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If you've never heard of Alexander von Humboldt, a once world-renowned Prussian scientist who predicted man-made climate change in 1800 and was an adviser to President Thomas Jefferson, then a New Hampshire distillery is aiming to change that, one glass at a time.

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A large and coordinated malware attack hit key parts of Ukraine's infrastructure Tuesday, taking a toll on government agencies, electric grids, stores, and banks. Computers are being hit by a ransomware program called Petya that demands a $300 bitcoin payment to retrieve files.

"You became victim of the PETYA RANSOMWARE!" reads the text on a red screen in a photo posted by Ukraine's government portal on Facebook.

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On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States putting southern Illinois and Carbondale at the intersection of this rare event.

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Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comment from Louis Gerteis  — The Confederate Memorial will be removed from St. Louis' Forest Park this week, likely by Wednesday.

The Missouri Civil War Museum and the city of St. Louis settled a lawsuit last week over who owns the memorial, though the action wasn’t announced until Monday morning. The museum will cover the cost of removing and storing the statue, as well as finding an appropriate place to display it — but it can’t be in St. Louis or St. Louis County.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are finalizing a proposed state budget plan and could present it to minority Republicans as soon as Tuesday.

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A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

Fracking Application Delayed

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An measurement error, submitted by the company interested in obtaining a fracking permit for a site in White  County, has caused a setback for the company. 

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The state's budget impasse may soon affect more than just overall funding for higher education.


As Illinois closes in on a second full year without a budget, the top leaders of the General Assembly met Sunday for the first time this year. There are some signs of progress.

Southern Illinois Healthcare is notifying more than 600 patients who might be impacted by a breach of their information.

SIH Privacy Officer Marcia Matthias says it was an isolated incident involving the misdirection of data to other HIPPA-governed medical facilities by a third party vendor.

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal.

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Authorities say a sewer line in southern Illinois broke last month and daily is dumping about 2 million gallons of storm water and sewage into the Mississippi River.

Probation officers, supervisors and support staff of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court Services and Probation have voted to file an intent to strike after working without a contract since December of 2016.

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Splash Park Fosters More Than Summer Fun

When you think of a water park, you likely picture children splashing and having a good time. That’s true for Carbondale’s Super Splash Park, but there’s more to it than that.

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