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100 Minutes for Teddy draws large crowds Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex was buzzing with action Friday for an event called 100 Minutes for Teddy.

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Carbondale Splash Park holds 24-hour Aquathon fundraiser Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Carbondale Splash Park will be open all night as part of a 24-hour fundraiser.  

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Police urge residents to remain watchful after multiple car burglaries Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- Carbondale Police believe a teenager may be to blame for multiple car burglaries. 

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Deputies staying on after layoff scare

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SALINE CO. -- The six Saline County Sheriff's deputies slated to lose their jobs get to stay on. 

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2nd Annual Southern Illinois Sportsman Show this weekend Video included

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Du QUOIN -- Exhibitors spent Friday setting up for the 2nd annual Southern Illinois Sportsman Show the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

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SIU Dental Clinic hosts "Give Adults a Smile" day Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A lot more grinning faces today as volunteers gathered at SIU's dental clinic to offer free dental care.

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Unsung Hero: Finding Forever Animal Rescue Video included

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MARION -- A local animal rescue is celebrating one year of operation. In that year, many cats have found their forever family thanks to the volunteers and donations, too. 

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Rauner threatens to call a special session over school funding Video included

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WSIL -- Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an ultimatum to lawmakers: either send him SB1 or he'll call a special session. 

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Cobden art show features local eclipse-themed work Video included

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COBDEN -- Two businesses are using the eclipse to feature some local artists.

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Williamson County Pre-K program reinstated Video included

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HERRIN -- Williamson County toddlers will have place to go to school after all. Leaders announced the Pre-K program has been reinstated.

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Construction closes major ramp on Rt. 148 Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to let drivers know about a major ramp closure.

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Truckers react to proposed electronic monitoring regulation Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Truckers across the country will soon have electronic monitoring systems that track the time they're on the road and the time they're stopped.

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String of recent crashes has truckers stressing safety Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A string of recent wrecks on Interstate 57 in the last few weeks has those who enforce the law, and those who are supposed to follow it, stressing safety.

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Summer heat puts emphasis on thermometer placement Video included

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WSIL -- With temperatures the hottest of the summer, more emphasis is on the thermometer.

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1 killed in crash involving motorcycle

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JEFFERSON CO. -- One person was killed Friday in a crash between a car and motorcycle. 

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Missing man found in Carbondale

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JACKSON CO. -- Carbondale police found Dylan Patton in Carbondale, He is safe.

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Florida man charged with threatening southern Illinois schools

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FRANKLIN CO. -- A Florida man faces multiple felony charges after making a pair of bomb threats against Sesser-Valier schools.

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ISP: Fatal crash shuts down I-57 near Ina Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois State Police confirm a multi-tractor trailer crash has shut down Interstate 57 southbound near Ina. 

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Mt. Vernon businesses thrive from hundreds playing for national baseball title Video included

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JEFFERSON CO. -- Roughly 1,500 people flocked to Mt Vernon's Lincoln Park Thursday to watch budding athletes compete for a national title, and it has city leaders excited for a weekend of economic gains.  

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Mississippi fugitive arrested in Paducah

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MCRACKEN COUNTY, KY. -- A Mississippi man is behind bars in Kentucky after fleeing his home state in an effort to avoid arrest.

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Cleaning up the city of Cairo Video included

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CAIRO -- Community leaders in Cairo wrapped up a busy day as they came together to clean up the town. 

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Callie On The Job: Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Video included

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MARION --  When you think of a motorcycle dealership you think of buying motorcycles, and maybe even accessories. Callie learns what goes on behind the scenes at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in this week's Callie on the Job. 

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Rauner talks school funding, staff shake-up and Madigan Video included

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WSIL -- Just weeks after lawmakers handed him a major defeat, going around him to push through a budget with big tax hikes, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is picking himself up off the floor and turning his attention to a new issue taking center stage: school funding. But it could lead to another long, polarizing fight.

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Maddie on the Move: Rappelling Video included

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GOREVILLE - Southern Illinois's bluffs are a great resource for a number of activities. 

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Keeping people and animals cool at the Massac County Youth Fair Video included

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METROPOLIS -- Kids from the 13 southernmost counties in Illinois have been participating in the Massac County Youth Fair this week. The fair lets them show off their best projects and livestock.

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Local fire department helps firefighters beat the heat Video included

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WEST CITY -- With temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees, a local fire department has taken steps to protect its firefighters from the heat after they leave burning buildings.

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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from Harrisburg women's center Video included

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SALINE COUNTY -- A Saline County woman pleaded guilty in court Thursday to charges of stealing from the Anna Bixby Women's Center in Harrisburg. 

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Cape Girardeau Police investigating possible homicide Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. -- Police are investigating after an apparent homicide in Cape Girardeau.

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'Tough Like Teddy' event for Sambursky family Video included

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CARBONDALE --  SIU Hall of Fame Quarterback Joel Sambursky and his family recently welcomed a baby boy to the world, but Theodore was born with some health complications.  

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Summer Health workshop coming to Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The heat is on and you can learn more about natural ways to protect yourself. There's a summer health workshop Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Dayemi Health Center in Carbondale.  

