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RV driver leads police on chase through Williamson County Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- The driver of an RV led police on a chase across several Williamson County towns Friday night.

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Unsung Hero: Man helps restore homeless shelter Video included

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MARION -- Last April, a Marion homeless shelter had to close its door for more than two months due to flooding.

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Pritzker floats idea for vehicle miles traveled tax Video included

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WSIL -- In an interview with the Daily Herald, Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker says the state needs to explore a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT tax. 

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SIU adds women's soccer after Title IX complaint

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CARBONDALE -- SIU will add a new sport next year despite recent cuts to other programs.

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Animal shelter pushes for more specific language on pet safety law

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MURPHYSBORO -- After a jump in the number of pets found dead because they were left out in the cold the people at St. Francis Animal Care want tougher laws.

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Southern Illinois lawmakers preview upcoming session Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield for a new legislative session on Jan. 30, but will the contentious governor's race ruin any hopes of working together? 

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Rauner bans lawmakers from representing clients before property tax board

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SPRINGFIELD -- Calling it "a clear conflict of interest that must end," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order prohibiting state legislators from representing clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. 

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3 die in tugboat explosion

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CALVERT CITY, KY -- Kentucky State Police are investigating an explosion on the Tennessee River. 

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Police looking for armed robbery suspect

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POPLAR BLUFF -- A Butler County man that police have been looking for in an armed robbery investigation has turned himself in.

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Murphysboro first responders reach out to local youth

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MURPHYSBORO -- First responders in Jackson County served more than a meal to grade schoolers in Murphysboro Thursday. 

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Illinois lawmakers push for recreational marijuana Video included

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WSIL -- With states across the nation legalizing recreational marijuana, some Illinois lawmakers want to hop on board.

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Murphysboro Middle School holds first "Science Night"

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro Middle School held its first "Science Night" Thursday evening. 

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Hardin County still digging out from snow & ice Video included

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HARDIN COUNTY -- Towns like Rosiclare and Elizabethtown saw more snow than many other areas of southern Illinois late last week and again early this week. The county lacks a lot of the resources to handle such a large winter storm, so it's still tough to get around. 

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Local emergency official responds to false missile alert in Hawaii

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MARION -- For 38 minutes, residents of Hawaii feared for their lives as an alert went out Sunday, warning them of an imminent missile attack.

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Salvation Army gears up for Red Kettle Blitz Friday

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MARION -- The Salvation Army needs help meeting its goal for the Red Kettle campaign.

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Marion Carnegie Library enters contest for author's appearance

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MARION -- Administrators at the Marion Carnegie Library want to bring in a world-renowned author and they need your help.

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Washington County has lowest jobless rate in Illinois Video included

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NASHVILLE, IL - The county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state is located in Southern Illinois. 

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Man dies after crash on Rt. 15

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WASHINGTON CO. -- One man is dead after a crash on IL Route 15 Thursday morning. It happened around 6:15 a.m. near Liberty Church Road. 

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Doctors see increase in ice-related falls

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MT. VERNON -- The icy weather keeps emergency rooms busy.

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Warrant Wednesday: January 17, 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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Play the new Pokemon game before anyone else Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The summer of 2016 saw a big boost in interest for the Pokemon franchise. PokemonGo was an app millions of children and adults downloaded. 

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Reduce legal blood-alcohol limit to cut drunk driving deaths: report

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(HealthDay News) -- Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. 

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Saline County men charged with sex abuse of a child make first court appearance Video included

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SALINE COUNTY -- Two Saline County men appeared in court Wednesday, each charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

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Surveillance video shows vandal use slingshot to damage businesses

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ANNA -- Still no word on who vandalized three downtown businesses in Anna, with a slingshot. News 3 talked with one of the business owners who shared surveillance video of the suspect in hopes that someone will recognize them. 

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Anna teen honored by sheriff's office for saving mans life Video included

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ANNA -- An Anna-Jonesboro High School student is honored for saving a man's life. That teen received a big award from the Union County Sheriff's Office. 

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New push for high-speed internet for rural schools Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois Democratic lawmakers unveiled their plan to provide high-speed internet to about 100 school districts across the state, which lack the service.

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Monitoring children on social media

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UNION CO. -- Experts warn parents to take more precautions when allowing their children to use social media.

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Lewis delivers State of the City address

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MT. VERNON -- Mt. Vernon city leaders admit it's been a tough year with plenty of cutbacks and some tax increases. But where does the city go from here?

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Herrin firefighters battle cold in car fire Video included

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HERRIN -- Herrin firefighters battled single digit temperatures Wednesday morning to put out a car fire on Highway 148 in front of Speakeasy Liquors. 

