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Dozens of firefighters battle two fires in West Frankfort

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Crews are investigating a pair of house fires in West Frankfort.

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WWE 'SummerSlam Heatwave Tour' stops in Carbondale Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Some of the biggest and best Superstars in WWE are making a stop in Carbondale soon. 

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Real life superheroes lend a helping hand

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A group of local superheroes gathered at the Carbondale Public Library to encourage neighbors to volunteer more.

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Group holds 'Confront Corruption' vigil in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Concerned citizens across the country held vigils to "‘Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy."

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Health officials talk stomach virus prevention, treatment after outbreak

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WSIL-- A contagious stomach virus is spreading through parts of Illinois, as well as, Iowa and Missouri. 

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1 inmate on the run in Pulaski County

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PULASKI CO. -- Law enforcement officials are actively searching for an escaped inmate in Pulaski County.

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Warrant Wednesday: July 18, 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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Southern Illinoisan creates video game aimed at addressing bullying

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JEFFERSON, CO., Ill. -- An independent game designer from southern Illinois created a new game aimed at addressing bullying.  

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Truth Test: Ad claims Gov. Rauner profits from Child Separation

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WSIL — Attack ads continue in the highly contested Illinois Governor’s race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker.  

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Award-winning Egyptian artist is visiting 'Little Egypt'

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WSIL-- Mandala Gardens is hosting internationally known Egyptian Visiting Artist, Safaa Abd El Salam, who specializes in mosaics and fresco painting.

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Is Randy Dunn's severance payout a bad deal for SIU?

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WSIL — For the past several months Southern Illinois lawmakers called on SIU System president Randy Dunn to resign. But with Dunn now on his way out some are concerned about the financial costs. 

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Taking steps to reduce hot car deaths

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WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. -- Dozens of children in the United States lose their lives each year from heatstroke after being left in a hot car and nearly 90-percent of those children are three or younger.

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Rauner vetoes voter information sharing bill

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- A group of Democrats want Illinois to pull out of a voter information sharing system.

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Rauner signs bills addressing Quincy veterans' home

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QUINCY, Ill. -- New steps will soon be underway to cleanup problems at the Quincy Veterans Home.

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Mt.Vernon Police Department addresses hoax Facebook post

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Mt.Vernon, Ill. -- The Mt.Vernon Police Department is warning residents of a hoax Facebook post, which alleges a police officer sent an inappropriate message to a local resident. 

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Herrin Police Department initiates new 'street crimes' unit

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HERRIN, Ill.-- The Herrin Police Department has taken an additional step to track down low level drug offenders, which officers believe, will help curb property crime. 

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Purple Martin Roost Rings Visible on Local Radar

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WSIL -- A pretty cool sight Tuesday morning on Doppler radar as thousands of birds, likely purple martins, take flight from their overnight roosts right around sunrise.  

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Dunn officially out as SIU System President

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Just weeks after it decided against placing Randy Dunn on administrative leave, the SIU Board of trustees voted unanimously to finalize his removal as system president following four years in charge.

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Two crashes cause slowdown on I-57

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UNION COUNTY, Ill -- Illinois State Police report two different crashes on I-57 near the mile marker 25 within about thirty minutes of each other. 

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Black Vultures Threaten Farmers' Cattle

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Gary Tretter II comes from generations of farming families. Over the last year, he's faced an issue several farmers in Illinois and Missouri are dealing with.

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School, former trainer sued over alleged sex crimes

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WSIL -- The Massac County Unit 1 school district is now facing a federal lawsuit. 

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Rauner signs pair of gun bills

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner calls House Bill 2354 an important step towards increasing safety.

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Marion police investigate weekend shooting

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion Police are investigating a shooting that sent an Eldorado man to an Indiana hospital. 

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Herrin family in need after apartment fire

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HERRIN, Ill. -- A Herrin family is in need after a fire ripped through their home and destroyed all their belongings. 

