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Disaster can strike at any moment: Southern Illinois towns are familiar with bouncing back

Natural disasters are terrible for anybody involved, and for small municipalities, qualifying for federal assistance is the key for bouncing back.

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Two U.S. senators calling for answers regarding Alexander County Housing Authority

CAIRO — Two U.S. senators have joined a growing chorus of officials calling for answers and swift corrective action related to alleged misspending by former employees of the Alexander County Housing Authority.

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Robotics program students succeed in class, competition

MURPHYSBORO -- With the touch of a joystick, Charles Cunningham’s robot went to work, scooping up foam balls and shooting them across the room into a net.

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Gas prices dropping below $2 by shopping season

Southern Illinois motorists can expect to start seeing gas prices near or below $2 soon, according to the petroleum experts at GasBuddy.com.

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UPDATED: State parks face loss of fuel, power

There were fears Monday that lights would go out at Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area this week. And, other Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites are expecting the same fate in the near future.

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Murray Developmental Center's operations stablize, for now

CENTRALIA – Three days after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the state has the authority to close Murray Developmental Center, hundreds of employees, guardians and community members gathered here for a parade on the grounds of the…

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Want to start a business? Try making it online first

Sometimes, Julie Eubanks still feels like she's in high school, back when she was the only girl in woodshop class. She'd squeal to her mom about using the power saw in the same form other girls would after baking a…

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SIMPO helping with plans throughout the region

Without proper planning, certain projects in Southern Illinois may never get done, or even considered.

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Veterans Adventures: New program at Touch of Nature for post-military students

The idea that nature has therapeutic benefits isn’t new. Doctors and wellness experts have long recommended “getting out into nature” to help with all manner of ailments, many of them emotional or psychological.

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Defense, special teams help snap SIU's skid

CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois University's football team used two unlikely units to win its first close game of the season Saturday night.

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Year after year, Marching Salukis Alumni keep coming back for homecoming

CARBONDALE – There’s something magical about the decades-long tradition of the Marching Salukis that has made the band far more than just another sideline act in the history of Saluki athletics.

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Companies celebrating 10 years in business

Ten years in business is a benchmark that should be celebrated by any company, whether it is a major manufacturing company in Marion, or a small toy store in Carbondale.

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Blast from the past: Taking a ride in Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion car

A replica of a 1933 Dymaxion automobile, designed by noted architect Buckminster Fuller, was on hand at Fuller's geodesic dome home in Carbondale on Friday afternoon. Visitors were able to go for a ride in the front-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering…

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Old Illinois Central train depot a city landmark

MURPHYSBORO — Illinois Central's old railroad depot was sold for $1 in 1968, when it was presumed to be a building on its way out. In fact, Murphysboro council members had planned to tear it down and make way for…

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Budget impasse has ATA shopping Grand American

It’s official, the Amateur Trapshooting Association has initiated a process that would take The Grand American, the largest trapshooting event in the world, away from Sparta’s World Shooting and Recreational complex – at least for 2016.

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Morthland College dorm sets move-in date

WEST FRANKFORT — Morthland College will soon unveil its not-so-small student housing complex, signaling a first for the tiny Christian college.

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Pinckneyville Community Hospital board considers options for old building

PINCKNEYVILLE — When Pinckneyville Community Hospital moved to its new location at 5383 Illinois 154 on Sept. 28, the move left the old hospital building empty.

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Rauner says he has been meeting with Madigan

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner revealed Wednesday that he has been meeting regularly with Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.

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