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Paducah native signs with WWE to wrestle Video included

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WSIL -- A Paducah native has signed with sports entertainment company WWE.  

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Warming centers open to help those in need

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CARBONDALE -- Buildings around the region are available as warming centers to help protect people from the cold weather.

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Harrisburg man arrested for burning wood Video included

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SALINE COUNTY --  A Harrisburg man Mike Crank gets arrested twice in two weeks for burning tree limbs on his own property.

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How damaging is salt to your vehicle? Video included

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MARION -- Road salt is essential for safe winter driving but it can also lead to numerous car troubles. 

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Flu season hits Southern Illinois hard Video included

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HARRISBURG -- In Southern Illinois the flu has hit people hard. Local hospitals have enforced visitor restrictions. News Three went to Harrisburg Medical Center and found out that for them, the month of January is already proving to be worse than December. 

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Your dishwasher is not as sterile as you think Video included

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Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests.  

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Snow and ice cleanup continues

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Thousands experienced an ice storm then snow over just a few days, creating new challenges for people trying to get everything cleaned up.

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Name that giraffe: New addition at Peoria Zoo

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WSIL -- Managers at the Peoria Zoo have welcomed a new addition to the world. 

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Marion mall owners hope to dispel closing rumors Video included

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MARION -- Social media gets messages to many people as quick as anything, but they don't always turn out true.

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Jefferson County road conditions

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MT. VERNON -- Many of us got some snow Monday. Those in Mt. Vernon saw around two inches of snow fall since last night, on top of an already icy ground. 

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Grasso runs for Republican nomination for Illinois Attorney General Video included

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MT. VERNON -- High-powered attorney Gary Grasso, of DuPage County, says he has what it takes to become Illinios' top prosecutor. 

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Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year. A

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UNSUNG HERO: Woman turns garage into gym to help friends Video included

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HARRISBURG -- A New Year means resolutions, promises we make to ourselves to look, live and feel better. One woman in Harrisburg is making those very promises, but not to herself, but to help others. 

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Early morning snow causes traffic troubles

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WSIL -- Another round of winter weather has created some hazardous driving conditions around southern Illinois.  

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Businesses burglarized in Poplar Bluff Video included

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POPLAR BLUFF -- Police in Poplar Bluff investigating after a string of business burglaries early Sunday morning.

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Celebration held to honor life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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CARBONDALE -- Hundreds gathered in Carbondale Sunday to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Preparing for snow

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- While much of the snow and ice have melted off the roads, some spots still have that layer of ice on top of them making for slick travels. With more snow expected to fall across southern Illinois in the morning, people are already out getting those supplies. 

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Polar Plunge raises nearly $12k for Steeleville family

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STEELEVILLE -- With Saturday's chilly weather would you consider taking a dive into a pond? In Steeleville, dozens did just that for the 10th Steeleville Polar Plunge. Plungers said while the weather was cold, it was well worth it because the money went to a little boy in need. 

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Deputies save 90-year-old woman trapped in snow

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MCCRACKEN CO. — Two deputies are being praised after saving a 90-year-old woman after she fell in the snow. 

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Active shooter drills increase across the region Video included

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VIENNA -- Mass shootings, whether at schools, businesses, malls, and even churches, appear to be happening more often. 

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Man dies in Pulaski County crash

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PULASKI CO. -- A Tamms man died in a single car crash on Saturday, authorities say. 

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Southern Illinois native's terrifying ordeal during Hawaii missile scare Video included

A screenshot shows part of the message a southern Illinois native sent his mom during missile scare in Hawaii. A screenshot shows part of the message a southern Illinois native sent his mom during missile scare in Hawaii.
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WSIL -- A southern Illinois native found himself caught in chaos on Saturday morning, after a missile alert was sent out across Hawaii. 

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Snow & ice make tricky travel Friday night Video included

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Snow and ice made for slick travel across southern Illinois Friday night. The hardest hit areas were in southeast Illinois. 

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Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

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HONOLULU (AP) - A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said. 

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Local non profit rolls out new memorial for fallen veterans Video included

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JEFFERSON CO. -- Founders of a new Mt. Vernon organization helping veterans honor one of their own in a unique way.

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Benefit planned for young mother killed in crash Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Friends and loved ones of a young southern Illinois mother killed in a car crash will host a benefit this weekend, in her honor. 

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Mueller recovers from fifth surgery

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ST. LOUIS -- A Johnston City teen recovers from her fifth surgery following a car wreck that almost cost her her arm.

