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Teen’s body recovered from Kentucky Dam Marina

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MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (WSIL) -- On Sunday, the Marshall County Kentucky Rescue Squad was called to a possible drowning at the Kentucky Dam Marina. 

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Route 166 closed for crash

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Route 166 between Creal Springs and Stonefort is closed following a two-car crash. 

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Illinois trooper dies after being shot in East St. Louis executing warrant

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Illinois State Police say a trooper died after being shot while serving a search warrant.

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Showers and storms around for Sunday

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(WSIL) -- Showers will linger through the morning hours, giving way to a chance for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.

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Bocce tournament raises money for restoration projects Video included

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HERRIN (WSIL) -- On Saturday, more than seventeen southern Illinois teams played in the Bracy Insurance Bocce Tournament.  

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Colorado murder suspect arrested in Kentucky

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Eddyville, KY (WSIL) --  Kentucky State Police have charged a Florida man for a murder in Colorado.  

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Hundreds of Veterans reunite after Honor Flights Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- More than 400 people gathered Saturday afternoon for the first-ever Honor Flight reunion. 

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Illinois officials urge driver awareness as schools reopen

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are reminding motorists that schools are reopening. That means lots of children getting on and off school buses.

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Dry and Cooler

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(WSIL) -- Much like yesterday, temperatures will be cooler and more comfortable than usual. 

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Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

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The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining.

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Cool fall like weather to kick off the weekend

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WSIL --  Lingering showers will clear this evening leaving us with mostly cloudy skies and lows in the 60s.

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Franklin County jail employee arrested on sexual assault charges

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BENTON (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police arrested of Chet L. Shaffer, 58, of rural Thompsonville Thursday. Shaffer has been charged with three counts of Official Misconduct, two counts of Custodial Sexual Misconduct and two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault.  

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Gov. Pritzker signs new law supporting youth outdoorsmanship

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Gov. Pritzker signed House Bill 3623 Friday during a visit to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.

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Cape Girardeau Police searching for robbery suspect

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Santonio Omar Parker, Junior is wanted for three counts of felony robbery, five counts of armed criminal action, two counts of assault in the 2nd degree and one count of assault in the first degree.

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Illinois resident who experienced respiratory illness after vaping dies

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A person who was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness after vaping has died. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the death Friday.

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Deer virus confirmed in 1 Kentucky county

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says a deadly virus has been found in a white-tailed deer in the state. 

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City of Harrisburg purchases new squad cars

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- Police in Harrisburg will be patrolling the streets in three new squad cars. 

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Stubborn showers stick around Friday, but drying out Saturday

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Stubborn showers and still lingering around early Friday morning with a few possibly sticking around throughout the day.  

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Pritzker signs bill to raise minimum wage for teachers Video included

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Thousands of teachers across the state will get a raise over the next few years.

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County officials respond to study finding 100%+ voter registration rates Video included

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A study from The Public Interest Legal Foundation reports, there are more registered voters than actually alive voters. 

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Carbondale man sentenced to 15 years for robbery

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A second man accused in a robbery in Carbondale was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.

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Dozens turn out for 4th annual 'Stand Up For Blue' night Video included

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The Southern Illinois Miners have once again paid tribute to the men and women of law enforcement by hosting its fourth annual 'Stand Up For Blue' night at Rent One Park in Marion.

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Illinois freshman found dead at Missouri residence hall

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University of Missouri officials say an 18-year-old freshman from Illinois died at a residence hall.

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Black Bellied Whistling Ducks spotted in southern Illinois Video included

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Black Bellied Whistling Ducks are moving farther north on during migration and they're drawing an audience.

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U.S. Sen. Duckworth to host office hours at 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Veterans Benefit Expo

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The Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will host mobile office hours at the 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Veterans Benefit Expo Sunday, August 25.

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State Rep. urges residents to take online property tax survey

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State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) is offering his constituents a chance to express their opinions about Illinois property taxes by answering questions in an online poll he has set up.

