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This Able Veteran Receives $50,000

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CARBONDALE, IL-- Taylorville VFW Riders Donating more than $50,000 to This Able Veteran. 

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Camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes

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MAKANDA, Ill. -- Camp Beta hosted their second year camping event for children with Type 1 diabetes at Touch of Nature. 

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Walking in the rain to fight Alzheimer’s

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CARBONDALE -- Saturday's rain didn't stop the fight against Alzheimer’s. Around 150 people carried umbrellas to take part in the "Walk to End Alzhiemer's at SIU's Campus Lake.  

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Fatal UTV crash in Stonefort

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STONEFORT, Ill. -- The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating a UTV accident that killed one man and injured three others.  

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Golfers raise $8,000 for Carbondale's Boys & Girls Club Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Golfers raised more than $8,000 Friday for the Carbondale's Boys and Girls Club during the organization's third annual Play with a Purpose outing. Nearly 40 people took part in the event, which took place Hickory Ridge Golf Course. 

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How to not get "bugged" by flu season Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- More than 200,000 people are hospitalized in Illinois each year from the flu, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of contracting the illness. 

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Prosecutor files motion to revoke murder suspect's bond

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Jackson County murder suspect Gaege Bethune will be back in court next Friday after the special prosecutor filed a motion to revoke his bond.

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Reaction to the first debate between candidates for governor

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Plenty of arguing and cross-talk Thursday between the four men running for Governor.

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Applications for vote-by-mail on the rise in Jackson County

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Voters in Jackson County are registering to vote-by-mail at a much higher pace than recent years.

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Leaders pleased despite drop in total attendance at Du Quoin State Fair

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DU QUOIN, Ill -- Attendance at the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair dropped 8 percent compared to 2017. 

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Rauner eliminates 53 boards and commissions

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WSIL -- Governor Bruce Rauner has eliminated 53 boards and commissions he says serve no public purpose.

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One lane closed on Route 13 in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Crews are expecting to close one lane on eastbound Route 13 in Carbondale Friday morning to work near the railroad crossing.

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Candidates for Illinois Governor go head-to-head in first debate Video included

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CHICAGO -- Candidate for Illinois Governor went head to head on Thursday in the first gubernatorial debate in Chicago.

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College student faces rape, unlawful imprisonment charges

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MURRAY, KY -- A Murray State University student faces rape and unlawful imprisonment charges.

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Red Cross announces local blood drives in Florence aftermath

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ST. LOUIS -- As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm's path and across the country. 

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Applications for winter heating assistance open in October

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STEELEVILLE, Ill. -- The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a state and federally funded energy assistance program administered for the Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity through Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council.

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HUD gives $6 million to demolish housing units in Cairo

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $8 million in grant funding to eight public housing authorities to keep residents safe and secure.

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Jackson County Ambulance medical equipment upgrades Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Jackson County Board approved an upgrade to the county's ambulance service, costing a total of $462,726.04. 

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Dream job for pizza lovers

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WSIL -- Pizza lovers, we've found a job you may really love. Ooni, the makers of home pizza ovens, is looking for a few good pizza lovers for what they're calling "The Best Job in the World".

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Nissan recalls nearly 240,000 vehicles

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WSIL (ABC) -- Nissan recalled nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. 

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Dozens of SIU students attend Agriculture career fair Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A great opportunity Thursday for dozens of Southern Illinois University students going into the Agriculture field.

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Trade war between China and U.S. impacts recycling

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Recycling companies in southern Illinois see their profits drop while the U.S. and China hit each other with tariffs.

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More than 100,000 pounds of ground meat recalled

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WSIL -- Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling 132,606 pounds of ground meat due to a deadly E. coli outbreak, according to the US Department of Agriculture. 

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Shawnee Community College offering free FAFSA help

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ULLIN, Ill. -- Starting October 1, students who will be attending college in the 2019-2020 academic year can begin to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and Shawnee Community College will be hosting several events to help.

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Sentence stands for woman connected to 2010 murder

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PERRY CO., Ill. -- A Pinckneyville woman serving time for her role in a 2010 murder will not have her sentenced reduced. 

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McLeansboro scammer turns himself in Video included

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MCLEANSBORO, Ill. -- A man suspected of scamming a woman out of more than a thousand dollars has turned himself in to police.

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

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

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Illinois disaster relief volunteers head to East Coast Video included

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WSIL -- The first disaster relief volunteers with the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) are on their way to Lumberton, North Carolina. The Illinois crews come from a trained pool of about 1,700 volunteers and are a part of the larger Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, which is the country's largest aid organization next to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  

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Target holding car seat trade-in event

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WSIL -- Target is currently holding its car seat trade-in event. The event ends Saturday, September 22.