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Local immigrant responds to Trump's 's***hole' comment

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CARBONDALE -- Carbondale city councilman Navreet Kang came to America in 1981 from India.

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Fire destroys building at high school

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WAYNE CO. -- An agriculture building at Wayne City High School was destroyed in a fire on Friday morning. 

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Live team coverage of weather conditions across the region Video included

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WSIL -- News 3 has a live look with team coverage across the region in multiple counties. More>>

Old city hall building sold, new Sonic restaurant coming to Benton

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BENTON -- A new Sonic restaurant is coming to Benton after the former city hall building recently sold at an auction.

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Locals prepare but don't panic for winter storm

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- While some plan to avoid slick roads caused by a winter storm, others say it's business as usual. 

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Three dead in Massac County crash, 2 children

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MASSAC CO. -- Three people died in a crash in Massac County on Thursday, including two young children. 

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SIU Law School hosts women leadership conference Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Organizers of a workshop at SIU hope to empower women in leadership.   

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Rauner, Pritzker spar in new campaign ads Video included

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WSIL -- In what could be a sign of things to come, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign released a new attack ad, going after Democratic frontrunner J.B. Pritzker, who responded with a pair of ads of his own.  

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Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations Video included

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet.

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Prosecutors have problems with new bail reform law

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MARION -- Prosecutors worry a law that took effect at the beginning of the month could let criminals out too early and pose a threat to the public.

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Murphysboro lists snow routes

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MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro police are asking people to move their vehicles parked along snow routes.

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Traffic deaths drop in Kentucky for 2017

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KENTUCKY -- Fewer people died on Kentucky roadways last year.

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Veterans Honor Flight seeks more vets

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MARION -- Organizers of Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois are working to make more veterans and volunteers aware of the program. 

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City of Chester seeks money from the state

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CHESTER -- The city of Chester has been sending utilities to Menard Correctional Center without getting paid for months, but now, city officials say its accounts are running dry. 

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Tips on winter weather driving and packing an emergency kit Video included

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CARTERVILLE --  With the winter driving season upon us, it's a good idea for drivers to prepare before getting behind the wheel.

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JALC Continuing Education resumes Video included

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CARTERVILLE --  A new semester of continuing education is about to begin at John A. Logan College in Carterville. 

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Combat veteran brings knife to gun fight and wins Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A Mt. Vernon man, suddenly and shockingly turns the tables on his would-be attacker after pulling a knife and chasing the man out of Times Square Liquor.

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Winter storm on the way, keeping safety first

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CARBONDALE -- As a winter storm makes its way to our region, many folks around town are getting prepared.

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Court documents outline allegations of abuse by transgender inmate Video included

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WSIL -- Harassment, beatings and sexual assault are just a few of the abuses transgender inmate Deon Hampton, who goes by Strawberry, claims she suffered at the hands of corrections officers in two southern Illinois prisons.

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Local law enforcement and victim advocates urge stalking awareness Video included

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UNION CO. -- The crime of stalking affects more than 3.5 million Americans every year.  Experts say the emotional trauma of being stalked can even lead to post traumatic stress disorder. 

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Rural hospitals optimistic about new tax law Video included

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PARIS, IL -- How will the new tax law impact rural hospitals? Like a lot of issues trapped in the partisan echo chamber these days, it depends on who you ask. 

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Old water line leaks on Marion square

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MARION -- A broken water main in Marion caused some issues Wednesday morning on the town square.

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Murphysboro bans fighting by agreement Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- Since Chad Roberts took over as Murphysboro Police Chief, he's been trying to clean up the city's ordinances.

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Illinois grapples with teacher shortage

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WSIL -- The Illinois teacher shortage has grown worse in the southern counties, compared to the rest of the state. 

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Plumbing to be replaced at Quincy veterans' home

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QUINCY -- Governor Rauner said the state will replace plumbing at a Quincy veterans' home to hopefully prevent further outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease.

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Paducah adopts anti-discrimination LGBT law

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PADUCAH -- Paducah is now the ninth city in Kentucky to adopt anti-discrimination laws for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.  

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How do superintendents decide to close schools?

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WSIL -- As people in the region brace for possible ice and snow, administrators at area schools may have to decide whether or not to call off school. 

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Duckworth: new net neutrality laws bad for small business

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WSIL -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth predicts the changes to federal net neutrality laws will be bad for students and small businesses.

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Warrant Wednesday: January 9, 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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Health department gets $2.3 million grant

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WSIL -- The Southern Seven Health Department is getting federal grant money to help provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children. 

