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Early morning fire damages Johnston City house Video included

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JOHNSTON CITY -- Crews in Johnston City had to return to the scene of an early morning house fire. 

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Church gets ready for Christmas with enormous "living" tree

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MT. VERNON -- When you walk into the sanctuary of the Park Avenue Baptist church, you can't miss it: a giant Christmas tree.

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Disabled deer hunt finishes off successful season Video included

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REND LAKE — Deer season has come to an end and the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsman Club as made it special for over two dozen disabled hunters. 

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Car hits truck at I-57/I-24 merge

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Police said two vehicles crashed into one another on Interstate 57 at mile marker 44, which merges with I-24.

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Storm Story Sunday 11-19-17 Video included

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WSIL -- November can be a busy month for severe weather, and News 3's Weather Warrior Tony Laubach remembers major chase in Kansas with a mile-wide tornado. 

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Civil Air Patrol honors 89-year-old pilot with Congressional Gold Medal Video included

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MARION -- The year was 1944. The United States had been fully involved in World War II for three years, and 16-year-old June Minton knew she wanted to serve her country, so she joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. 

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Tree falls on home in Union County, killing father and his daughter

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UNION CO. -- A fallen tree kills a father and his two-year-old daughter.

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Heavy wind blows trailer off of foundation Video included

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DU QUOIN -- Michelle Bloomfield said a little after noon Saturday, heavy rains and strong gusts of winds came through her neighborhood.

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Former State's Attorney Chuck Garnati buried in Herrin

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HERRIN -- Longtime Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati was laid to rest on Saturday.

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WSIL Blood Drives collect 205 pints of blood

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WSIL -- The Red Cross collected 205 pints of blood at the WSIL blood drives this weekend.

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Cape Girardeau man killed in homicide

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CHARLESTON, MO. -- Police in Charleston, Missouri said a man was killed Friday evening after a wreck and a shooting. 

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Renovated apartments give Cairo families new lease on life Video included

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WSIL -- From the outside, the Elmwood public housing complex in Cairo leaves a lot to be desired, but it's where Paul and Bessie Lambert spent the last 40 years, in the same apartment. 

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Comptroller: Governor Rauner refuses to meet Video included

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WSIL — Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza says since being elected to the position last year, Governor Bruce Rauner has refused to meet with her.

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Remembering the Brookport Tornado: Four Years Later Video included

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BROOKPORT --   November 17th marks the anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that ravaged Brookport. The twister tracked 42 miles along the Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky killing three people and injuring 33 others.

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WSIL and American Red Cross team up for fall blood drive

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CARBONDALE -- Every two seconds in America, another person needs a blood transfusion but only five percent of the population actually donates.

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Herrin proposes raising property taxes

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HERRIN -- Property taxes in Herrin may rise next year.

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Teen dies after Thursday's shooting in Crainville

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, IN -- An Indiana coroner tells News 3 Evan Koegler, 18, was pronounced dead around 8 a.m. Friday morning at an Evansville hospital.

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Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge hosts youth and disabled hunt

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Fifty hunters from across the state arrived before daylight to take part in a lottery only hunt at Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. 

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Tips for seasonal job seekers Video included

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CAPE GIRARDEAU (BBB) -- With leagues of shoppers on the horizon, retailers and shippers are planning to hire more than seasonal employees this holiday season to accommodate service demands. 

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Warrant Wednesday: November 15, 2017

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

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Benton bus driver publishes first book Video included

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BENTON -- A  bus driver hopes to help children by getting them to read early, and that includes students that don't ride her bus.

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Family speaks out after neighbor shoots dog Video included

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GALATIA -- Hillary Walker says her three dogs always bark at the local Amish horse drawn buggies.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen running for county treasurer Video included

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WSIL -- Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen is running for Jefferson County treasurer. Meanwhile, Allen's chief deputy, Clint Taylor, is running for sheriff.  

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Man robbed at gunpoint after responding to Craigslist ad Video included

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WSIL --  A fun-filled trip to southern Illinois took a turn for the worse for a Connecticut man on Tuesday morning, when he was robbed at gunpoint, after responding to a Craigslist ad.  

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Documentary shines a light on Carbondale Splash Park Video included

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CARBONDALE  -- A new documentary series will feature Carbondale's Super Splash Park. 

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State's Attorney: Officer-involved shooting justified

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JACKSON CO. -- State's Attorney Michael Carr has ruled a shooting involving a Carbondale police officer as justified. 

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Carbondale armed robbery suspect connected to crimes in Missouri

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CARBONDALE -- Investigators have made an arrest following Saturday's armed holdup at Staples. 

