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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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Marion Police

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.

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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Union Co. Sheriff's Office

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

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Carbondale Police

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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The Union County Housing Authority will receive a million dollars in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce lead-based paint hazards.

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The SIU Saluki Athletics Department is still buzzing about the crowd that turned out for the school's first-ever women's soccer home exhibition match.

Over two thousand people turned out for the match Saturday night at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex.

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Authorities have determined an online threat of a potential school shooting in southeast Missouri was a hoax.

On Saturday afternoon, the Perryville Police Department was alerted to a social media post depicting a rubber band gun and a caption threatening to shoot up a school Monday.

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Being hungry has an enormous impact on a student's ability to learn.

Shelby Miller is a pediatric dietitian with the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She encourages families to look at school menus and decide if what's offered is something their child will eat or not. If they don't eat lunch they can come home hungry and either eat a huge snack and won't eat dinner, or they just eat all night.

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State of Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker is signing a handful of new laws to beef up the Illinois State Police and help first responders struggling with mental health issues.

Governor Pritzker says one new law establishes a peer support program for first responders and a suicide prevention task force.

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Illinois is among nearly two dozen states fighting a new Trump administration rule, saying it won't be effective at cleaning up pollution from power plants.

SIUC Opens New E-Sports Arena

Aug 16, 2019
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The SIU Carbondale campus now has a new arena.

Walking past the north end of the SIU Student Center you’ll see something a bit different.

After two years of planning and construction, the SIU E-sports Arena is open and ready for competition.

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The recent release of the book  Southern Illinois University at 150 Years: Growth, Accomplishments and Challenges has unintentionally rekindled a look back at when the City of Pittsburgh lost its letter H.

Pittsburgh native and retired SIU professor Pete Peterson has more in this edition of Reading Baseball.

Ribbon Cutting for SIU Family Medicine Center

Aug 16, 2019
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Local leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SIU Center for Family Medicine in Carbondale on Thursday.

The new facility is a collaboration between Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois Healthcare. It houses a medical clinic and will be home to the SIU family medicine residency program and the SIU physician assistant program.  Students will learn and practice together, something Chief Resident Sohaib Sajjad says is important for all of them. 

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Last summer, an Illinois resident tested positive for a rare tick-born virus.

The Heartland Virus has been confirmed in a sampling of ticks from Kankakee County...where one person contracted the virus last year. Public health's Samantha Debosick  says it's transmitted through the bite of an infected Lone Star Tick.

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State of Illinois

Governor J-B Pritzker is launching "Connect Illinois" ...a $420 million program to bring high-speed internet to all parts of the state.

Governor Pritzker says the new broadband advisory council will be planning the broadband expansion ...focusing on three areas: education, economic development and telemedicine.

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City of Carbondale

Carbondale is receiving one of 16 grants for local projects to improve bike paths across Illinois.

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Kevin Boucher

Even though the Mississippi River has dropped below flood stage, many river communities have work to do.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Three people were arrested Wednesday as part of a narcotics investigation in Mt. Vernon.

A little after 6 a.m., members of Mt .Vernon Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department High Risk Team executed a search warrant at 4152 Willow Springs.

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A marker will be placed at a site in the Metro East where the state's first soybeans were planted.

Officials of the Illinois State Historical Society will join Lewis and Clark Community College representatives when the marker is dedicated August 23 in Alton.

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Illinois Dept. of Public Health

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Chicago resident in his 70s is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the state this year.

It said Tuesday the man became ill in late July.   

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Illinois Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois as a national park. 

"Outside of the midwest, many people haven't heard of Cahokia. So many Americans have no idea what this land means to us," Bost said. "That is why I have introduced H.R. Bill 3824, a bill to make Cahokia Mounds a national park."

Itchy Jones to be Inducted into MVC Hall of Fame

Aug 13, 2019
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Legendary Southern Illinois baseball coach Itchy Jones will be one of six inductees to enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the league announced on Tuesday. 

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Illinois News Connection

Conservation groups are slamming the Trump administration's new rule that significantly weakens the Endangered Species Act.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man has been sentenced to prison for violating his probation on an aggravated battery charge.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 32-year-old Joshua Stephens received an eight-year prison term.

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West Frankfort Police have charged a man with murder in the death of a woman, whose body was found in Williamson County.

Officers say 48-year-old Thomas McCoy is charged with first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death and abuse of a corpse in the death of 29-year-old Kendra Ardery.

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The fate of a Mississippi River levee that's awaiting a decision on federal accreditation could put a southern Illinois village at risk of destructive flooding.

The Shawnee School District in Union County is in need of a nurse as the new school year starts.

District 84 officials say they're looking for a short-term substitute nurse to fill in while they continue to look for a full-time nurse. The substitute can be either an LPN or an RN.

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