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Drew was in his early 30s. His medical history included alcohol abuse, but he'd been sober for several months when he became my patient.

His previous doctor had given him a prescription for Ativan, or lorazepam, which is frequently used to allay tremors and seizures from alcohol withdrawal.

Some people read about history; poet Kevin Young actually saw an important part of history each week, when he went to his family's church in Topeka, Kan. The former pastor of St. Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Church was the Rev. Oliver Brown, of Brown v Board of Education fame. Rev. Brown was before Young's time, but he was still a felt presence.

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Illinois' two U.S. Senators are demanding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provide detailed information regarding its recent decision to shutter two public housing facilities in Thebes.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated Tom Britton to SIU's Board of Trustees.

Britton began his life-long relationship with SIU as a student before entering the administration.

The Illinois legislature is back in town this week and Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining a to do list for lawmakers.

Items on the governor's agenda include passing term limits, pension reform and most importantly...a solid spending plan for the new fiscal year.

Alabama colleges are luring more Illinois high school seniors away from in-state universities partly through financial perks.

The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 1,600 Illinois students enrolled at the University of Alabama last fall, up from about 150 students a decade ago.

No one was injured in a minor train derailment in Ziegler.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency says one car derailed Sunday evening on the Union Pacific line when a section of wheels left the rails.  The train was carrying maintenance rock for the tracks.

Film Festival Coming to Liberty Theater on April 14

Apr 9, 2018

The Second Annual Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival is later this month.

Mike Ricci, the co-organizer, says the fest is held to showcase talent in the Midwest. The festival will again be held at the Historical Liberty Theater in Murphysboro, which Ricci says is an ideal location.

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Some Southeast Missouri State University students will be able to bring their dogs, cats and small caged animals to campus starting in the fall.        

The university in Cape Girardeau announced a one-year pilot program Friday.

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Herrin Hospital Friday unveiled the final phase of its nearly three-year long expansion project.

Chief of Surgery Dr. Don Arnold says the 23.7 million dollar project will mean good things for the hospital and its patients.

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In 1983 Congress declared April as national child abuse prevention month. 

Social service agencies from across the area gathered at John A Logan College on Friday to kick off child abuse prevention month. 

Winter Storm Watch Cancelled - Less Than An Inch of Snow Expected

Apr 5, 2018

The Winter Storm Watch was cancelled early Friday morning. The forecast data has had tremendous difficulty handling snowfall amounts with this system. All of the latest data points to lower accumulations.

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