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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s attorney general is launching his own investigation of a St. Louis day care center where two workers were accused of facilitating a “fight club” among small children, his office said Wednesday. The announcement came two weeks after St. Louis prosecutors dropped...

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EDWARDSVILLE — It took a jury Thursday less than three hours to find a Glen Carbon man guilty of murder for shooting and killing an acquaintance at a backyard party on a 2017 Labor Day weekend. A jury found Steven McGauley, 47, of Glen Carbon, guilty of first-degree murder after Madison County...

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ Catholic leaders said Thursday proposed legislation pending in the General Assembly greatly expanding reproductive rights in the state treads on their First Amendment right to freedom of religion. One of the measures, called the Reproductive Health Act, would repeal the...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SIUE women’s basketball used a pair of fourth-period scoring runs Thursday to power past Tennessee State for a 66-55 road victory at the Gentry Center. After runs of 10-0 and 9-0 in the fourth period, SIUE improved to 12-14 overall and 7-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference....

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I found myself at a ponderous crossroads Monday night. Should I sneak away to a showing of the new hit rom-com and whet my readers’ appetites for a little Valentine’s Day movie magic? Or must my eye remain on the (Oscar) quest (2018) at hand and the thirteen movies I have left (including five...

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SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois advocacy group is pushing legislation it says would bring $50 million in new money to state mental health services over the next four years. According to the Illinois Coalition for Better Mental Health Care, more than 2.5 million Illinoisans have a mental health...

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker and some state lawmakers said Tuesday that last week’s mass shooting at an Aurora manufacturing plant will lead to efforts to tighten enforcement of the state’s gun laws. Five people were killed Friday and several others were injured when 45-year-old Gary...

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EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has increased graduate student enrollment for the spring 2019 semester and recorded its best fall-to-spring retention rate for new freshmen. Other highlights include increased international enrollment and a record for online enrollment for a...

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EDWARDSVILLE — Local prosecutors are looking over a recent Supreme Court decision on civil forfeiture to determine how it might impact both future and past cases regarding asset seizure. A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday could have a major impact on seizure of property by...

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ALTON — Long-time Alton Little Theater member and performer Gail Drillinger is bringing a new play to the stage. After making her directorial debut at the theater in early 2018, Drillinger is back behind the scenes with a production written by American playwright Mark Dunn. Dunn, known for works...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Daniel Kinchen’s 3-pointer with less than a second to play Thursday vaulted SIUE to an 85-84 win at Tennessee State. With the Cougars trailing 84-82 and seven seconds left, Tyresse Williford brought the ball up the floor, with Kinchen trailing. Williford drove into the free...

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Editor’s note: The 1988-89 University of Illinois “Flyin’ Illini” basketball team returns to Champaign this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its historic season. The squad will be recognized Saturday when Illinois plays host to Penn State at 11 a.m. A number of special events are...

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WOOD RIVER — Madison County 911 has rescinded its plan to consolidate its 911 service and will refile a new plan by mid-June. The action came less than a week before an administrative review hearing on the plan was to be held in Springfield. State law requires that Madison County consolidate the...

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A former heroin user who is now an addiction counselor in suburban Chicago has created a smartphone app that aims to prevent drug overdoses. Lucien Izraylov, 41, has created the Harmredux app, which connects drug users with trained volunteers who will carry overdose-reversing...

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EDWARDSVILLE — Residents may soon be able to traverse a new multi-use trail stretching more than 1,000 feet in Edwardsville. The city held a public hearing Tuesday on its intent to develop the trail along the west side of Route 159 from West Magnolia Street to Terra Verde Drive, a length of 1,100...

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Illinois State Police are seeing a spike in crashes involving parked squad cars and passing vehicles, despite a law meant to make roads safer for emergency responders. ISP has seen at least a dozen such crashes so far this year, which is more than all of last year. Most crashes occurred when it was...

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Students still have time to apply for the Southwestern Illinois College STEM Scholars Program for science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors. The application deadline has been extended to April 1. The application deadline has been extended for fall 2019 scholarship awards that cover full...

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PEORIA — Southwestern Conference history will be made this weekend in Peoria. The SWC’s East St. Louis Flyers and Belleville West Maroons will both bring home boys basketball state trophies after advancing to their respective state tournaments. It is the first time in the history of the...

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SOUTH ROXANA — Strong winds and soft ground caused downed trees power outages throughout the riverbend Thursday afternoon. Residents on Illinois Avenue and Main Street in South Roxana said a loud boom caught their attention when one such instance struck. Sparks from a live wire the tree took with...

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HONOLULU – SIUE softball has one game left in its trip to Hawaii after dropping a pair of games Thursday against No. 4 Alabama and host Hawaii. The Cougars fell to 8-10 overall after an 8-3 loss to Alabama (now 26-0) and a 5-0 defeat against Hawaii. SIUE closes out the Rainbow Wahine Classic on...

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