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JALC immediately removed white supremacist flyers

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Leaders at John A. Logan College are speaking out, after white supremacist flyers were found on the windshields of dozens of cars. 

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SIU student accused of being a Nazi

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Controversy is swirling on the SIU campus, as someone accuses a student of being a Nazi and trying to recruit others to his cause. 

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Hundreds of high school students attend SIU Day Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale welcomed hundreds of high school students to campus for SIU Day.

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Sen. McCaskill promises a 'no' vote for Kavanaugh nomination

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WSIL -- Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will vote against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, depriving President Donald Trump's nominee of a possible swing vote.

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Body pulled from Ohio River

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WSIL -- McCracken County, KY Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow confirms to News 3 a body was pulled from the Ohio River Tuesday. 

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McDonald's changes apple pie recipe, many not happy

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WSIL -- If you get dessert with your Big Mac, you may have noticed that McDonald's has made some changes to its apple pie recipes.

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Warrant Wednesday: September 19, 2018

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

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2 arrested for dealing drugs in Marion

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion police have made a pair of drug arrests. 

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Workshop aimed to help veterans create a small business Video included

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

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Warrant Wednesday: September 12, 2018

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

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Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese retires

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) -- The Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese submitted his letter of resignation for retirement Tuesday.

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Roseanne Barr claims her character will die of an overdose

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WSIL (CNN) -- According to Roseanne Barr, her character on "The Conners" will be killed off in a sadly topical way. 

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Being courteous to farmers during harvest Video included

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GALATIA, Ill. -- It is National Farm Safety and Health Week. News 3 talked with a Saline County farmer about being courteous to those who supply the world with food.  

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Murphysboro teachers could strike next month Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Teachers in Murphysboro could go on strike next month if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached with the school district.

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P.A.W.S. mum day sale still on Video included

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ANNA, Ill. -- PAWS animal shelter still plans to hold its annul mum day fundraiser, but a scare nearly canceled the tradition.  

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Dangerous form of heroin could soon be in Illinois Video included

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MARION, Ill -- According to local police, Missouri is where local dealers buy drugs to bring back to our area. They say a new dangerous drug from Missouri could soon be in southern Illinois.  

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Despite writer's revelation, Sesame Street insists Bert and Ernie are just friends

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WSIL -- Bert and Ernie are still just roommates. 

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4 go to hospital after crash in Grand Tower

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GRAND TOWER, Ill. -- A Jackson County teen was thrown out of his truck after a crash near Route 3 Tuesday morning. 

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Death investigation underway in Union Co.

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UNION CO., Ill, -- Multiple agencies are investigating a suspicious death in Wolf Lake. 

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SIU students debate President Trump's constitutional rights Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The nationally-recognized Southern Illinois University student debate team is just beginning their season with brand new members, and already delving into complex topics pertaining to the constitutional rights of a sitting U.S. President.

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Protecting against ID theft on campus Video included

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

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Presidential Alert postponed

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FEMA'S Presidential push alert that was scheduled for Thursday of this week has been pushed back.

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SpaceX announces first space tourist

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WSIL -- A Japanese man will be the first space tourist to visit the moon via SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). 

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Judge vacates Gaege Bethune's murder conviction Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Jackson County Judge has vacated Gaege Bethune's murder conviction in the death of SIU student Pravin Varughese. 

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National Cheeseburger Day Deals

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WSIL -- As if we need another excuse to eat cheeseburgers, tomorrow is National Cheeseburger Day and restaurants all over the country are offering deals.

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Carbondale Mayor searches for a new Human Relations Commission Chair Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Carbondale Mayor, Mike Henry, plans to replace the man who currently holds the spot for a new Human Relations Commission Chair.

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Bobcat season approaching in Illinois Video included

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WSIL  -- For the third straight year, Illinois hunters will be have the opportunity to bag a bobcat. 

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Touring Southern Illinois' unique farms Video included

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WSIL-- Farmers throughout Southern Illinois gave tours of their operations as part of the Neighborhood Co-Op's annual Farm Crawl. The event is meant to connect farmers with the community and give locals a chance to see firsthand where some of their food is grown.  ...

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Touch-a-Truck to raise money for playground

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. --  The Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser was held Saturday to raise money for a new playground near Scout Cabin.

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Flood recovery underway for Mt.Vernon residents Video included

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MT.VERNON, Ill. -- Nearly a week after flooding, recovery assistance is underway for Mt.Vernon locals. Crews with the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) are helping clean out flooded homes.  