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4th annual "Battle in the Burg"

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- It was an exciting weekend at the Saline County Fairgrounds as hundreds of athletes came together for the 4th annual "Battle in the Burg."

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Hundreds turn out for the Relay for Life in Marion

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MARION -- More than 100 cancer survivors from Franklin, Williamson, Saline and Hardin counties showed up to the event to lend their support and encourage people still fighting their own battles.

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State gives $2.1 million for new critical access facility in Cairo

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CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo hasn't had a place that provides emergency medical services since the 80s, but after some cash comes in from the state, leaders of the Cairo Megaclinic plan to expand their current facility.

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Dunn out as SIU president Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn will step down, pending a board of trustees meeting.

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Going Global: Herrin doctor from Cameroon

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HERRIN, Ill. -- In this week's episode of "Going Global," we meet a Herrin doctor from Cameroon who calls southern Illinois home.

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Teachers get 15% off at Target for back to school shopping

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WSIL -- It's no secret many teachers end up paying for classroom supplies out of their own money each year, and now Target is doing what it can to help those educators.

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Police searching for escaped juveniles Video included

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WSIL -- Officers in Franklin and Jefferson Counties have confirmed to News 3 that three juveniles have escaped from the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. 

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World class cowboys and cowgirls to compete at invitational rodeo Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Some of the best competitors in the nation are expected at the 3rd annual Greater Southern Illinois Invitational rodeo in Mt. Vernon.

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Du Quoin's second annual "Farm to Table Dinner"

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- The Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd annual "Farm to Table Dinner" Thursday.

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Marion Kroger shelving collapses in baby aisle

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MARION, Ill. -- A row of shelving collapsed at the Marion Kroger.

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Best states for retirement

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WSIL -- If you are like many, you may be daydreaming about the day you can retire.

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Blockbusters in Alaska to close

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S.

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Senator Dick Durbin visits News 3 Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin spoke with News 3 from Washington about some of the most pressing issues in the nation. Attached is his full conversation with News 3's Andrew Feather. More>>

Children's pajamas recalled

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WSIL -- The maker of children's pajamas is recalling them because they could pose a risk of burn injuries to children. 

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Gov. Rauner launches "The People's Pledge" in Marion Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and other southern Illinois Republicans stopped in Marion to launch a new initiative focused on getting term limits for state lawmakers. 

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Mother arrested for leaving children home alone

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PADUCAH, Ky -- A 21-year-old mother of three is in jail tonight, after police say she left her young children home alone while she went to the doctor's appointment.

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Neighbors worry about living close to Franklin County Juvenile Center Video included

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BENTON, Ill. -- Several neighbors near the Franklin County Juvenile Center are concerned about their safety, following the escape of three teens Wednesday afternoon.  

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FDA: Recalled Honey Smacks still being sold

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WSIL -- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is reminding consumers about an active recall of Honey Smacks cereal because some of the recalled cereal is still being sold in stores.

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IDNR plans to reopen Rend Lake Resort

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WHITTINGTON, Ill. -- State officials want to reopen the Rend Lake Resort.

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Cyclospora cases linked to McDonald's salads

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

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Route 146 detour July 18-20

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WSIL -- Drivers in Union County may need to find an alternate route if they usually drive on Route 146.

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Help Wanted: School bus drivers Video included

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MARION --  One profession that seems to be looking for workers is school transportation.

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Macy's reports two-month-long data breach

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WSIL -- If you shopped online at Macy's, make sure you check your credit card statement.

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Sheriff credits community for helping find theft suspect

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. -- A man wanted by the Williamson County Sheriff's Department for several months, has finally been captured thanks to tips from the public.

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Harrisburg demolishing "dangerous" homes Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Neighbors in Harrisburg say they feel safer in their homes, now that the city is tearing down dilapidated homes, which they believe, can pose dangers.  

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Woman sentenced for helping inmate escape White County jail

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WSIL -- A 28-year-old woman, who pleaded guilty to helping one of the three men who escaped from the White County jail last month, has been sentenced.

