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Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

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A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma. More>>

BBQ lovers unite at Praise The Lard Cook-Off Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- More than 85 teams from around the nation to compete at 31st Annual Praise The Lard Cook-Off. 

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SIU brings Saluki Comic Con for sci-fi and comic book fans Video included

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WSIL -- Sci-fi and comic book fans will gather again in Carbondale for Saluki Comic-Con.

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Two schools to benefit from pro wrestling fundraisers Video included

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WSIL -- Budgets are tight for schools around the state and some are turning to unique ways to raise money.  

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Two walks planned to raise awareness about Alzheimer's Video included

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WSIL -- The Alzheimer's Association has planned a pair of walks to raise awareness about the disease.

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Warrant Wednesday: September 19, 2018

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

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Workshop aimed to help veterans create a small business Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The SIU Small Business Center is hosting an event for veterans who own or want to own a business.  

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Warrant Wednesday: September 12, 2018

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

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Protecting against ID theft on campus Video included

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WSIL -- It's a new school year and students going away to school face many challenges.  

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'Pigskin Points' can lead to big bucks for local schools Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- High school football season is in full swing and Pepsi MidAmerica is helping schools raise money.  

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Local musicians come together for basketball tourney and family day

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WSIL -- Local hip-hop artists will go head to head in a basketball tournament for a family fun day in Carbondale, Saturday.

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Mega 90s band to perform in Eldorado Video included

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ELDORADO -- Town & Country Days in Eldorado is known for having some of the biggest names in music perform at its annual festival. 

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SEMO vs. SIU: War for the Wheel Video included

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WSIL -- News 3 This Morning anchors Evie Allen and Kevin Hunsperger seemingly get along. But did you know they went to rival colleges? 

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It's all about the apples in Murphysboro Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The 67th Annual Murphysboro Apple Festival is underway. 

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New addiction recovery program starts in Carterville

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WSIL -- September is "Nationally Recovery Month" and one local church is starting a class to help those struggling with addiction.

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Group plans a suicide remembrance walk this weekend Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- A suicide happens every 12 minutes in this country. 

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Neighborhood Co-op hosting a 'farm crawl' fundraiser

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Grocery in Carbondale is hosting a fundraiser event this weekend.  

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Awareness walk and bicycle ride for Suicide Prevention Day

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WSIL -- Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and the Egyptian Health Department is recognizing the day with an event. 

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'Run to Remember' planned for 9/11 Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- It's been 17 years since the 9/11 terror attacks. The groups Run to Succeed and CrossFit Marion are teaming up to host the annual Run to Remember 5K here in southern Illinois. 

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Marion gears up for the annual Veterans on Parade

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WSIL -- Once again men and women who have served our country will be honored at the Veterans on Parade event.

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Women for Change kicks off its second year of unity march rain or shine Video included

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WSIL -- An event for women is making its return to Carbondale this weekend. Saturday is the second annual Women for Change Unity in the Community.ace.  

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Murphysboro gears up for the annual art, wine and blues festival Video included

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WSIL -- Riverside Park in Murphysboro will be the scene for a day of celebrating the annual Art, Wine and Blues Festival.  

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West City annual festival kicks off this weekend Video included

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WSIL -- There are lots of activities happening around the region this weekend. That includes the free 8th Annual West City Festival. 

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'Real Men Wear Pink' campaign kicks off Video included

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WSIL -- The American Cancer Society is kicking off a new campaign to raise money and awareness about breast cancer.  

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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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Family day and free car show at Marion church Video included

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WSIL -- A Labor Day family celebration and car show is going on in Marion this weekend.

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Locals plan to film horror movie in October Video included

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WSIL -- The Southern Illinois Film Commission is working to bring more film and tv productions to our region. 

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Forestry Association plans Shawnee National Forest education day in Vienna Video included

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WSIL --The Illinois Forestry Association will host an all-day event to promote what all this region has to offer, focusing on the Shawnee National Forest. 

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Here's how sleepless nights can trigger weight gain

One sleepless night might tip the body's metabolism toward storing fat while depleting muscle, new research suggests.

