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Angry residents took to the streets of Puerto Rico on Monday.

Fury over the government's mishandling of disaster aid following a spate of devastating earthquakes earlier this month, coupled with the recent discovery of unused supplies — some dating back to Hurricane Maria — is driving frustrated demonstrators to the gates of the governor's mansion.

Amtrak has reversed course — at least partly — on its plan to charge two wheelchair users $25,000 for a short train ride, after hearing criticism, including from a U.S. senator.

On Friday, NPR reported that two riders, who use power wheelchairs, were told they'd have to pay at least $25,000 for a two-hour train ride from Chicago to the station in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. It's a ticket that usually costs $16.

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Two dozen softball teams visited Du Quoin for a tournament benefitting the Southern Illinois Special Olympics.

The money raised helps more than 1,600 Special Olympic athletes in 24 Southern Illinois counties.

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Two former employees at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna have been arrested for official misconduct and other charges.

A third suspect is being sought.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon.

Eleven people from White County have been arrested in connection to a lengthy narcotics investigation.

The Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, White County Sheriff's Office and the Carmi Police Department arrested seven people on drug-related charges and four others on non-drug related warrants.

Spring Of 2020 Could Bring More Flooding To Illinois

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The National Weather Service spring flooding outlook is predicting river levels consistent with last year, and while the next thirty days look to be drier, it’s still too early to know what the spring may bring. 

In 2019 Illinois accumulated ​more than $69 million in flood damage affecting ​more than two dozen counties.

SIU Salukis

Baseball fans in the Pittsburgh area who don't already know what a Saluki is are about to find out as former SIU baseball player Derek Shelton will be the manager of the Pirates in 2020.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, retired SIU professor and Pittsburgh native Pete Peterson takes a look at how Shelton went from Carbondale to a major league managerial position.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah has completed damage surveys from storms this past weekend.

They found 12 tornadoes occurred around the region, two in southeast Missouri, one in southern Illinois, and nine in western Kentucky.

Around 94,000 medical marijuana licenses have been issued in Illinois, and about 600 of them are for children under the age of 18.

Students who need medical marijuana – typically to treat conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy – used to have to rely on their parents to come to school and give them their treatment. Now, students can get their cannabis from the school nurse, or administer it themselves under the nurse’s supervision.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a weapons possession charge.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 24-year-old Nanshon Gibbs received a two-year sentence for Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon.

Jackson County State's Attorney

Possessing a stolen vehicle sends a Franklin County man -- with a criminal history -- to prison for eight years.

The Jackson County State’s Attorney 45-year-old Donald Kent of Valier pleaded guilty to Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.


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