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Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

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Google says it will launch a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business. More>>

Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

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Apple has unveiled a new iPad that's thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. More>>

Kids' plates recalled due to fire hazard in microwave

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WSIL -- Nearly 100,000 plates for children are being recalled because they were incorrectly labeled as microwave-safe.

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Celebrate Spring with a free ice-cream cone

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WSIL -- Dairy Queen is celebrating the first day of Spring by giving away free small vanilla cones.

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New Union County mass alert system

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UNION CO., Ill -- The Hyper-Reach Mass Notification service will notify the public of public safety emergencies, including weather alerts and road closures.

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3 Ways to Save on coffee

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WSIL -- March is Caffeine Awareness Month, so we're offering up three ways to save on coffee.  

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Facebook says outages due to 'server configuration change'

(AP Photo/Jenny Kane). Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in New York. Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to ... (AP Photo/Jenny Kane). Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in New York. Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to ...
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Facebook says its lengthy outage problems were the result of a "server configuration change.". More>>

Claire's recalls makeup after regulators warn of asbestos

(FDA via AP). This photo provided by the FDA shows Claire's Eyeshadows.  Claire’s is recalling Claire's Eyeshadows and two other makeup products after U.S. regulators warned people not to use them because of possible asbestos.  Last week, the Food and ... (FDA via AP). This photo provided by the FDA shows Claire's Eyeshadows. Claire’s is recalling Claire's Eyeshadows and two other makeup products after U.S. regulators warned people not to use them because of possible asbestos. Last week, the Food and ...
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Claire's is recalling three makeup products after regulators warned people not to use them. More>>

IRS warns of new phone scam

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WSIL — The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a new twist on an old phone scam. 

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Job Squad: March 15, 2019

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WSIL -- Here's a look at who is hiring in our region.  First up is Pinckneyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  

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Butterball recalls 39 tons of ground turkey

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WSIL -- Butterball is recalling 39 tons of ground turkey products. 

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AT&T raises prices for DirecTV Now streaming service

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AT&T is raising prices and removing networks from its DirecTV Now streaming service just a few weeks after a U.S. appeals court upheld its Time Warner takeover. More>>

Verizon says 5G network will cost extra $10 a month

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File). FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo visitors stand near a 5G logo at a display the PT Expo in Beijing. A handful of Verizon customers will soon have faster wireless service, but they’ll have to pay $10 a month m... (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File). FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo visitors stand near a 5G logo at a display the PT Expo in Beijing. A handful of Verizon customers will soon have faster wireless service, but they’ll have to pay $10 a month m...
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A few people will soon have access to the hyped "5G" phone network _ for an extra fee. More>>

Facebook's messaging ambitions amount to much more than chat

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, new features of Messenger are displayed during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook is already the leader in enabling you to sha... (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, new features of Messenger are displayed during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook is already the leader in enabling you to sha...
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Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. More>>

Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles on emissions

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles because they don't meet US emission standards. More>>

FAA relents, says it grounded 737 Max jets based on new data Video included

(AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene). Foreign investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiop... (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene). Foreign investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiop...
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Much of the world has grounded or banned from its airspace the Boeing jetliner involved in two recent crashes, leaving the United States as one of the few places the widely used plane is still flying. More>>

At age 30, World Wide Web is 'not the web we wanted'

(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File). In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015 file photo, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, attends the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, sou... (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File). In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015 file photo, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, attends the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, sou...
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At its ripe old age of 30 and half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says. More>>

Criticism of FAA mounts as other nations ground Boeing jets Video included

(AP Photo). Ground crew chat near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane operated by Shanghai Airlines parked on tarmac at Hongqiao airport in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. U.S. aviation experts on Tuesday joined the investigation into the crash of an Et... (AP Photo). Ground crew chat near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane operated by Shanghai Airlines parked on tarmac at Hongqiao airport in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. U.S. aviation experts on Tuesday joined the investigation into the crash of an Et...
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration faces mounting criticism for backing the airworthiness of Boeing's 737 Max jets as the number of countries that have grounded the aircraft grows in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash. More>>

Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar). In this Feb. 14, 2019, photo, this photo shows the Honda logo on a sign at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Honda will be recalling about 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the T... (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar). In this Feb. 14, 2019, photo, this photo shows the Honda logo on a sign at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Honda will be recalling about 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the T...
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Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the vehicle interiors. More>>

3 Ways To Save: Family entertainment

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WSIL -- Many families may be staying home for Spring Break. So we have a few ways to save on your entertainment options. 