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Ducky Derby Dash returns in September

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Special Olympics of Southern Illinois is hosting a big fundraiser later this summer. It's the Ducky Derby Dash.  

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6 steps for promoting heart health in women

While the total number of U.S. deaths from heart disease has declined in recent years, it has stayed the same for younger women.

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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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Second annual Christian Family Day kicks off in Mt. Vernon

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WSIL -- Churches in Jefferson County are coming together for a day of Faith. 

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Paducah native wins first championship in WWE

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WSIL -- Paducah native Trevor Mann picked up his first championship since signing with the WWE's developmental brand NXT earlier this year.

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Colp 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

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COLP -- The Community of Colp is holding it's Fourth Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. 

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Exercise really can chase away the blues... to a point

Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say.

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West Frankfort dance teams scores high marks in world competition

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WSIL -- Sloan's Dance Company in West Frankfort is celebrating after a big victory. 

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Carterville Rotary Gala returns in September Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The third annual Carterville Rotary Club Gala is just over a month away.  

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St. Andrew school holds back to school festival fundraiser

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WSIL -- A Jackson County school is kicking off the school year with some fun. 

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Female heart attack patients fare better if ER doc is a woman

Women are significantly more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency physician is a woman, new research reveals.

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Skyline Creek holds musical at Marion Civic Center

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WSIL -- Skyline Creek Productions returns to the stage this weekend with, 'Anything Goes.' 

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Can arthritic dogs (and their owners) benefit from stem cell injections?

If dogs with arthritis can gain benefit from stem cell injections, maybe people can, too.

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Local Dairy Queen's help children when a Blizzard is purchased

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WSIL -- Dairy Queen's across the nation are hoping to create a smile with their signature treat.

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Free kidney screening

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WSIL -- Once each year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois brings their KidneyMobile to southern Illinois for free screenings. 

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Caritas Family Solutions celebrates 71 years with "Caritas Day"

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WSIL -- Caritas Family Solution is celebrating 71 years as a nonprofit social service agency by holding Caritas Day. 

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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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Perry County Shrine Club hosts benefit fundraiser

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WSIL -- The Perry County Shrine Club is holding a benefit dinner this weekend. 

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Annual Terry Sprague Memorial kicks off in Marion

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WSIL -- Racers from around the country will gather in Marion this weekend to remember one of their own.

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Carbondale Fourth Friday Fair helps folks beat the heat

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WSIL -- Carbondale is hosting a family-friendly activity this weekend with the Fourth Friday Fair event put on by Carbondale Main Street 

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Treating depression may prevent repeat heart attack

It's common for heart attack survivors to develop depression. Now a new trial has found that antidepressant treatment may help those patients avoid a second heart attack.

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Varsity Center hosts Texas style comedy with local actors

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WSIL -- A Texas Style comedy will be featured next weekend in Carbondale. Wildflower Incorporated is back with another production. 

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Over 100 local businesses meet in Marion for "Southern Illinois Made Expo"

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WSIL -- The Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce have teamed up with State Senator Dale Fowler for an event to showcase things made in southern Illinois. 

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TV show 'Small Town Big Deal' coming to WSIL

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WSIL -- The syndicated television show 'Small Town Big Deal' is coming to WSIL TV this fall.  

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Local veteran writes book about his life

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WSIL -- A Williamson County man has written a book about his life called, At the Ferris Wheel: The Memoirs of Richard K. Hill. 

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SIU to hold a US Farm Report free live taping

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WSIL -- Legence Bank, American Farm Mortgage, and SIU have teamed-up to host a free event. The groups are working with the U.S. Farm Report to tape Live from SIU for a session called the Future of Agriculture: Ask the Analysts. 

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Carbondale Elementary School District hiring new teachers

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WSIL -- A new school year is about to start and the Carbondale Elementary School District 95 is hiring. They're looking for a few teachers as well as a bilingual paraprofessional and a Building Secretary. To learn more and how to apply click here.  

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Fundraiser for Carterville woman battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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WSIL -- A Carterville woman is currently battling Stage two Hodgkin's Lymphoma and undergoing treatment. The friends and family of Ashlyn Zaranti are holding a benefit later this month to help with the medical expenses.

