11:33pm CDT, 09/02/14

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NWS issues Flood Warning for Fayette County thru this afternoon


09/02/14 07:59 AM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...
  FAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT TUESDAY

* AT 747 AM CDT...RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH OCCURRED ON
MONDAY NIGHT WAS PRODUCING FLOODING ON SOME CREEKS AND STREAMS IN
FAYETTE COUNTY. STREAM GAGES ON HICKORY CREEK AT BLUFF CITY AND
HURRICANE CREEK AT MULBERRY GROVE WERE

Vandalia man killed in accident early Monday morning in Bond Co


09/02/14 06:22 AM
The investigation is continuing into the single vehicle fatal accident sometime early Monday morning on Mulberry Grove Road and Seagraves Cemetery Avenue. The accident was discovered and reported to the Bond County Sherriff’s department around 6AM Monday morning.

31 year old Larrey Gale, of Vandalia, was pronounced dead at the scene by Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks at 6:40AM.

Gale

Shobonier woman killed in Sunday accident, Coroner asking for Public's help


09/02/14 06:10 AM
A Shobonier woman was killed in an accident on Interstate 70 on Sunday. And, the Fayette County Coroner is asking for some assistance on the investigation. Bowen says that a woman identified as 71 yearold Jeanette Sasse was fatally injured in a head-one crash Sunday. Bowen says that Sasse traveled down the west bound 68 mile marker exit (the Brownstown exit) and into west bound traffic and struck

Path has been selected if four lane expansion of U.S. 51 comes thru Vandalia


09/02/14 06:09 AM
If four lane expansion for U.S. Route 51 ever reaches Vandalia, the path has been selected. Jerry Payonk with Clark Dietz Engineering says the Illinois Department of Transportation will be meeting this week with the Federal Highway Administration and will be giving them the preferred recommended alternative path for U.S. 51, four lanes, thru Vandalia. Payonk says they are selecting alternative

Rains moving on after this morning


09/02/14 06:08 AM
The area saw storms and heavy rains move thru Monday night and early Tuesday morning. But, that looks to be mostly finished up. We should clear off for today and end up with sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. We'll see mostly clear skies tonight with a low in the mid 60s and then we'll warm up into the upper 80s for Wednesday. We'll be back to 90 for Thursday and hot again on Friday

Prison Guard Charged With Forgery


09/02/14 06:07 AM
(East St. Louis, IL)  --  A prison guard in East St. Louis is facing legal troubles after allegedly lying to help a couple of inmates out.  Kevan Calipar is accused of signing off on certificates claiming inmates completed court ordered treatments for DUI, even though they really hadn't.  He's been charged with forgery.  Calipar has been placed on paid leave from

State Accepting Medical Marijuana Apps


09/02/14 06:06 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The state is now accepting medical marijuana applications from patients whose last names begin with A through L.  Those who are planning to apply will need to have a prescription from their doctor.  They'll also need to get a background check. The Department of Health will have up to 30-days to review the application. Patients who are approved will

Treasurer Announces Another Unclaimed Property Auction


09/02/14 06:05 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Broaches, jewelry, and stamp collections are just some of the items that Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is offering in the next Online Unclaimed Property Auction. Nearly 55-hundred items will hit the auction block next Monday at 10:00a.m.  The items have been in the state's vault for at least five years and their rightful owners have not come

Flash Flood Watch in effect beginning tonight thru Tuesday morning


09/01/14 04:04 PM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI...
  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN ILLINOIS...BOND IL...
  CLINTON IL...FAYETTE IL...MADISON IL...MARION IL...MONROE
  IL...MONTGOMERY IL...RANDOLPH IL...ST. CLAIR IL AND
  WASHINGTON IL. IN MISSOURI...COLE MO...CRAWFORD MO...FRANKLIN
 

Chance of strong storms and heavy rain this afternoon and tonight


09/01/14 07:57 AM
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS WERE OCCURRING OVER PARTS OF MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS
THIS MORNING. THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO REDEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. SOME OF THE STRONGER STORMS COULD PRODUCE
SEVERE WEATHER INCLUDING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND LARGE
HAIL...ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND

A Shobonier woman killed in a car crash on Interstate 70


08/31/14 08:28 PM
Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen says in a release that a Shobonier woman identified as 71 year old Jeanette Sasse was fatally injured in a head on crash Sunday afternoon. Sasse traveled down the west bound 68 mile marker exit (the Brownstown exit) and into west bound traffic striking a tractor trailer truck head on. Sasse was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner

Could be a rainy holiday weekend


08/30/14 06:19 AM
We could be looking at a rainy holiday weekend.  For Saturday, showers and thunderstorms are likely with showers and thunderstorms remaining in the forecast for tonight, as well.  The best day of the weekend may be on Sunday, as there is only a 20% chance of showers and storms on Sunday.  On Labor Day Monday, Showers and Thunderstorms are likely.  We are looking at

New releases out at Starmax Cinemas in Vandalia!