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New Meridian school comes to life Video included

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PULASKI CO. -- Educators and students in Mounds are counting down the days until a new elementary school comes to life. 

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Bowling camp held at SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois kids took to the alleys at SIU to sharpen up their bowling skills.

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Woman bikes 2,000 miles for childhood obesity Video included

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MT. VERNON -- A Jefferson  County woman plans to bike her way across the country to bring awareness to childhood obesity. In the process, she hopes to raise enough money to build a youth gym in Mt. Vernon.

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Saline County state's attorney responds to ACLU allegations Video included

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HARRISBURG -- The Saline County state's attorney responds to some very serious charges made against him by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Teachers needed in southern Illinois Video included

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PULASKI CO. -- Illinois schools are less than a month away from opening and are still without state funding. 

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Celebrating National Hot Dog Day Video included

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MARION -- July 19th marks National Hot Dog Day. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will eat seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

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Blue Sky Vineyard raises sculpture at point of greatest eclipse totality Video included

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MAKANDA -- A Union County winery at the center of totality is offering eclipse visitors a taste of southern Illinois. Blue Sky Vineyards is promising local artists, local music, and local wine for the solar eclipse.

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Expert warns against dangers of hot playgrounds Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- The playground is a popular place for kids in the summer, but it could also be one of the most dangerous. 

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Giant City Park releases eclipse viewing info

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WSIL -- Giant City State Park has released information about viewing the solar eclipse in the park on August 21, 2017. 

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Warrant Wednesday: July 19, 2017

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help finding people with outstanding warrants.

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Bethune faces Varughese family for the first time Video included

Gaege Bethune makes his first court appearance in Jackson County Gaege Bethune makes his first court appearance in Jackson County
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MURPHYSBORO -- The man accused of murdering an SIU student in 2014 pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Jackson County court. Gaege Bethune was indicted last week on two counts of first-degree murder. 

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Semi overturns on I-57, forces lane closures

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WSIL -- The southbound lanes of Interstate 57 at mile marker 33 are closed due to a semi overturning.  

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Williamson Co. Relay for Life: Wish Upon a Cure Video included

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MARION -- Hundreds of people will put their best foot forward this Saturday night (July 22) in an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  

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Jackson County Board immigration resolution fails Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY -- A discussion over immigration led to some heated words and eventually a tied vote of the Jackson County board Tuesday night.

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Class trains firefighters to prepare for gas leaks, explosions Video included

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HARRISBURG -- The Illinois Fire Service Institute held a liquefied petroleum burn and class Tuesday to train firefighers in how to handle natural gas leaks, fires and explosions. 

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Illinois school funding debate continues Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- With school just a few weeks away from opening, educators fear if Illinois lawmakers don't find a way to send them some money, they won't stay open very long. 

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Pre-vet camp held for the first time at SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- High school students who dream of becoming veterinarians spent the last two days at SIU getting a taste of what goes with the job.

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Expert advice: How to avoid mosquito bites that can make you sick Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Jackson County health experts warn they've found mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile Virus, for the first time this season. They warn us, to avoid mosquito bites if we can.

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Body Recovered from River in Mississippi Co., Missouri Video included

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MISSISSIPPI CO., MO -- A body has been recovered from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in Missouri. 

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ACLU: Illinois Youth Center staff improperly and unfairly seeking charges Video included

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HARRISBURG -- A southern Illinois youth detention center faces new allegations as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

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Carbondale cracks down on rental home ordinance Video included

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CARBONDALE -- There's growing concerns over people breaking the law when renting out rooms or homes online. Carbondale has an ordinance in place for folks placing ads on Airbnb and similar sites. 

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Tips for staying cool while exercising in the heat Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- Despite the heat, many people want to continue their exercise routines. But experts warn the high temperatures and high humidity can pose a real danger.

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Pizza Hut to add thousands of new jobs

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WSIL -- Pizza Hut announced Tuesday that they plan to add 14,000 new delivery drivers nationwide.

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SIU compiling research about dogs on federal disaster teams Video included

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CARBONDALE -- During times of disaster, the federal government deploys teams to help with recovery efforts, and that often includes rescue dogs. A group at SIU is making sure those four-legged life-savers get the care they need.

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How downbursts work Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- A storm left quite a mess in Jackson County Monday afternoon. Strong winds blew down trees, dropping some on top of cars. 

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Bethune enters plea at first court appearance

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JACKSON COUNTY -- The man accused of murder in the 2014 death of Pravin Varughese appeared in a Jackson County courtroom Tuesday afternoon. 

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Warrant Wednesday: July 12, 2017

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WSIL -- Two area sheriff's departments are asking for the public's help finding people with outstanding warrants.

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Mt Vernon takes steps towards improving water/sewer system Video included

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MT VERNON -- City leaders have a lot of work ahead of them to bring their water and sewer system up to 21st century standards. A sewer main break last week, and several leaks keep adding up.  

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West Nile virus found in mosquitos in Jackson County

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JACKSON CO. -- The Jackson County Health Department has identified its first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus. 

