Headlines for Monday, January 1, 2018

A “Wind Chill Advisory” remains in effect for all of Southern Illinois until noon on Tuesday.  The forecast high temperature today is expected to barely reach 10 degrees. Wind chill factors could dip to more than ten below zero. No wintry precipitation is in the forecast.

With temperatures going down, gasoline prices have been going up. Self-serve gas at most stations hit $2.49 a gallon over the weekend. The rise in gas prices follows an increase in crude oil prices. The latest price that refineries are paying for a barrel of locally produced crude oil is $53.25.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health report influenza cases are “widespread” across the state. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Check with your local health department, doctor’s office or pharmacy for more information.

Crime scene investigators have wrapped up their work at a rural Wayne County site where skeletal human remains were found nearly a week ago. While the collection of forensic evidence has been completed, the task of determining the victim’s identification is ongoing.  Coroner Jimmy Taylor says it could be weeks before a determination can be made.

No one chose the correct numbers in the Powerball drawing Saturday night, so the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is estimated at $440 million. The jackpot for Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $343 million.

Albion student athlete Nadia Reid has been accepted to play in a European Volleyball tour in July. She will be competing against teams from London, Paris and Barcelona. Nadia plays for the Edwards County Lady Lions volleyball and basketball teams.