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Lawsuit filed over fatal shooting at Kentucky high school Video included

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) - The estate of a girl killed and three other students wounded in a shooting at a Kentucky high school have filed suit against the school district and school officials, the teenage suspect and his mother and stepfather.

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Senator Durbin visits Marion prison, talks government shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- Illinois' senior senator says there's a glimmer of hope for the government shutdown to end.

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Student takes aim at overcoming obstacle Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- A student at Pinckneyville High School is proving that a disadvantage doesn't have to hold you back.  With practice, and a specially designed mouth tab, Luke Bigham is shooting a compound bow like this classmates. 

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Canada Geese are a big problem for the City of Mount Vernon Video included

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The City of Mount Vernon is now working with the USDA Wildlife Services in hopes to take care of an ongoing problem in one of their local parks. 

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I-24 lane closure announced for January 23

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WSIL -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at mile marker 30 will close overnight on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

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Mackie's Pizza offers discount for workers impacted by government shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- A pizza shop in Marion offers a discount to federal workers who aren't getting paid.

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Jonesboro woman sentenced for DUI

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UNION COUNTY, Ill. -- A Jonesboro woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence.

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Perry County investigators looking for tips to find missing man

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WSIL -- The Perry County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help to find a man who has been missing since last week.

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Howl at the Moon fundraiser coming soon Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Valentine's Day weekend will be here before you know it and Ferrell Hospital and Southeastern Illinois College are teaming up for a fundraiser.  

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Inmate on the run from Paducah captured

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An inmate who escaped from the Keaton Correctional Facility in Paducah has been arrested. 

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Winter weather costs local business thousands of dollars Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- Winter weather impacted businesses in our area, forcing many to close their doors and turn away customers.  ...

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Semi driver describes horrific gridlock on I-57 Video included

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WSIL -- Drivers are still talking about the snow and ice that caused traffic nightmares on Interstate 57 and 24 on Saturday.

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Cape Girardeau police investigating shooting

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau man is recovering from a gunshot wound tonight, and police are searching for the shooter(s). 

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New details about Saturday's I-57 backup Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. -- News 3 has learned more about what caused the traffic backup on I-57 Saturday.

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Cairo's 25th MLK Memorial Breakfast Video included

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CARIO, Ill. -- Dozens of members of the NAACP honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during its annual Memorial Breakfast for Justice Monday morning in Cairo.

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SIU students give back for MLK Day Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- On Monday, nearly two dozen Southern Illinois University students took part in the first Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service held by the Eurma C. Hayes Center.  

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1 person killed in head-on crash in DeSoto

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JACKSON CO., Ill. -- One person is dead and other person suffered minor injuries after a head on crash on U.S. Highway 51. 

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Street departments work to clear secondary roads Video included

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WSIL -- In the wake of the weekend snow event, most of the main roads in southern Illinois are mostly clear but when you turn onto side streets, snow and ice may still cover the pavement. 

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Crews respond to fire at Continental Tire

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- A fire is under investigation at Continental Tire in Mt. Vernon. Witnesses tell News 3 it happened in an HVAC unit on the roof above the Passenger Tire Curing Department.  

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Mt. Vernon NAACP celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Leaders in Mt. Vernon honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Local events planned for MLK Day

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WSIL -- January 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

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Drivers share experiences after being stranded on interstates Video included

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WSIL -- Saturday night's hazardous driving conditions left hundreds stranded on Interstate 57.

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Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Video included

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DUQUOIN, Ill. --  28 teams from four different states participated in a tournament this weekend to benefit Special Olympics. 

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Police investigating suspicious death in Marion

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MARION, Ill. -- Police are seeking information that could help them with a death investigation. 

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Marion federal prison workers go unpaid during shutdown

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MARION, Ill. -- Hundreds of employees at the federal prison in Marion are going without pay during the government shutdown.

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Salvation Army holds one-day blitz event

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WSIL -- Even though the holiday season is over, you may have heard a familiar sound Friday. The Salvation Army held a one-day Blitz event for donations. 

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Local prosecutor appointed as associate judge

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WSIL -- A Jackson County Assistant State's Attorney has been appointed to the bench. 

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Hall of Fame billiards player to perform exhibition Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill -- Hall of Fame billiards player Tom Rossman, aka Dr. Cue, is scheduled to play at Eagles Club. 

