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Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cheapest It's Been In 5 Years

Shoppers, check your receipts when you buy Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. It’s likely the total cost will be the lower that what you paid in 2013.

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The enrollment period is now open for getting coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The signup up period is just six weeks rather than twelve like previous years and ends December 15, 2017.

Miranda Corbett

World-renowned artist Julien de Casabianca installed a large mural on the east side of the Kensington Supportive Living Center during his Galesburg residency at the end of September.  It turns out the mural did not last for long.

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The current exhibit at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth features the works of surrealist painter James Walker Henry of Burlington, Iowa.  He's especially pleased to be showing some of his larger works.

The first two lanes of the bypass around Macomb were scheduled to open to motorists this fall. But completion of the project has been pushed back until next spring.

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The defense rested its case Thursday afternoon in the 1st Degree Murder trial of Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, minutes after Sanders-Galvez took the stand. He’s one of two men accused of killing Kedarie Johnson, 16, of Burlington on March 2, 2016.

McAlister's Deli - Mt. Vernon Facebook Page

McAlister's Deli is a national chain with a menu featuring deli sandwiches and soups and what the restaurant calls its famous sweet tea. Karma Real Estate Company out of Jackson, Missouri is the franchisee and owns several McAlister's Deli restaurants in the Midwest.

Rich Egger

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) gathered supporters outside the McDonough County Courthouse on a gray and chilly November morning.  Macomb Mayor Mike Inman stood alongside local Republican leaders including County Board Chair Scott Schwerer and Sheriff Rick VanBrooker. The crowd applauded as Hammond delivered the news they came to hear.

Al Bowman, a former president of Illinois State University, has been tapped to lead the Illinois Board of Higher Education. His appointment comes as higher education institutions have seen their budgets slashed and enrollment decline, so it’s hard to know whether to congratulate him.

“You know, I’ve been getting that from people,” Bowman laughs.

He is going into his new job eyes wide open. Illinois ranked number two in the nation for net loss of college students.

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Tom Marion is completing his final months as mayor of Keokuk after choosing not to seek a fifth term in office. He said while he enjoys leading his hometown, he knew the time was right to step aside.

Rich Egger

I love Halloween. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading horror novels, watching slasher films, dressing up in costumes where no one knows who I am, and being scared about what's around the corner in the haunted house. I couldn't wait to trick or treat and attend Halloween parties.

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Celebration Concerts

Kevin Gordon, 7:00pm December 2, Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

Kevin Gordon, Louisiana-born songwriter who's earned raves from media, musicals peers, and fans in equal measure, released his latest, 'Long Gone Time' to critical praise from American Songwriter, Pop Matters, Offbeat, & others. Hitting #26 on the Americana Radio Chart, the album also attracted the attention of NPR's World Cafe and Folk Alley; Gordon performed live as a featured guest on both programs.

Praised by NPR, The NY Times, & USA Today, Kevin Gordon's songs have...

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When Sarah Scantling went into labor this summer, she had to drive 30 miles and across state lines.  Three years earlier, the only maternity ward where she lives in Pemiscot County, Missouri closed down. Scantling had to choose between a handful of other hospitals in the region between 20 and 70 miles away.

Frank Morris for Harvest Public Media

If you pull a fire alarm in any large U.S. city, it's likely that paid firefighters waiting at a nearby station will quickly respond. But seven out of ten American firefighters are volunteers. They cover vast sections of the country, making up an aging network that is increasingly understaffed and overworked.

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Tammy Wilson loved the outdoors and was happy to spend her days working at Meramec State Park in the central part of Missouri.  Her family often stopped by to see her, most recently at the end of May.

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Imagine going to the grocery store for dinner, not to pick up a rotisserie chicken to take home but to actually eat at the store. As online grocery shopping grows, many supermarkets are adding sit-down restaurants --  and the trend is changing how food retail and food service work together.

Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

During the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, spectators will turn their eyes upward to see the moon pass in front of the sun. But many Midwest scientists will turn their eyes and cameras to the plants and animals here on the ground. And they're not sure what will happen.

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