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A Carbondale church prepares for its annual Back to School Bash

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WSIL -- While school is probably the last thing on your child's mind, a local church is already preparing to help kids who will need items this fall. In less than a month, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual "Back to School Bash." 

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How to maximize your gym membership

So, you've made the decision to get healthier and join a gym, a great way to reach the U.S. national guideline of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

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Mason "Little Hank" Ramsey will hold free concert at Golconda Fourth of July celebration

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WSIL -- As we celebrate our nation's Independence this week, the community of Golconda plans to host a Family Night and Free Concert featuring Mason "Little Hank" Ramsey.  

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Local musician's album release supports the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale

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WSIL  -- A local musician is releasing a new album and is celebrating in a big way. Jermaine Bollinger's album, "Nomad" is his 33rd project and half of the proceeds will support the Girls and Boys Club of Carbondale. 

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5 ways to keep that lost weight gone for good

Losing weight and keeping it off comes down to making permanent changes in the way you eat. Although many eating habits are formed in childhood, it's never too late to improve

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Eldorado hosts second annual gospel concert series

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WSIL -- The streets of downtown Eldorado will be busy this weekend. The community is hosting a live Gospel concert sponsored by Senator Dale Fowler for the second year in a row. 

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Carterville set to celebrate zip code day Friday

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WSIL -- Friday is zip code day in Carterville. The date is 6-29-18. Which is also the zip code for Carterville. City leaders have planned a big celebration Friday night at Cannon Park. 

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Baseball game set for July in celebration of cancer survivors

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WSIL -- In this weeks House, June is National Cancer Survivor Month and there are many celebrations going on across the country and that includes locally. The SIH Cancer Institute has teamed up with the Southern Illinois Miners for a "Cancer is Personal" doubleheader Sunday, July 8. 

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Free criminal record expungement clinic to help with employment

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WSIL -- The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and the NAACP want to help people who have a criminal background clean-up their records. Saturday, they will host free Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing Clinic. It will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carbondale's Center for Empowerment and Justice.

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Detox tour comes to Murphysboro for people dealing with addiction

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WSIL -- Many people have been impacted by addiction around the world and in southern Illinois. An event this weekend aims to shed a light on the problem. The organization Friends, Family, and Meth Addiction is behind the Detox Tour, which includes live music, testimonials, and resources. 

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Marion's civic center offers to show free kids movies this summer

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WSIL -- The Marion Cultural and Civic Center is celebrating summer break for families in a fun way. The facility has teamed up with several sponsors for the Free Family Summer Movie Series. 

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Jeep rally and poker run for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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WSIL -- Z100 and Absher-Arnold have teamed-up to support a good cause. "Jeepin' 4 St. Jude" kicks off Saturday with a Jeep rally, poker run, and concert. 

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Liver cancer a growing health concern

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HealthDay News -- Liver cancer cases in several developed countries have doubled in the past 25 years, due to the continuing obesity epidemic and a spike in hepatitis infections, new research suggests. 

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SIU alum debuts her first novel at Longbranch Cafe

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WSIL -- An SIU alum is holding a book release party Friday, June 15 for her debut novel, "Devil's Charm".  

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Free dental program to benefit area children

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WSIL -- The SIU Dental Sealant Grant Program is providing free preventative dental services to kids in our region this summer. 

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With state population decreasing watchdog groups shed light on the problem

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WSIL -- Some worry Illinois is lagging behind other States and is losing population while surrounding States are gaining population. 

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Shriner Circus comes to Du Quoin this weekend

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WSIL -- The Shriner Circus returns to southern Illinois this weekend. Shows are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. 

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Marion's summer lunch program kicks off with fun day Saturday

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WSIL -- During the summer months, many communities will reach-out to help children with a free meal during the week. The city of Marion has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program since 1989. In its 29th year, a kick-off celebration is planned for this Saturday at the Boyton Street Community Center. 

