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She lost her daughter, grandchild in a crash. Now she’s seeking answers.

An East St. Louis IL woman said she found out Friday that a crash took the lives of her daughter and granddaughter on St. Clair Avenue and 79th Street in St. Clair County IL in Southern IL near St. Louis MO. An accident-reconstruction team with Illinois State Police was still investigating the crash as of Tuesday.

Education

Lindenwood senior chases his dreams just as Martin Luther King Jr. did

Devon Williams, a senior at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, was honored with the university’s first Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr. Award during a prayer breakfast on Jan. 16. Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL plans to honor Martin Luther King Jr. at an event Jan. 26 at Belleville Campus Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave.

Education

Mother, daughter win same cheerleading state title — 20 years apart

This week’s BND Student of the Week is Michaela Patterson, a cheerleader at Columbia High School in Columbia, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. Michaela’s 2017 team won the same state title that her mom’s 1997 team won 20 years earlier: first place in their division at the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association Championship in Springfield, IL.

Politics & Government

States – like Congress – are divided on replacing Obamacare

Senate Republicans say they’ll insure more Americans than President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act. But states seem likely to look at the latest health care proposal with a partisan eye. In Republican-led Kansas, one lawmaker was quick to embrace the idea. But in blue-state California there was caution over the Patient Freedom Act proposed by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine.

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Lindenwood senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Lindenwood-Belleville University senior Devon Williams was surprised and honored to be the first recipient of Lindenwood's new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
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Lindenwood senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Windy day peels stone from 12-story building 0:24

Windy day peels stone from 12-story building

Longtime Signal Hill fire chief retires 1:28

Longtime Signal Hill fire chief retires

Upgrades coming to area Wehrenberg theaters 3:00

Upgrades coming to area Wehrenberg theaters