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Rules to know before heading out to your deer stand Video included

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Illinois Department of Natural Resources met up with the News 3 This Morning crew to highlight a few of the most violated hunting laws during firearm deer season.

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Jefferson Co. sheriff seeking treasurer position

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Jefferson County sheriff Travis Allen has announced plans to run for county treasurer.  

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CHS Theater presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- Students in the Carterville High School theater department will take to the stage with a Christmas classic.   

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Illinois girl tackles diabetes

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HARRISBURG -- November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, a day created to raise awareness about diabetes. One Illinois girl opens up about how she's been tackling diabetes since she was 5 years old. 

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Debate in Union County over drainage tax

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UNION CO. -- Some taxpayers and leaders in Union County are frustrated with paying taxes to the Preston Levee and Drainage District, while they claim Union Pacific railroad hasn't paid a dime in years.

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Gov. Rauner announces plans for new off-road trails Video included

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SALINE COUNTY -- At the Sahara Woods Fish and Wildlife area Tuesday, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for a new off-road trail facility he says will bring jobs to Saline County.

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SIU faculty senate passes resolution against restructuring plan Video included

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WSIL -- Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's restructuring plan to save the university appears to have caused more controversy.

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Shotgun season closures beginning at parts of Rend Lake State Park Video included

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REND LAKE -- Deer hunters are loading up for the first weekend of shotgun season. 

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MVTHS greenhouse almost finished Video included

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MT. VERNON -- Work on the new Mt. Vernon Township High School greenhouse is in the final stages.  

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Mt. Vernon reviewing plans to demolish old high school Video included

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MT. VERNON -- School leaders in Mt. Vernon will review bids to demolish the old Mt. Vernon Township High School.  Administators believe the demolition will cost around $700,000. 

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Hunter safety tips leading into Illinois firearm deer season Video included

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WSIL -- The first Illinois firearm deer season is Friday November 17th through Sunday November 19th. Deer season means thousands more people will be in the woods which leads to a bigger risk for an accident.

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Ameren helps Carbondale business owners spot scams Video included

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WSIL -- Utility scams are a big problem and Ameren Illinois is working to make sure local businesses don't fall victim.  

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Property tax spike prompts protests in Hardin County

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HARDIN CO. -- Homeowners took complaints over a spike in property taxes directly to Hardin County leaders Tuesday. 

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WSIL Blood Drives this weekend Video included

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WSIL -- This weekend you can help us help save lives at WSIL blood drives.    

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Local schools still struggling to find enough teachers Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The struggle to attract qualified teachers to Illinois schools has gotten worse. After years of dealing with teacher shortages, local districts say they've had to find alternative ways to get the job done. 

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Ship packages early, postmaster says Video included

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WSIL -- The few weeks before Christmas is the United State's Postal Service's busiest period of the year, as people pack into post offices to get their gifts shipped and delivered before the holiday.

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Carterville kicks off holiday season with Christmas market

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CARTERVILLE -- Folks in Williamson County kicked off the holiday season with a Carterville Christmas Market Tuesday.

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Former Williamson County State's Attorney dies Video included

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WSIL -- Former Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati has died. He was 65 years old.

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Carterville school district sues Cambria over TIF district

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CARTERVILLE -- The Carterville School District has followed through on it's threat to sue Cambria over the village's controversial TIF district.

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Medical professionals recommend low-dose CT scans to prevent lung cancer Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- Lung Cancer rates are on the rise in southern Illinois.

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3 hurt in oil rig explosion in White County

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WHITE COUNTY -- A man had to be flown to an out of state hospital after an explosion east of Crossville. Sheriff Doug Maier tells News 3 the blast happened at Precision Oil Fields. 

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2017 Community Thanksgiving Dinners

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WSIL -- Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 23. Several communities in southern Illinois will be sharing a meal that day.  

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Avoiding utility scams Video included

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WSIL -- This week is National Utilities United Against Scams. Since 2013, more than 3,000 Ameren Illinois customers have reported being contacted by a scammer.

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Stores gearing up for Black Friday

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MARION -- Managers around town say they're preparing for one of the busiest shopping days of the year by stocking their shelves and promoting deals. While some shoppers in the area say they wont go near stores on Black Friday, others say they can't miss out on the promotions.

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Children celebrate World Kindness Day Video included

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HERRIN -- Have you heard the old saying, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?"

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Grant could jump start Massac Theatre renovations Video included

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MASSAC CO. -- A new grant from the Delta Regional Authority could help start renovations to the Massac Theatre.   

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Gaege Bethune appears in court in Varughese murder case Video included

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JACKSON CO. -- Prosecutors laid out evidence against the man accused of killing an SIU student in 2014, Monday. 

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Rauners start campaign to send holiday cards to military members

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WSIL -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana have started a project involving holiday cards for soldiers. 

