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WSIU's Kevin Boucher reports this afternoon news and weather for Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

New Campus Chancellor Dr. Carlo Montemagno spent his second official day on the job helping students and their families, move in to Residence Halls on Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies in southern Illinois are gearing up to keep safety a top priority,  ahead of the influx of eclipse visitors. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvell  stresses cooperation with his neighbors.  Especially, the Jackson County Sheriff's office.

Governor Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' new school funding plan by touting how much more money each district would receive under his version.

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

Several hundred people are expected to show up at Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville on Aug. 21 to observe the solar eclipse from the “City of the Sun,” even though the historic site is just outside the path of totality.

The state historic site will experience about 99.5 percent totality and is not planning special events that day, said assistant manager Bill Iseminger.

He expects that most of the eclipse-watchers will want to climb the 156 steps to watch from the top of Monks Mound, the largest of the mounds built by the ancient Mississippians between 1000 and 1400 A.D.

Anyone who gets to see the total solar eclipse on August 21 will be lucky — and humanity is lucky to live on a planet that even has this kind of celestial event.

Mercury and Venus, after all, don't even have moons. Mars has a couple, but they're too small to completely blot out the sun. Gas giants like Jupiter do have big moons, but they don't have solid surfaces where you could stand and enjoy an eclipse.

And, even with solid land and a moon, Earth only gets its gorgeous total solar eclipses because of a cosmic coincidence.

A.D. Carson says he was asked by counter-protestors to speak out in response to the white-supremacist, "alt-right" and neo-Nazi organizers who had descended on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Carson, who gained international attention for earning a Doctorate with a thesis in the form of a hip hop album, has been settling into his new home there. 

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