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News 3 Investigation: Documents show thousands in personal expenses on Zeigler city credit card Video included

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ZEIGLER, Ill. -- New documents obtained by News 3 show tens of thousands of dollars in charges on a Zeigler city credit card, controlled by former treasurer Ryan Thorpe, that paid for lavish vacations, electronics and other personal items.

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SIUC Faculty Senate gives vote of no confidence against Dunn Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A group of SIU faculty members wants system president Randy Dunn gone.

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Surveillance video shows jail-break Video included

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WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- Newly released video shows the moments three White County Jail inmates escaped.

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Woman calls for leash law after dogs kill her donkey Video included

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. -- A local farmer is calling on local leaders to create stricter laws requiring dogs to be on-leash at all times.

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Tyler Perry is not giving away money on Facebook

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WSIL -- Actor and movie director, Tyler Perry, famous for his role as Madea has a message for facebook users. 

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Papa John's founder apologizes for using racial slur

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WSIL -- The founder of Papa John's Pizza is apologizing for using a racial slur during a conference call.

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Warrant Wednesday: July 11, 2018

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

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White County Sheriff answers questions about jail-break Video included

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WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- The White County Sheriff addressed county leaders tonight at the first board meeting since three inmates escaped from the jail in mid-June. 

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Road closure planned in Anna

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UNION, CO., Ill. -- Drivers in Union County should expect a road closure in late July.

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Rend Lake College Board of Trustees member resigns

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INA, Ill. – A member of the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees stepped down tonight during the board's regular monthly meeting.

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Jonesboro Pre-K program suspended

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JONESBORO, Ill. -- Dozens of pre-k students may have to find a new school to attend this fall after the Jonesboro Elementary School District lost a grant that helped fund the program.

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Two people found dead at Kentucky home

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LIVINGSTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky State Police is investigating the death of two people found dead at their residence on US Highway 60 E. just after 4:00 p.m.

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Groups push Gov. Rauner to protect abortion rights Video included

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Bruce Rauner praised President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying on Twitter Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and deserves a fair hearing.

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Rep. Severin backs legislation to legalize fireworks in Illniois

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WSIL -- The next Fourth of July is nearly a year away, and the way Illinois residents celebrate could change.

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Attorneys discuss possible trial date for eye-gouging suspect Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Attorneys discuss a possible trial date for a man accused of gouging another man's eyes out.

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SIU alums to be recognized by MVC

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CARBONDALE, Ill. — SIU Hall of Fame Quarterback Joel Sambursky and his wife, Samantha, have been selected as recipients of the Missouri Valley Conference's Most Courageous Award, according to Saluki Athletics. 

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Southwest Airlines saying farewell to peanuts

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WSIL -- Southwest Airlines is joining other leading airlines in removing a snack from it's cabins-- peanuts. 

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New product claims to get rid of mosquitoes Video included

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MARION -- Mosquito Eradicator is one of the newest pest control products to hit the shelves and promises to kill 95% of the bugs.  

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Relay for Life returns this weekend Video included

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MARION -- Folks in Williamson, Franklin, Saline and Gallatin Counties will come together Saturday, July 14 for the Relay for Life.  

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Ethiopia and Eritrea enter era of peace

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WSIL -- July 9 marks a historic day for Ethiopia and Eritrea who formally declared an end to their "state of war."

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Local cave explorer offers safety tips

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ST. CLAIR, CO. -- With there being hundreds of caves in the area, local cave explorers offer safety tips for cavers to keep in mind.

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Lawmakers react to SCOTUS pick

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WSIL -- Local lawmakers are reacting to President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

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Marion moves forward with plans to place lien on mall Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Monday, the Marion City council approved plans to try to recoup more than two million dollars in taxes by deciding to place a lien on the Illinois Star Centre Mall. 

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Sears to close its last location in Chicago

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WSIL -- Sears and Chicago have been intertwined for a century. 