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Harlem Globetrotters return to SIU and you can save on tickets Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Harlem Globetrotters return to the SIU Arena for the first time in three years.  

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Tips to avoid the flu

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- As the flu rapidly spreads across the country, doctors and medical experts urge you to do your part to stay healthy.

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Man has concerns over arrest

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JOHNSTON CITY -- A Johnston City man is confused and frustrated over an arrest that kept him in jail for several hours. 

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Couple use their children to pull off Walmart Heist, police say Video included

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UNION COUNTY, IL -- Anna police need help identifying suspects who used their CHILDREN to pull off a heist from the town's Walmart. 

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Transgender inmate accusing Menard officers of abuse agrees to transfer

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BENTON -- 26-year old Deon Hampton, a transgender inmate who goes by Strawberry, will be transferred from Menard Correctional Center to Lawrence Correctional Center following an agreement with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Illinois police required to take mental health awareness training Video included

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CARBONDALE -- When someone suffers a mental health crisis, police officers are usually first on scene. But a majority of officers are not trained on how to safely interact with people who have a mental illness. 

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Sanguinetti tours Carbondale drug treatment center

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CARBONDALE -- Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti wants to cut the number of opioid deaths in Illinois and she wants help from medical professionals in southern Illinois.

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Man disrupts Marion city council meeting

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MARION -- You could soon see added security in Marion after an unexpected visitor disrupted the city council meeting.

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Jefferson County cashier chases armed crook out of store Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A Johnston City man is in the Jefferson County jail accused of attempting to rob multiple businesses Friday night in Mt. Vernon, but that suspect got more than he bargained for at one business.

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Carterville Police arrest man with assault rifle, body armor and helmet Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- A Carterville man faces felony charges, after police say he walked around his apartment complex with a loaded rifle. 

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UNSUNG HERO: 10-year-old raises money for families in need Video included

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FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The holiday's may be over, but one Franklin County girl is already making plans for the next Christmas. For the past two-years, 10-year-old Lilyanne Cooksey has helped give presents to families in need.

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Suspicious trailer fire in Equality

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EQUALITY -- Firefighters respond to a trailer fire late Sunday night.

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Man dies from apparent stabbing

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RANDOLPH CO. -- A man is dead after an apparent stabbing. 

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Buncombe fire chief battles bladder cancer Video included

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BUNCOMBE -- It was a diagnosis Buncombe Fire Chief Sue Davis never thought she'd hear. 

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas across world

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CARTERVILLE -- While some of us celebrated Christmas on December 25, many across the globe celebrated it Sunday.

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Carbondale man killed in car vs. semi crash on I-57

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FRANKLIN CO. – A Carbondale man was killed in a crash Saturday night on I-57.

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POLITICO: Illinois governor most-likely to lose re-election

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WSIL – One of the country’s top political news sites has named the Illinois governor’s race as the one most-likely to be won by the challenger. 

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Union County celebrates its bicentennial Video included

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ANNA -- Union County celebrated its bicentennial on Saturday with an exhibit at the courthouse. 

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Fire rips through house in Marion Video included

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MARION -- A house fire kept firefighters busy throughout the early morning hours in Marion on Saturday. 

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Anna businesses vandalized by man with slingshot Video included

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ANNA - Several business owners woke up to am unpleasant surprise on Saturday morning. 

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Child care workers deal with frigid temps Video included

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HERRIN -- With winter temperatures still hovering below the freezing mark, it poses a complicated situation for child care workers. 

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Cold doesn't stop 84-year-old Cambria man from running

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CARTERVILLE -- Dozens of people turned out early Saturday morning for the annual Snowman Shuffle 5k at John A. Logan College. 

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Man rips heads off chickens in jealous rage

Gregory Ulrich, left, is accused of ripping heads off chickens and his friend, John Budnovitch IV, right, is accused of playing a role in the incident. Gregory Ulrich, left, is accused of ripping heads off chickens and his friend, John Budnovitch IV, right, is accused of playing a role in the incident.
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MILFORD, Conn. — Police say a Connecticut man killed 20 chickens and ripped their heads from their bodies in a drunken, jealous rage on Christmas. 

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Authorities investigate fatal hit and run, suspect at large

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WASHINGTON CO. – Illinois State Police are looking for a driver in a fatal hit and run crash that occurred Friday night on I-64. 

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Sikeston police investigate hit and run

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SIKESTON, MO – Police say a woman suffered serious internal injuries after a hit and run on Friday night. 

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Carbondale Splash Park holds 24-hour Aquathon fundraiser Video included

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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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