08/29/14 07:14 AM
New releases are out at Starmax Cinemas!!!

You can check out showtimes at www.vandaliamovies.com, check them out on Facebook or call 618-699-4040
 

Vandalia Lion's Club Car and Truck Show Saturday


08/29/14 06:04 AM
The Vandalia Lion's Club will host their 5th annual Car and Truck Show on Saturday at Vandalia Lake, with a special program added on for kids this year. Ashley Metzger was a guest on the Morning Cafe with Dan Michel to talk about the extra program for kids on Saturday.

 

Again, kids are to build a car out of a cardboard box you can get into. You bring your car to the show tomorrow

Farm Bureau Crop Survey shows strong numbers for corn and soybeans


08/29/14 06:04 AM
If the yields from the Fayette County Farm Bureau's crop survey are a strong indication, and they normally are, then this year would look to be a strong corn and soybean crop for area farmers. The annual Fayette County Farm Bureau crop survey shows an average yield for corn at 176.14 bushels per acre—with a low of 118 and a high of 242. As for soybeans, the average yield in the survey

Two Arrested For Allegeldy Making Meth At Church


08/29/14 06:02 AM
(Hillsboro, IL)  --  A couple of women in Montgomery County are behind bars for allegedly cooking meth inside a church.  Police say a member of the Waveland Church in Hillsboro reported the meth lab on Tuesday.  Judith Hemken and Tiffany Burton were taken into custody on charges of drug manufacturing and could face up to 40-years in prison if they're found guilty.

AG Issues Warning On Phone Scams


08/29/14 06:01 AM
(Robinson, IL)  --  The Illinois Attorney General's Office issued a new warning this week about a phone scam that's trying to con people out of money. Rich Cravens with the Crawford County Sheriff's Office says callers pose as government officials and say you either have unpaid taxes or you've won some sort of sweepstakes.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office

Rauner, Quinn Lay Out Plans At Forums


08/29/14 06:00 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Governor Quinn and his GOP opponent Bruce Rauner are starting to make the rounds and lay out their plans on how to restore the state's economy.  They've both appeared at forums over the past couple of days hoping to woo voters with their ideas on taxes, the minimum wage, and education funding.  Rauner wants to freeze property taxes, lower the

Some Construction Suspended During Holiday Weekend


08/29/14 05:59 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  People who are hitting the road for the holiday won't have to worry about too much construction.  IDOT says they're lifting all non-emergency road work for the weekend.  That'll help reduce some of the congestion and improve traffic flow.  The construction will be lifted at 3 o'clock this afternoon and will go back into place

Vandalia City Police planning to test sirens later today


08/28/14 10:45 AM
The Vandalia Police Department is testing their new radio system.  And, they are planning to test the tornado sirens later on today.

Fayette County Farm Bureau holding Crop Survey today


08/28/14 06:01 AM
Fayette County will take a closer look at their corn and soybean crop today, as the Fayette County Farm Bureau holds their annual crop survey today. As former Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel pointed out many times over the years, first year Manager Stephanie Kraus says the numbers from the Farm Bureau's survey have been very accurate over the past years.

 

The Crop Survey is being

Tax Rate May Be Scaled Back Gradually


08/28/14 06:00 AM
(Alton, IL)  --  Illinois taxpayers are hanging in the balance, wondering if their income tax rate will drop from five-percent to three-point-seven-five-percent like it's supposed to in January.  State Rep Dan Beiser says the state will lose quite a bit of money if that happens all at once, so he thinks it might be best to scale the rate back gradually. 

Beiser says

Police Stepping Up Patrols For Holiday Weekend


08/28/14 05:59 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Police are beefing up their patrols now through the holiday weekend.  State police Captain Scott Compton says they'll be keeping a close watch out for people who get behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

The end of summer push will focus on catching drunk drivers, people who are speeding, and those who aren't strapped in.  Drivers can

Sen Durbin speaks to farmers


08/28/14 05:58 AM
(Bloomington, IL)  --  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is trying to win over Illinois farmers to keep his job.  He says he's been a friend of Ag ever since he was elected to Congress, some 30 years ago.  Durbin says he's kept an impartial view and tried to get things done for Illinois farmers, no matter what political party they affiliated with.  He says he's

Oberweis Calls Durbin A Thug


08/28/14 05:57 AM
(Bloomington, IL)  --  State Senator Jim Oberweis says voters will do themselves a favor if they vote for him in November and put U.S. Senator Dick Durbin out of office.  