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Cotton Patch Gospel comes to Carbondale

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WSIL -- The Vocal Studio of Granger Odum and Watermark Auto Group is bringing southern Illinois the "Greatest Story Ever Retold," in a fresh away. Cotton Patch Gospel is coming to Carbondale this weekend at The Varsity Center for the Arts. S

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Miss Illinois 2018 set be crowned this weekend in Marion

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WSIL -- The Miss Illinois Pageant gets underway this week in Marion. Events start Wednesday and go through Saturday at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.    

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Marion Garden club plans garden tour this weekend

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WSIL -- To kick-off National Garden Week, the Marion Garden Club has a tour planned this weekend. 

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Carbondale hosts summer outdoor fitness classes

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WSIL -- The City of Carbondale has teamed up with the Park District and SIU Rec Center to host a series of outdoor fitness classes. 

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'Lawn Social' to raise money for Marion CCC Foundation

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MARION -- A first of its kind fundraiser is coming to southern Illinois on May 31. It's called The Lawn Social Fundraiser.

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National makeup artist Alex Sanchez comes to Dillard's

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WSIL -- National Lancôme makeup artist Alex Sanchez is back in Southern Illinois helping the ladies look their best. 

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Galatia Lions Old Settlers Days begins Thursday

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WSIL -- The Galatia Lions Old Settlers Days is happening this weekend. It's jam-packed events with a carnival offering free rides, town-wide rummage sale, concerts, contests and more. 

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Kevin Hunsperger gets caged

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PINCKNEYVILLE -- Many of you probably already know, News 3 This Morning co-anchor Kevin Hunsperger is a ring announcer for a company called Stride Pro Wrestling.   

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News 3 This Morning's Kevin Hunsperger set to wrestle

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PINCKNEYVILLE -- News 3 This Morning co-anchor Kevin Hunsperger will be stepping inside the pro wrestling ring for a good cause. 

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Memorial Day service at Mound City National Cemetery

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WSIL -- This weekend, many communities will honor our nation's heroes. Saturday, there will be a Memorial Day service at Mound City National Cemetery. Thursday, May 24, 2018, flags will be placed in front of each monument in at the Cemetery. The time of placement will begin at 4:30 p.m. Any help is appreciated.

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Hogwarts coming to JALC

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CARTERVILLE -- Many kids and even some adults dream of one day going to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  

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A pill to protect you from the sun? Don't believe it, FDA says

If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again.

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Pools, hot tubs can harbor dangerous germs

Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill.

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Hot air balloons fill the skies over Mt.Vernon this weekend

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WSIL -- Hot air balloons will fill the skies over Jefferson County this weekend. The Mt. Vernon Airport is hosting, "Balloons Over Mt. Vernon." It's a fundraiser for Spiro Family Services. 

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Ameren Illinois is offering the "smart thermostat" to customers

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WSIL -- Ameren Illinois has teamed up with leading brands (ecobee and Nest) and environmental advocates to Launch a "smart thermostat" initiative.  

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Hospice of Southern Illinois plans "Second Chance Prom"

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WSIL -- Prom season is coming to an end for high school students, but adults can still celebrate at the "Second Chance Prom". It's a fundraiser for Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Local woman releases book for married couples and singles

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WSIL -- A local woman has written and published a book set to be released soon. Domineak S. Miller's book, "Submission a Two Street", is designed to help married couples and singles. 

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T-Rex leads the band at Missouri school

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FENTON, MO -- Concert goers at a Missouri middle school took a step back in time as a T-Rex doubled as the conductor.  

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Zumba for babies is coming to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- Zumba fans may enjoy a new music and movement class for babies and their Caregivers. Zumbini is coming to southern Illinois.

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Timberline in Marion offers work to veterans

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WSIL -- Timberline in Marion is looking to hire and they're focusing specifically on veterans. 

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1 dead after crash on I-57

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Illinois State Police report one person is dead after a crash on Interstate 57.

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Herrin farmers market opens Saturday

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WSIL -- Saturday kicks off the third year for the Farmers Market in Herrin. The market will run from 8-11am and will feature fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baked goods all from locals. It will be located at 1000 South Park Avenue next to Subway.  

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The Rend Lake Water Festival kicks off it's 47th year

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WSIL -- The 47th annual Rend Lake Water Festival is underway in Benton. Activities are planned through Saturday and include a bike glow, pageant, and parade. 

