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.

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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Wesclin celebrates basketball regional title

The Wesclin IL High School Warriors from Trenton, IL, near St. Louis, MO traveled to Hillsboro IL to take on the Hilltoppers in the Illinois Class 2A boys basketball regional tournament championship game. Wesclin advanced to the Nashville IL sectional, where the Warriors will play Alton IL Marquette in the next round of the IHSA State Playoff series. The Warriors will face Marquette in the semifinals of the Nashville Sectional Wednesday.
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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

Wesclin junior's career game lifts Warriors to regional title 1:26

Wesclin junior's career game lifts Warriors to regional title

Caleb Strohmeier talks Edwardsville's win 1:05

Caleb Strohmeier talks Edwardsville's win