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U.S. retailers are looking forward to a strong holiday season this year after new numbers show higher than expected sales for November.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent last month over November 2016, according to advance estimates. And, sales were up a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent from October of this year.

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Officials at SIU-Carbondale say no foul play is suspected in the death of a student, found in a campus residence hall room Thursday.

In a written release, the University says the cause of death has not been determined.

Debate over SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s proposed campus reorganization got heated as the university’s trustees met in Carbondale.

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The Carbondale Police Department and the Victim’s Advocates of Jackson County are making sure some children in Carbondale will have presents to open on Christmas.

For the last 19 years the Carbondale police department makes sure that some kids aren’t left out.

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Dozens of elderly residents who come from all over the state to live at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy have fallen ill over the last three years. 13 have died. The problem is Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

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The Green Party will have a new candidate running for the 12th district congressional seat in 2018.

After Paula Bradshaw ran in the past three election cycles, SIU-Carbondale Philosophy and Communication Studies professor Randy Auxier announced his candidacy Wednesday.

Ameren Illinois is helping a Williamson County organization that serves the needy.

The utility donated over five thousand dollars and nearly three thousand canned goods to the Herrin House of Hope on Wednesday.

SIU Trustees are getting their first detailed look at the campus reorganization proposal for Carbondale - and along with it some opinions on both sides of the plan.

WATCH LIVE: Live Video - Trump Tax Speech

Dec 13, 2017
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After passing their respective tax overhaul bills, the U.S. House and Senate are trying to reconcile the differences in their legislation. While they do that, President Trump is making a renewed pitch to the American people about the importance of overhauling the tax code. Watch the president’s remarks live.

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Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry talked about the strong points and challenges facing the city, at the annual State of The City address on Tuesday December 12th, 2017.  At the top of the plus list, the Mayor unveiled the new logo the city will soon be using to market itself.  He said 50–thousand visitors came to the city for the August eclipse, and he said that worldwide advertising was invaluable.  In 2015 statistics showed the lowest crime rate in the city in over 20 years.  On the down side Henry said budgeting is getting tougher, primarily because the state has recently reduced the city's s

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