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Eight schools in Union County are receiving federal grant funds to improve school safety.

The 357-thousand dollars are awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program in the Department of Justice.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth are calling on Congress to strengthen federal oversight of the housing crisis in Cairo.

They testified Tuesday before a hearing of the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee. The topic concerned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's failed oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority.

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The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that strengthens infrastructure at America's ports, locks, dams and waterways.

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The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

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Two U.S. congressmen visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday as part of a Veterans Listening Tour.

Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro hosted House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe from Tennessee to learn more about the effort to reform hiring practices at the facility.

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President Donald Trump will be visiting a Metro East steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost Thursday recognized a local World War I veteran on the House floor.

Bost says July 19 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Paul Stout's death when the Murphysboro man served on the front lines in France.

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The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
 
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed legislation designed to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at VA facilities.

Federal funds are now available to improve security at schools.

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Congressman Mike Bost voted this week for a series of House bills intended to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

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The House of Representatives late Wednesday night passed The Water Resources Development Act.

The measure also included an amendment offered by Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost to facilitate the repair of Len Small Levee in Alexander County.

Reaction from Illinois Congressional Delegation to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal falls mainly along party lines.

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The International Foodservice Distributors Association recognized southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost.

Bost is a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award recognizes legislators whose voting record indicates strong support of policies that enable the U.S. foodservice distribution industry to create jobs, expand, and contribute to their local communities.

This past weekend across the country and across Illinois,  high-school students by the thousands took part in marches to push for reforms to prevent school shootings.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher  recently caught up with 12th District US Congressman Mike Bost.

U.S. 12th District Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) stopped by the Carbondale–based Good Samaritan Food Pantry Monday to urge both local churches and private citizens to support the work of the pantry. 

Bost also praised the efforts of large retailers like Wal–Mart, Schnucks, and Kroger in working closely with the St. Louis Area Food banks in shipping food to southern Illinois on a weekly basis. 

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A bill aimed to protect students from school shootings passed the U.S. House this week.

The STOP School Violence Act would place emergency buttons in the classrooms. They would be similar to those used at banks in case of a robbery.

Murphysboro's Mike Bost is seeking a 3rd term representing southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. His primary opponent is Preston Nelson of Benton. WSIU's Brad Palmer profiles both candidates.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced a measure to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and his wife Tracy were among those on a chartered train that crashed into a garbage truck in West Virginia.

In a written statement, Bost said he and Tracy were not hurt on the train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia.

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The Green Party will have a new candidate running for the 12th district congressional seat in 2018.

After Paula Bradshaw ran in the past three election cycles, SIU-Carbondale Philosophy and Communication Studies professor Randy Auxier announced his candidacy Wednesday.

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A group known as "Indivisible Carbondale" held a protest and what they're calling an early retirement party for Congressman Mike Bost Monday.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Bost is joined in his effort by House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

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A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

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The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning was from the Metro East.

The Belleville News Democrat reports two days ago, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook. He also worked on Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make it easier to hold drug dealers accountable when their customers overdose.
 
After eight years in the Army, Evan Rushing had PTSD. One day last year, he drove to St. Louis to buy heroin. It was a bad batch; he overdosed and died.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

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