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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will be sentenced Thursday, three months after she pleaded guilty to federal fraud, tax and conspiracy charges over a scheme involving sales of her self-published Healthy Holly children's books.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of about five years in prison. Pugh's lawyers asked the judge for a more lenient prison sentence of one year and one day, noting that she is a first-time offender and she entered a guilty plea.

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET

Stocks continued their downward slide on Thursday, with major indexes falling into correction territory. Investors are worried about the economic toll of a widening coronavirus epidemic.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 500 points in the opening minutes of trading. The blue chip index is down more than 10% from its recent peak on Feb. 12 — the technical definition of a "correction." The broader S&P 500 index has also lost more than 10% of its value in just over a week.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Federal health officials say they have resolved a problem that has hindered wide testing for the new coronavirus in the United States, a crucial practice for fighting the spread of the dangerous new infection.

A problem with one ingredient in test kits that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributed to labs around the country had created a frustrating bottleneck in testing, requiring most testing to occur at the CDC in Atlanta.

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The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.

Officers are searching for 17-year-old Ayden Van Hook, who was last seen on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. in the 400 block of East Walnut Street.  

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The Southern Seven Health Department is one of the lead agencies in coordinating the 2020 Census count in the area.

The Ullin-based organization hosted an informational luncheon Wednesday.

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President Trump is holding a news conference about coronavirus alongside CDC officials and others amid criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. Watch his remarks live.

A group of Illinois House lawmakers this week began considering whether one of their colleagues is qualified to serve in the General Assembly. It’s a rare process — and part of the continuing fallout from a federal corruption investigation.

Fans of former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone can dive into his latest adventure with the release this week of Steve Berry’s new novel, The Warsaw Protocol.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Berry about his latest adventure that takes readers to one of Berry's favorite places - Poland.

The Warsaw Protocol, from Minotaur Books,  is out this week in all formats.  In The Author's Voice is an online feature of WSIU.

Region Could Face Another Flood Fight in 2020

Feb 25, 2020
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It appears our region may be in for another flood battle this spring.

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A Williamson County man is headed to prison for violating terms of his probation after pleading guilty to battering his girlfriend.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 29-year-old Joseph Joiner of Carterville was sentenced to three years in state prison.

Pet owners in Illinois that live in public housing often have to choose between keeping their pet and staying in a place they can afford. A proposed Illinois measure aims to prevent that situation from ever happening.

An Illinois lawmaker wants people who injure or kill domesticated animals to face a harsher punishment.

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SIU kicked off its inaugural Saluki Transfer Day with about 100 transfer students registered for the event.

SIU Day is designed to give high school students a personalized introduction to SIU and all it has to offer, but organizers say this expansion is specifically targeting potential transfer students from the area's community colleges.

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