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Tennessee woman injured in I-57 crash Video included

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WSIL -- Two traffic alerts Tuesday morning, March 19, 2019. 

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Something for everyone at the SI Wellness Expo Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois Wellness Expo makes its return to John A. Logan College on Saturday, March 23.  

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ISP: Fatal accident on Route 3

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THEBES, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal accident on Route 3 in Alexander County. 

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Warrant Wednesday: March 20, 2019

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CARTERVILLE, Ill -- Several sheriff's departments are asking for the public's help finding people with outstanding warrants. 

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Spring arrives today with scattered showers Video included

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WSIL -- Spring is here! Mother Nature seems to have received the memo, with spring showers expected throughout the day.  

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Thriving mall brings economic boost to city Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. -- City leaders looked at positive economic impacts such as more jobs and a boost to business during a status of the city meeting in West Frankfort Tuesday night.  

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SIU moving forward with reorganization Video included

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- This week, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the first phase of SIU's academic reorganization plan. 

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Three men running for mayor in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- John McPeek, Robert Wilson and John Okerson are all running for mayor in Harrisburg.

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Geologists return to where a more than 2,000-year-old bison bone was discovered Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Geologists went back out to the spot where a more than 2,000-year-old bison bone was discovered earlier this year in hopes to find more bones.

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Illinois manufacturers in need of skilled workers Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois manufacturers are doing their best to find and train skilled workers, but keeping those workers, is another challenge.

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Trial scheduled for Burns, but mental exam not yet completed

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A Saline County judge sets a trial date for a man accused of killing his wife.

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Carbondale road closures continue due to sewer replacement

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CARBONDALE, Ill. – Temporary lane closures will be in place March 18-March 19 along University Avenue (southbound 51) at the intersection of Oak Street.  

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Elmwood, McBride complexes coming down in Cairo

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CAIRO, Ill. -- The vacant Elmwood and McBride Housing and Urban Development complexes in Cairo are coming down this fall.

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New Union County mass alert system

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UNION CO., Ill -- The Hyper-Reach Mass Notification service will notify the public of public safety emergencies, including weather alerts and road closures.

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Quick-thinking ferry crew jumps into action Video included

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HARDIN CO., Ill. -- Crews with the Cave-In-Rock Ferry worked quickly Tuesday to free a car that ran off the side of the ramp.

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Golfers can play a virtual round on their dream course Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill -- SI Golf Complex is offering golfers the chance to play on some of the most famous courses in the world with virtual reality. 

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The final supermoon of the year occurs as an asteroid zips close by

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(CNN) -- The third and final supermoon of the year will light up the sky on March 20, closing out a trifecta of supermoons for 2019 that began in January.

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Another dry day Tuesday, rain returns midweek

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WSIL -- The next chance for rain arrives on Wednesday with light scattered showers expected through most of the daylight hours.

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Illinois home care, child care workers to get overdue raises

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay.

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Pinckneyville's fallen soldier returns home Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Fallen soldier Sgt. Holli Bolinski returned to Perry County Monday afternoon in a procession led by area first responders and family members.

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State lawmakers meet Laborers' & Contractors apprenticeship students

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MARION, Ill. -- State Senator Dale Fowler along with Representatives Terri Bryant, Patrick Windhorst and Dave Severin met with instructors and students, who are part of the Illinois Laborers' and Contractors Preparation Program.  

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Year-long construction planned for I-57 Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. -- Road crews will begin expanding Interstate 57 in Franklin and Williamson counties to three lanes starting April 1. 

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Mt. Vernon considers buying new police vehicles

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Mt. Vernon city leaders plan to spend several thousand dollars on new vehicles and equipment for first responders.

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Sunshine and mild temperatures to kick off the week but rain returns midweek

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WSIL -- It was a beautiful Monday with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures but we do have some changes in the forecast. 

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Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel to reopen Tuesday

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METROPOLIS, Ill. – Rising water along the Ohio River forced the casino and hotel to close on February 18. 

