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With near-record flooding and a serious delay in the planting season, Governor JB Pritzker is trying to ensure Illinois farmers can access all available state resources.

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You may have heard a women's professional fast-pitch softball team from Canada is calling Rent One Park in Marion home this summer.

The team called the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois is made up of players from the Canadian National Team. They're using the experience to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

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Franklin County has started the process of replacing their 150-year-old court house on the Benton Square.

 

After nearly 20 years of discussions and 2 failed referendums Franklin County can start the process of replacing the court house.

WSIU News (AM Update - 6/19/2019)

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Good morning.  More rain, and possibly Thunderstorms are possible today.  The chance of Thunderstorms developing later this Wednesday afternoon is 80 percent.  Today's hi:82.

The Listening Project: Cathy Ann Garavalia, of Benton.

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WSIU Radio's The Listening Project is a regular, recurring,  series that chronicles the stories, experiences and history of the people who call this region home.

A local city commission released a survey to have public input influence a sustainability action plan. WSIU's Amelia Blakely has more.

With national HIV Testing Day set for next week, Southern Seven Health Department is now offering HIV PrEP medication services at its Cairo clinic for those at risk of contracting the disease.

A man living in the country illegally has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for unlawfully re-entering the U.S.

The Southeast Missourian reports 29-year-old Gabriel Santos-Caporal was sentenced Monday in federal court.

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Carbondale's Sustainability Commission is seeking public input to develop an action plan focused on adapting the city to climate change and improving its resilience to extreme weather events.

Sustainability Action Plan Subcommittee member Jane Cogie says the commission was asked by Carbondale's City Manager to create a sustainability action plan that had the input of the local community.

Cogie says this is to ensure equitable changes for local residents who will be impacted the most.

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Heavy rain that produced some flash flooding in parts of the region Sunday evening led to the death of one person.

The Union County Sheriff's office says floodwaters swept away the vehicle of an unidentified woman on State Forest Road.

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A southeast Missouri bar that served as a set location for the movie ``Gone Girl'' will reopen later this month.

The 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup has been announced.

This year's lineup features several country artists. Classic country artist Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise, while Shenandoah with Restless Heart and Confederate Railroad are secured as headliners.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Jefferson County authorities are searching for a Du Quoin man.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office wants to locate 25-year-old Davon McLorn.

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Western Illinois University

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.

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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.

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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The Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture had some good news for State Fair Goers on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. Standing in front of the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand, Director John Sullivan said, thanks to the passage of the recent Capital Spending plan, work is being done right now to re–surface main street and the loop on the fairgrounds.  Sullivan said the work is being done by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and IDOT hopes to have the project done by June 21st.

Perry County resident, and Fair Manager,  Josh Gross  says the investment in the Fair amounts to just over 350– Thousand Dollars.  Gross also added that, starting this year, there will be NO admission fee to attend the DuQuoin State Fair.  Gross also said that this year's Grandstand Lineup will be announced this Monday, June 17th.

Ameren Donates 50 Air Conditioners
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Ameren Illinois is helping people in the area cool off this summer.

They donated 50 window air conditioner units to Crosswalk Community Action Agency in Marion Wednesday.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross wants to raise awareness about the need for more blood donations.

The Missing Types Campaign will erase the letters A, B and O - letters representing the main blood groups - from brands, social media pages, signs and websites. It's designed to highlight the role blood donors play in helping patients.

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It was a very happy scene Tuesday afternoon, just outside Carbondale Memorial Hospital, as family and friends of, formerly missing, seven year old Patrice Dotson was released from the hospital.

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Residents of a mobile home park in Alexander County have been evacuated due to the high level of the Mississippi River.

An order was issued Monday night in East Cape Girardeau. Electricity was being cut off Tuesday. Members of the Illinois National Guard are building sandbag barriers in the area.

Stay Safe During Flooding

Jun 11, 2019
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As floodwaters threaten southern Illinois towns, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants people to stay safe.

Deputy Coordinator Orval Rowe offered some advice for residents.

"Turn around, don't drown," he said, referring to drivers. Don't try to drive on closed roads and even if the road is still open, don't attempt to drive through water. It's impossible to tell how deep water is or what the condition of the road underneath is like.

Drivers should also be aware that all the levees are closed and anyone attempting to drive on them will be fined. 

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The House of Representatives is debating a civil contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. House Democrats want access to materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The administration has cited security and legal reasons for not disclosing the information. Lawmakers are voting to authorize a lawsuit to get the materials, including an unredacted version of the Mueller Report.

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Carbondale Police

The missing 7-year-old girl from Carbondale has been found alive.

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In Alexander County, a post on Facebook indicates the Mayor of East Cape Girardeau is issuing an evacuation for the East Cape trailer park ONLY.

Power to the trailer park will be shut off Tuesday morning for safety. There is no levee breach, this is for the trailer park only and is due to seep water.

A group that represents alumni at Western Illinois University is urging the president to resign.

The Alumni Council last week sent a resolution to school trustees, saying Jack Thomas should quit or be fired by the end of June. The group says Western Illinois should focus on academic programs that will make it a leader in key areas.

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