Metro-east middle school bans students from using cellphones

Collinsville IL Middle School in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO changed its cellphone policy, banning students from using their phones during the school day. Principal Kimberly Jackson said electronic devices have become distracting and pose a potential safety risk because they can be used to bully students or send explicit messages.

Belleville West graduate hopes to turn heads at NFL Combine

Former University of Wyoming WY Cowboys football running back and Belleville IL West High School Maroons graduate Brian Hill has been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis IN where he will perform skills and physical testing at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, ahead of the NFL draft.

Political laser tag in Belleville misses; tax breaks look like a hit

A laser tag and indoor recreation and entertainment business in Belleville, IL, near St. Louis, MO, is planning a $3.36 million expansion. While a mayoral candidate took issue with tax breaks for it, the rest of the city leadership did not. Business incentives are sometimes proper, if the right economic development tools are employed.

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Car crashes into house in Millstadt

A car crashed into a house at 20 East White Street in Millstadt, IL, in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.
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Car crashes into house in Millstadt 0:27

Car crashes into house in Millstadt

Doctor gets big lift in East St. Louis after car breaks down on way to surgery 3:13

Doctor gets big lift in East St. Louis after car breaks down on way to surgery

Wesclin celebrates basketball regional title 0:50

Wesclin celebrates basketball regional title

Wesclin 3s carry Warriors to regional title 0:24

Wesclin 3s carry Warriors to regional title