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Charleston Fatal Shooting

News of a fatal shooting near campus is shocking the Eastern Illinois University community, and students are mourning the loss of one of their peers. Officials say 23-year-old Byron Edingburg was fatally shot Saturday morning at a house party on 7th Street. Student Selena Castillo says she was in the bathroom at the party when she heard two gunshots, which she would later find out claimed the lif ... READ MORE >>

Trail Rescue

Charleston rescue crews run a practice drill ... that's a FIRST for first responders. Charleston firefighters got to take part in a unique type of rescue training, and News Watch's Jesse Guinn got to help, experiencing it from the victim's point of view. ... READ MORE >>

PADS New Location

After a three year long relocation process Mattoon Area Public Action to Deliver Shelter has a new home! Today PADS directors and workers broke ground at the new location at 1812 Western Avenue in Mattoon. Executive Director Michael Stopka says if it wasn't from the help from Victoria Kull for donating the location and the community this wouldn't be possible. ... READ MORE >>

EIU Hires Matt Bollant

Matt Bollant's career at the University of Illinois ended after four losing seasons and a lawsuit filed by some of his former players. That lawsuit ended up with the allegations against him being unfounded, and now Eastern Illinois University’s Athletic Director Tom Michael said he's ready for Bollant to take Eastern's women's basketball program in a new direction. "Matts interest, desire and p ... READ MORE >>

Illinois Teacher Shortage

If passed, Senate Bill 1123 would allow future teachers to receive a teaching license through a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale in their core education classes. Illinois State Senator Dale Righter said, Illinois is in a teacher shortage crisis, and that's why he's sponsoring Senate Bill 1123. "First of all, let's not limit ourselves like we have in the last several years to t ... READ MORE >>

Coles County Reassessment

The last time a property tax Reassessment was done on commercial and industrial businesses in Coles County was in 2001. Supervisor of Assessment Karen Biddle launched the project shortly after taking office and says it was long overdue. Several business owners are not happy about the reassessment. Several people who attended the meeting also questioned the qualifications of the property apprai ... READ MORE >>

IL Rt. 16 Speeders

Charleston police are watching your speed along a busy stretch of highway. Officers say they're clocking drivers along Route 16 sometimes ten to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit and as News Watch's Adrian Bolaji reports, that's enough for a speeding ticket and a trip to court. ... READ MORE >>

St. Anthony Partnership

Drug overdoses are on the rise in Illinois, and the Effingham area is taking steps to prevent opioid related deaths. HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Effingham Police Department by providing them with Narcan kits to reverse drug-related overdoses while they're in the field. In 2015, Illinois passed a law giving easier access to an opioid overdose reversal medication call ... READ MORE >>

Effingham County Sales Tax

A one percent sales tax failed in Effingham County by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin leaving Effingham and Teutopolis School Districts looking for answers on how to improve their buildings. Effingham Superintendent Mark Doan says out of the five buildings in their district the junior high needs the most work done. "It's passed it's usefulness in the shape that it's in. We still used air cond ... READ MORE >>

Criminal History on College Applications

Illinois is the first state to consider allowing college applicants to refrain from disclosing their criminal history. 55th District Senator Dale Righter says this bill could be detrimental to enrollment at public universities, because he says it could be a safety concern for prospective students and parents. "We lose enough students already to those neighboring states from here in Illinois I woul ... READ MORE >>

K9 Ambulance Care

Opioid overdoses are affecting more than just humans. More and more K9 officers are experiencing issues with the drug while in the field. The Champaign Police Department, along with Carle Hospital Arrow Ambulance Service, and the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital are teaming up to treat and care for injured K9 officers. And it all started after a training video was released by U ... READ MORE >>

Final AHA Film Festival

A popular film festival in Effingham County is coming to a close. The AHA film festival started years ago as a way to showcase students writing and videography skills. But so much has changed technologically, which is one reason why the festival is ending. The AHA film festival will showcase Effingham student's projects they've worked on throughout the school year. The projects will include sh ... READ MORE >>