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Earlier this month, Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, authorities say, in federal prison as he faced criminal charges alleging sex trafficking of underage girls.

After weeks of public silence, the tycoon believed to be Hong Kong's richest man pulled out the stops when finally he finally weighed in on the unrest seething in his backyard. Li Ka-shing, a mega-investor worth more than $27 billion at last check, took out full-page ads in two of his local newspapers, the Hong Kong Economic Times and Hong Kong Economic Journal.

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The scandal around Jeffrey Epstein revealed systemic failures in the country's criminal justice system. His philanthropy has tainted institutions in academia and the arts. Now consider the nation's media organizations. Most were slow to uncover how Epstein was using political connections and money to avoid accountability after preying on minors. NPR's David Folkenflik pulls back the curtain on how two major news organizations struggled with their coverage.

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A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line.

The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Centerstone's Early Head Start program is receiving a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of nearly $754,000 for Centerstone of Illinois, Incorporated in West Frankfort will cover Williamson and Franklin Counties.

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The Marion Police Department is asking for help to identify the suspect who stole money from a video gaming customer earlier this month.

Officers say a customer was playing gaming machines at the Huck's on West DeYoung St. in Marion late at night on August 5th.

For years, doctors have used an expensive brain scan to detect symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. 

But researchers at Washington University have found that a simple blood test could be similarly effective, according to a study published this month in the journal Neurology. A blood test to diagnose early symptoms could help make finding a cure easy or cheaper and even guide treatment for the disease in the future, the study’s authors say. 

Immigrants to Illinois are now able to sue their landlords if they are evicted because of their citizenship status.


An SIU Journalism Professor who covered the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre sees bleak similarities to the current Hong Kong uprising.

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Olympic Gold Medal winner and East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Du Quoin State Fair Twilight Parade.

The retired American track and field athlete won three gold medals and is ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump.

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The Union County Sheriff's office has cancelled its public alert for a wanted person.

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A Carbondale man learned his fate after pleading guilty to firing gunshots near a crowd of people earlier this year.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 21-year-old Jermaine Ross was sentenced to nine years in prison on the charge of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon and three years for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

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Benton republican Dave Severin says he'll seek a 3rd term representing the 117th District in the Illinois House.

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