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Illinois women's centers affected by government shutdown Video included

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WSIL -- The historical partial government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of employees, including women's centers across the state. 

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Brandy Hughes' family upset with man over social media post

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ZEIGLER, Ill. -- The grieving family of a woman who was found in the snow of Desel's Mud Ranch in Zeigler Saturday are upset with the man who found her.

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Nearly 20 arrested in prostitution bust

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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. -- Five people from southern Illinois are among 17 people arrested in a prostitution bust in Kentucky.

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A Veteran's monument in Anna gets an upgrade

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ANNA, Ill. -- The American Legion in Anna has recently renovated a veterans' monument bringing it back to what it was supposed to be.

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Nearly a dozen people potentially exposed to a hazardous material Video included

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JEFFERSON CO., Ill. -- Eleven people recover Thursday evening after being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for potential exposure to hazardous material. Those patients include mostly first responders and investigators are not yet confirming what that harmful substance was. 

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost polling constituents about State of the Union

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WSIL -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost, (R) of Murphysboro, wants to know if people in our area believe President Trump should give a State of the Union Address.

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Gun advocates express concern over gun shop licensing bill

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MARION, Ill. -- The new governor of Illinois followed through on a campaign promise to pass tighter gun control laws.

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Schimpf details legislative priorities ahead of 2019

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WSIL -- State Sen. Paul Schimpf, (R) Waterloo, says he'll pursue a few constitutional amendments in the new year.

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CASA of Williamson County needs your help

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MARION, Ill. -- CASA of Williamson County needs more volunteers to serve as advocates for foster kids who need their voices heard.

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Marion Police Chief Announces Retirement

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion Police Chief, Dawn Tondini, will retire the first of April. Tondini has served as Marion's police chief since 2014.

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New law requires gun dealers to get licenses, have video surveillance

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WSIL -- On his second full day in office, Governor JB Pritzker signed a gun control measure that requires state licenses for gun dealers. 

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Suspect uses knife to rob Han's Market

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Carbondale Police say a juvenile suspect used a large knife to hold up a business Thursday.

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PTO president accused of stealing cash from school account

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MCCRACKEN CO., Ky. -- A Paducah woman is accused of stealing $38,000 dollars from a school's PTO bank account. 

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MLK Day celebration planned in Marion Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 90 on Jan. 15.

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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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Mother of alleged grooming victim speaks out Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- More people are coming forward about accusations against Franklin County substitute teacher, Nicholas Price.

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Franklin County substitute teacher arrested for Grooming Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- Nicholas Price, 26, of Ewing, faces charges for 2 counts of felony Grooming and 2 counts of Distributing Harmful Material to a Minor.

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State sells Hardin County Work Camp to county

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Corrections is selling the Hardin County Work Camp to the sheriff's department for $1.

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SIU student, professor research post-Harvey recovery efforts Video included

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WSIL -- Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast in August 2017. The category four storm caused more than $150 billion in damage, but one SIU student and her professor are studying what other impacts this massive storm had on the people who survived it.

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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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Lawsuit partially blames Pinckneyville prison for inmate death

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- The ex-wife of an inmate who died at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center claims jail staffers are partially to blame.

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Herrin workers paint over obscene graffiti on home

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HERRIN, Ill. -- A public works crew in Herrin paints over obscene graffiti on a home in Herrin.

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USDA providing temporary local services amid government shutdown

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WSIL -- Several U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in the tri-state area will temporarily open for limited services beginning Thursday.

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Former Sesser Mayor, State Senator jailed on drug charge Video included

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SESSER, Ill. -- On Tuesday afternoon, police knocked on the door of former mayor Ned Mitchell's home with a search warrant.

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Man convicted of attempted murder gets posthumous exoneration

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WSIL -- Family members of a man who died serving prison time for a crime he didn't commit are now getting closure decades after his death.

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New Microorganism discovered by SIU student, professor Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University, and her professor made a new discovery that may make history.

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Hunter, conservation officer rescue man on Mississippi river Video included

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ALEXANDER CO., Ill. -- On January 5, David Bess was deer hunting at his cabin between Theebes and Olive Branch like he has many times over the past seven years. But that day, he heard a strange noise that caught his attention. 

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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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Murder trial delayed for fitness exam

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A murder trial in Saline County has been delayed.

