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Traffic Deaths Climb By Largest Increase in Decades

Newly released government data paint a sobering picture of safety on the nation's roads and highways.In 2015, the number of people who died in auto accidents reached 35,092, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 7.2% increase over 2014. The last time there was such a large single-year increase was back in 1966 when Lyndon Johnson was president."Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation's roads every year," Transportation...
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Polo is the world’s oldest organized sport, having originated in China and Persia around two thousand years ago. You may not realize it, but there is a group of people in this region who actively compete in the sport. WSIU’s Brad Palmer reports.

The Illinois Teachers Retirement System voted last week to reduce the amount of money it assumes it will make from its investments. The board revised this rate of assumption down to 7 percent from 7.5 percent.

This change means that as lawmakers and the governor are putting together a budget for next fiscal year, they will have to come up with a projected $420 million more than what they might have expected to pay into the retirement system for teachers outside of Chicago. Illinois' total unfunded liability for all its pension funds is pegged at $111 billion. 

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The SIU School of Law says it has lost one of its most beloved professors.

Bill Schroeder passed away Sunday.

The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, once more commonly known as food stamps.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

The Republican governor said there isn't enough money to support the proposals.

It will likely be months before members of the public can get the opioid overdose antidote naloxone at Missouri pharmacies without a prescription.

A new state law expanding access to the live-saving drug went into effect Sunday, but according to Missouri Pharmacy Association CEO Ron Fitzwater the state’s pharmacy board still has to create rules based on the law.

The candidates vying to be Illinois comptroller are at odds over whether the office should even continue to exist.

Less than 12 hours after responding to a shooting, Carbondale Police were called to another incident Saturday.

Officials with the Teacher’s Retirement System made a decision today that could add another $421 million to Illinois’ annual pension costs.

 

A new study done on one mound in particular at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville shows that human remains interred there, which are around 900 years old, belong to both men and women. It was previously thought the mound was for elite warrior men. That means there are new implications to be explored.

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Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.Wilder died early Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman."The decision to wait until this time to...
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Federal Grant Helps Enhance SIU Medical School Models

A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to get health professionals focusing on population health, and Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine will help lead the training.
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