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Alton cruising with five-year agreement for Mississippi ships

The city of Alton has approved a five-year agreement with American Cruise Lines to allow its Mississippi River passenger cruise ships to have priority docking for turnarounds on the Alton riverfront starting in 2020. The agreement gives American Cruise Lines the right to dock its ships on the Alton riverfront for five years with options…

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MCT improves bus service on SIUE, Edwardsville routes

Madison County Transit  has made changes to its bus routes in the Edwardsville area to provide better service to residents living at the May Apartments as well as SIUE students living on and off campus. Highlights of the recent changes include: No. 16 Edwardsville – Glen Carbon Shuttle Number of weekday trips at the May…

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World Wide Technology Raceway puts on the dog with new addition, Lord Stanley

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, has a new addition to its family: Stanley. Official name: Lord Stanley Mario Josef Pagenaud. Lord Stanley, because he was born during the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup championship run. Mario, because everyone was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Andretti’s 1969 Indianapolis 500 win the week WWTR was…

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POINT: Should Illinois do more to regulate vaping businesses?

Be careful; new prohibitions could hurt an industry that is helping adult smokers quit  By GREGORY CONLEY  Despite ever-increasing taxes and countless public education campaigns, approximately 1.5 million Illinois adults — more than 15 percent of the state’s adult population — still smoke cigarettes. At the current pace, half of these adult smokers will have…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should Illinois do more to regulate vaping businesses?

Yes, e-cigarettes should be regulated equally as other tobacco products By KATHY DREA E-cigarette use, also known as “vaping” or “Juuling,” is everywhere these days – in schools, on YouTube, on the streets and dominating the headlines. What most people don’t know is that these are unregulated tobacco products that are not safe, have not…

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McKendree launches new app to manage volunteer service

McKendree University has implemented VOMO, a free mobile app in which students, faculty and staff member users can find volunteer opportunities, as well as log and track their service hours. “McKendree University has a wide variety of charitable individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of others,” said Joshua Hughlett, program coordinator of the…

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Edwardsville foundation accepting nonprofit grant applications

The Edwardsville Community Foundation is inviting all local nonprofit organizations to apply for its 2019 grant cycle. Grants are given to nonprofit organizations and groups that provide community services within District 7 boundaries. Over the last eight years, the Edwardsville Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 to area nonprofits. Last year, Main Street Community…

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SIUE campus welcomes 1,700 freshmen for fall start

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed approximately 1,100 freshmen on Thursday, Aug. 15, for Move-in Day. The annual event has the campus bustling with activity and excitement for the Class of 2023’s academic journey. Those moving to campus are among the nearly 1,700 first-time freshmen attending SIUE. Approximately 440 student volunteers, called Movers and Shakers, along…

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Veterans impacted by flash floods can apply for emergency assistance

Veterans impacted by flash flooding earlier this week in the Chouteau, Granite City, Nameoki and Venice townships could receive support from the Madison County Veterans’ Assistance Commission. VAC Superintendent Brad Lavite said that veterans, who are low-income and/or indigent — 200 percent below the federal poverty level — could receive emergency assistance to help meet…

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