Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Together Again!

Good Morning! The News 3 This Morning crew is back together again. We hope you'll join us starting at 5:30 am for the latest news headlines & the Weather on the 3's. Dont' forget- we're up and running on our Cover it Live chat during the morning show. Let us know what you think about stories in the news, or anything else of interest!
  • Wild Weather... a look at the crazy conditions across the country, and what's in store for our forecast.
  • Gambling Expansion... some expect lawmakers to expand Illinois' gambling system in a matter of months. Are you in favor of it?
  • No money... no cars? The Harrisburg police department has several cars out of commission... because the city can't come up with money for repairs.
  • Throw a Bash with a Little Cash... We'll offer several ways to save money on your Halloween party.
  • Tricks & Treats of Personal Finance... sticking with the Halloween theme- CFP Jeff Rose tells you waht to look out for. Click Here to visit his blog.
  • Winterize Your Skin... how to combat that dry, itchy feeling!

Join us starting at 5:30 am for the only local morning show in HD!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Windy Day Ahead

Good Tuesday morning.

We are off to a windy start this morning. Clint is monitoring the situation from the News 3 Weather Center. Several parts of the viewing area are under a tornado watch until noon on Tuesday. Tune in to News 3 for the very latest.

Other stories we're working on...

A Union County woman who police say was kidnapped Monday night, has been found alive. She's been taken to the hospital for treatment, and the suspect, her ex-boyfriend has been arrested. We'll have an update.

Firefighters in Cambria and Carterville have been battling fires all night. Five of them in Cambria alone.

Tech Tuesday highlights include a new partnership between the creators of Farmville and Facebook, the latest technology from Apple, and the death of the Sony Walkman. Rest in Peace...

Halloween isn't just about dressing up and eating lots of candy. Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose talks about the tricks and treats of your money.

Join us starting at 5:30 a.m. And remember, you can chat with us on Cover it Live.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Monday

Good Monday morning. Kevin and Clint are back from their respective vacations (no they were not together. :D) And Emily is taking a much deserved couple of days off.

Here's a look at what we're working on this morning:

Midterm Elections are just 8 days away. What's the latest on the national front? We'll take a closer look.

Parents will want to know more about ateething tablet recall. Hyland's Teething Tablets are coming under fire.

Denny Hamlin shines in the NASCAR race from over the weekend. Where is he in the Chase for the Cup? Our racing superfan sorts it out, and has a story that local race fans will get revved up over.

A couple of Cairo businesses burned in a weekend fire. Crews are still putting out hot spots and the fire marshall is expected to arrive on the scene later today.

It's wedding bells for a couple of celebrity couples. See who tied the knot over the weekend.

All bets are off this morning as we look at the debate over gambling. John Jackson from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute offers some insight as to whether legalized gambling can help pull the state out of its financial woes.

Many will be trick of treating by the end of the week, but make sure your costume, and your kids' is a safe one. We'll offer some advice in our To Your Health segment.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Countdown to Halloween is On!

Earlier this week we asked for your festive fall pictures! Here's one emailed to us at from Kristin Stewart from McLeansboro. She has 28 pumpkins in her front yard. Thanks for the great picture, Kristin!

There are lots of Halloween-related events popping up around the region. Today we'll preview two of them during the morning show. We'll hear all about the "Haunted Hallows" at Touch of Nature in Carbondale. Also, an event with the goal of sharing- not scaring. The Grand Avenue Pumpkin Run is happening on Halloween- and the event raises money for Green Earth Inc., as well as a mission trip to Africa.

Other stories we're working on this morning that we hope you'll discuss on our Cover it Live chat!
  • Women are more skin-savvy than men... according to a new report, more females are asking for skin cancer screenings.
  • Sorry men, but another study says women give more to charity! Feel free to debate the issue on Cover it Live!
  • Recalls-- Strollers and Toyotas (again!) We'll have the details on both.
  • First it was Snookie... now Jersey Shore's "The Situation" is writing a book. He calls it "The Bible for the Situation Nation".... would you read it?
  • 3 Adorable Pets of the Week! A terrier, a cocker spaniel, and a dauschund.
  • Eat This, Not That-- Snack food edition!
  • Last night Bill Brady & Pat Quinn took part in a debate in Chicago. We'll have a full recap.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 5:30 am!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Carving up a Great Tuesday!

