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There's good news on three primary U.S. economic benchmarks: the poverty rate, income level and the number of people covered by health insurance.

New figures released by the Census Bureau Tuesday show median household income in 2016 was $59,039 – more than three percent higher than in 2015.

And because last year also saw income growth, "these are two consecutive years of strong income gains," the Census Bureau's Trudi Renwick told reporters.

When the worst of Irma's fury had passed, Gene McAvoy hit the road to inspect citrus groves and vegetable fields. McAvoy is a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida's extension office in the town of LaBelle, in the middle of one of the country's biggest concentrations of vegetable and citrus farms.

It took a direct hit from the storm. "The eyewall came right over our main production area," McAvoy says.

Roughly half of Florida's homes and businesses remained without electricity on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state. A lot of the business recovery efforts there will depend on how quickly power can be restored.

On her way to work Tuesday morning, Carol McDaniel, vice president of human resources for the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, made her way through darkened neighborhoods.

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Ina, IL – A previously closed campground at Rend Lake is re-opening...
The Army Corps of Engineers released funds that will allow for the opening of the South Marcum campground.
The Corps announced in February that the campground would be closed all season because of funding cuts. But the St. Louis District recently received some funds that were previously collected to pay for a new computer reservation system.
Rend lake will receive $51,500 and Carlyle Lake will receive $15,000.

Crossville, IL – A white county roadway is closed due to flooding.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says Route 14 east of Crossville near the Fox River Bridge will be closed indefinitely until the flood waters recede.

Motorists are urged to follow the marked detour route.

Carbondale – A WHITE COUNTY ROADWAY IS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS ROUTE 14 EAST OF CROSSVILLE - NEAR THE FOX RIVER BRIDGE - WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY UNTIL THE FLOOD WATERS RECEDE.
MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO FOLLOW THE MARKED DETOUR ROUTE.

Carbondale – WSIU TV CHANNEL 8 AND D-TV CHANNEL 40 WILL BE OFF THE AIR ON MONDAY, JUNE 16TH BEGINNING AT 5:30AM.
THE OUTAGE IS FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE TV STATION'S ANTENNA.
THE OUTAGE IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
WSIU TV REGRETS THE INCONVENIENCE. MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE OUTAGE WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT WSIU.ORG

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