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Federal legislation could begin repairs to Len Small Levee Video included

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CAIRO, Ill.—Newly-passed legislation from the U.S. House is on its way to the Senate to repair the Len Small Levee in Alexander County. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost said the Federal Government will step in to repair the Len Small Levee but that depends on the cost. If the value of the properties impacted by the levee's water damage are less than the repairs, the government will need outside sponsors to help. Farmers say the property value doesn't include th...

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Stonefort Woman Killed in Crash

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    SALINE CO., ILL. --  A Stonefort woman is dead after a crash in Saline County.  Illinois State Police say Brandi K. Bennet was driving south on Ernest Reed Road.   

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Illinois State Board of Education proposal to fix teacher shortage Video included

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VIENNA, Ill. -- The Illinois State Board of Education is hoping to take away some of the hurdles to become a teacher, in order to help fill empty teaching positions across the state. 

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Three hurt in crash involving stolen vehicle

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DOWELL, Ill. -- A teen could face charges in Jackson County after causing a multi-car crash with a stolen vehicle late Wednesday night.

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First space tourist to be announced next week

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WSIL (CNN) -- SpaceX is planning to launch a tourist on a trip around the moon, and the company said it will reveal the person's identity during a September 17 event.

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Carbondale Strip Welcomes Halloween Again Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Halloween is coming to Carbondale, and the city is working to make it a family-friendly event with a fall festival.

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Gov. Rauner reflects on time as governor, reveals plan for future Video included

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CHICAGO — Illinois governor Bruce Rauner made his case to voters with less than two months to go until election day.

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Judge: Murphsyboro man guilty of murdering parents

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MURSPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Jackson County judge has determined Keith Ritcheson is guilty of killing his parents in the home the three of them shared. 

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Sesser-Valier School District receives $25,000 grant Video included

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SESSER, Ill. -- The Sesser-Valier School District will be able to upgrade technology, thanks to a $25,000 grant. 

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Bob Evans recalls nearly 47,000 pounds of sausage links

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WSIL -- Check your refrigerator and freezer before breakfast, because Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds of pork sausage links because they may contain plastic. 

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Women at Work: Beauty Vlogger Video included

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WSIL -- The U.S. Department of Labor reports in 2018 women make up nearly half of our workforce. In WSIL's new series, "Women at Work", we'll examine some of those obstacles and how women have overcome them in southern Illinois.

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SIU officials address declining enrollment

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University leaders address another decline in enrollment after the campus lost more than 1,700 students since last fall. 

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1 driver killed in multi-semi crash

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JEFFERSON CO., Ill.  -- One person is dead after a crash involving three semi-trucks. 

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Mega 90s band to perform in Eldorado Video included

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

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SEMO vs. SIU: War for the Wheel Video included

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

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Apple Festival returns to Murphysboro for 67th year

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The 67th Annual Murphysboro Apple Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday night. 

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FDA cracking down on e-cigarette makers

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WSIL -- The FDA goes on a historic offensive about kids and e-cigarettes- an issue the agency calls an epidemic.

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More than 300 residents in local village without water Video included

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SIMS, Ill. -- A handful of volunteers are distributing water to an estimated 315 residents, who have been out of water for two days following a water main break.   

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Zeigler to lose its only grocery store Video included

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ZEIGLER, Ill. -- Zeigler's only grocery store, which has been in business since 1995 is closing this Friday.

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Police interviews discussed in murder trial of son accused of killing his parents Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Attorneys in the trial of a man charged with killing his parents spent most of the second day of the trial dissecting the suspect's seven interviews with police.

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Truth Test: RGA ad claims JB Pritzker "considering" mileage tax Video included

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WSIL -- A number of ads in the Illinois governor's race attack Democratic candidate JB Pritzker for floating the idea of a mileage tax on vehicles.  

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Local community colleges to get thousands of dollars

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WSIL -- Three area community colleges are getting money from the state to pay for emergency or deferred maintenance projects on campus.

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Trick-or-treat hours announced for Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Carbondale has announced trick-or-treat hours for Halloween. 

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Sterling Sofa Company Grand Opening

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Herrin-based Sterling Mattress Factory is branching out into furniture sales. 

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It's all about the apples in Murphysboro Video included

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

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Cape Girardeau was ready for Presidential visit Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Hurricane Florence forced President Donald Trump to cancel an appearance in Cape Girardeau County this week, but preparations for a presidential was still seen throughout the river town.  

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GOP lawmakers rally against Pritzker tax plan

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- State and local Republicans gathered in Carbondale Tuesday afternoon to campaign for incumbent governor Bruce Rauner and attack challenger JB Pritzker.