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Facebook's vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). In this April 11, 2018, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question as he testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, about the use of Facebook data to target American vote... (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). In this April 11, 2018, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question as he testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, about the use of Facebook data to target American vote...
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Facebook's pivot to focus on private messaging and multiple services looks a lot like what Chinese app WeChat has been doing for years. More>>

Study: Illinois auto plant layoffs may trigger more job loss

A university report says Fiat Chrysler's decision to cut almost 1,400 jobs from a plant in northern Illinois could trigger the loss of nearly 2,300 additional jobs across the region. More>>

Job Squad: March 1, 2019

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WSIL -- There are plenty of offerings this week in our Job Squad report.  

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3 Ways to Save: Spring break planning

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WSIL -- In less than a month, many schools and colleges in our region will be on Spring Break.  

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Job Squad: February 22, 2019

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WSIL -- There are several openings this week, and most of them are in Williamson County.  

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Bottoms up! Learn how to open your own winery

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois is known for its wineries. Now you can learn how to own one of your own.  

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Job Squad: February 15, 2019

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WSIL -- There are several openings and a new dream job to talk about in this week's Job Squad report.   

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3 Ways to Save: Valentine's Day

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WSIL -- It's almost Valentine's Day and this week on 3 Ways to Save we're sharing some ideas for keeping more cash in your wallet this year.   

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Job Squad: February 8, 2019

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WSIL -- There are plenty of options for employment in our region. 

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Job Squad: February 1, 2019

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WSIL -- There are several open positions in this week's Job Squad report.   

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Restaurant Report Card: January 28, 2019

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WSIL -- Because of changes with the way health departments are doing restaurant inspections, we are wrapping up our Restaurant Report Card segment. 

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Job Squad: January 25, 2019

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WSIL -- There are several jobs open around the region, including several in the education field.  

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Restaurant Report Card: January 21, 2019

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WSIL -- Here is a look at how a handful of restaurants are doing with the health department.  

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Restaurant Report Card: International spots

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WSIL -- Here's a look at how some international spots are doing with the health department. These are from December 2018 inspection reports. 

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Local business helping pet owners impacted by government shutdown

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WSIL -- A local business is doing what it can to help people impacted by the federal government shutdown. 

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Job Squad: January 18, 2019

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WSIL -- There are a handful of openings to share this week in our Job Squad report.  

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Restaurant Report Card: Fast food joints

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WSIL -- It's the final month that restaurant scores will be presented with a number score. So we're checking out several fast food joints in the region.  

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Restaurant Report Card: January 14, 2019

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WSIL -- Sometimes people on the go will grab a meal at a convenience store. But one in Williamson County finds itself at the bottom of this week's Restaurant Report Card.

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A better strategy for quitting smoking

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(HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but studies have found that one strategy in particular can help many people: Start anti-smoking medication well before your intended quit date.  

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'Got You Covered' Diaper Ministry helping families in need

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CARTERVILLE, Ill -- All new parents know how important diapers are when raising an infant. However, it's something many of us take for granted.    

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Job Squad: January 11, 2019

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WSIL -- Looking for a new job in the new year? We can help. 

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Restaurant Report Card: January 7, 2019

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WSIL -- The way restaurants in our region are inspected have changed in the New Year, but we still have reports from December to share with you.  

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Job Squad: January 4, 2019

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WSIL -- If getting a job in the new year is on your list of resolutions, we can help.  

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Ugly Christmas Suit Guys return to raise money for Honor Wreaths

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WSIL -- The Ugly Christmas Suit Guys are joining forces again this year to raise money for a good cause.  

