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  Ameren Illinois to host Energy Bill Payment Assistance event

Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  Automakers are making sure kids are not left in hot vehicles

Blytheville man turns pickling passion into business

  Labor Day is a retailers holiday

BBB issues consumer alert for Carbondale sports organization

PediaSmart vanilla drink mix recalled due to undeclared milk allergen

RECALL: Whirlpool, KitchenAid & JennAir glass cooktops can turn themselves on

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5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

  Your phone charger could easily become a fire hazard, here’s how flames could be ignited in your home

Tyson recalls Weaver frozen chicken patties

Voyager Financial to shut down for ‘ripping off’ veterans

BBB: Use caution if buying a ticket for “Trap Music Wine Tasting”

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Chick-fil-A rolling out mac and cheese nationwide

Mac & Cheese, which is the first new menu item since 2016, was tested in five markets

Lucky Charms to sell giant marshmallow-only bags

The bite-sized treats are now giant-sized!

Report: Pizza chain could close hundreds of stores

There are about 6,100 traditional restaurants and 1,350 are express stores

FedEx to end ground deliveries with Amazon

The shipping company will not renew is contract with Amazon, which is set to expire at the end of August, according to Memphis Business Journal.

Company behind Perkins, Marie Callender’s files for bankruptcy

Experts say front lawns can make or break home sales

Recall: Canned ‘Beefy Mac Pasta’ sold at Save-A-Lot stores due to possible processing defect

  Solar farm opened in Perryville, Mo.

743K pounds of Schwan’s chicken bites recalled due to misbranding

Chance to win free beer for life at ‘Pop Up Schop’ in National Forest

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

Cost of getting driver’s license will rise soon in Missouri

It's about to cost more for Missouri motorists to renew their driver's licenses and license plates

Smoke alarms recalled for possible risk of not alerting to fire

They reportedly have a misaligned internal switch that causes the alarms to not activate properly, therefore not alerting consumers to a fire.

Experts warn against expired sunscreen

Experts want to remind you to check your sunscreen’s expiration date before you go outside.

Flowers Foods issues voluntary recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

Flowers Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for hamburger and hot dog buns along with other foods from their bakery Tuesday.

Tobacco purchase age raised to 21 in Walmart, Sam’s Club stores

Walmart officials said this includes all e-cigarettes.

Secretary Chao optimistic about autonomous vehicle future

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has a message for companies pushing them toward the mainstream.

Air Choice One officially launches flights from Jonesboro to Destin

Thursday, July 4, following a ribbon cutting at 10:20 a.m.

Longtime, family-owned Carbondale bar for sale

After 65 years owned by one family, a Carbondale, Illinois bar is up for sale.

  Ill. Governor celebrates approval of gaming expansion, cigarette and online taxes

The approval of the bill authorizes Walker's Bluff to operate a casino.

Near 20-cent fuel tax increase begins July 1 in Ill.

Title fees will also increase.

  More than $44.7B approved for Ill. roads, education, conservation

According to Gov. Pritzker’s office, the funding will go towards projects and grants for transportation, education, state facilities, environment/conservation, broadband deployment, health care and human services and economic and community development.

Certain 15-inch MacBook Laptop Computers recalled for fire hazard

The computers were sold at Apple and electronics stories nationwide

Sen. Durbin reintroduces Safe Food Act

The Safe Food Act would consolidate the FDA and USDA food safety inspections, enforcement, labeling, and research into a single entity.

Get a free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen on Friday, June 21

You can get a regular or dipped cone at no cost along with any purchase on June 21.

Tax Assistance Office reopens in Cape Girardeau

The office is located at 3102 Blattner Drive, Suite 102B.

Ruiz Foods recalls El Monterey Bacon Breakfast Wrap that may contain small rocks

Ruiz Foods of Denison, Texas is recalling approximately 246,514 pounds of the product that was shipped nationwide.

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

Kroger recalls berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

The company informed the FDA that a sample of the berries was tested and found to be contaminated.

Tyson recalls 190K lbs. of chicken fritters that may be contaminated with hard plastic

The frozen ready-to-eat chicken fritter items were produced on February 28, 2019.

Perdue recalling chicken products due to possible bone fragments

Perdue Foods is recalling more than 31,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contain pieces of bone material.

Johnsonville recalls sausage links due to possible plastic contamination

The sausage may be contaminated with hard green plastic according to the USDA.