Good Morning! Hope you're having a good Tuesday so far. Have you carved up a pumpkin yet this season? Today we're offering some tips! News 3 Meteorologist Katie Walls crafted this paw-print pumpkin. We'll learn her secrets in our 6:00 half hour. And if you have a creative pumpkin, email your pictures to

Other stories we're working on for today's show...
  • The latest on a Saline County gas plant's goals for re-opening, following yesterday's explosion and fire.
  • The mid-term election is 2 weeks away... we'll have the details on the coast to coast campaigning.
  • A 12 pound tumor on a man's face?? How doctors successfully removed it.
  • A Union County pastor is not fit to stand trial. Details on Bill Vandergraph's court hearing yesterday.
  • Tech Tuesday... We're talking about several high tech gizmos... including one that could PAY you for driving safe & avoiding your cell phone!
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer-- this event is coming up this weekend. We'll explain in a live interview.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 5:30 am!
And share your comments on our Cover it Live chat!

Monday, October 18, 2010

All Girl Week on News 3 This Morning

Good Morning! How was your weekend? We're working on this morning's show- but it's kind of a different crew. Kevin & Clint are both on vacation, so Christen & Emily will bring you the news, and Meteorologist Katie Walls will have the weather. A rare all-female show! We'll also have some video updates this week from Kevin's Disney World vacation!

Here are some other stories we hope you'll weigh-in on-- on our Cover it Live chat.
  • Some of the country's biggest names in politics are campaigning, and fundraising for their party's candidates. We'll have a wrap-up.
  • Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? See why yoga might be a good treatment for the condition.
  • Our Racing Superfan recap's the weekend's race at Charlotte!
  • Authorities are investigating a weekend fire in Sesser... we'll have an update.
  • Saying goodbye to the woman who played June Cleaver... Barbara Billingsley passes away at age 94. That story and more- in the Buzz report.
  • Southern Illinoisans who're part of the Marion Medical Mission return from Africa. We'll hear about their efforts to provide clean drinking water, and the obstacles they've run into.
  • Could doodling actually be productive for kids in class? We'll see what the experts have to say.
  • The whole enchilada.... just got a whole lot bigger! We'll show you in our Video of the Day.

We're on the air starting at 5:30 am!
Tune in for the only local news in high definition!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Miner Luis Urzua alongside President Sebastian Pinera

We say "Happy Thursday"... but that's probably an understatement for the Chilean miners who've spent two months trapped underground, and have now been reuinted with their families. All 33 were safely rescued in a matter of 22 hours. Were you watching TV coverage as the miners were brought to the surface? As you think about what they've been through- has it changed your outlook on life?

Other stories we're working on for Thursday's show...
  • Too much testing? Are doctors ordering you to take more tests than necessary? A closer look at the issue in medical news.
  • Debate Tonight! The candidates for goveror-- Pat Quinn, Bill Brady, and Rich Whitney will debate tonight at SIU. It airs live tonight on PBS at 8 pm, and will be re-broadcast on WSIL at 11:05.
  • Pets of the Week! We'll introduce you to Reign, Pippa, and Stewart... animals up for adoption at local shelters.
  • Livestrong Program... Southern Illinois Healthcare is hoping for your votes to receive grand money for the new Cancer Transitions program.
  • Eat This, Not That... It's all about Halloween candy!
  • Pumpkin Smash... Elephants get to eat, and play with pumpkins at the Indianapolis Zoo. Stay with us till the end-- That's our video of the day!
Discuss these stories and more on our Cover it Live chat!
Start your day with us from 5:30 to 7:00 am!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

