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Trial set to start June 4 for man accused of killing SIU student Pravin Varughese in 2014

MURPHYSBORO — The trial of the man accused of murder in the 2014 death of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student… Read more

Bucking gun sanctuary trend, Jackson County Board discusses resolution in support of stricter gun laws

MURPHYSBORO — An impassioned crowd packed the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro on Tuesday, with many there to expres… Read more

Offenders at Shawnee Correctional build doghouses, playhouses to support Southern Illinois nonprofits

VIENNA — Part of the programming for offenders sentenced to time in Shawnee Correctional Center, a medium security prison in… Read more

Prep Girls Soccer | Marion, Carbondale eliminated in sectional semifinals

MARION — The seasons for both the Marion Wildcats and the Carbondale Terriers came to an end Tuesday when Waterloo eliminate… Read more

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Local News

Southern Illinois faces water shortage as Rend Lake Conservancy District rushes to fix broken pipe

BENTON — Some Southern Illinois cities are out of water, schools and businesses are closing, several communities are under b… Read more


Opinion | Kathleen Chwalisz: Dunn’s SIU agenda revealed

After Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the rest of the region were blindsided last month by a $5 million realloca… Read more

Local News

Governor declares 9 Southern Illinois counties disaster areas as water supplies slowly replenish

Water customers are asked to continue conserving water and boil orders remain in effect. Read more


Marion mayor signs emergency declaration; says city could run out of water

MARION — At just before 2 p.m. Thursday, Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella signed an emergency declaration restricting the use of… Read more


Update: 1 suspect arrested in string of Murphysboro burglaries

One suspect whom police were searching for in a string of Murphysboro home and car burglaries has been arrested. Read more


SIU president, Carbondale chancellor respond to explosive op-ed

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn is pushing back against claims that he colluded with SIU Edwa… Read more

Local News

If you get your water from Rend Lake, here's what you need to know as service returns

Throw away your ice, for example. Read more


Carterville Police: Water service will be partially restored by end of Thursday with boil order

Carterville is expected to have some water service restored by the end of the day, according to a statement from Carterville… Read more


The Bookworm's cat, Casper, dies just days after Carbondale bookstore closes

CARBONDALE — The heart and soul of a recently shuttered independent bookstore has died. Read more


A Murphysboro man is giving his co-worker the ultimate gift: a kidney

MURPHYSBORO — A city of Murphysboro employee is giving his co-worker the ultimate gift: a kidney. Read more

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This week's Photo Galleries

A look at the best beer and brewery in each state

Where can you find the best beer in each state? What about the best brewery (they aren't always the makers of the best beer, by the way)? Read more

Slideshow: Top of the charts

This week's top TV shows, movies, DVDs, songs, books and apps.  Read more


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