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Jackson County men indicted on meth charges

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WSIL -- Prosecutors say Jonathan R. Moore, 33, of Carbondale, and Elijah S. Lacy, 34, of Murphysboro, conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of meth. 

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Mt. Vernon man arrested for aggravated battery

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Anthony Garrett, 41, of Mt Vernon, was taken into custody Saturday.

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Sunshine to start the week, rain midweek

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WSIL -- Quiet weather dominates through the first two days of the week. Some clouds around Monday morning will exit quickly giving way to a lot of sunshine as a weak system passes to our south.  The next chance for rain enters the picture midweek. 

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94th anniversary of Tri-State Tornado Video included

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WSIL -- Monday marks 94 years since the Tri-State Tornado ravaged parts of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and southwest Indiana. The infamous March 18, 1925 twister still holds numerous records. 

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Diabetes Alert Day set for March 26 Video included

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WSIL -- One in three American adults has prediabetes. On Tuesday, March 26, the Diabetes Today Resource Team is holding free screenings for the disease.  

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2,000 flags surround community for fallen soldier Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Hundreds of volunteers gathered Sunday in Pinckneyville to honor a fallen soldier. 

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3 Ways to Save on coffee

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WSIL -- March is Caffeine Awareness Month, so we're offering up three ways to save on coffee.  

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Sesser-Valier student elected youth governor Video included

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SESSER, Ill. -- A new governor has been elected in the State of Illinois and he attends Sesser-Valier High School.  Matthew Thery was elected as the state's Youth Governor over the weekend in Springfield, and Sunday evening his community welcomed him home with a parade.  

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Business owner arrested for arson

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SIKESTON, MO. -- A Sikeston woman has been arrested and charged for allegedly setting her own business on fire. 

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Bodybuilding competition brings out hundreds Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- A unique sporting event took over the Marion Cultural and Civic Center Saturday. 

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Sunday brings more clouds, but still plenty of sun

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A weak low-pressure system to our north will pass off to the east of us Sunday. The main impact this will have on us is a few clouds near sunrise, and possibly some broken cloud cover at times through the rest of the day. Conditions stay dry, and temperatures make their way back into the low to mid 50's much like Saturday. In a nutshell, Sunday looks a lot like Saturday, just with a few more clouds.  The dry pattern looks to continue for a couple more days. Meteorologist Ja... More>>

Murphysboro parade kicks off St. Patrick's Day weekend

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill.—Hundreds of folks spent their Saturday morning at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Murphysboro to kick off the holiday weekend.

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Teen rescued from Giant City State Park Video included

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GIANT CITY, Ill. -- First responders confirm the girl has been rescued and is being airlifted to a nearby hospital. No word on her injuries. 

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Mostly clear tonight, more clouds Sunday

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More clouds are expected Sunday, but the sun isn't leaving just yet. 

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Safe Sitter course offered for teens

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. – Students will learn basic first aid and infant and child choking rescue and CPR. 

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Sunny and calm

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This morning's temperatures started in the mid 30's for many.

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Tornado victims begin recovery process Video included

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PADUCAH, Ky. -- About a dozen homeowners spent Friday salvaging what they could, after an EF 2 tornado roared through McCracken County Thursday.

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Roof of Murphysboro Food Pantry damaged by strong winds

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The director of a food pantry damaged by strong winds Thursday said she plans to reopen next week.

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Bills filed to regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers

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WSIL -- A pair of bills filed in Springfield aim to lower prescription drug costs.

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Suspicious fire destroys Metropolis apartment complex

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METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Six families are without a home after a suspicious fire at a Metropolis apartment complex. 

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Snake Road closed for spring migration

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WOLF LAKE, Ill. --  The 2.5 mile-long road, also known as LaRue Road and Forest Service Road No. 345, closes to vehicles each spring and fall.  

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IRS warns of new phone scam

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WSIL — The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a new twist on an old phone scam. 

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Marion Police investigating stolen, forged checks Video included

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion Police need your help identifying a woman caught on camera cashing forged checks.

