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Good news for Mississippi River traffic, Congress passes Sandy aid, West Frankfort theft

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said Friday that an eventual shutdown is possible but unlikely, given the corps' progress at Thebes (Source: John Morgan). Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said Friday that an eventual shutdown is possible but unlikely, given the corps' progress at Thebes (Source: John Morgan).
The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims. The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims.
This is one of two brothers accused of stealing more than $30K of copper (Source: West Frankfort PD). This is one of two brothers accused of stealing more than $30K of copper (Source: West Frankfort PD).

Federal officials say they're confident that they'll be able to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic and avoid a shipping shutdown.

Meantime, if you are planning ahead for the weekend, Bob Reeves says parts of Mo. and Ill. could see a little rain or snow on Saturday morning.

Also, be sure to check out the StormTeam's new 'RadarScope' Terminal Doppler Weather Radar.  Used in major national airports, the radar returns are updated every minute and provide high resolution looks at storms with a variety of cell slices.

The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Congressman Bill Enyart was officially sworn into the 113th Congress by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

General Motors is recalling nearly 55,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and vans because they can roll away unexpectedly.

Two brothers are accused in the theft of more than $30,000 worth of metal pieces from Coal Age Industrial in West Frankfort.

A St. Louis teenager is serving six months of probation for aiming a laser pointer at a San Francisco Giants player during a game at Busch Stadium.

A central Kentucky man has admitted to putting rat poison in his wife's coffee.

An Illinois man accused of binding his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posting a picture on Facebook has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

In Heartland Health we'll tell you how new studies show driving drowsy is a major factor in traffic accidents and deaths in the U.S.

Emergency management officials in Illinois are reminding residents that a new state law will make parents better informed about radon levels in day care centers.

New reports out today show U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is sounding less than optimistic about the odds of passing a constitutional amendment on casino gambling.

Josh Frydman will have high school basketball scores and highlights.

Should lottery winners' names be kept secret?

A Subway employee was fired after a confrontation with a customer over adding ketchup to a sandwich!

Have a great evening -

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