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'Is Your Pet's Food Toxic?' seminar coming soon

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- For most of us, a pet is more than just a four legged friend, it's a member of the family and their health and wellness is important.  

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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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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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May the Hops be with You...

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ANAHEIM, Cal. -- Stars Wars fans wanting to grab a drink at the happiest place on earth, Disney has some news for you.  

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Cyclospora cases linked to McDonald's salads

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If you've gotten sick recently after eating a salad from McDonald's, you may want to be tested for an intestinal illness. 

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Southern Illinois Film Commission launched

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WSIL -- A new non-profit group has been formed to bring film production to southern Illinois.  

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Google Glass helps kids with autism navigate emotions of others

Donji Cullenbine's young son, Alex, has autism, but when he put on a pair of Google Glass smartglasses they helped him recognize the emotions of others through their facial expressions.

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Five Illinois leaders graduate from Delta Leadership Institute

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PADUCAH, Ky.  – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) congratulates five new Illinois graduates of the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.

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Taco Bell Salsa con Queso Mild Cheese Dip recalled due to possible botulism

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WSIL -- An estimated 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled because there are signs of product separation that could lead to botulism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Del Monte recalls veggie trays

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WSIL -- Del Monte is recalling fresh-cut vegetable trays sold in six states including Illinois because they are the suspected to be the source of a parasite that has sickened at least 78 people.

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Salmonella outbreak in Midwest linked to pre-cut melons

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WSIL -- A warning about a salmonella outbreak that's apparently linked to pre-cut melons that were sold at Walmart and other stores in the Midwest. 

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FDA approves contact lenses that shade the sun

The lives of contact lens wearers just got a whole lot easier.

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Use Your Toys-R-Us gift card at Bed Bath and Beyond

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WSIL-TV - Toys-R-Us is closing, so if you have an unused gift card, but don't want any toys, you are in luck. Bed Bath and Beyond is partnering with card cash to allow customers to trade their Toys-R-Us gift cards for a reduced Bed Bath and Beyond e-gift card. The rate of exchange changes, but as of this writing, a person with a $20 Toys-R-Us gift card could $12.84 on an e-gift card for Bed Bath and Beyond. If this is something you want to take advantage of, you better hurry, the o...

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Stella Artois recalls beer that could contain glass

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WSIL-TV - Stella Artois is voluntarily recalling select packages containing 11.2-ounce bottles of Stella Artois beer because it may contain particles of glass. 

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Prize winning beer set to debut soon

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MURPHYSBORO --  Each October, home brewers around the region compete at the Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest.  

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Southwest 3-day fare sale

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WSIL -- Start packing your bags, Southwest's big twice-a-year fare sale is back! The sale offers round-trip fares below $100 on dozens of the carrier's shortest routes. 

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Energy assistance program for Ameren customers seeks participants

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WSIL -- Since 1982, the nonprofit group Warm Neighbors Cool Friends has provided year round heating and cooling assistance for qualified Ameren Illinois customers. 

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Spring clean your finances

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CARBONDALE -- There's more to spring cleaning then just tidying up the closet or garage.  

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BBB offers tips on installing a pool

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CAPE GIRARDEAU (BBB) -- Taking a dip in a backyard pool is a great way to cool off on a hot day. If you don’t have one and you aren’t the do-it-yourself type, you may need to find a contractor to install your pool. 

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Filing an insurance claim after a storm

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WSIL -- Severe weather season is upon us, and we're offering some tips on filing an insurance claim after Mother Nature does her worst. 

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Evanger's dog food recall

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WHEELING, IL -- Evanger's Dog and Cat Food is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because it could be contaminated. 

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Share your thoughts in 'Meaningfull Books'

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CARBONDALE -- Valentine's Day is almost here, and a Carbondale man has come up with a unique way for men to show their affection for their significant other. 

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Rep. John Bradley addresses Ameren rate hike

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois power bills will likely go up next pay cycle and state Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, wants to know about it. 

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