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Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

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After devastating parts of the Caribbean, Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico at 6:15 a.m. ET Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had previously been a Category 5 hurricane, but even downgraded, it packed powerful sustained winds of 150 mph and is the strongest storm to have hit the island in decades.

If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, what NASA's Cassini mission has left for us is indeed a treasure.

Launched in 1997, the mission terminated dramatically last week with the probe's final plunge into Saturn's upper atmosphere.

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SIU Hosts Community Fun and Fitness Relays.

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A unique fundraiser is planned for this Saturday on the SIU Carbondale Campus.  It will use running, to promote literacy,  in Carbondale and around the world.  WSIU's Jordan Maddox has the story.

Morris LIbrary Showcases Old Quadrangle.

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Southern Illinois University's Morris Library is showcasing a display called Old Campus: an Historical Exploration. WSIU's Jordan Maddox has more.


Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Ferguson has made good progress in reforming its police department and municipal court, a federal judge said Tuesday, though it’s far from over.

Ferguson’s police and court have been operating under federal oversight for more than a year. The city has written new policies on things like use-of-force and recruiting new officers, but has missed deadlines to implement them.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

Carbondale Fire Station on South Oakland
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The old Carbondale fire station may have new owners as early as tonight.

The Carbondale City Council is having a public hearing on the sale of the property located at 300 South Oakland Ave.


Residents in east-central Illinois may have felt a bit more than the rumble of thunder Tuesday morning.

Updated at 11:40 p.m. with quote from protester released from jail — Hundreds of protesters redirected their efforts on a rainy Monday night to the St. Louis’ City Justice Center, where people who’d been arrested in recent days were being released.

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Drone.

Sep 18, 2017
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Drones are becoming more popular.   Hobbyists  use them to get a different look at their neighborhood and  farmers are using drones to check  their fields for trouble spots.  And now Ameren Illinois  is making use of these high–flying cameras to look down on power lines in order to quickly determine where a break is.  On Monday, September 18th, 2017,  Ameren's Kyle Maxwell demonstrated one of the company's drones at the Cambria power sub–station.  Maxwell said drones can cut down on the time it takes to get lineman to a break, which is critical after severe weather causes power outages.  H


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

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