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Roughly 39 million American families are eligible for monthly payments of up to $300 through the newly expanded child tax credit starting on July 15, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department announced on Monday.

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AT&T announced that it will spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery Inc. The $43 billion deal will create a new, as yet unnamed, company that will combine WarnerMedia's entertainment, sports and news with Discovery's nonfiction and entertainment shows.

MONTREAL — With just over 3% of Canadians fully inoculated against COVID-19, a growing number of America's northern border states and communities have stepped up to offer excess vaccines to Canadians.

Truck driver John Harrower was on the road last month when he heard on the radio that North Dakota had agreed to vaccinate truckers from his home province of Manitoba.

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A study out of the University of Illinois looks at meat consumption in the U.S.

U of I College of Agriculture research assistant Gretchen Kuck says for the most part, the amount of meat people are eating has remained steady over the past two decades.

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Gov. JB Pritzker issued a new executive order Monday that allows fully vaccinated residents to not wear masks inside and outdoors.

The updated rules for mask wearing are nearly identical to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance, which was released Thursday.

Missouri Group Offers Mental Health First Aid Training

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May is mental health awareness month. One area non-profit is working to help educate communities on how to recognize and help people suffering a mental health crisis.

Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri has launched a mental health first aid program to help address a dramatic rise in requests for service during the past year.

CEO Mike Duggar says the training program isn't meant to replace doctors or therapists, but is meant to help make sure community leaders can connect people with necessary services.

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The Southern 7 Health Department is holding a virtual town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 25th.

While more than 62 percent of adults in Illinois have received at least one COVID vaccine, the southern Illinois region is lagging behind. Alexander County currently has the lowest vaccination rate in the state, despite weekly vaccine clinics being held since January.

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Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday the state will plan to “phase out” its moratorium on pandemic-related evictions by August and launched a new program to provide assistance to renters and homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19.

The announcement regarding the planned end of the eviction moratorium came as Pritzker signed House Bill 2877, a bill that expands the Illinois Rental Payment Program to a total of $1.5 billion, and requires the sealing of eviction records filed due to financial hardship through August of 2022.

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May is national Bike month, and on Monday Carbondale City Officials cut the ribbon on the latest stretch of road to become bicycle friendly.

State Takes Action Against Academy That Serves Children With Disabilities

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Officials from multiple state agencies said Friday that they are cutting ties with a residential school that serves children in state care with mental and developmental disabilities after an independent review documented reports of mistreatment of youth at the facility.

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for Monday, May 17th.

The Illinois Department of agriculture will be offering free recycling for agrichemical containers.

The agency's Richard Severns says farmers and agrichemical facilities are urged to save their empty containers for the upcoming recycling days.

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