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Lane closure planned on Interstate 57

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INA, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers about an upcoming lane closure on Interstate 57.

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Breezy and cooler today

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WSIL -- Hang on to your hats, folks. The wind isn't gone just yet. 

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Bowling for a good cause Video included

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The Carterville High School National Honor Society is reaching out to others in our community.  

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Pinckneyville art students restore wooden Santa Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. --  The infamous giant Santa that stands outside the Perry County Courthouse each Christmas season has a new look.

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Jack's Meat Market & Deli destroyed by fire Video included

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Jackson County business has been destroyed in an overnight fire. 

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Butterball recalls 39 tons of ground turkey

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WSIL -- Butterball is recalling 39 tons of ground turkey products. 

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EF-2 tornado rips through West Paducah business Video included

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PADUCAH, Ky. — An EF-2 tornado damaged dozens of businesses and homes throughout western McCracken County Thursday morning. 

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Massac's Esports team highlighted at SIU's IT Day Video included

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WSIL -- Massac County High School students are sharing the opportunities that competitive video gaming is bringing to them. It's a part of Southern Illinois University's I.T. Day, where the e-sports team held a presentation.

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40 kids survive tornado inside West Paducah church

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WEST PADUCAH, Ky. -- An EF-2 tornado ripped through a church in McCracken County, where 40 kids were inside attending preschool.

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McCracken County declares State of Emergency Video included

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MCCRACKEN CO., Ky. -- Kentucky State Police say approximately five square miles of western McCracken County were affected by Thursday's tornado.

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Captain D's to open in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Captain D's will be located at 1040 E. Walnut Street.

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Carbondale shooter sentenced to 8 years

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Belleville man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after firing his gun into a crowd of people in Carbondale. 

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Carbondale man indicted for reckless homicide

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Jackson County man has been charged in connection with an August 2018 traffic accident that killed a five-year-old boy. 

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Ban on tobacco sales to minors goes to Illinois governor

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A prohibition on tobacco sales to those under 21 is now under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's consideration.

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Illinois police see rise in crashes with parked squad cars

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police are seeing a spike in crashes involving parked squad cars and passing vehicles, despite a law that was enacted nearly 20 years ago to make roads safer for emergency responders. 

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Thunderstorms exit, winds hang around

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WSIL -- Thunderstorms pushed through early Thursday morning bringing heavy rain, lightning, and thunder to most of the viewing area.

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'A Night at the Races' returns for local Rotary club

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The Jackson-Williamson Counties Sunset Rotary is gearing up for a big fundraiser.  

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Officials with Banterra Bank made a big donation to Franklin County Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT, Ill-- Banterra Bank closed its branch on Main Street in West Frankfort this past Friday. But bank officials are hopeful the building will soon open again to serve the community

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Raising taxes? It's possible in Perry County Video included

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Perry County could soon see a half-cent tax increase, but Du Quoin leaders and business owners fear it will drive away customers. 

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A new study highlights the teacher shortage in Illinois

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WSIL-- A new study found the shortage has become particularly difficult in central and southern Illinois. For several people in the community it's becoming alarming. 

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City officials: Keep sandbags in place Video included

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METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The impacts of flooding across our region are decreasing but Metropolis City Officials are asking businesses and homeowners to leave their sandbags in place. 

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Jiu-Jitsu teaches kids to take stand on bullying Video included

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BENTON, Ill. -- Many parents worry about their child being picked on while at school. Although data shows bullying is actually decreasing, it's still devastating for those who experience it. Local kids are taking advantage of a program, so they can take a stand. 

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Court moves to de-annex property out of Spillertown

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SPILLERTOWN, Ill. -- A Williamson County judge effectively kicked some residents out of Spillertown Wednesday.

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Facebook, Instagram suffer outages

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NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue.

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Above average temperatures continue

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WSIL -- Temperatures Wednesday morning were nearly 20 degrees warmer than yesterday! 

