Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- A tradition for more than two decades, the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children gathers hundreds of toys for kids who otherwise may not get anything for Christmas.

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West Frankfort business puts up an Angel Tree to help children in need Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- A decline in shopping opportunities in West Frankfort has limited the Shop With a Cop program's abilities.

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Local nursing student is giving back to the community Video included

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CARTERVILLE, lll. -- A nursing student from John A. Logan College has decided he wants to give back.  

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Former provost nominated for interim chancellor job at SIUC

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The interim president of Southern Illinois University picks a former provost to lead the Carbondale campus.

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State fire marshal investigating two house fires in Cairo Video included

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CAIRO, Ill. -- The State Fire Marshal is in Cairo to investigate two house fires. 

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Changes come to 'dangerous' intersection after News 3 report Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Those who drive through through a busy intersection in Marion call an accident that happened on Monday, a prime reason of why something needs to change to make the area safer for drivers.  

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Delta: On flights longer than 8 hours, leave your support animal at home

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ATLANTA (AP) -- If you’re planning a flight longer than eight hours, Delta Air Lines says you can’t bring an emotional-support animal with you.

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Officials warn of behavioral health care worker shortage Video included

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CHICAGO -- Mental health advocates plead with lawmakers to increase funding for behavioral healthcare workers.

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2.5 earthquake NE of Pinckneyville Video included

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WSIL -- A small earthquake registering 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey was recorded about four miles northeast of Pinckneyville early Sunday morning.

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Franklin County leaders continue to push for new courthouse Video included

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 For the third time since 2015, Franklin County Board members want to try to replace the county courthouse, with a three-quarter or 1% sales tax increase. 

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Knoob withdraws petition for Carbondale City Council Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A candidate for city council will no longer be on the ballot. Greg Knoob says his decision to withdraw has nothing to with an objection to his nominating petition. 

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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Kentucky teen

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GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. -- Today, a judge sentenced a Brookport man to life in prison for killing a Kentucky teen.

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Free parking in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The City of Carbondale is giving away free parking this holiday season.

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Crash slows traffic on Route 13 in Marion

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MARION -- There's been a crash involving a semi near Route 13 and Halfway Road in Marion. 

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Fatal crash under investigation in Union County

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ANNA, Ill. -- Investigators on scene confirm there has been a single-vehicle fatality crash in Union County.

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More blood pressure meds recalled due to carcinogen

Over the past few months, numerous recalls of the popular heart drug valsartan have already occurred. Now, generics maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals is adding more products to the list.

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'I Lost a Child' ceremony allows parents to grieve Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It's never easy to deal with a loss of a loved one. But the holiday season can be even more emotional.  

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Illinois' leaders visit southern Illinois first time since election Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- J.B. Pritzker visited southern Illinois for the first time Sunday since being elected Governor last month. He was here for a roundtable about vocational education and training. 

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Jackson CEO students showcase businesses Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A group of small business owners gathered in Carbondale Saturday afternoon hoping to promote their companies, but this time it wasn’t adults, it was students. 

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Miles Brothers Foods has 'grand opening' in Vienna Video included

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VIENNA, Ill. -- Months after Vienna’s only grocery store left town, another had its grand opening.

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Saline Co. Sheriff explains decision to keep job as Harrisburg cop Video included

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SALINE COUNTY, Ill. --Whipper Johnson was sworn in as Saline County Sheriff last week, but for the foreseeable future he’ll still be on staff at the Harrisburg Police Department.

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Cape Girardeau veterans remember Pearl Harbor

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A solemn day as veterans paid their respects to the 2,335 service members who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor. Friday marks 77 years since the attack, which caused the U.S. to enter into World War II. 

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Dealing with substance abuse issues during the holidays Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The holidays are typically a time for happy family gatherings but it could be difficult for people dealing with substance abuse issues.

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Expansion planned for Southern Illinois Airport in 2019 Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Officials here at the Southern Illinois Airport plan to build four new buildings in 2019 at a cost of $8 million.

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Judge sentences former Webber Township School District worker to 15 years in prison Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Jefferson County Judge Jerry Crisel sentenced Sabrina Wheatley to 15 years in prison. 

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FDA approves drug for dogs scared by noise

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WSIL -- Does your dog show signs of distress around loud noises?

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Nine more people fall ill due to E. coli linked to romaine lettuce

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WSIL -- Nine more people have been reported ill in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) last update on November 26.

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Protocol for a local school bus crash Video included

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VIENNA, Ill. -- Hours before the school day even starts, bus drivers are preparing for their daily routes. Most of the time, students make their way to and from school safely, but administrators must have a plan in case of an emergency.

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Man says he urinated on Kellogg's cereal conveyor belt

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee man faces up to three years in prison for urinating on a Kellogg's cereal conveyor belt at a Memphis facility.