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Illinois in need of new Emergency Management Agency leader

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WSIL -- Illinois is looking for a new leader for the state's Emergency Management Agency after James Joseph left the role to take a job with FEMA. 

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Retired state trooper trades badge for barber stripes Video included

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FRANKLIN CO. -- A retired Illinois state trooper put down his badge and picked up a pair of clippers in retirement, becoming a barber just like his grandfather.

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How soon could recreational marijuana be legal in Illinois? Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Efforts to make Illinois the next state to legalize recreational marijuana have started taking shape in Springfield. 

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Expert says solar panels are more efficient in cold weather Video included

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WSIL -- Solar panels work with sunlight, not heat, so it doesn't matter how cold it gets this time of year. 

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Juvenile suspected in truck theft case

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CARTERVILLE -- Carterville Police are looking for a juvenile accused of stealing a truck over the weekend. 

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Investigators say foul play in presumed death of Edward Goodwin

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO. -- Investigators say foul play is suspected in the death of a home remodeler reported missing in 2015. 

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Kentucky leaders seeking public input for Bible class standards

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KENTUCKY -- Kentucky Education leaders want input in developing Bible literacy standards for social studies courses in public schools.

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Alligator snapping turtle found in Union County

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UNION CO. --  A herpetologist from the Illinois Natural History Survey made a rare discovery in the Union County's Clear Creek: an alligator snapping turtle. 

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High school students promote 'Shop Carterville' plan Video included

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CARTERVILLE --  Some Carterville high school students are teaming up with businesses to promote the benefits of shopping local. 

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Tensions over TIF in Cambria

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CAMBRIA -- Cambria has a new TIF district following the vote by the Village Board on Thursday.

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Du Quoin churches hold vigil for Texas shooting victims Video included

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DU QUOIN -- A Texas congregation is still reeling from the effects of a shooting that killed 26 of its members, and local churches in Du Quoin are honoring the victims.  

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Head-on collision on Hwy. 51 north of Dowell

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JACKSON CO. -- Two vehicles collided head-on Sunday after on Highway 51 at Beech Road in Jackson County.

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Storm Story Sunday 11-12-17 Video included

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WSIL -- From last week to years ago, Weather Warrior Tony Laubach has seen some major storms in the month of November. 

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Veterans names line the streets in Carterville Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- The streets were lined with the names of veterans in Carterville on Saturday.  

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Anna veterans say they would serve again if they could Video included

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ANNA -- Saturday the nationed paused to take time to thank our Veterans across the country. And hundreds of people in Anna turned out to do just that with a parade.  

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UPDATE: Graves Co. shooting suspect arrested

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GRAVES CO. -- Police in Graves County, Kentucky are looking for a man they believe is connected to a Friday afternoon home invasion and shooting.  

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Christmas comes early in Murphysboro

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MURPHYSBORO -- It could be called early Christmas. Dozens of General Cable employees and others from southern Illinois pulled into the parking lot of the Murphysboro Youth Home Saturday to bring the spirit of giving a little early this year. 

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Police investigate armed robbery at Staples in Carbondale Video included

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WSIL -- Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night at the Staples in Carbondale. 

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Alleged kidnapping leads to slow-speed chase, arrest Video included

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WSIL -- An alleged kidnapping in Jackson County led to a slow-speed police chase.

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New program provides legal aid to veterans Video included

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CARBONDALE -- Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, says navigating the legal system can be hard, and making sure that those who served in the military got the help they need was a priority.

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SIUC cadets honor veterans with silent vigil Video included

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CARBONDALE -- More than 100 Air Force and Army ROTC cadets participate in a silent vigil to honor veterans at Southern Illinois University.

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Avoiding puppy scams

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CAPE GIRARDEAU (BBB) -- If you are looking for a pet to add to your family, be on the lookout for scams.

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Jefferson County teacher takes students to "new heights" Video included

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Middle schoolers took their learning to a higher level Thursday. 

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Cambria moves forward with controversial TIF

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CAMBRIA -- After weeks of debating a controversial TIF proposal, Cambria leaders voted to approve the measure at a special meeting Thursday night.

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Severin accused of flip-flopping on union-backed bill

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WSIL -- A southern Illinois lawmaker is being criticized for flip-flopping on a union-backed bill. 

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Illinois female senators form bipartisan caucus

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WSIL -- Illinois' women state senators are forming a new bipartisan caucus. 

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Veterans Day 2017 events

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WSIL -- Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11. There are several events planned that day and on the days ahead of the holiday. 

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Community keeps tradition going after organizer loses life in crash

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HERRIN -- Thanksgiving is two weeks away and planning kicked off for the annual Herrin Community Thanksgiving dinner. But tonight's meeting took place without the main organizer of the event. Bart Mann unexpectedly died in a crash just a few months ago.