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Rights group blames Brazilian government for Amazon fires

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Amnesty International says Brazilian government failures are responsible for fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

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All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored

A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line.

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Soggy but with a break from heat

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WSIL - Showers and thunderstorms will be possible due to proximity of front but for many of us it will be slightly cooler and less humid. ...

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FCC authorizes $116.6M for rural broadband in Illinois

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The funds will be used over the next decade to expand affordable broadband for 8,640 rural homes and businesses.

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Pritzker signs new law raising teacher pay to $40,000

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers' minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders

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Pets of the Week: August 22, 2019

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- In this edition of Pets of the Week there are a mixture of dogs and cats.

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Viewer photos of the day: August 22, 2019

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Take a look at this photo Matt Lydick sent in of a beautiful McLeansboro sunset! According to our Meteorologist Nick Hausen, those are altocumulus clouds over the reflective pond. 

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Slow moving cold front brings more scattered storms Thursday

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- A slow moving cold front will be working across the region Thursday and provide the focus for several rounds of scattered showers and storms. 

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Union County Fair holding rodeo championship Video included

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ANNA (WSIL) -- This year, the Union County Fair celebrates 139 years and one of the highlights of the fair is the rodeo. 

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What can be done to help autism services in Illinois?

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) Cases of Autism are on the rise with one in 59 children diagnosed with some form of the disorder in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Pres. Trump eliminates student debt for disabled veterans

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With the stroke of a pen Wednesday, President Trump put plans into place to eliminate student loan debt, for tens of thousands of permanently disabled veterans.

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State treasurer promotes savings accounts for those with disabilities

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A relatively new program helps those with disabilities save money without losing their benefits.

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Students participate in fire science program in Mt. Vernon Video included

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Dozens of students learn about fire science in Mt. Vernon Township High School.

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Architect approved to design new courthouse Video included

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The County Board has approved an architect to design the new courthouse on the Benton square. 

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Pritzker reluctant to criticize Madigan on harassment report

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is praising the release of a report on bullying and harassment in Michael Madigan's office, but is sidestepping questions about Illinois House speaker's leadership.

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Autopsy suggests woman drowned after crash

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Authorities say a woman whose body was found in a submerged car in southeast Missouri had been reported missing more than four months ago

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Moe's and McAlister's latest victims of data breach: company

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The company that owns Moe's Southwest Grill and McAlister's Deli restaurants confirmed to the ABC affiliate in Atlanta that it had unauthorized activity on payment processing computers at a number of locations for the chains.

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Valier man charged with sex crime appears in court Video included

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A Valier man will have to stay in jail as he faces a charge of Indecent Solicitation of a Child.

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FEMA completes flood assessments in Alexander County Video included

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Officials in East Cape Girardeau believe Alexander County has racked up millions of dollars in flood damage following assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Marion Police need help identifying suspect

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The Marion Police Department is asking for your help to identify the man in the pictures below.

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Vistra closing 4 Illinois power plants

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Irving, Texas-based Vistra announced Wednesday it would close plants in the towns of Coffeen, Canton, Havana and Hennepin that employ a total of nearly 300 workers.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee named Grand Marshal for Du Quoin State Fair Parade

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Olympic Gold Medal winner Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as Grand Marshal for the Du Quoin State Fair Parade. 

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New security measures for governor's mansion tours unveiled

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The new security measures will go into effect Sept. 3.

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Wanted suspect caught in Union County

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A suspect authorities considered dangerous is now in police custody. 

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Missing teens found safe

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Dillion Voss and Emma Barker have been located and are safe. 

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Scattered storms return late Wednesday afternoon

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- By late afternoon, a few storms are expected to develop. These storms will likely become more numerous through the early part of the evening.

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Carbondale launches Citizens Academy

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The City of Carbondale is launching a new Citizens Academy program beginning this Fall.

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New bill aims to help diabetic students in Illinois Video included

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A new bill that could give parents some peace of mind.

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Small earthquake near New Madrid

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An earthquake shook the New Madrid fault line Tuesday evening around 6:16 p.m.