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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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Mt. Vernon Police searching for bank robbery suspect

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MT. VERNON, Ill -- Mt. Vernon Police are looking for a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank located at 28th and Broadway just before 5:00 p.m.

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Amtrak changes due to track improvements on Jan. 22

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Amtrak passengers should expect delayed departure times on January 22 due to track improvements by Canadian National Railway.

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Pritzker signs orders on union pay increases, transparency

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor JB Pritzker takes action on a few topics on his first full day as governor.

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Sikeston DPS investigating homicide

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SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently working a homicide investigation.

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Opening delayed for Carbondale warming center Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A warming center in Carbondale will likely now open next week. The center was originally scheduled to open this week, but a delivery issue with trailers could delay the opening.

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Analysis of Gov. Pritzker Video included

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WSIL -- A new administration is officially in place in Springfield. On Jan. 14, J.B. Pritzker took the oath of office to become Illinois' 43rd governor. 

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Warrant Wednesday: January 9, 2019

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

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Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen: poll

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WSIL (ABC) -- A majority of Americans hold Donald Trump and congressional Republicans mainly responsible for the partial federal shutdown, now the longest in history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

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Franklin County municipalities join lawsuit against opioid manufacturers Video included

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CHRISTOPHER, Ill. -- Christopher's dispatch center could join other southern Illinois municipalities in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and other related companies. 

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A somber reminder to move over while driving Video included

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WSIL --  An Illinois State trooper died this weekend, after being hit by a car while responding to a traffic crash in the Chicago area.

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Officials identify woman found dead in Zeigler Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- The Franklin County Sheriff's office has identified the female who was found in rural Zeigler on Saturday January 12, 2019.

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Benton food pantry worried about locals who rely on SNAP Video included

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WSIL -- Vicki Seagle has been volunteering for the Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Bank for more than 35 years. She says, right now, the food bank mostly serves young parents with children and the elderly.

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Southern Illinois lawmakers respond to Pritzker inauguration address Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ 43rd governor officially takes office. J.B. Pritzker was sworn in Monday in Springfield.

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Frankfort High School principal arrested on DUI

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WSIL -- A local high school principal is on administrative leave, following a DUI arrest Sunday January 13.

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ISP investigates homicide in Alexander County Video included

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TAMMS, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are investigating a homicide after a body was found dead with gunshot wounds. 

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CJHS Cheer Team finishes first in state Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The Carterville community is celebrating a couple of big wins for the Unit 5 School District cheerleading teams. 

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Family members gather search party for missing man Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- The search continues for 42-year-old Shawn Murphy who went missing from Arrowhead Lake Campground in December. 

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Lieutenant Governor-elect Stratton visits Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- More than a hundred volunteers spent Saturday morning at the Carbondale Boys and Girls Club, cleaning and painting.  

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Search for man reported missing at Johnston City campground continues

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. --  Shawn Murphy was last seen on December 12 at Arrowhead Lake Campground. William Stark, the city's police chief, says he lives at the campsite with a roommate, who was the last person to see him alive that morning. 

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UNSUNG HERO: Herrin Police replace stolen bicycle for 12-year-old Video included

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HERRIN -- In this week's Unsung Hero, some Williamson County Police Officer's are being praised by one family after receiving an unexpected gift. 

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Big plans on the horizon for the Grand Theater in Du Quoin

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There are big plans on the horizon for the Grand Theater in Du Quoin The theater has entertained many visitors since it opened in the early 1900's. 

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Government shutdown impacts local jails

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WSIL -- Local jails aren't receiving any money for housing federal inmates because of the government shutdown.

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Lawyer for man accused of killing wife asks for mental fitness exam

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- The lawyer for a Saline County murder suspect asks for a mental fitness examination.

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Warming center moving locations in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Leaders will open a warming center in town next week, but it will not be at the originally approved location. 

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Search underway for suspect who fired gun at vehicle

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PULASKI CO., Ill. -- Multiple agencies are searching for a suspect who fired shots at a vehicle on Mounds Road off of Interstate 57.

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ISP investigation underway in Alexander County

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ALEXANDER CO., -- Illinois State Police have an investigation underway south of Tamms. 

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Jackson County communities remind drivers about snow routes

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JACKSON CO., Ill. -- Multiple communities are asking drivers to move their cars off of snow routes. 