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Burn bans issued ahead of windy weather

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WSIL -- With warm and windy conditions in the forecast this week, some southern Illinois communities are issuing burn bans. 

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Warrant Wednesday: March 13, 2019

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help finding people with outstanding warrants. 

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'Hunchback of Notre Dame' coming to Pinckneyville Video included

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic production that is coming to life at Pinckenyville High School this week. 

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Voters will decide if Spillertown will dissolve Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Three weeks from now, voters will head to the polls and those in Spillertown will have the option to have their town dissolved.

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Need a new job? Illinois State Police is hiring

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DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Illinois State Police hopes to hire 500 new employees this year. 

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Boaters beware: Strong winds ahead

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WSIL-- Boaters looking to get on the water might want to keep an eye on the forecast. Two days of strong winds are ahead for southern Illinois. 

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Pritzker meets with credit rating agencies

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker touts his progressive income tax proposal as a way to keep bond rating agencies from downgrading the state's credit.

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Bottle cap bench dedicated to community volunteer

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Community service groups unveil the efforts of a man's public service project, results he never got the chance to see.

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Ballot question asks about possible Carbondale Park District merger

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A question on the ballot for Carbondale voters next month asks if they want the city of Carbondale to take over operations for the Carbondale Park District.

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Police voice concern about license plate bill Video included

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DUQUOIN, Ill. -- In an effort to save the state money, House Bill 1623 would change the vehicle plate requirement from two plates for the front and back to only one plate for the rear of a vehicle.  

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Seasonal temperatures with a chance of showers

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WSIL -- Temperatures today will be warmer than yesterday by at least a few degrees.

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Illinois House passes Tobacco 21 bill

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. 

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Pritzker unveils online graduated income-tax calculator

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched an online calculator that he says will let Illinoisans know how his proposed graduated income tax will affect their families.

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Former trainer pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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MASSAC CO., Ill. -- A woman accused of sex crimes against teens while working as an athletic trainer has pleaded guilty. 

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Man on the run has been arrested

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HAMILTON CO., Ill -- A man wanted by authorities in Hamilton County has been arrested. Charles 'Andy' Sage, 32, was arrested in Union County, Kentucky.

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Eye scan can reveal changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease

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ABC NEWS -- Ophthalmologists at Duke University have found that a special type of eye scan can pick up changes indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.  

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Sheriff urges 'yes' on public safety referendum Video included

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PERRY CO., Ill. -- Sheriff Steve Bareis is concerned about potential layoffs and the condition of the jail following a $2 million dollar drop in state funding over the past five years.  

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Carterville shop remains open despite damage from wreck

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CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- A Carterville business continues to operate after a car plowed through the front window.

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Home alone? Illinois lawmakers want to lower age Video included

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WSIL -- A new bill would change the age children can be left home alone in Illinois.

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Southern Illinois schools receive field trip grants

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WSIL -- More than 6,500 Illinois students will be able to visit state parks, museums, and other natural resource sites thanks to grant funding.

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Rend Lake College to launch archery team

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INA, Ill. -- The new Rend Lake College archery team will compete against teams from other community colleges, as well as in regional and national Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) competitions.

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Funeral set for deputy killed serving warrant

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A funeral is scheduled for a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man who fled and engaged officers in an hours-long standoff in Illinois. 

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"Cairo" Bridge reopens after flooding

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WSIL -- The US 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge connecting Kentucky and Illinois is once again open to traffic. 

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Warmer, but very windy week ahead

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WSIL -- After a little sunshine this weekend, clouds have returned to kickoff the work week. A few light showers are possible first thing Monday morning along and south of the Ohio River, but most will stay dry. 

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Declining attendance, lack of priests causes churches to close Video included

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ill. -- Parishioners belonging to two Catholic Churches in Hamilton County had to find another place to attend Sunday mass this week after the Diocese of Belleville closed their doors. 

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Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County grand jury indictment filed Thursday charges him with falsely reporting an offense.

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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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