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Old King Coal Festival seeking nominations for 2020 Old King Coal

Steve Sawalich, President of the southern Illinois Old King Coal Festival announced nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Old King Coal.

Gas pump attendant mandate would guarantee price increase, Illinois convenience store group says

Proposed legislation in Illinois that would mandate your gas is pumped by an employee of the gas station would guarantee a price increase and is a “typical Springfield solution to creating jobs,” a convenience store group says.

Pritzker says budget proposal will include $225 million in savings

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that his budget proposal will include $225 million in savings along with the potential for $750 million more in taxpayer savings in three years.

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Student housing to be consolidated on West Side of SIU Campus

CARBONDALE – SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall in order to increase student engagement, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemago.

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War of words on Astros scandal now involves partial tattoo

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Rend Lake College offers a variety of studio art classes each semester that can help nurture your skills in many different mediums. And these classes are not just for students looking to pursue an art degree. Anyone interested in honing their talents is welcome to register. To learn more, or to register, visit

Missouri farm awarded $265M in suit against BASF and Bayer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A jury on Saturday awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a southeastern Missouri peach farmer who argued that weedkiller dicamba that had drifted onto his orchards from other farms had severely damaged his trees — an award that could bode well for other farmers suing the chemical’s makers.

State releases $500 million for statewide technology innovation network; SIU included as a hub

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday touted statewide benefits he said will result from a $500 million state investment in 15 hubs of a University of Illinois-led public-private research institute network.

State lawmakers face opposition to proposal to end cash bail system in Illinois

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid predictions that a river running in the area around the state capital of Jackson could burst its banks and spark widespread flooding.

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