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Crash closes one lane on I-57

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Illinois State Police say a Marion man had to be flown from the scene after an early morning crash on I-57.

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U.S. illnesses tied to ticks, mosquitoes are soaring

Diseases transmitted by biting insects -- ticks and mosquitoes in particular -- have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows.

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SI Type 1 is holding a Family Fun Day in Herrin

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois Type-1 is hosting a "Family Fun Day" next Saturday. The event is Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin.

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Unity Christian School hosts actress Priscilla Shirer

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WSIL -- Women around the region will participate in a simulcast with author and motivational speaker, Priscilla Shirer. 

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Dozens of veterans take part in third Honor Flight Video included

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday morning, April 24, 67 veterans and there guardians took flight to Washington, D.C.  

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Girls World Expo comes to southern Illinois

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WSIL -- The "Girls World Expo" is coming to Southern Illinois. 

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The 13th annual Kyle Price Memorial ride kicks off Saturday

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WSIL -- This weekend marks the 13th annual LCPL J. Kyle Price Memorial Ride. Price was a Marine killed while serving our country in Iraq. On Saturday, people are invited to Roadhouse Harley Davidson in Mt. Vernon for the ride.

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Free Gospel Quartet concert in Marion to help new Christian school

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WSIL -- A church in Marion is holding a free gospel concert to help a new Christian School.

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West Frankfort School District hosts screening of "Swim Team"

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WSIL - The office of Special Education for the West Frankfort School District is hosting a free screening of the film "Swim Team".  The film is a documentary that follows 3-teens who participate in a competitive swim team for teens on the Autism Spectrum. 

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2018 Senior Fun Fest is a step back to the 50s

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MARION -- In May, seniors around the area can step back to the 1950s.  

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"Sweethearts of the Saddle" Derby Day Gala coming to Carbondale

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WSIL -- It's time to put on your Derby attire. The annual "Sweethearts of the Saddle" Derby Day Gala is coming to our region. It's on May 5th at the Carbondale Civic Center.

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Two local women write children's book around postpartum depression

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WSIL -- A new book is meant to shed light on the common symptoms and feelings associated with postpartum depression through a children's story 

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Marion Junior High Choir presents Shrek the Musical Jr.

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WSIL -- Everyone's favorite Ogre will be in Southern Illinois this weekend. The Marion Junior High choir presents, "Shrek the Musical Jr."  T

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JALC brings back "World Music & Food Day" again this year

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WSIL -- Wednesday is "World Music and Food Day" at John A. Logan College and organizers have a lot planned.

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Another study finds later school bell brings sleep bonus for teens

Singapore's teens are the world's best on an international test of academic performance, but they pay for it with their sleep.

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Coaches around the region learn more about player safety

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WSIL -- Two Junior Football Leagues in our area are teaming up to educate coaches about player safety. A conference is planned for tomorrow at the Herrin Christian Church.

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Carbondale police investigating home invasion

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JACKSON CO. -- Carbondale police are looking for a man after a home invasion.

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Free Dentistry Day coming to Carbondale

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WSIL -- A Carbondale Dentist is once again participating in free dentistry day. It's happening Friday, April 27 at University Place Dental between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. It's first come first serve and patients will get one free filing or one free extraction. 

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JALC LifeSavers hosts "Trivia Night" fundraiser

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WSIL -- If you want to test your knowledge in a fun way while raising money, you may want to check out the John A. Logan LifeSavers Trivia Night. 

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Southern Freedom hosts 32nd Annual Easter run

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WSIL -- Southern Freedom A.B.A.T.E. is inviting everyone to take part in their 32nd Annual Easter Run.

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Marion High School introduces us to the "Addams Family" musical in April

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WSIL -- There house is a museum, where people come to see them and you can catch the "Addams Family" musical comedy in April.

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Verizon unveils what's up for grabs this Spring

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WSIL -- Well spring has sprung and that means it's time for many to update their phones and seasonal gadgets. Verizon has the latest in technology and what companies are offering.  