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Taxpayers now covering cost of emergency alerts Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. -- A service used by many counties in our area to warn residents of alerts will now cost taxpayers

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Du Quoin house a total loss following fire

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Firefighters from several agencies including Du Quoin, Christopher, and Dowell battled a house fire on South Mulberry Street after 6:30 p.m. 

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Study on fake news sharing finds one age group shares fake news more than any other

Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co) Websites that end in ".com.co" are often fake versions of real news sources," wrote Melissa Zimdars. (abcnews.go.com | abcnews.com.co)
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WSIL -- A new study analyzing users' Facebook posts during the 2016 election season identified the age group sharing many of those fake stories is people over 65.

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Full-scale emergency drill planned for Saturday Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- If you're driving through Mt. Vernon Saturday and notice emergency vehicles throughout the area, do not be alarmed.

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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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TIF revenue to revitalize Granada Theatre Video included

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- The City of Mt. Vernon will distribute more than $213,000 over five years to the historic Granada Theatre.

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IDOT getting ready for winter weather Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- The expected wintry weather has prompted the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin its routine procedures when snow is expected.

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New law takes dogs away from "reckless" owners

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WSIL -- A new law punishes dog owners who fail to keep their pets from attacking others.

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Prosecutor to continue filing charges for crimes at Harrisburg youth center Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- In late December, Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the sentences of six men, charged with battery against guards at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg.

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Move your car if parked on a snow route

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- With snow accumulation predicted in the next 24 hours, the city of Murphysboro is reminding residents not to park their vehicles on snow routes.

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Saline County Board appoints new clerk Video included

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SALINE COUNTY, Ill. -- The Saline County Board appointed a new county clerk Wednesday night to finish the term of Roger Craig. 

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Business owners concerned about Carbondale warming centers Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Within the next week, people in Carbondale will have another place to keep warm, but some residents and business owners are upset about the idea of a new warming center in their neighborhood.  

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Foreigner re-releases 1984 hit for a good cause

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WSIL -- A blast from the past is being re-released for a good cause, and it all started 10 years ago in Illinois.

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Local school districts get a jump on hiring teachers for the 2019-2020 school year Video included

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WSIL -- Due to the Illinois teacher shortage some local school districts have already starting posting job openings for the 2019-2020 school year.

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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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Carbondale police investigating pedestrian vs. car incident

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CARBONDALE, Ill. --- A man is fighting for his life after he was hit by a vehicle in Carbondale Tuesday night.

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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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Lawmakers sworn in, Windhorst optimistic Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Wednesday, members of the Illinois House and Senate were sworn in as part of the 101st General Assembly. 

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Monarch butterfly population on the decline Video included

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WSIL -- Each year, Eastern Monarch butterflies migrate from Southern Canada, through the Midwest and East coast to Mexico where they hibernate. 

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Hearing delayed on motion to drop charges in Bethune case

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- New details emerge in the case of a man charged with murdering a SIU student in 2014.

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Man dies in West Frankfort crash

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- One man has died after a car versus motorcycle crash in Franklin County. 

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Police chase leads to crash in Pulaski County

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PULASKI CO., Ill. -- Two people went to the hospital after crashing their car during a police chase.

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Man convicted of robbery gets federal prison time

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MARION, Ill. -- A Williamson County man is headed to federal prison for holding up a gas station in April 2018. 

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Crash on I-57 closes northbound lanes Video included

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WSIL -- Multiple emergency crews are on the scene of crash on Interstate 57 south of the Stiritz overpass. 

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Learning about the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Video included

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ALTO PASS, Ill. -- 2019 marks the 60 year anniversary of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace groundbreaking.

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Council approves resource officer for Frankfort School District Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Students at Frankfort School District will soon see a police officer patrolling their campuses. 

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Illinois House approves 15 percent salary increase for agency directors Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois House approved a proposal on Tuesday that would increase the salaries of state agency directors by 15 percent. 

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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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Reaction to President Trump's visit to Granite City

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WSIL -- We are compiling reaction statements to President's Trump's visit to Granite City.

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Truth Test: ad claims JB Pritzker removed toilets to avoid taxes

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WSIL -- The ad wars continue in the Illinois governor's race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker. 

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Child killed in Union County crash

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UNION CO. -- Authorities are investigating a crash that injured a man and claimed the life of a child. 

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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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Carbondale Splash Park holds 24-hour Aquathon fundraiser

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

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