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At the request of the city’s mayor, the Wood River City Council tabled an ordinance at this week’s meeting that would have increased annual video gaming licenses from $25 to $250 dollars per machine. The thought is that by tabling the item for now, it would give business owners a little more…

Tuesday is National Plan for Vacation Day 2022. It’s a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year and inspire them to use those days to travel the USA. The head of the local tourism bureau reminds there are plenty of ways to vacation ri…

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Governor JB Pritzker is announcing a new round of Back-to-Business grants for small businesses in Illinois. $111-million dollars in grants is going to businesses across the state, including several here in the Riverbend.

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A little more than two months after taking over as St. Louis Regional Airport Manager, Bob Snuck is leaving. He submitted his resignation earlier this month after apparently butting heads with some members of the airport’s board. Snuck took the Airport Manager’s job on November 8 after the r…

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Quick and clear thinking by a staff member of the Bethalto Boys and Girls Club kept about 35 kids safe the night a tornado moved through Madison County last month. Members of the club were on an ice-skating field trip to Winterfest in downtown St. Louis when the storms moved in, and the even…

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Godfrey residents may someday be able to enjoy a splash pad without leaving the village. The village board has green-lighted a plan for the purchase and installation of the water attraction at Glazebrook Park.

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A Glen Carbon man, his brother, and cousin have been charged in federal court with crimes related to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capital. 45-year-old Jeremiah Carollo is charged with entering a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a restricted building; disorderly cond…

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Two people are being held in connection with a shooting at St. Clair Square Mall Thursday afternoon.  One person was injured, and authorities say their initial investigation indicates the people involved were acquainted with each other.  The shooting took place inside the mall near JC Penny …

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that all Secretary of State departments will reopen for in-person transactions – including Driver Services facilities – on Monday, Jan. 24. Driver Services facilities operating on a Tuesday – Saturday schedule will reopen on Tuesday, Jan.…

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While other states have revealed how much fraud there’s been in their unemployment system since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois officials have yet to reveal such information to taxpayers. But some available data indicates its at least $430 million.

With single-digit low temperatures this week, the typical warmer La Nina winter may seem far away, but a member of the National Weather Service says this may just be a small deviation from the expected. This winter has seen a relatively average La Nina weather pattern, but it appears we are …

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A program headed by an employee at Bethalto’s Trimpe Middle School is helping families and students in need. Originally planned for just the holiday season, the need became apparent, and the Missy’s Mission is now a year-round effort.

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Alton Police are warning residents to beware of a scam call that is making the rounds in the city. The caller is apparently “spoofing” the number of Alton Police, making it appear that the call is coming from inside the department. The caller is pretending to be an officer in an attempt to g…