Police in southeast Missouri say five people have been injured in a shooting inside a Cape Girardeau banquet hall.

KFVS reports the shooting happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at The River center.

New figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the number of abortions performed in the state increased about seven percent from 2017 to 2018.

The increase mostly came from Illinois residents who were seeking the procedure.

Illinois hunters harvested more than 150,000 deer during the various deer seasons.

State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Rachel Torbert says between archery, firearm and youth seasons…hunters took 153,048 deer.

WSIU Kevin Boucher

Through next month, the SIU Museum is hosting a special exhibit featuring photographs taken in the 1930s and the 1940s during the popular Ozark Tours which took place within the Shawnee National Forest.

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The Novel Coronavirus has claimed over 80 deaths in Wuhan, China where it originated.

The US has 5 confirmed cases including one in Chicago.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is slated to have it's first TEDx talk on January 25 in the Student Center.

The event's theme is the power of change.

Organizer Danny Vega says organizing the event has been a rollercoaster as he's the first to apply for an event license neccessary to organize the conference. But through the process, Vega says he's learned skills he would not have the opportunity to learn otherwise.

Vega organized the event with the help of the TEDx Committee, which is primarily made up of students and the Office of Student Engagement.

Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have identified the person killed in a shooting incident earlier this week.

Officers say he is 25-year-old Cordell Johnson of Cairo.

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A four-mile natural gas pipeline from Pittsburg to Johnston City in Williamson County serves about 30-thousand customers of Ameren.

Thursday morning, the utility hosted an open house at its storage field in Johnston City, which stores the gas underground to prevent Ameren Illinois from running out of the energy source.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made a stop Thursday at a Marion early learning center to discuss investments the state is making in early childhood development and education

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types -- especially type O.

Regional Red Cross spokesperson Joe Zydlo says a chief of pathology at a regional hospital just told him why the universal blood type of type O is needed in emergency situations.

Carbondale Police are investigating a homicide.

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Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker visited the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus Tuesday to highlight the state's capital program funding for higher education.

Pritzker said in his first year in office, higher education funding has been increased.

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The Carbondale chapter of the NAACP held the 38th annual King Scholarship breakfast on Monday, January 20th. Attendees gathered at Southern Illinois University for the breakfast, which placed an emphasis on participation in the 2020 Census.

Keynote speaker Anna Jackson, a retired teacher, spoke about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, and winners of the King essay contest were recognized. Jackson asked the audience to consider the man behind the public figure of King.

"What was his favorite movie?" Jackson asked. "Who knows what his favorite movie was?"

Illinois State Police have released the names of three people killed in a head-on crash that left eight others injured in southern Illinois.

Police say a Dodge Charger driven by 27-year-old David Wasson of Harrisburg crossed the center line on Illinois 34 in Pope County and struck a limousine.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Murphysboro man has been sentenced on a weapons charge.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 30-year-old Richard Bone received a one-year prison sentence for Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons.

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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.

Illinois State Police

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

Jan 17, 2020
Flooding 2019
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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.

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.

Illinois News Connection

Some Illinois college students are part of a growing movement to raise awareness of the $23 trillion national debt and brainstorm solutions.

Flood Preparedness Tour Makes First Stop In Murphysboro

Jan 15, 2020
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Emergency Management officials are launching a flood prep tour throughout the state.

The events are for residents and local governments.

1st Democratic Debate
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Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.


Hemp Processing Plant Coming To Du Quoin This Spring

Jan 14, 2020
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On Monday Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi announced a new business coming to Du Quoin’s industrial park.

The former General Henry Bakery will now be home to a hemp processing plant.

National Weather Service

Tornadoes hit portions of the region this past weekend.

The National Weather Service in Paducah reports its storm damage teams have been surveying damage.

Union Co. Sheriff's Office

The Union County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted person.

Deputies say they're looking for 44-year-old Stacy Turner, who is wanted on a warrant for Endangering the Life or Health of a Child.