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'Jeep Invasion' to benefit veterans' groups

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CARBONDALE -- Jeeps will be taking over Carbondale in May. The P3 Jeep Invasion comes to Pinch Penny Pub in Carbondale Sunday, May 27.  

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Star Wars group helps adoption agency

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MT. VERNON -- On Saturday the Angels' Cove is holding a benefit. The theme is Star Wars: Hope Awakens.  

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The Autism Society of Southern Illinois gears up for "Color Fun Run" fundraiser

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WSIL -- The Autism Society of Southern Illinois is hosting a color fun run fundraiser. 

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The Beach Boys to headline HerrinFesta Italiana

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HERRIN -- The annual HerrinFesta Italiana returns May 22. The lineup this year includes country music, classic rock and heavy metal.  

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This Able Veteran 5K fundraiser returns this May

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WSIL -- This Able Veteran pairs Trained Service dogs with Veterans around the country. The group is based here in southern Illinois and is gearing up for the Fourth annual "Really Close to Almost 5K Color Run/Walk". 

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The Christian Comedy Network comes to Carbondale

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WSIL -- If you're looking for some good laughs with clean jokes, you may enjoy the The Christian Comedy Network. The event showcases guest comedians, Tony K., Stephon and Marvin Phipps. The event will be held at Carbondale High School, Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. 

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Banquet celebrating student achievement is now open for nominations

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WSIL -- A program that aims to celebrate the accomplishments of students through-out the school year is celebrating it's 19th Year. Every year, "Young Hearts with Goals and Purpose" holds a banquet to publicly acknowledge and award those students. 

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'Read Across America' Day marked around the area

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HERRIN -- March 2 is set aside for readers of all ages. It's Dr. Seuss' birthday and has been known as 'Read Across America' Day for years.  

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Semi-crash kills pedestrian on I-57

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JEFFERSON CO. -- The Jefferson County Coroner has confirmed one person is dead after a semi-crash on Interstate 57.

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SIU hold's two day women's leadership retreat in March

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WSIL --Next month, SIU will host a women's leadership retreat. It's called "Lifting as we Climb: Empowering Women Through Community and Leadership".

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Boil order issued in Metropolis

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METROPOLIS-- Utility officials have issued a boil order for an isolated area in Metropolis.

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Youth Rotary exchange program holds fundraiser to send students overseas

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WSIL -- Two Carterville High School students, who are part of the local Rotary, are hosting a fundraiser dinner this Friday night. They're part of the Rotary Exchange program. 

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Native southern Illinoisan holds Red Carpet event for 1-Woman Mockumentary series

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WSIL -- If you're looking for a good laugh this weekend, the Liberty Theater in Murphysboro is hosting a Red Carpet event. 

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FFA week kicks off

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WSIL -- It's FFA Week And Ag students around the country are celebrating. 

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Annual Vendor fair in Mt. Vernon

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WSIL -- The Sixth Annual Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Home Show returns later this month to the Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon. 

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Black History Month media program for teens and pre-teens

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WSIL -- Where can you learn about Broadcast Journalism and Black History Month all in the same spot? At the African American Museum this Saturday, in Carbondale. The museum is hosting a day for middle and high School age students to meet and chat with African American reporters and anchors from our region.

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Kevin gets crushed

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CARTERVILLE -- Over the weekend, News 3 This Morning anchor Kevin Hunsperger found himself in quite a spot at a professional wrestling show.

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One dead after crash in Jackson County

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JACKSON CO. -- One person has died after a crash in rural Murphysboro.

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Students at Marshall County High School head back to class after tragic shooting

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MARSHALL CO., KY -- Students at the Marshall County high school will return this morning after a tragic shooting rocked the community.

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Students from the Saline County CEO Program hold fundraiser

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WSIL -- High school students in southern Illinois are working to create their own businesses as part of a CEO program. Teenagers in the Saline County CEO Program have a fundraiser coming up on January 30.

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The second stage of diet resolutions

Factors that help you reach goals include memory, attention and self-control

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Softball and Baseball Tournaments support Special Olympics

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WSIL -- District 15 of Special Olympics is gearing up for a big fundraiser. The indoor softball tournaments are happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. 

