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For many expectant moms, the tedious final days before the due date are spent going to baby showers, stocking the refrigerator, or getting the nursery ready.

Natalie Lynch spent the last two weeks of her pregnancy in a prison cell, mostly alone.

"It's eerie. It's quiet, cold ..." Lynch said. "It's enough to drive a person crazy."

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A number of the Democratic presidential hopefuls are in South Carolina this weekend to make a special pitch to African Americans at the Black Economic Alliance Presidential Candidates Forum. The candidates are addressing a range of issues. But right now, we are going to focus on one sensitive matter of public policy. That is abortion, as a number of states are moving to restrict access to the procedure.

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A number of the Democratic presidential hopefuls are in South Carolina this weekend to make a special pitch to African Americans at the Black Economic Alliance Presidential Candidates Forum. The candidates are addressing a range of issues. But right now, we are going to focus on one sensitive matter of public policy. That is abortion, as a number of states are moving to restrict access to the procedure.

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The president of Western Illinois University is resigning at the end of June after eight years in the post.

Jack Thomas made the announcement Friday. He told an audience of about 200 people that Western Illinois ``would best be served by new leadership'' at a ``pivotal time'' for the school.

The Dayempur Farm in Union County is hosting an Herbal Medicine Workshop next week.

Dayempur Herbals General Manager Terry Hickey says much of today's medicine was derived from plants. She says the workshop is a great opportunity to learn how many common plants can help with such things as allergies, digestion, inflammation and more.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is gearing up for its inaugural season of women's soccer this fall.

WSIU's Patrick Codo has this preview of the newest sport in the Saluki Athletics department.

Touch Of Nature Benefits From SIU Credit Union.

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SIU-C’s Touch of Nature received a generous donation today (Thursday) from the S-I-U Credit Union.  An oversized 10-thousand dollar check was presented to Touch of Nature’s Executive Director J-D Tanner, who said it is very rewarding to be recognized.  Kim Babbington, is the Vice President of Community Outreach for the SIU Credit Union, and with misty eyes, said the Credit Union feels that the work of Touch of Nature is very important.

The funds are earmarked for the Dawg Days program.  A special bonding program held each August at Touch of Nature, for incoming SIU Freshmen.

This year’s Dawg Days program is scheduled for August 11th through August 14th.

About 40 people attended the EPA's public hearing at Carbondale City Hall on June 12, 2019.Credit Amelia BlakelyEdit | Remove

  

The Environmental Protection Agency paid Carbondale residents a visit to present the agency's proposal to add about 16 acres to the cleanup plan for the former Koppers Wood-Treating site.

 PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — As Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her, defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death penalty offered an exceptional claim: He did it.

Updated at 11 a.m., June 13 with details about the championship parade — For the first time in their 52-year history, the St. Louis Blues have hoisted the Stanley Cup.

The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 Wednesday night to secure their first-ever National Hockey League championship. When the final buzzer sounded, fans in St. Louis and elsewhere erupted in a long-awaited celebration, as the Blues mobbed their goaltender on the ice in Boston.

The city of St. Louis will honor the team with a parade and rally downtown along Market Street at noon on Saturday. The route starts at 18th Street and ends at Broadway. A rally will be held afterwards at the Gateway Arch. 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a controversial bill expanding access to reproductive healthcare, including abortions. The move comes as several other states have all but banned the procedure.


Illinois State University has exceeded a $150 million fundraising goal.

The university announced Tuesday it's received more than $155 million in donations, hitting the goal for the Redbirds Rising campaign 13 months ahead of schedule.

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An Emergency Operations Center is being set up at the Community Center in East Cape Girardeau.

The contact phone number is (618)-306-1375. Any requests for assistance involving the flooding in Alexander County can be directed to the EOC. The workers there will be working to provide resources to those affected by the flood.

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