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Experts fear 'Zombie' deer disease could spread to humans - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois Many are concerned that humans may be impacted by the "zombie" deer disease which is spreading across the country, now in nearly half the states including Illinois and Missouri.

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have massive repercussions throughout sports.

'Heartbreaking': Vigil Honors Victims of Aurora Shooting Flags flew at half staff outside the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora on Monday as a memorial to the victims killed there grows. As the shock of the mass shooting sinks in, Aurora residents came together again on Monday to remember and pray. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

Aurora Shooting Victim Sent Final Text to Wife Before He Died In the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths of five people at an industrial complex in Aurora, Illinois, the wife of one of the victims said he had one final message for her before he died.

U.S. Car Buyers Could Face Higher Prices From Import Tariffs, Auto Industry Warns Automakers, car dealers and parts manufacturers have gone into high gear in a bid to derail the threat of new tariffs on foreign-made cars and car parts. The tariffs, they warn, could backfire, raising prices for U.S. consumers and sending the domestic automotive market into a tailspin, NBC News reported.

NYPD: Fetus, Bloody Clothes Found Near School in Brooklyn Police are investigating after a human fetus was found near a school in Brooklyn on Monday morning. Authorities say a person walking their dog at Bradford Street and Linden Boulevard in East New York around 7 a.m. discovered the fetus alongside a white grocery bag of bloody clothing.

Report: Illinois Is The Cheapest State To Buy Beer In The U.S. Illinois is the cheapest state in the U.S. to buy beer, according to a new report from Simply.Thrifty.Thrive, a personal finance blog. To come up with its findings, the blog examined the average cost of a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite in each state and then averaged the costs of both types of beer.

Ask a CPA, free tax help - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois Tax season is among us, and some might have questions in regards to new tax laws. But, there is a way to get some clarification. The Certified Public Accountant for Carterville's Business Resource Group will be holding a free informational meeting tonight, and you don't even have to leave your home.

Pineda hopes to return with Twins after 1½-season layoff - Belleville News-Democrat Michael Pineda thinks he'll be ready to return to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins after a layoff of 1½ seasons. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery in 2017 while with the New York Yankees. He signed with the Twins in December 2017 and as he neared a return late last season, he tore the meniscus in his right knee.

Royals looking to build on strong finish to 2018 Royals hope they can start 2019 the way they finished last season.

NBC 5 Coverage: Aurora Mass Shooting Five people were killed in a shooting rampage Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, and five police officers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the shooter, who was eventually killed by police. Full coverage of the tragedy below.

Did FedEx lose $50,000 in watches? North Carolina shop is suing over empty envelope A repair shop in North Carolina says it shipped watches worth almost $50,000 through FedEx. But the retailer instead got just a padded envelope, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

FDA Says Teen Boys Are Most At Risk Of Using E-Cigarettes Health officials say teenagers are using e-cigarettes at epidemic rates. Lawmakers in a number of Midwest states, like Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota, are addressing the problem and so is the FDA. We spoke with Mitch Zeller, director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products, about efforts to curb the use of smokeless tobacco among youth.

Trump's border wall may halt a Kentucky military middle school While it is still uncertain what projects he will tap, the move isn't unprecedented. President George W. Bush similarly tapped into military projects after he declared a national emergency following 9/11. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, addressed the potential budget cut to the middle school on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday.

No-kill shelter Project Hope to benefit from Panera Bread fundraiser PADUCAH - Are you planning to eat at the Panera Bread in Paducah Tuesday evening? A local no-kill shelter hopes you will bring their fundraiser flyer with you. Project Hope Humane Society in Metropolis, Illinois, has announced a fundraiser night at the Panera Bread on 2950 James Sanders Boulevard.

Hiker trapped by quicksand in Zion Park. It was a ‘frigid’ overnight rescue, rangers say An Arizona hiker at Utah’s Zion National Park was trapped in quicksand in North Creek and rescued over 2 days, rangers said. It took hours to reach him, hours to pull out his leg and snow trapped rescuers.

Homeless man carrying rattlesnake says he was protecting it in traffic, Fla. cops say A homeless man was caught Monday carrying a live rattlesnake around downtown Jacksonville Beach, Florida, after he said he became convinced God wanted him to protect it from heavy traffic, reports radio station WOKV News.

Constable: What Honest Abe kept in his pockets But it is also a day to kick back and delve into something presidential, such as what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets on the night he was assassinated. You'd think the pockets of a man regarded as perhaps our greatest president would carry monumental pieces of history.

4 Oscar veterans, 1 newcomer vie for Best Actor at this year's Academy Awards Christian Bale gets his fourth Academy Award nomination, as do Bradley Cooper and Willem Dafoe. It's nod number three for Viggo Mortensen, and the first for Rami Malek.

More audience favorites in Best Picture race, but art films lead "I met Yorgos before I even started La La Land," Favourite star Emma Stone said. "So it had been a couple of years in the making, of us trying to work on this together.

Shining a light on ComEd's Solar Spotlight Program The program aims to expose students to opportunities in science, tech, engineering and math to give them a chance to empower themselves and their communities.

DuPage Water Commission employee dies week after Villa Park workplace accident A DuPage County employee was killed in a workplace accident earlier this month in west suburban Villa Park. Rocky Ellingsworth, 59, suffered a "traumatic injury" at 12:09 p.m. on Feb.

From Lady Gaga to Glenn Close: The race for Best Actress The Oscar races are heating up, and newcomers and veterans alike are competing with each other in the Best Actress category. Yalitza Aparicio trained as a teacher and had never acted before taking on the role of the nanny in Roma.

The most surprising thing about the red carpet Awards season is underway, and that means miles of smiles along an endless sea of red carpets that last though Oscar night. "How I deal with it, I cry in the shower every night," Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher said. "Pretty much. No, but I don't know.

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