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Groups hold Martin Luther King Celebrations in Carbondale

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WSIL -- The Carbondale NAACP and the Martin Luther King Committee are holding two events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.

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Fresh Fitness classes resume in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE -- It's a new year and many people are looking to get into shape. The city of Carbondale is teaming up with the SIU Rec Center and the Carbondale Park District for the Fresh Fitness program. 

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Hospice of Southern Illinois Red Carpet Gala

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WSIL -- Later this month you can take a trip to "Onederland" all for a good cause. The Hospice of Southern Illinois Red Carpet Gala is Saturday, January 27 at the Pavilion in Marion. It starts at 5:30 p.m.  

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Evie Allen gets engaged on live TV

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WSIL -- Evie Allen's boyfriend makes a surprise appearance to ask her one very important question. 

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State Farm gives advice on how to avoid theft claims this holiday season

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WSIL -- According to State Farm insurance, theft claims nationally are dropping, But Illinois still ranks third in the country.  August, January and December were the busiest months for State Farm to handle theft claims. 

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Illinois Trial Lawyers Association disagree with recent "judicial hellhole" report

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WSIL -- Members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association disagree with the most recent American Tort Reform Foundation's (ATRF) "Judicial Hellholes" report. 

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BBB warns of bad deals for your new year weight loss goals

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WSIL -- Many of us will resolve to get into better shape, but with that comes the chance to fall into some bad deals. The Better Business Bureau gives us some tips on how to look out for bad offers or unwanted subscriptions and memberships. 

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Open House to learn more about solar energy

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WSIL -- If saving money is one of your New Year's resolutions, you may want to consider switching to solar energy. Experts say there are financial incentives involved in making the switch. 

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Expert gives tips on how to start the year off healthy after joining a gym

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WSIL -- It is almost time for a new year and that means gyms around the region will be filled with people trying to get those new years resolutions underway. 

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Santa Claus stopped by News 3 for a quick chat

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WSIL -- Everyone is busy during the holiday season, but perhaps the busiest of all is our guest this morning. Santa Claus has taken a few minutes out of his schedule every year for the past 12 years to stop by News 3 This Morning.

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Disney adds Trump to 'Hall of Presidents'

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ABC NEWS -- Walt Disney World plans to reopen its famed "Hall of Presidents" exhibit in Orlando on Tuesday with the addition of a new life-size robot of President Donald Trump.  

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Local pageant queens host another year of Toys & Tiaras

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DU QUOIN -- A royal event is coming to Perry County this weekend. Sunday is the Toys & Tiaras event.

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Herrin First Baptist Church holds annual Christmas cantata

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HERRIN -- A Williamson County church is spreading the Christmas spirit. First Baptist Church of Herrin's Sanctuary Choir presents "What Kind of Throne" Sunday, December 17.       

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Murphysboro Hometown Christmas and Tree Lighting Ceremony

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MURPHSYBORO -- The community of Murphysboro is bringing in the holiday this year with a special event. For the first time, the community will come together for a Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Cub Scouts plan to collect toys for kids during community Christmas Parade

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WSIL -- Cub Scouts in Metropolis are getting ready to help those in need once again this year. 

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Ugly Christmas Suit Guys to raise money for local group

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CARTERVILLE — Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer and that’s just what the #UglyChristmasSuit Guy Tom Harness of Harness Digital Marketing is doing once again. 

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Unique festive products being marketed this Christmas Video included

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WSIL -- Check out what companies are doing to get into the holiday spirit.

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Jefferson County CEO presents Alumni basketball games fundraiser

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WSIL -- Students in the Jefferson County CEO program are working to raise some money this weekend. Saturday night they're hosting an Alumni Showcase. The games will feature alumni from Waltonville, Woodlawn, Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be on hand. 

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Stage Company returns with a holiday murder mystery

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WSIL -- The Stage Company in Carbondale returns this week with a holiday production.  

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Turkey frying safety

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WSIL -- Many people will enjoy a turkey dinner this week for Thanksgiving. Frying turkey has grown in popularity, but it's important to remember safety. 

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Holiday Extravaganza at the Pavilion in Marion

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MARION -- This weekend celebrate National Small Independent Business Owner Day by helping a good cause. 