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On The Trail: Shawnee Hills eBike Rentals Video included

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WSIL --  This week we’re going to show you a new way that you can get “On The Trail”  this summer and it comes with a helping hand.

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Report finds former Madigan chief of staff harassed and intimidated workers Video included

Speaker Michael Madigan says his caucus wants a budget deal but won't  "sacrifice what's important to the middle class" to do it. Speaker Michael Madigan says his caucus wants a budget deal but won't "sacrifice what's important to the middle class" to do it.
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A new report sheds light on misconduct in Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan's office.

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VA goes smoke-free, offers programs to help you quit Video included

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VA heath care facilities across the nation are about to go smoke-free. Local VA workers say this initiative is about cutting down second hand smoke risks and also about helping veterans kick the habit.

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Union County Housing Authority to receive $1 million to address lead-based paint

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The Union County Housing Authority will receive $1 million to identify and reduce lead-based paint in public housing units.

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Proposed settlement in lawsuit over Rams merchandise gets OK

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A proposed settlement would give St. Louis Rams fans a 25% refund on years of tickets and merchandise they bought before the team announced it was moving to Los Angeles.

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Bullet prompts soft lockdown, search at Lewis Elementary

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A bullet prompted a soft lockdown at Lewis Elementary School Tuesday morning.

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Mt. Vernon council approves security camera and building demolition plan Video included

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Mt. Vernon leaders hope new views will help keep communities safer.

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ISP Trooper involved in Saline County crash

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- An Illinois State Police trooper was involved in a Monday afternoon traffic crash.

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Carbondale Church of Christ's Annual Giveaway Day

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Carbondale Church of Christ is holding its annual Giveaway Day.  

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Viewer photos of the day: August 20, 2019

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- We had many viewers send in photos of yesterday evening's sunset, and a few of them were featured on the morning show today! Below are the pictures that were on the show on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

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Local man finishes paddling the Mississippi River for a good cause Video included

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This summer we have been keeping up with a local man’s journey along the Mississippi River and he has now paddled it’s entire length to raise money and awareness for veterans.

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On The Trail: Giant City Nature Trail Video included

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This week “On The Trail” we’re heading back to Giant City State Park to hike a trail that receives millions of visitors each year.

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Pritzker nixes family planning money after Trump 'gag rule'

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will not use federal family planning funds as long as Republican President Donald Trump's administration prohibits women's health clinics from referring patients for abortions.

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Missouri standoff suspect denied bond Video included

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The man accused of shooting two law enforcement officers, and engaging in a standoff with officials for seven hours, remains in a Missouri jail.

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StarView Vineyards prepares for harvest season Video included

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As August wraps up, winemakers throughout the region begin to turn their full attention to the upcoming harvest.

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Damage assessments continue, residents growing impatient Video included

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Emergency Management workers at the local, state, and federal levels toured East Cape Girardeau Monday. 

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Gov. Pritzker signs bill allowing schools to supply diabetes medication to students

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Monday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation allowing schools across the state to store an undesignated supply of the diabetes medication, glucagon, to treat students with diabetes.

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Cairo man arrested for second time in less than 2 weeks

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A Cairo man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested Monday afternoon for the second time in less than two weeks.

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4th Annual Just Imagine Childhood Cancer Walk

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PADUCAH, KY. (WSIL) -- 

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BBB: Tips on how to avoid ID theft on campus

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (WSIL/BBB) -- If you have a college student packing up to live on or near campus this fall, now's a good time to talk about preventing fraud while they're away from home. 

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Viewer photos of the day: August 19, 2019

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- We started the work week this morning by taking the time to admire some viewer photos that were sent in. Below are the pictures that were on the show on Monday, August 19.

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FEMA continues assessing flood damage Video included

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ALEXANDER COUNTY (WSIL) -- On Sunday, a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was in McClure going door-to-door assessing homes as part of their Preliminary Damage Assessment.

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Devil's Backbone Park expected to open after assessment Video included

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GRAND TOWER (WSIL) -- Officials with Devil's Backbone Park say they are close to reopening after months of flooding.  