Wheels on popular BOB strollers are coming off while parents are running, but no recalls have been issued

BOB strollers, made by Britax, are the subject of a Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, but no recall has been issued.

  Global helium shortage impacts businesses, MRI machines & more

Prices for helium are rising as its demand goes up.

  National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate local businesses

Organizers said it's a great time to celebrate all the local service providers like boutiques, shops and restaurants in your town.

  More Missouri company’s bottled wines at risk of exploding

Consumers are asked not to consume the wine.

Starbucks recalls french press over cutting concerns

Starbucks has received eight reports of the appliance breaking.

  IL metropolitan cities population on the decline; Carbondale/Marion included

The Carbondale/Marion, Illinois metro area decreased .5 percent or approximately 590 people.

Illinois company recalls meat products due to sodium nitrate levels

The recalled products include polish sausage, large and regular bologna, wieners, franks, Krackow and Kielbasa.

  Kohl’s to begin accepting Amazon returns in all stores starting this summer

Beginning in July of 2019, Kohl’s will begin accepting unpackaged returns from Amazon customers at no additional cost.

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

The event starts Monday and will last through May 4.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

Target recalling wooden toys due to choking hazard

No injuries have been reported.

  Bug expert says to start now to get rid of bugs and pest due to rain

As the rain continues, bugs are trying to find a new place hide out. When it comes to ants, that new hiding place may be inside your home.

H&M to open new location in Heartland

This will be one of only five H&M destinations in the commonwealth.

FCC Inspector General issues fraud advisory on Lifeline program

Lifeline is designed to provide discounted phone service to qualifying low income consumers.

Police: Don’t give out too much information on bumper stickers

Police have a warning: the bumper stickers you put on your car, might make you a target for criminals

Mondelēz Global LLC announces limited voluntary recall on Chewy Chips Ahoy

Consumers who have these products should not eat them.

Ground beef identified as source of E. coli outbreak, CDC says

The CDC said Friday ill people reported eating ground beef at home and in restaurants

AG’s office urges DNA research participants to call Medicaid fraud hotline

The Kentucky attorney general’s office issued a warning to people who gave a DNA sample cheek swab to a group seen around Louisville in recent weeks.

Charmin claims its ‘Forever Roll’ will last a month

You can also buy a starter kit that includes three rolls and a holder.

60,000 massage balls recalled due to burn hazard

These products were sold exclusively at Target.

Bicycle recalled due to injury hazard

CPSC says the company has received two reports of forks breaking with one injury of minor scratches reported.

50,000 pounds of stuffed sandwiches recalled due to possible foreign matter contamination

The contamination could specifically be semi-transparent plastic, says USDA.

  Limited recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste cans due to potential mold

The recall stated after the canning process, it is possible that the product was damaged creating the potential for mold.

170,000 rechargeable power banks recalled, one report of igniting house fire

The company received one report of a house fire causing up to $150,000 in property damage.

  $750 million lottery draw set for Wednesday

The next Powerball Lottery drawing is March 27 and many local businesses have seen a big uptick in lottery sales due to the $750 dollar prize.

  Banker offers tips after skimming reported from Butler to Jefferson County, MO

Skimmers were reported at banks and ATMs in places like Desloge, Park Hills and Farmington, Mo.

BBB: Outdoor equipment company taking orders and not delivering

An online store is under fire for not fulfilling orders placed on their website.

Two male enhancement supplements recalled due to presence of sildenafil

The active ingredients in both supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Over 2,500 pounds have been recalled.

Gun safes recalled due to lock failure

A bolt malfunction can cause the safe to open without the use of a key or combination.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands recall of dog food due to toxic levels of vitamin D

Hill’s initial recall involved 675,000 cases—or 13.5 million cans—and led to an unknown number of pet illnesses and deaths.

Tyson recalls chicken strip products due to possible metal contamination

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on November 30, 2018.

  Gas prices continue to rise in the Heartland

Have you noticed a recent jump at the pump?

Scammers looking to steal your tax refund

With the April tax filing deadline looming, Illinois state officials are warning the public about identity theft and tax refund fraud.

Avoid financial scams and find college scholarships with these BBB tips

Scholarships can often be found online or at a local library according to BBB officials.

Over 2,000 pounds of pork sausages recalled due to misbranding

The product has a gluten free claim represented on the front of the label; however, the product contains gluten in the form of wheat.