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The White House has announced Steven Dillingham as its nominee for the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau. If confirmed by the Senate, Dillingham will oversee an upcoming national head count that has already sparked a legal fight over a new citizenship question and cybersecurity concerns as the first census to be conducted mainly online.

Most media outlets in Zimbabwe are state-run, and working as an independent journalist under Robert Mugabe came with serious risks. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dumisani Muleya, editor-in-chief of The Zimbabwe Independent, about his hopes as a journalist now that Mugabe is out of power.

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The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
 
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

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State and local tourism officials gathered at Rendleman Orchards Farm Market on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 to honor the centennial farm with a plaque and admission into the Illinois Made  Program.  The Illinois Made program is an initiative organized by the  Illinois Office of Tourism to highlight small business owners who create unique products, which often attract tourists.  Tourism Director Cory Jobe, who presented the award,  said last year 114 million tourists from across the United States and around the world visited Illinois and spent 37  Billion dollars in the state.  Jobe said it's the  many small businesses like Rendleman Orchard and Farm Market that are responsible for the drawing visitors to Illinois.

To learn more about Rendleman Orchards in Union County visit:  http://www.rendlemanorchards.com/

WSIU's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the region's weather for Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

New research from the University of Illinois finds products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism show anti-cancer properties in mice.

We have a better picture of the money fight that’s happening in the race for Illinois governor.

 

Both of the major party candidates have largely funded their own campaigns. They’re both really rich.

100 fire departments across the state are splitting more than two million dollars in fire safety grants.

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says departments will use the money for things like safety equipment, protective clothing and breathing apparatuses. He says these small equipment grants are a huge help.

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The SIU Board of Trustees met Monday in Edwardsville to vote on a separation agreement with SIU System President Randy Dunn and to appoint an Interim President. 

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SIU has a new Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.

Saluki Athletics Monday welcomed Ohio State associate head coach Rosalind Joseph to Carbondale.

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A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn't received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a pair of gun-related bills into law Monday.

One measure allows a judge to order police to take away someone’s guns and registration for up to six months - if that person is thought to be a threat to others.

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