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Salvation Army kicks off "Red Kettle" campaign

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WSIL -- You can help keep someone's power on this holiday by donating to the Salvation Army. Wednesday November 15, the organization kicks off this years "Red Kettle" Campaign. Everyday, volunteers will collect money that will be used for rent and utility assistance to people in southern Illinois. 

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Hunchback of Notre Dame comes to Marion Civic Center

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MARION -- Performers with the group Artstarts take to the stage this weekend with a production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

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'Stranger Things' connection to southern Illinois

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SESSER -- The popular Netflix series 'Stranger Things' has a shout out to the Franklin County community of Sesser. 

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St. Louis Zoo elephant Ellie treated for tuberculosis

Ellie and sister Maliha on April 29, 2013 with a calf. Photo by Sarah Riffle/Saint Louis Zoo Ellie and sister Maliha on April 29, 2013 with a calf. Photo by Sarah Riffle/Saint Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the most popular residents of the St. Louis Zoo is being treated for tuberculosis, but zoo officials say the prognosis is good.

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Heritage group to hold Christmas market

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CARTERVILLE -- Christmas will be here before you know it and the Carterville Heritage and Preservation Foundation is holding its annual Christmas Market.     

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2017 Trick-or-Treat Schedule & Halloween events

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WSIL -- Halloween is coming soon. Several communities will be celebrating. Here's a look at the 2017 trick-or-treating schedule. 

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Jackson County house destroyed in fire

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AVA -- A house in Jackson County has been destroyed by an early morning fire. 

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'Know More' event for PTSD comes to JALC

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CARTERVILLE -- This Able Veteran is holding an event in November to help veterans around the region.  

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World Mental Health Day & resources for help

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WSIL -- October 10 is World Mental Health Day. It's estimated that one in four people experience some kind of mental health problem in their lifetime.  

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Start Seeing Pink initiative is underway

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CARBONDALE --  The Start Seeing Pink initiative is underway again at SIU.  

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WWE Hall of Famer coming to southern Illinois

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PINCKNEYVILLE -- The state budget crisis may be over, but it's made a lasting impression on schools in our region.  

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Heartland 100 aims to make a difference

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CARBONDALE -- At the start of the year we told you about a program aimed at increasing the number of people giving back.  

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Southern Illinois churches share evangelism experiences in Guatemala

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WSIL -- Three Southern Illinois churches share their experiences about going on a foreign mission trip to Guatemala. 

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Bicyclist dies after getting hit by vehicle

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WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A man is dead after being hit by a vehicle, while riding his bicycle.

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The Healthinista set for the Women's Health Conference

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CARTERVILLE -- The 31st annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference returns later this month.

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Goodbye Ashley!

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WSIL -- Past and present members of News 3 This Morning send Ashley their best wishes.

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No injuries after early morning kitchen fire

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale fire officials say unattended food was the cause of an early morning kitchen fire.

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Local artist helps raise money with Eclipse painting

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HERRIN --  A local artist is using her talent to commemorate the Eclipse and raise money to honor veterans.  

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Crash sends one to the hospital

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PULASKI COUNTY -- One person was sent to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 57.

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Honor Wreaths for Veterans holding summer sale

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WSIL -- The not-for-profit group Honor Wreaths for Veterans makes sure servicemen and women who have died are not forgotten during the holiday season. 

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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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Cape Championship Wrestling celebrates one year

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CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A southeast Missouri professional wrestling company is marking its one year anniversary. 

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Voice actress June Foray dies at 99

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WSIL -- One of the most recognizable voice over artists in animation has died. J 

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Honor Flight of Southern Illinois set to take off again in October

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MARION -- The Honor Flight of Southern Illinois is set to take flight again in October.  

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'Kickass' fundraiser to help This Able Veteran

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DU QUOIN -- The group This Able Veteran will soon benefit from the upcoming Kickass fundaiser. 

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Superman Celebration hopes to attract new Man of Steel next year

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METROPOLIS -- The 2017 Superman Celebration has just wrapped up, but already organizers are looking ahead to 2018.  

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