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Man dies in Washington County crash

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (WSIL) --- One man is dead after his vehicle flipped over after hitting a driveway in Washington County.

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Volunteers paint basketball courts at Attucks Park Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- More than a dozen athletes met Saturday for the reopening of the Attucks Park basketball courts.  

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Man charged with attempted murder after shooting Illinois State Trooper

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WHEELING, Ill. (WSIL) -- A northern Illinois man has been charged with Attempted Murder after he shot and wounded an Illinois State Trooper. Illinois State Police say the trooper was carrying out a search warrant Friday at a home in Wheeling.  Volodymyr Dragan, 43, allegedly fired shots from inside his home and struck a trooper.  Dragan faces charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Unlawful Restraint, Assault of a Police Offic...

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Illinois tick bites could turn deadly Video included

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HERRIN (WSIL)-- A tick bite scares a Herrin couple.

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2 law enforcement officers shot in southeast Missouri Video included

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Standoff ends without incident in Carter County, Missouri after two law officers were shot.

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Talks rekindle about widening Market Street in Marion Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Drivers and business leaders who use North Market Street can tell you that driving along the road is like walking a tightrope. 

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Students honored for summer flood work Video included

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The students at Shawnee Junior Senior High School were a force in the battle against flood waters this summer. 

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Resentencing delayed for man who murder his parents 27 years ago

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JONESBORO (WSIL) -- Mark Gibbs has been in custody for 27 after shooting and killing his parents in Reynoldsville, a small town in Union County.

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Pritzker ok's ISP work and wellness program expansions

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- Governor JB Pritzker signed several pieces of legislation Friday to expand, and fund more programs within the Illinois State Police department.

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Lawyer for Brian Burns wants to withdraw from the murder case

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) --     Another possible delay in the trial of a Saline County doctor accused of killing his estranged wife.

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Southern Illinois health centers receive federal funds to combat opioid crisis Video included

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Rural Health in Anna is one of three southern Illinois health centers to receive funds to combat the opioid crisis.

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Illinois State Police officer wounded while serving warrant

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An Illinois State Police trooper was wounded in a shooting that occurred as the officer was executing a search warrant in suburban Chicago

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Centralia celebrates 30th annual Balloon Fest

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CENTRALIA (WSIL) -- This year, Centralia's Balloon Fest will celebrate 30 years and organizers have planned extra special activities to mark the occasion. 

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Job Squad: Friday, August 16

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There are several businesses around the region looking for new employees in this week's Job Squad report. 

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Viewer photos of the day: August 16, 2019

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- Sunset and set sail! Below are the pictures that were on the show on Friday, August 16, 2019. If you have a great photo you would like to share, please send it to bbrower@wsiltv.com.

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A couple showers possible this morning, then becoming warm and humid this weekend

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- As a disturbance tracks across Missouri this morning, we expect a few showers as a possibility through around mid-morning. By lunch time, rain chances are all but gone.

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Brewery owner expands business to hemp Video included

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MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- From hops and barley to cannabis. One local brewery is trying a new business plan. 

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New health clinic helps patients and teaches students Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- A brand new facility in Carbondale will not only offer a new place for patients to find help, but somewhere for medical students to learn.  

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Family says missing Galatia man found

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The family of a missing Galatia man is hoping for his safe return.

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City-wide yard sale begins in Pinckneyville Video included

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Pinckneyville's city-wide yard sale is in full effect this week.

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Steam, Gas, and Threshing Show brings generations together in Pinckneyville

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For sixty years, generations have flocked to the Annual Steam, Gas and Threshing Show in Pinckneyville.

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Controlled burn at Marion business gets 'out of control'

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A fire in Marion sent a huge plume of smoke into the air Thursday evening.

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Mixture of optimism and pessimism among businesses amid SIU move-in day Video included

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Thousands are expected to descend on Carbondale before classes at Southern Illinois University start next week and local businesses are hopeful there will be an uptick in enrollment this year.

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