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Paducah City Hall added to the National Register of Historic Places

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PADUCAH, KY. -- Paducah City Hall received national recognition as building made the "National Register of Historic Places." 

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Executive Inn in Marion finally falls Video included

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MARION -- An old Hotel in Marion finally fell to the ground. Earlier this year, demolition began on the former Executive Inn on the west side of town. 

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Eldorado man sentenced for gun theft

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SALINE CO. -- An Eldorado man will head to prison for stealing guns from a Saline County business.

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Cairo marks 50 years since pivotal racial demonstrations Video included

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CAIRO -- Monday marks the 50th anniversary of protests in Cairo that turned violent and marked a turning point in the fight against segregation.

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SIU students and administration relieved MAP grants will be funded Video included

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CARBONDALE --  SIU's administration breathes a little easier. Now that Illinois has a budget, SIU will again have state money for MAP grants, without having to front the money itself. 

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Marie Basler dead at 88

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- A longtime Williamson County political figure has died. Marie Basler served 25 years as Williamson County Circuit Clerk.

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Carbondale to allow outdoor alcohol during eclipse Video included

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CARBONDALE -- With the eclipse 34 days away, the city of Carbondale is reminding visitors it will allow alcohol in the downtown area during the eclipse weekend, with a few house rules. 

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New SIU chancellor talks plan for a brighter future Video included

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CARBONDALE -- SIU formally introduced its new chancellor this afternoon, where Carlo Montemagno fielded questions from faculty about the future of SIU. 

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Children learn how to build with Lego's at SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Children from across the region are taking part this week in SIU's School of Architecture Lego Camp. 

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TJ's Fine Jewelry opens after paying back taxes Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A Carbondale jewelry store has re-opened after settling a tax dispute with the state of Illinois.  

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Rauner says he'll veto money for Chicago teacher pensions

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MT. ZION, Ill. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll use his amendatory veto power to remove money for Chicago teacher pensions from a school funding bill. 

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One dead after car runs into creek in Perry County

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PERRY CO. -- Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis has identified the man killed in Sunday's crash as David C. Baker, 54, of Du Quoin.

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Cairo community cleanup planned for Thursday

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CAIRO -- Community leaders in Cairo are taking matters into their own hands to help clean up the city.

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Road closures on Route 13 beginning Tuesday Video included

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WSIL -- As Route 13 grows from four to six lanes, that has brought the need for several improvements to intersections where drivers enter and exit the highway. 

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Fire crews battle Freeman Spur mobile home fire Video included

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FREEMAN SPUR -- Early Sunday morning, Williamson County Fire Protection crews battled a mobile home fire in Freeman Spur.

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SIU Alumni React to Budget Cuts Video included

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CARBONDALE--Comptroller Susana Mendoza promised the release of $695 million to Illinois higher education, but even though state money could be on the way, it hasn't stopped the fear of uncertainty that alumni said is dangerous to the future of higher education

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Southern Illinoisans show off their best flowers Video included

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MARION -- The Garden Clubs of Illinois hosted a flower show Saturday in Marion.

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Girl Scouts help to Stuff the Bus Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Local Girl Scouts collected school supplies at Staples in Mt. Vernon as a part of United Way's Stuff the Bus school supply drive. 

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Summer program being offered to teach children art Video included

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CARBONDALE -- A Carbondale woman is using her business as a way to help grow the creative minds of children. 

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Motorcycle vs. car collision in McCracken County

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MCCRACKEN CO., KY -- A crash Saturday afternoon in McCracken County occurred when a motorcycle struck a car. 

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Crash on I-57 at mile post 68 sends two to hospital

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Late Friday night, a crash on Interstate 57 at mile post 68 in Franklin County sent two people to the hospital for injury treatment. 

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Seven more SIU degree programs could be cut soon Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Faculty and staff with years at SIU have seen the university's fight for financial survival develop right before their eyes.

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Mother of Pravin Varughese speaks out Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Family members of of Pravin Varughese say the news of the indictment against Gaege Bethune answered many prayers. 

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Unsung Hero: Nubability Coaches Video included

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DU QUOIN -- A unique sports camp brings accomplished athletes together with kids aspiring to be better in their sports. But the campers and coaches are doing more with less. 

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Hero skateboarder rewarded after foiling robbery Video included

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PADUCAH -- Police and employees of Regions Bank recognized a man for bravery after his ingenious intervention to stop a violent robbery attempt in the bank's parking lot.

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Shortage of host families for exchange students Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Students from 70 different countries are looking for a temporary home in southern Illinois. 

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Carbondale Police searching for armed and dangerous shooting suspect

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JACKSON CO. -- Carbondale Police are searching for a shooting suspect they consider to be armed and dangerous.

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Attorney for murder suspect Gaege Bethune speaks out Video included

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WSIL -- The attorney for the 22-year-old man indicted for the murder of a Southern Illinois University student is speaking out. 

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When will Illinois' higher income tax affect you? Video included

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WSIL -- With the new income tax rate taking effect July 1, when you'll see the impact depends on your employer.

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