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Lawyer drops bid to get rid of prosecutor in Varughese case

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The lawyer representing a man accused of killing a SIU student in 2014 drops his bid to get rid of the special prosecutor in the case.

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Murder suspect criticizes witnesses in letter to judge

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Another man accused of murder in Carbondale says his attorneys aren't representing him well.

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Report says high levels of mold found at Tamms prison

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TAMMS, Ill. -- A restoration company finds high levels of mold at the old Tamms Correctional Center.

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Illinois reports increase in deer harvested during firearm season

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DESOTO, Ill. -- Deer hunting season means big business for meat processing plants.

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IDNR: Feeding deer, even outside of hunting season, still illegal

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WSIL -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to remind people that it's still illegal to feed wild deer.  From corn, to liquid nutrients and mineral blocks, feeding deer, even outside of hunting seasons, has been illegal in the state since 2002. A deer feeding ban was enacted as a means to slow Chronic Wasting Disease.  Despite this, many farm supply and outdoor stores still stock and market these products as wildlife foods, or attractants in Illinois.  ...

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Carbondale resident recalls meeting George H.W. Bush Video included

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WSIL -- As the nation celebrates the life of President George H.W. Bush, one southern Illinoisan, and current WSIL employee, remembers President Bush as kind and humble.

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New businesses open in Herrin Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- More businesses plan to call Herrin home, giving shoppers in the growing town more options.  

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Herrin city hall receives makeover Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- Herrin City hall's makeover is nearly complete.

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Radio host's son hires private investigator to investigate father's death Video included

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WSIL -- The son of California radio host found dead in our region tells News 3, he's hired a private investigator.

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New documents shed light on Illinois Star Centre Finances Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- New financial records obtained by News 3 show the Illinois Star Centre bleeding tens of thousands of dollars as the mall’s owners look to close most stores later this month. 

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Infants' Ibuprofen recall

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WSIL -- Tris Pharma is recalling liquid Infants' Ibuprofen it sells as generic brands for CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar because the medicine may have higher concentrations of ibuprofen.

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Kids participate in 'Shop with a Cop' in Du Quoin Video included

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- For the first time, Brittny Johnson and her two kids are participating in Du Quoin Police Department's annual "Shop with a Cop".

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Multiple fires in Massac County worry residents Video included

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MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. --  Some residents in the community of Massac County claim they are scared for their safety. 

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Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living Remembers President Bush's ADA Contributions Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. People across the nation are remembering President George H.W. Bush for many things, but some locally are celebrating his work for Americans with disabilities. 

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Ruling delayed on motion to drop murder charges

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A judge delays ruling on whether or not to drop murder charges against Gaege Bethune in the death of Pravin Varughese.

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Five aim to unseat Carbondale councilmen Video included

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CARBONDALE -- In April 2019, the City of Carbondale will have three seats up for re-election on city council. Eight people are running, hoping to fill those seats. News Three talked with the candidates, currently not on the council, hoping to be elected for the first time. 

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Franklin County EMA back home after helping tornado victims Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- Members of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency (FCEMA) are back from central Illinois after helping Taylorville tornado victims.  

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Officials respond to another fire in Massac County, amid arson investigation

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WSIL -- The Massac County Sheriff's Department responded to another fire tonight near Hillerman, Illinois, as they continue to investigate a string of arsons.

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Man, boy arrested for allegedly slashing tires in Harrisburg Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Harrisburg police have arrested two people in connection with approximately 25 reports of tire slashings within a 24-hour time frame.

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George H.W. Bush funeral: Former presidents, world leaders to attend

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored with a state funeral on Wednesday, an official gathering that will include current and former presidents and world leaders to mark the life of the 41st President.

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Southern Illinoisans voice their energy concerns Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinoisans got to share their concerns about clean energy with a utilities advocacy group.

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Sheriff speaks on incident involving Saline County man, deputy Video included

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SALINE CO., Ill. -- For the first time, law enforcement speak out on Friday's incident involving a Saline County man and a deputy. 

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Negotiations to allow The Stage Company to operate at the Varsity Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- For more than a decade, the Varsity Center for the Arts and The Stage Company have worked hand-in-hand in Carbondale. But negotiations are underway that could determine the future of one of the longest running theater groups in the area.

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Trial scheduled to determine murder suspect's fitness for trial

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- A jury will decide whether a Jefferson County man accused of murdering his brother is fit to stand trial.

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Man sentenced to 65 years for Mt. Vernon murder

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- A judge sentences a man to 65 years in prison for a deadly shooting.

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Man convicted for fatal DUI wants sentence reduced

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- A man sentenced to prison time for a fatal DUI crash that happened in June of last year wants to reduce his sentence.

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Jackson County board picks new chairman

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The Jackson County Board picks its new chairman.

