Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015



As Mt. Vernon Residents Chant, Their City Council Backs Down
MT. VERNON --- You could call it democracy in action. Angered city leaders hadn't asked for public input before presenting the sale of Mt. Vernon's water and sewer systems as nearly a done deal, voters showed-up en masse Monday night. And the city council backed down.

Carbondale Remembers Selma on its 50th Anniversary
CARBONDALE -- Demonstrators took to the streets of Carbondale to commemorate the march on Selma to that led to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Local Women Honored at Annual Celebrate Women Gala
CARBONDALE -- Dozens met at SIU for the 19th annual "Celebrate Women" Gala.

Carr Requests Special Prosecuter in Varughese Case
JACKSON CO. -- Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Carr has asked for a special prosecutor to look into the death of former SIU Student Pravin Varughese.

New Legislation Looks to Curb Heroin
WSIL -- Illinois lawmakers want to lay out a plan to deal with the state's growing heroin problem. On Monday, sponsors of a bill in the legislature released more than 200 pages of ideas on how to curb its use and prevent deaths.

Amtrak Funding Cuts Could Impact Travelers
WSIL -- Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois' funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has been climbing.

Crude Oil Pipeline Planned for Southern Illinois
Local School Celebrates National Read Across America Week
WILLIAMSON CO. -- It's National Read Across America Week and a local school is celebrating with their "'Orange' You Glad You Can Read" program.

National Read Across America Day
WSIL -- Monday is National Read Across America Day and many students are celebrating through books and other events.

One Injured in Zeigler Crash
FRANKLIN CO. -- One person is injured after a late night crash in Zeigler.