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Debt Transparency Act becomes law

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CARBONDALE -- State agencies must now report unpaid bills to the comptroller's office once a month. Before Wednesday's vote, those agencies only had to report once a year. 

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Illinois lawmakers get tough on sexual harassment, require local policies Video included

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WSIL -- These days, there aren't many issues Democrats and Republicans agree on. However, when it comes to fighting sexual harassment at the capitol, both sides say more needs to be done. 

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Murphysboro's Crimson Express wraps up another successful season Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- The Murphysboro Crimson Express Marching Band proved their team is hard to beat. The band competed in five field show competitions this fall and were undefeated in their class. 

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What Democrats' big wins could mean for Illinois in 2018 Video included

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WSIL -- On the first major election day since Donald Trump took over the presidency, it was Democrats who won big, sweeping the top offices in Virginia, and taking over the New Jersey statehouse from Republicans.

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Despite late summer drought, fall colors on full display Video included

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WSIL --  While many thought dry weather would ruin this years fall colors, the trees have really been on full display for the last two weeks.

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Construction begins on Murphysboro H.S auditorium Video included

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MURPHYSBORO --  After more than a year without an auditorium, crews started construction on a new Center for Preforming Arts at Murphysboro High School.

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Schools again receiving less money from Springfield Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- It turns out the Illinois school funding drama at the capitol may not have solved all the state's classroom money problems after all.

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'Host Homes' needed for expanding program Video included

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CARTERVILLE -- The Egyptian Health Department's Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services in Saline County is expanding into Williamson, Jackson, Perry and Franklin Counties. 

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Warrant Wednesday: November 8, 2017

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

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'Crime Stoppers' encourages public involvement

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CARBONDALE -- Citizens involved with Crime Stoppers across the state hope to help make communities safer.

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Herrin House of Hope teams with Americorps to serve community Video included

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- The Herrin House of Hope, with help from Americorps, is giving back to the community through a free lunch program for those falling on hard times.

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Lawmakers hope to stiffen penalty for attacking DCFS workers Video included

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WSIL -- Lawmakers started writing the bill after a DCFS investigator in Northern Illinois went to a home to take a two-year-old into protective custody.

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Taylor found guilty in 2011 murder of cab driver

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MT. VERNON -- More than six years after a cab driver was murdered in Mt Vernon, a jury found one of the men involved guilty.

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New businesses coming to Mt. Vernon

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MT. VERNON -- You can soon find new businesses in Mt. Vernon.

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Women's Health Naturally! Expo & Workshops Video included

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CARBONDALE -- The Women's Health Naturally! Expo and Workshops comes back to Carbondale. It's Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Some Harrisburg leaders want to increase police force

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HARRISBURG -- Some city leaders in Harrisburg want to hire new police officers to combat what they call growing crime trends. 

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Illinois fall veto session resumes Tuesday Video included

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WSIL -- The fall veto session of the Illinois legislature resumes Tuesday in Springfield but don't expect to hear a lot out of the Illinois capitol.

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Anna, Dongola police departments receive money for bulletproof vests

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ANNA -- The federal government gave two police departments money for bulletproof vests.

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Local church takes security measures after recent shootings Video included

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Recent church shootings have members of a Franklin county congregation taking steps to make sure they stay safe. 

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Rauner declares harvest emergency

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WSIL -- Governor Bruce Rauner declared the state's first ever "harvest emergency" in an effort aiming to help farmers dealing with rain-related delays this harvest season. 

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Local Chamber of Commerce directors team up urging you to shop local Video included

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- As the holiday season approaches, southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce directors want you to think and spend local.

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Anna and Dongola PD's receive grants for bulletproof vests

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UNION CO. -- The federal government gave two Southern Illinois police departments money for bulletproof vests. 

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Court rules Rauner violates state labor law

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WSIL -- The state appellate court has ruled Rauner administration is violating state labor law by refusing to allow thousands of state workers to move through the state pay plan over the past two years. 

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Durkin introduces bill to establish sexual harassment hotline

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WSIL -- House Minority Leader Jim Durkin wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment.  

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Duckworth issues statement declaring dangers of war with North Korea

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WSIL -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is among 16 veterans serving in Congress who issued a joint statement about the dangers of going to war with North Korea.

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Carbondale PD to host crimestoppers meeting

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CARBONDALE -- Tuesday night, the Carbondale Police Department will host a town hall Crimestoppers meeting. 

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Second Missouri inmate caught in Louisiana

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PEMISCOT CO., MO -- The second inmate who escaped from a Pemiscot County, Missouri jail last month is now back in custody. 

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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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