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First responders pay tribute to thousands killed in the 9/11 attacks Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Millions across the country mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.

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Teaching 9/11 in the classroom Video included

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A teacher in Saline County is helping high school students, who don't remember the 9/11 attacks, understand their lasting impact on the United States.  

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Fourth graders release balloons in honor of 9/11 victims Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- Fourth grade students at Herrin Elementary School released red, white and blue balloons Tuesday as a way to remember 9/11 victims and rescue crews.  

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Portrait of President Lincoln to be in all Illinois County Courthouses Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- The Williamson County Courthouse received a donation Tuesday which will soon hang on its walls-- a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln.

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IDNR to hold public meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease

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WSIL-- Biologists are keeping a close eye on Chronic Wasting Disease in Illinois. The disease, which is fatal to deer, has now been detected just across the river from southern Illinois in neighboring southeast Missouri.  

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Medication Takeback Program announced for Franklin-Williamson Counties

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WSIL -- The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department is participating in a Medication Takeback Program in collaboration with the EPA.

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Investigators detail case against man accused of killing parents

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Testimony begins in the trial of a man accused of murdering his parents in the home they shared in Murphysboro.

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Ameren offering payment grants to those in need

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WSIL -- Ameren Illinois is providing bill payment assistance to customers in Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson Counties at an event September 12.

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Missouri Unclaimed Property Auction dates announced

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced the 2018 Unclaimed Property Auction will be held September 13 and 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Columbia.

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Woman arrested for writing nearly $18,000 worth of bad checks

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PADUCAH, Ky. -- A McCracken County woman has been arrested for writing nearly $18,000 worth of cold checks.

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Missouri man charged with raping juvenile

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SIKESTON, Mo. -- Investigators say a Sikeston man sexually assaulted a juvenile. 

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President Trump rally in Cape Girardeau has been canceled

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A planned rally with President Donald Trump this Thursday in Cape Girardeau has been canceled.  

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Group plans a suicide remembrance walk this weekend Video included

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

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Neighborhood Co-op hosting a 'farm crawl' fundraiser

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

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Farmers along river brace for flooded fields Video included

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GALLATIN CO. Ill. -- Harvest season can be stressful on farmers. Even a little rain this time of year, can create problems. 

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Clinical trials to begin at SIU Medicine

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WSIL -- If you are one of the more than 100 million Americans with hypertension, you may want to take part in a clinical trial going on at SIU Medicine's Springfield location.

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President Trump's approval ratings drop: CNN Poll

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WSIL (CNN) -- President Trump's approval rating has fallen 6 points in the last month. That's according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

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Centralia Police investigating bank robbery

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CENTRALIA, Ill. -- Centralia Police as well as several other agencies are investigating a bank robbery that took place Monday morning at 9 a.m. 

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Mount Vernon city leaders talk about Saturday's flash flooding Video included

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The American Red Cross and the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency spent Monday checking on residents in Mount Vernon after flood waters damaged more than a dozen homes. 

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Illinois teens text-and-drive at higher rate than nation

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WSIL -- Illinois teens are more likely to text behind the wheel than new drivers in other states, and the author of a new report says states need to crack down more.

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USPS hiring for the holidays

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WSIL -- The United States Postal Service (USPS) is already preparing for what is anticipated to be a record holiday season.

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Man charged with murdering his parents goes on trial Tuesday

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A man facing murder charges in the deaths of his parents will go on trial Tuesday.

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$5 foot-long could disappear from Subway menus

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WSIL -- The $5 foot-long is a favorite at fast-food chain Subway, but it could soon be a thing of the past.

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Alto Vineyards to hold Anniversary Fest September 14-16

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois' oldest winery, Alto Vineyards, will celebrate 30 years in the area with a three-day Anniversary Festival September 14-16.

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Carbondale man charged with murder

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A grand jury has returned first-degree murder charges against Judious Kizeart, 24, of Carbondale, after a deadly shooting.

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Man killed in crash on Route 152 in Perry Co.

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PERRY CO. -- A Mulkeytown man is dead after a crash on Route 152 Monday morning..  

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

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

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Clean-up begins after flash flooding Video included

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- More than 5 inches of rain fell on Saturday in Jefferson County and dozens of residents in Mount Vernon sustained major damage from flash flooding.

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Remembering long-time former RLC coach Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Coaches, players and family members honored long time Rend Lake College coach, Hummer Waugh.

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House of Hope hosts 'Family Fun Day' Video included

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HERRIN, Ill. -- On Sunday, hundreds enjoyed the 7th Annual Herrin House of Hope Family Fun Day Benefit.  

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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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