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Collinsville water plant moves forward despite snags

Collinsville, IL officials broke ground Wednesday for the new $20 million water treatment plant, across the street from the original in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO. The new plant will treat 5 million gallons per day and should be online by fall 2019.

National

ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

Politics & Government

Sessions pressures ‘uncomfortable’ DeVos to end transgender protections, report says

DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools and told President Donald Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

Metro-East News

Amazon surprises children at SIUE's East St. Louis Center

Jason Speedy, general manager of the Edwardsville Amazon Fulfillment Center, speaks as students are surprised with 50 Kindle Fire tablets at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's East St. Louis Center. Amazon's donation is intended to help Project Success enhance its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Project Success serves children 5 through 14 who are in protective care and offers after-school tutoring, music and dance, summer camp, field trips, athletics and more.

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Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant

The city of Collinsville, IL broke ground on its new water treatment plant Wednesday morning. Collinsville Mayor John Miller spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
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Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant 1:06

Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant

Amazon surprises children at SIUE's East St. Louis Center 0:53

Amazon surprises children at SIUE's East St. Louis Center

Belleville junior high students prepare to say goodbye to dean of students 0:32

Belleville junior high students prepare to say goodbye to dean of students

The EDGE defends tax incentives for new expansion project 2:26

The EDGE defends tax incentives for new expansion project