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Flooding concerns in Chillicothe Video included

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Chillicothe is one spot where we know folks are dealing with flooding concerns right now. On Bradley and Truitt in Chillicothe there is some significant flooding from the rain today.   The level of water is hard to measure because of all the heavy rains, but it is at least ankle deep and as high as knee deep in certain areas.  Road crews have closed off portions of this area of Chillicothe until the water comes down.  Unfortunately, this is not the only area havin... More>>

Possible toxic algal bloom on Illinois River

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Illinois officials are monitoring a possible toxic algal bloom on the Illinois River.  

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PHOTO GALLERY: Funnel clouds spotted across Central Illinois

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Funnel clouds have been seen across the region. A slow-moving storm began to spawn the clouds around 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Yates City/Maquon area.  Here are some of the best pictures sent in by our viewers. 

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PHOTO GALLERY: Storms 6/20/18

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It's been a stormy few days in Central Illinois. Here's some of the best photos our viewers have sent in. 

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Tornado warnings expire in Fulton, Knox, Peoria counties

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Southeastern Knox County is under a tornado warning until 1 p.m.  

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Melania Trump makes surprise visit to border facilities

First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday making a publicly unannounced and hastily planned trip to get a first-hand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the US border.

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How to win on a gloomy day Video included

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Imagine leaving the school halls excited for summer freedom, and waking up to hours of rain.  

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Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

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Tazewell County Board is considering becoming a Sanctuary County for firearms. Video included

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The Tazewell County Board is considering becoming a sanctuary county for firearms. 

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Community safety after homicides in Bloomington Video included

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Two homicide cases within nine days and just a couple miles of each other has shaken much of the Bloomington community. We wanted to know what community leaders can do about it.  Bloomington officials said they were shocked by the two seperate shootings that left a total of five people dead and a four-year-old little boy fighting for his life. Now they are brainstorming the next steps to prevent further tragedies. The latest triple homicide happened at Fairway Apartments on R... More>>

Voters may decide if elected auditor role can be appointed Video included

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.Tazewell county leaders are pushing toward letting voters decide if the auditor should no longer be an elected position 

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Pathway to Hope helps families get back on their feet Video included

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Some Peoria families are closer to getting back on their feet thanks to a Salvation Army program that has put them on the path to hope. 

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Disney ups the ante on FOX buy out

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Disney is upping the ante to buy 21st Century FOX to 71.3 billion dollars.  The purchase would include FOX Movie Studios along with their regional sports networks and cable channels.  This would be the latest in a consolidation race among media companies struggling to survive amid competition from companies like Facebook and Netflix.   Disney started at 52.4 billion and the new offer tops the 65 billion dollar bid Comcast made for FOX just last week.  More>>

Tariff war hurting more than steel and aluminum

Farmers feeling the pinch from increased tariffs

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American farmers, ranchers, and even newspaper owners are feeling the impact of a budding trade war.  That's why Senators grilled the "Commerce Secretary" today on the U.S. tariff policy. 

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Planned to close over 100 stores

Starbucks plans to downsize Video included

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Starbucks, the coffee giant, is planning on closing its doors on 150 stores in the next year.  Starbucks is finally loosing steam. The coffee mega store is planning on closing 150 stores in the next year.  

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Local lawmakers react to President's Executive Order Video included

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President Trump's controversial zero-tolerance policy has separated nearly 2,000 kids from adults between April 19 to the end of May.  Congressman Darin LaHood says, though he was happy to hear the announcement of the practice's end, it doesn't address what he calls the underlying issue. "I was very happy that this (Wednesday) afternoon, the President signed his executive order to end the practice of separating families. I think he did the right thing to do that," he ...

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Computer store owner scammed feds of $22m of equipment: prosecutors

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An Alabama computer store owner has been charged for using a surplus government computer program for his own personal benefit. 

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  • Ameren warns of spiking phone scam attempts

    Ameren warns of spiking phone scam attempts

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-06-20 20:40:30 GMT
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    Scammers posing as Ameren Illinois representatives are threatening immediate disconnection of power if a payment isn't made.  The scammers ask for a payment on a pre-paid money card to be made within an hour. More than 50 customers in Central Illinois have already fallen prey to the scam this year. Small businesses are often targets. The scams have cost customers more than $75,000 over the past five years.  Ameren said they will never demand payment over the phone or ask f...
    Scammers posing as Ameren Illinois representatives are threatening immediate disconnection of power if a payment isn't made.  The scammers ask for a payment on a pre-paid money card to be made within an hour. More than 50 customers in Central Illinois have already fallen prey to the scam this year. Small businesses are often targets. The scams have cost customers more than $75,000 over the past five years.  Ameren said they will never demand payment over the phone or ask f...
  • Knox County man charged with murder after shooting incident

    Knox County man charged with murder after shooting incident

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-06-20 19:38:01 GMT

    A rural Galva man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with a 19-year-old's death.  

    A rural Galva man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with a 19-year-old's death.  

  • Bloomington police investigating Papa John's robbery

    Bloomington police investigating Papa John's robbery

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:22 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:22:22 GMT
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    The Bloomington Police Department is investigating the armed robbery of a pizza restaurant on Tuesday night. 

    The Bloomington Police Department is investigating the armed robbery of a pizza restaurant on Tuesday night. 

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  • Prosecutor: No charges in fatal shooting of unarmed man

    Prosecutor: No charges in fatal shooting of unarmed man

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:07:33 GMT
    A Virginia prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man after he ignored their commands and spun quickly toward them during a nighttime encounter.
    A Virginia prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man after he ignored their commands and spun quickly toward them during a nighttime encounter.
  • Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board

    Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:07:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mario Armas, File). File - In this July 18, 2013, file photo, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox speaks during a news conference on the first day of the U.S.-Mexico Symposium on Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in San Francisco del...(AP Photo/Mario Armas, File). File - In this July 18, 2013, file photo, Mexico's former president Vicente Fox speaks during a news conference on the first day of the U.S.-Mexico Symposium on Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in San Francisco del...
    Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda.
    Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda.
  • Arizona man sentenced to prison for cyberattack in Wisconsin

    Arizona man sentenced to prison for cyberattack in Wisconsin

    Thursday, June 21 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 01:07:15 GMT
    An Arizona man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his conviction in a 2015 cyberattack that interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin.
    An Arizona man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his conviction in a 2015 cyberattack that interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin.
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