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Man convicted of murder asks for new trial

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WSIL -- A Franklin County man convicted of murdering his wife, has filed a motion for a new trial. Brian Pheasant, of Christopher, was found guilty by a jury in May.

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Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws

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WSIL -- Starbucks is going green, and that means changes for the way you drink your iced coffee, shaken tea, and other cold drinks. 

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Get a Build-A-Bear for as little as $1

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WSIL -- If you are free this week and have kids, you may want to take them to a Build-A-Bear workshop because the store is offering a one-day sale unlike any it has before.

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Residents react to capture of White County Jail escapees Video included

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WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- Residents across southern Illinois are breathing a sigh of relief, after learning the three men who escaped from White County Jail are behind bars, after being on the run for weeks. 

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Woman injured in boat crash

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JACKSON, CO., Ill -- Authorities are investigating a boat crash on Kinkaid Lake that injured one woman.  

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Marion man dies in crash on Corinth Road

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WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. -- A man has died in a crash between a motorcycle and a vehicle.

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New bakery and cafe blends food and history Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- Rise Above It Bakery & Cafe is officially open for business in downtown Carterville.  

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'Mamma Mia!' comes to SIU Video included

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CARBONDALE -- McLeod Summer Playhouse at SIU is bringing 'Mamma Mia!' to life in Carbondale.  

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Illinois Junior Rodeo draws dozens of cowgirls and cowboys

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Dozens of cowgirls and cowboys came out to the District 3 Illinois Junior Rodeo at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. 

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Manhunt over after police capture all White County escapee

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WSIL -- All three inmates who escaped from the White County Jail three weeks ago are now behind bars.

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White County Jail escapee captured

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WHITE CO, Ill. -- Police will work through the night as they continue to search for escapees Zachery Shock and Johnny Tiptone. We will continue to update this story.

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Bartolotti remembered for hard work and community service

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SESSER, Ill. -- The family of a prominent community leader remembers him as a hard worker who would help anybody.

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Safety tips for cavers

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WSIL -- Crews in Thailand are busy trying to rescue 12 boys and their coach trapped inside a flooded cave. With rescue efforts fresh on everyone's minds, cave specialists extend a message of safety.

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Southern Illinois man helps Thailand cave rescue

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THAILAND -- An Illinois man helps out the rescue efforts in Thailand. Thanet Natisiri co-owns Thai D in Marion with his wife.

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Dog who ran off during fireworks returns home

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The day after the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for animal control and shelters.

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New Burnside woman struck and killed by truck

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CREAL SPRINGS -- Authorities are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a truck in Williamson County.

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Going Global: Sudanese PhD candidate calls Carbondale home

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In this week's episode of "Going Global," we meet a Sudanese father, husband and PhD candidate who calls southern Illinois home.

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3rd Annual Southern Illinois Sportsman Show set for July 14-15th Video included

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Du QUOIN -- The Southern Illinois Sportsman Show will return to the Expo Hall at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on July 14th and 15th. The show features hunting, fishing, and everything outdoor related. Vendors from across the country will be in attendance showcasing and selling some of the latest products on the market. There's something for all ages and the show focuses heavily on kids. Camo the Clown will be in attendance. A duck call making contest will take place Satur...

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Johnston City house fire under investigation Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- Investigators are looking for the cause of an early morning house fire in Johnston City. 

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Possible property tax question on November ballot Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Six Jackson County Board members want to stop the state from raising your property taxes to pay off pension debt.

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Pinckneyville boy sets off firework inside sparking small fire Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Pinckneyville Fire Chief Jim Gielow  says a six-year-old boy set off a firework in the kitchen of his Victory Addition apartment late Wednesday night. 

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Man faces murder charges after shooting his brother

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JEFFERSON CO., Ill. -- A Mt. Vernon man faces murder charges after investigators say he shot his brother. 

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Man killed while cutting trees in Jackson County

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MAKANDA, Ill. -- A man died on Monday while cutting down trees at his home. 

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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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