Oberweis is trying to unseat Durbin, who's been in Congress for more than 30 years.  He admits that Durbin is a better politician than he is but he says that's part of the problem.

Fracking Rules Available To Public Tomorrow


08/28/14 05:56 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The state's new fracking rules are slated to be available to the public tomorrow but oil and gas drillers will have to wait a while longer before applying for a permit.  That's because a legislative committee will need to sign off on the rules first.  The fracking issue has been the center of intense debate in Springfield over the past couple of

Supreme Court Building Rehab Project Complete


08/28/14 05:55 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The Illinois Supreme Court building is back in commission.  The justices have been working out of a temporary home in Chicago while the 100-year-old Springfield building was being renovated.  The year-long rehab project cost 16-million-dollars and included upgrades to the heating and cooling systems.  There are also new H-D cameras set up to record

Taylor and Fillmore Streets, on 8th streets, will be closed this morning


08/27/14 07:10 AM
Taylor and Fillmore Streets on 8th street will be closed this morning for sewer work.

One more day---Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect today


08/27/14 06:00 AM
We will have to deal with one more day of excessive heat. The National Weather Service has extended the Excessive Heat Warning until 8 pm tonight. Today we will see a high of 91, with heat index values as high as 102. A little relief will be in store for tomorrow, as we'll see a high of 89. We'll stay in the middle to upper 80s throughout the upcoming weekend.

 

Meanwhile,

Lockdown over at VCC


08/27/14 05:59 AM
The issues that led to a low level lockdown for the past several days at the Vandalia Correctional Center look to be resolved. Tom Shaer with the Illinois Department of Corrections says the Level 4, or low level, lockdown came off yesterday morning. The lockdown had been in place since an incident last Wednesday night, when a power outage led to the rowdy inmates. And, as officers worked to quiet

Top Quinn Aide Resigns


08/27/14 05:58 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  One of Governor Quinn's top aides is calling it quits.  Deputy Chief of Staff Sean O'Shea has just two more days on the job.  He's held the post for three years and is responsible for keeping watch over which senior officials are hired at IDOT.  The transportation agency has been under scrutiny in recent months for hiring people based on

State Officials Urge Participation In Great Shakeout


08/27/14 05:58 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  People don't often think about earthquakes rattling in Illinois, but IEMA's Patti Thompson says we get them more often than people know. 

People all across the state and the U.S. will participate in the Great Shakeout on October 16th.  More than half-a-million-people in Illinois participated in the event last year including schools, business,

School District Shuts Down Ferguson Talks


08/27/14 05:57 AM
(Edwardsville, IL)  --  Teachers in Edwardsville aren't allowed to talk about what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri.  Superintendent of Schools Ed Hightower says it's too soon to talk about the shooting, the protests, and anything else related to the unrest in Ferguson.  He says there are still too many unknown facts surrounding the case and everyone has an

Forensics Lab Opens In Belleville


08/27/14 05:56 AM
(Belleville, IL)  --  There's a new, state of the art forensics lab in the Metro-East.  The Belleville-based facility will offer crime scene services and forensics like DNA, latent print, drug chemistry, and firearms testing.  Police departments all over the region will have access to the lab. 

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Excessive Heat Warning extended thru Wednesday


08/26/14 04:20 PM
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT
WEDNESDAY...

* TIMING...DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 106 IN THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING
  DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 90S...AND DEWPOINTS IN THE 70S.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH
  HUMIDITY WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF

Dealing with the extreme heat for one more day


08/26/14 06:07 AM
We will deal with one more day of extreme humidity. The excessive heat warning, issued over the weekend by the National Weather Service, is set to expire at 8 pm tonight—meaning we have one more day to deal with the high temps and humidity. We are looking at a high of 94 today with heat index readings expected to reach 106 this afternoon. There is also a 20 percent chance of showers and

Vandalia Schools Supt responding to some heat concerns


08/26/14 06:06 AM
Meanwhile, the hot day brought complaints---not directed to the school district but to a St. Louis media outlet. Fox 2 in St. Louis reported on parents complaints about students in the heat. Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well says they take the safety of students very seriously.