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Body of missing radio host found in Paducah

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PADUCAH, KY. -- A death investigation is underway in Paducah after a body was found behind Brooks Stadium. 

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Patti's 1880's Settlement competes in national Christmas light contest Video included

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GRAND RIVERS, Ky. — Patti’s 1880’s Settlement competed against businesses across the country for the best Christmas light display Monday night.

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Blue Christmas service at Bald Knob Cross

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WSIL -- To celebrate the shortest day and longest night of the year on December 21, Bald Knob Cross of Peace will host a Blue Christmas service.

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Carbondale City Council candidate files objection Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A candidate for Carbondale City Council has filed an objection to another candidate's nominating packet, claiming people who do not live in the city signed his petition.

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President Trump to visit Missouri for crime conference

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is set to visit Missouri for a conference on crime.

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Six suspicious house fires may be linked Video included

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MASSAC COUNTY, Ill. --  Massac County deputies and fire investigators are searching for whoever responsible for a string of six suspicious house fires in the county, all within about a month.

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Learning while celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Teachers at Lewis Elementary School say Illinois history is important for their students, and December 3 is a special day in Illinois history, as it is the state turns 200 years old.

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Closures for National Day of Mourning

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WSIL -- President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. 

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Police gather outside Saline County home Video included

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SALINE CO., Ill. -- News 3 has learned the identity of the man involved in an incident, that drew a huge police presence at a home in Saline County Friday. 

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Driver hits train, is not injured

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WSIL -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident in which a driver hit a train.

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Vintage car shop damaged by Saturday storms Video included

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STAUNTON, Ill. -- Central Illinois suffered heavy damage after strong storms that contained tornado warnings moved through areas of Montgomery, 

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Mustache Dash helps support cancer research Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Dozens of runners gathered at the Harry Crisp Sports Complex for the Mustache Dash 5K. 

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Franklin County EMA assisting Central Illinois with tornado recovery efforts

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Emergency Management officials in Central Illinois are investigating a dozen reports of tornadoes touching down.  

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Southern Illinois remembers Pres. George H.W. Bush

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WSIL -- President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is remembered as a lifelong public servant.

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Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

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DALLAS (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94.   Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

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Hearing set for witness tampering allegations in Marshall County High School shooting case

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MARSHALL COUNTY, KY -- A judge ordered an evidentiary hearing in the case of suspected school shooter Gabe Parker after Parker's attorneys raised questions of witness tampering. 

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Lawyer wants indictment thrown out in Jackson County jail murder

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The lawyer for a man suspected of killing his cellmate in the Jackson County jail wants to throw out the indictment.

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Lawyer wants special prosecutor dismissed from Varughese case

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The attorney for Gaege Bethune wants to get rid of the special prosecutor investigating Pravin Varughese's death.

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Man gets 22 year sentence for having child porn

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UNION CO., Ill. --A Cobden man pleaded guilty earlier this month to having child pornography . 

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Du Quoin Superintendent named best in the state by IASA Video included

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- A local superintendent has been named the 2019 Illinois Superintendent of the year.  

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Truth Test: Fact-checking Joe Biden's "Get Out the Vote" rally

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WSIL -- With less than a week to go before election day, several prominent Illinois Democrats campaigned with former Vice President Joe Biden at a get out the vote Rally for congressional candidate Brendan Kelly, but was everything said there true?

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Quincy Media Inc. to acquire WSIL TV

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WSIL -- WSIL TV will soon be under new ownership. Quincy Media, Inc. is acquiring the station. 

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Truth Test: Fact-Checking President Trump's Murphysboro speech Video included

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WSIL -- Thousands of people were in attendance as President Donald Trump campaigned at the Southern Illinois airport Saturday, hoping to boost Congressman Mike Bost’s reelection effort, but was everything the President claimed true?

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Truth Test: Rep. Bost pitches bipartisan credentials

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WSIL -- Candidates in Illinois’ 12th congressional district are making their final pitches to voters as election day nears. Among the stops, the final debate of the cycle Tuesday, where Incumbent Republican Mike Bost discussed his bipartisan credentials.  “Every single bill I’ve sponsored has been bipartisan,” he said during the debate. But does every bill Bost has sponsored have bipartisan co-sponsors? Not So fast.  A review of congressional rec... More>>

The Wall That Heals stops in Paducah, KY

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PADUCAH, KY -- The Wall that Heals is sparking emotions in Paducah.

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Six local veterans among 200 honored by the state

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Bicentennial organizers and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs have named 200 military veterans to honor during the state’s 200th birthday. 

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UNSUNG HERO: Master gardner volunteers at Vienna Grade School

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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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Free legal assistance available for local veterans

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

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UNSUNG HERO: Mcleansboro Fire Department rescue

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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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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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Operation Honor Guard

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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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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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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

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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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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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