News 3 This Morning Joins the Bra Brigade

Have you caught a glimpse of this scene as you travel route 13 in Carterville? Bras are hanging from the River Radio building... it's part of a breast cancer awareness & fundraising campaign headed up by z100's Kent Zimmer & Julie Ingram known as the Bra Brigade. They're asking women across southern Illinois to donate a bra and $10. The money goes to the Southern Illinois Healthcare "Women with Hope" program. Today on News 3 This Morning- we're switching things up in our 6:30 half hour. Emily will head over to z100, and Julie will come to the WSIL studio (we're neighbors, so it's easy) to talk about the Bra Brigade project. We'll be live at both locations!

Some other stories we're working on for this morning's show...
  • Miner Rescues- some have already been brought to the surface, and these rescues will continue all day today and into tomorrow. We'll have live reports from ABC in Chile.
  • Not Guilty Plea...Robbie Mueller appears in Perry Co. Court. He's accused of shooting & strangling fellow teen Sidnee Stephens in July.
  • Hand Sanitizer- do you encourage your child to use it? It might not be the best idea. We'll explain in medical news.
  • A longer wait at Starbucks?? If you rely on some Starbucks to get your day going... you may want to set the alarm clock back a few minutes. Details in business news.
  • Trying to lose weight? We'll tell you how rearranging the fridge can cause you to make healthier choices.
  • Thrifty Costumes... We'll share 3 Ways to Save on Halloween costumes, along with your advice!

We're the only local morning show in HD!
Join us starting at 5:30... and chat about the news on Cover it Live!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Good Tuesday Morning!

Good Morning everyone! How's Tuesday treating you so far? Here's a look at some of the stories you'll see today on News 3 This Morning... Feel free to join our Cover it Live chat to share your opinions!
  • Trapped Miners- it's expected to be their last day underground. The latest on preps to rescue them.
  • A stem cell treatment is used on a human for the first time- we'll have the details.
  • A skydiver takes 3 HOURS to reach the ground! He encountered an obstacle along the way.
  • Tech Tuesday! The latest high tech headlines...Would you feel safe in an automobile that can drive itself? Also- the top reasons for "de-friending" on Facebook.
  • A group of Carterville high school students continues to raise money for the Connor Fenton Memorial Scholarship fund. How you can support the cause.
  • Imagine heading to a yard sale to get some Halloween decorations-- and then you get a REAL skeleton!
  • Eldorado residents say they're fed up with run down properties in town. We'll tell you how the city plans to tackle the problem.
We're on the air starting at 5:30 am...
The ONLY local morning show in HD!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Columbus Day!

courtesy: Illuminati News

Good Morning & Happy Columbus Day! That's a picture of Mr. Columbus right there. Do you have the day off today? How are you planning to spend it? Here's a look at the news we're working on for today's show...
  • The trapped miners in Chile could be free within days. We'll have the latest on the progress. 
  • Are you the owner of a 2010 or 2011 Mercedes? Certain models are being recalled. Look for the details in our State of the Economy report. 
  • Our Racing Superfan had an interesting experience with some Junior Dragsters at the I-57 Dragstrip!
  • Hungry? We'll show you 8,000 FEET of sandwiches! And explain why such a thing exists.
  • A soldier who's battled post traumatic stress disorder tries to help others. We'll have his story.
  • The latest stock market info in our Money Monday segment with David England!
  • A local rotary club is handing out free dictionaries to 3rd graders! Details in a live interview.
  • Governor Pat Quinn is in town today... more on that and a recap of the Giannoulais/Kirk debate
We're on the air starting at 5:30 am!
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Going to War!

We're going old school this morning on News 3.  It's the annual Civil War Days on the campus of John A. Logan College.  We'll hear from a man impersonating Gen. Robert E. Lee.  Also, the keynote speaker who will focus on President Abraham Lincoln.  We'll end the show with a bang and fire the cannon off again.  So Carterville residents, prepare for a boom around 6:58.

