Weapons Detection Units Installed at SSM Health Facilities

Weapons Detection Units Installed at SSM Health Facilities

(WRXX) – Visitors may notice new equipment at emergency entrances in SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

AI-based touchless weapons detection units, Evolv Express®, were installed Monday at both emergency room entrances.

The equipment spots concealed weapons and other threats using advanced digital sensors and artificial intelligence.

SSM said the equipment is “incredibly” accurate and can screen up to 3,600 people per hour – 10 times faster than traditional metal detectors. There is no need to empty pockets or remove bags allowing for quick easy access to the emergency departments.

Evolv Express® units are used at large venues, including Six Flags and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Joliet Amazon Workers Stage Walkout on Cyber Monday

Joliet Amazon Workers Stage Walkout on Cyber Monday

Pictured: Amazon Warehouse. Photo by Jaimie Wilson/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (IRN) – Amazon workers walked off the job at the company’s Joliet facility on Cyber Monday, a central hub with products coming from around the world to be sorted and distributed to regional fulfillment centers. The employees were joined by Warehouse Workers for Justice, an advocacy…Continue Reading

‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

(AP) – Merriam-Webster has chosen “gaslighting” as its word of the year for 2022. Lookups for “gaslighting” on the dictionary company’s website increased this year by 1,740% over 2021. Merriam-Webster’s Peter Sokolowski told The Associated Press exclusively ahead of Monday’s unveiling that lookups were pervasive all year long. Typically there’s a single event that drives searches.…Continue Reading

Woman, Two Juveniles Arrested for Harrisburg Shooting

Woman, Two Juveniles Arrested for Harrisburg Shooting

HARRISBURG – A woman and two juveniles were involved in an early Friday morning shooting and pursuit in Harrisburg. According to the Harrisburg Police Department’s Facebook page, just after 2 a.m. Saline County Central Dispatch received several 911 calls reporting shots fired in the 100 block of South Shaw Street. As patrol units were responding to the…Continue Reading

Metropolis Woman Wanted on Two Warrants Arrested Sunday for Trespassing

Metropolis Woman Wanted on Two Warrants Arrested Sunday for Trespassing

METROPOLIS – A Metropolis woman wanted on two warrants was arrested on a trespassing charge following an incident Sunday in Metropolis. According to Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse, officers were called to the Speedy Mart on 12th Street after a caller said that 41-year-old Buffy J. Parker of Metropolis was in the store arguing with her and…Continue Reading

Young Brothers Die After Fall Into Icy Pond in Chicago Suburb

Young Brothers Die After Fall Into Icy Pond in Chicago Suburb

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) – Authorities and relatives said two young brothers died after they fell into an icy pond while visiting their grandmother in a Chicago suburb. Police said that hours after Palatine firefighters pulled the boys from the pond Wednesday afternoon both youths died at local hospitals. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boys…Continue Reading

Benton Woman Dies after Falling into Burning Leaves Wednesday

BENTON(WQRL/WISH/WMCL) – An elderly woman died after falling into pile of burning leaves in a semi-secluded area of her property in the area of East Taylor and 10th Street in Benton Wednesday afternoon. According to Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum, firefighters went to that area just after 4:30 p.m. and learned that a neighbor saw the…Continue Reading

Mt. Vernon Buys Register News Property, Planning Green Space

Mt. Vernon Buys Register News Property, Planning Green Space

Mt. Vernon City Hall. Photo by Robert Lawton, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons MT. VERNON (WRXX) – Mt. Vernon officials announce the successful closing on the purchase of the Register News property Wednesday. The property, located at 911 Broadway, was purchased for $589,000 with plans to use the site as a new green space and…Continue Reading

Trial Begins Monday for Woodlawn Man Who Allegedly Shot Man to Death

Trial Begins Monday for Woodlawn Man Who Allegedly Shot Man to Death

MT. VERNON (WRXX) – A 31-year-old Woodlawn man is heading to trial Monday in Jefferson County Court for allegedly shooting another man to death at a Mt. Vernon bar in 2021. Jaquez Gardner is charged with three counts first-degree murder and being an Armed Habitual Criminal in connection with the shooting death of Jamarco Foulks while at…Continue Reading

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

(WRXX) – Top-of-the-ballot races in Illinois largely went to Democrats with incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker and Senator Tammy Duckworth easily winning reelection to their seats. Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias won the nod to become the new Secretary of State to replace retiring Jesse White and Democratic incumbent Attorney General Kwame Raoul was reelected to his…Continue Reading

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