 

Well also added that, as he also serves as Jefferson Principal, he was outside with the students

Statewide crop report


08/26/14 06:05 AM
It was a warm, wet week for Illinois crops. Temperatures averages four degrees above normal and some areas saw localized flooding says State Crop Statistician Mark Schluesener. He gives an update on corn progress.

 

94 percent of soybeans are setting pods. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at two percent very short, 13 percent short, 76 percent adequate and nine percent

Democrats Call For Minimum Wage Increase


08/26/14 06:04 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Governor Pat Quinn, Vice President Joe Biden and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met in Chicago to talk about raising the minimum wage.  Biden says you can't have an economy that works when you have 24 million people working full time and living in poverty.  Quinn used the event to call attention to the November 4th advisory question that asks if the state

Christie Campaigns For Rauner


08/26/14 06:03 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he thinks Illinois could be like New Jersey in 2009 when he first got elected.  While speaking in Chicago, Christie says Illinois has an unpopular governor with "an extraordinarily dispirited citizenry."  Christie also alleged Governor Pat Quinn and Democrats of using things like same day registration to try

Explosion Kills Two In Granite City


08/26/14 06:02 AM
(Granite City, IL)  --  Authorities in Granite City speculate that a live mortar somehow went off at a metal recycling plant this morning, causing an explosion that killed two people.  It happened at the Totall Metal Recycling facility in Granite City, about eight miles northeast of St. Louis.  The scene was still considered "hot" and an explosive ordinance disposal

Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect today and tomorrow


08/25/14 06:01 AM
Extreme heat and humidity will stay with us for the start of the work week. An Excessive Heating Warning remains in effect until 8 pm on Tuesday evening. For today, we will see temperatures in the mid 90s with heat index values expected at 107. For tomorrow, the high is again expected in the mid 90s with heat index readings expected on Tuesday to reach 105. Although we are still expecting to be

This winter's weather is tough to predict for state forecasters


08/25/14 05:59 AM
Forecasters say the chances of an El Nino event developing and affecting Illinois are on the decline. State Climatologist Jim Angel says there is only a 65 percent chance that El Nino conditions will develop, leaving the fall and winter long range outlook in a bit of limbo. He says even if it does occur, it's not likely to be as strong of an effect as originally

Unemployment down around area


08/25/14 05:58 AM
Unemployment figures for Fayette and surrounding counties were down for the month of July. July shows Fayette County with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. While that figure is the 20th highest figures in the state out of the 102 counties, it is also down from 10.5 percent in July of last year. As for other area counties, Marion County unemployment was at 9.2 percent in July, down from 12.1

Illinois And Indiana AG's Working To End Youth Smoking


08/25/14 05:58 AM
(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is teaming up with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to try to end youth smoking. They're joining in with Legacy's truth youth smoking prevention campaign called "Finish It." Youth smoking rates are at their lowest levels in 22 years, but nine percent of teens still smoke and nearly all lifetime smokers

Inspector's Report Finds Politics In IDOT Hiring


08/25/14 05:57 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The state's Executive Inspector General says in a new report that there was improper political hiring in the state transportation department that began under Rod Blagojevich and continued under Governor Pat Quinn.  The report by IG Ricardo Meza found hundreds of jobs that were filled by political appointees, even though they were supposed to be filled

Excessive Heat Warning now in effect until 8 pm Tuesday


08/24/14 06:16 AM
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE
HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT TUESDAY. THE
HEAT ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...105 TO 110 DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
  EVENING HOURS.

*

39th annual St. Peter Prairie Days today


08/23/14 06:55 AM
A full day and night of events is set for today at the 39th annual St. Peter Prairie Days, set at the City Park.  107.1 FM WKRV will be broadcasting live, beginning around 12 pm today.  And, WKRV will have the broadcast of the annual Prairie Days parade, which gets underway this afternoon at 1 pm.

Heat Advisory remains in effect thru 7 pm Monday


08/23/14 06:04 AM
...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT MONDAY...

* TIMING...DANGEROUS LEVELS OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL CONTINUE
  THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...100 TO 107 DURING EACH AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH
  HUMIDITY WILL LIKELY LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT-
  RELATED STRESS AND ILLNESS. THE VERY YOUNG... THE

VCC remained on low level lockdown on Friday


08/23/14 06:03 AM
For the second day in a row, the Vandalia Correctional Center was on a low level lockdown Friday.  Tom Shaer with the Illinois Department of Corrections said on Friday afternoon the prison remained on Level 4 lockdown, which is a very low or light level.  The lockdown was prompted following an issue late on Wednesday night when the power out at the prison and some back up lights in the