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With Illinois' smoking age going to 21, what happens to the 18-year-old smoker?

MATTOON — It has become a routine for Kaleb White, albeit a newer one, to take a trip to the gas station every few days to buy a pack of smokes.

THE LATEST: No foul play suspected; Coroner says Dominic Walker likely drowned

DECATUR — The Mattoon teen whose body was pulled from a pond five days after he went missing in Decatur likely died from drowning, and there were no signs of assault, authorities said Friday.

MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN: Coles County officers aggressively enforcing Scott's Law

CHARLESTON -- It is a sentiment shared among law enforcement across the state: there are too many easily avoidable situations like the one that turned fatal for State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.

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Mattoon's Lumpkin remembered as the 'happiest person'

MATTOON — The simple act of driving through a sun-lit wheat field so a family could enjoy the beauty was something that inspired a lifetime of devotion and commitment to the community.

VIDEO: Shores Jewelry building demolition begins in Mattoon

MATTOON -- Contractors began the demolition of the fire damaged Shores Jewelry building in downtown Mattoon on Tuesday by starting to remove the three layers of the front facade.

OUTLOOK: New students expected to fill gap left by this year's Eastern Illinois University grads

CHARLESTON — A large pool of Eastern Illinois University graduates will be walking across the stage Saturday to receive their diplomas.

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