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Train Crashes Into Hoboken Terminal, Killing 1, Injuring Scores Of People

A commuter train in New Jersey crashed into Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Thursday morning, resulting in multiple injuries and visible structural damage.One person was killed and at least 65 people were injured, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. New Jersey transit officials said at least 100 people were hurt, Stephen Nessen of WNYC reports.Joseph Scott, the CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, said the hospital had admitted some victims in critical or serious condition.Gov. Chris...
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The man who calls himself the leader of Illinois' Republican Party conti ues to refuse to weigh in on this year's election.

Illinois Made Honors Three Local Makers

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In July of 2016, the Illinois Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism launched the Illinois Made program, a tourism-building initiative designed to create nationwide, and worldwide awareness of the many small, unique southern Illinois businesses that make products uniquely from Illinois materials.

The Director of the Illinois  Office of Tourism's Director Cory Jobe recently visited three southern Illinois businesses to recognize them for their efforts and to present them with a commemorative  Illinois Made plaque which officially recognizes the business as being uniquely Illinoisan.

The three businesses recently honored and inducted into the Illinois Made program are:  Longshadow Gardens in Pomona Illinois,  Apple Knocker Hard Cider in Cobden and Scratch Brewing Company in Ava.  In this feature we visit with Jobe and the Owners of Scratch Brewing Company.

Illinois has long had a day to honor Gold Star Mothers. For the first time Monday the state recognized the rest of their families.

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A Harrisburg doctor accused of murdering his estranged wife is now charged with plotting to kidnap the Saline County State's Attorney.

Illinois Public Media reports on a vigil Tuesday night honoring those killed and injured in a weekend shooting near the University of Illinois.

A federal judge has blocked an Illinois law that had been aimed at making it easier to vote this fall.

The law required the state’s biggest cities and counties to let citizens register to vote on election day and at their local polling place. It did not impose the same requirement on smaller election authorities.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with SIU-Carbondale Debate Coach and CNN contributor Todd Graham about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did in Monday night's first presidential debate.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

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On growing up during the Great Depression:

Rose talks about growing up in Benton during the depression in the 1930's.

On how her father came to southern Illinois from Italy:

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Illinois’ state superintendent of schools has publicly criticized the federal Department of Education for micromanaging state agencies. When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, it had something rare these days -- bipartisan support.  That’s largely because it replaced No Child Left Behind, which was widely unpopular.

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A Wide Gulf Persists Between Black And White Perceptions Of Policing

A new study highlights differences between the races as they view the recent spate of deadly encounters between blacks and law enforcement.A survey by the Pew Research Center finds only a third of blacks and nearly three-quarters of whites say police in their communities do an excellent or good job using appropriate force.From Pew's report:"Most whites (75%) say their local police do an excellent or good job when it comes to using the right amount of force for each situation. Only 33% of...
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