Medical news this morning, we'll look at why mothers are encouraged to give up on alcohol during pregnancy.

And we'll break down the nutritional information in Girl Scout Cookies and Boy Scout popcorn.

Best of all, we're now in HD.  WSIL is the first station in the market to broadcast in high defintion.

Click here to chat.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We Go to the Dogs This Morning

Good Wednesday morning!  Weiner dogs are helping to raise money and awareness for children's health issues.  Look for more on that story around 6:39 this morning.

Here are some of the other stories we're working on today...

5:34 a.m. The U.S. Supreme Court takes up with issue of protestors at military funerals.  You may remember members of the Westboro Church in Kansas showed up in southern Illinois a few years ago.

5:55 a.m. Is it divine intervention or just a coincidence?  A woman claims she sees the face of Jesus on her MRI.  We'll take a closer look and let you decide.

6:09 a.m. More evidence the economy is improving.  Americans are cutting back on luxury buys, and that's making a difference.

6:25 a.m. Business is up for dollar stores around the country.  We'll offer 3 Ways to Save when shopping at these stores and show you some of the best bargains there.

6:39 a.m. Ready, Set, Go!  The annual Weiner Dog Races return to the Kids Fest in Anna this weekend.  The event is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Anna City Park.  The dogs run at 2:30 p.m.

6:47 a.m. The little blue pill Viagra could be a life saver from some infants.  We'll take a closer look in To Your Health.

Join us for these stories and more, plus your weather forecast every 10 minutes. Chat with us on Cover it Live.  See you at 5:30 !

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Is the Economy Improving?

Good Morning! In today's State of the Economy report- we're sharing some numbers on how Americans feel about the economy. Here's a sneak peek....
  • 31% of Americans believe the economy is improving (up 7% from last month)
  • 71% of Americans are dissatisfied with the government's handling of the economy (down 7% from last month)

We hope you'll share your opinion on our Cover it Live chat this morning from 5:30 to 7:00 am. We're working on these stories too!

  • The city of Marion officially established a Star Bond district at last night's meeting. The vote was unanimous. We'll tell you what this means for the destination development project.
  • If you're having trouble losing weight, try getting a good night's sleep! Details in medical news.
  • What are your thoughts on the races for Governor & U.S. Senate? See if your opinion matches up with the latest polls.
  • Tech Tuesday! We're talking about Google TV, a high-tech bar tab... and much more.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Don't miss our live interview... letting you know the signs, and how you can help a friend in need.
  • It's one of the most common health problems among children-- iron deficiency. Kevin tells you what to look out for, and how to correct it.
  • Got an idea for a great Halloween costume? Many people say they'd like to dress up as ex-governor Rod Blagojevich!
Tune in starting at 5:30 a.m.!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Feeling like Fall!

Good Morning Everyone! Sure does feel like fall outside! Join us starting at 5:30 a.m. to see how the rest of the day- and the rest of the week is shaping up weather-wise. Clint brings you the forecast at the top of each half hour- and on the 3's.

Here's a look at some of the stories in the news this morning... We hope you'll log on to our Cover it Live chat to discuss them!
  • Terror Alert - tourists headed to Europe are issued a warning from the government
  • Can too much time on a laptop give you a problematic skin condition? Details in medical news.
  • Verizon customers could be getting some credits/refunds... learn more in our State of the Economy report.
  • Nascar Recap & local racing highlights! Our Superfan joins us with a full wrap-up
  • Looking for an opportunity to give the gift of life? We'll tell you about a blood drive happening this week on the SIU campus.
  • Paris Hilton is coming back to the small screen with a new show. Yep!
  • You know him from Money Monday.... but David England is bringing back "Financial Friday" on the John A. Logan college campus. He'll join us to explain.
  • A heads up for those who travel interstate 57 at night- there's some construction to be aware of.
We're on the air starting at 5:30 a.m.!
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