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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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RX Protein Bar recall

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WSIL -- We have a recall to pass along. RX Bar is recalling some of its protein bars because they may contain peanuts not stated in the list of ingredients.  

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Help Rendleman Orchards win grant money Video included

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ALTO PASS, Ill. -- The trees at Rendleman Orchards might be bare in January, but there's still lots of work to do around the farm. Much of that work is getting compliant with the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) standards.

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Clemson Tigers invited to dinner in Chicago by Michelin-rated restaurateur

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CHICAGO -- The owner of some of Chicago's most exclusive fine-dining restaurants has invited the Clemson University football team to have a second celebratory dinner in Chicago.

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Quincy Media now owns WSIL-TV Video included

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WSIL -- As of today, WSIL-TV is officially in the hands of new owners. Quincy Media Incorporated takes over the station that began operations 65 years ago. 

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Chocolate is better for your cough than cough syrup: study

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NEW YORK -- It may sound too good to be true, but researchers now say indulging in that piece of chocolate is actually the best cure for your cough. 

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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 Video included

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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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More than three-quarters of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck Video included

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WSIL -- The partial government shutdown will become the longest in U.S. history unless the government reopens this weekend.

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Drone rules new owners should know Video included

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WSIL -- Now that the holidays are over, it's time to start playing with the toys you received.

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Most FDA food inspections not happening under government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (WSB) -- There's concern the partial federal government shutdown could be putting you at risk of getting sick from your food.

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Sears reaches 11th hour deal to stay in business

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CHICAGO -- Sears was facing the possibility of shutting down, until it reached an 11th-hour deal Tuesday to stay open, at least for now. 

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USDA extends deadline for program aimed at helping farmers amid trade tensions after shutdown puts it on hold

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Agriculture will extend the deadline for farmers to apply for assistance to offset losses they were experiencing as a result of trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries because of the government shutdown.

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Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company

The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the company, alleging that the battery pack on its Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires. More>>

Carterville library competing for $35K

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- You can help a local library win $35,000 from Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban.

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Recall websites no longer active due to government shutdown

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WSIL -- Due to the government shutdown, agencies that are out to protect your safety are no longer posting important recalls online.

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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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Job Squad: December 21, 2018

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WSIL -- There are a handful of positions open in today's Job Squad report. 

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Restaurant Report Card: December 17, 2018

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WSIL -- A Jackson County convenience store racked up several violations during its most recent inspection.  

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Job Squad: Dec. 14, 2018

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WSIL -- There are a handful of opportunities in our Job Squad report this week. 

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Restaurant Report Card: December 10, 2018

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WSIL -- A Williamson County buffet is at the bottom of this week's Restaurant Report Card.  

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Job Squad: December 7, 2018

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WSIL -- The Jackson County Health Department tops this week's Job Squad report.  

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Restaurant Report Card: December 3, 2018

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WSIL -- We have more on what inspectors in Jackson and Williamson Counties found in this week's Restaurant Report Card.  

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Restaurant Report Card: Perfect scores (Oct.)

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WSIL -- We have a handful of perfect scores from October to share with you in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

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Job Squad: November 30, 2018

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WSIL -- There are several job openings this week.  

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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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Restaurant Report Card: November 19, 2018

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WSIL -- A Williamson County grocery store deli racked up several violations with the health inspector in October.  

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Job Squad: November 16, 2018

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

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Restaurant Report Card: November 5, 2018

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WSIL -- Our first stop is the Carbondale location of Don Sol. 

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Restaurant Report Card: Perfect scores (September)

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WSIL -- We're looking back on the perfect inspection reports from around the region for the month of September. 

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Job Squad: November 2, 2018

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

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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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Restaurant Report Card: October 29, 2018

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WSIL -- There are a handful of restaurants we're checking out this week.  

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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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