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Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas

The Supreme Court has overturned a Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law was predicted to close many clinics and further reduce availability of abortion in Texas; the court has ruled the law violated the Constitution.With a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court reversed a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the law. Justices...
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Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday's end of the fiscal year.

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No one was injured in a fiery crash early Monday morning on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

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Without additional state funding, Southern Illinois University is bracing for another round of dramatic cuts – that may have to be enacted this summer.

The village that became Illinois' first capitol will use July 4th to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the community's capture from British forces during the American Revolution.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says Kaskaskia will mark the day with a rifle volley by historic interpreters, lunch and other events.

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In 2003 we followed the adventures of a clown fish named Marlin as he and his friend Dory searched the sea to find his son Nemo.  Now, 13-years later Disney and Pixar are back with the sequel – Finding Dory. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Simone Becque has a slightly different take on the animated comedy adventure movie.

Finding Dory is currently playing a theater near you.  Simone Becque is a doctoral candidate in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the SIU School of Medicine Rural Health Initiative and a #100,000 donation from The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, 180 abused children in southern Illinois are receiving a new treatment called Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Legislators who've been privately working for the past month to craft a temporary budget have one drafted.  But that doesn't make it a done deal.

The strain of going nearly a year without a budget ... coupled with doubt a full deal can be reached in the near future ... have made a temporary budget the priority.

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Street Machine Nationals

Thousands of people will be in Du Quoin this weekend for the Street Machine Nationals.

The event - which runs through Sunday - features hot rods, street machines, dream machines, and street trucks.

The Diabetes Today Resource Team of Jackson, Franklin and Williamson counties, Southern Illinois Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are offering free kidney and health screenings on Monday June 27th, 2016 at Cornerstone Church in marion.  To learn more call Lisa Nation at Southern Illinois Healthcare 457-5200.  Or visit:  http://www.nkfi.org/kidney-mobile/calendar#.V20-EKLU03g

Southern Illinois University Carbondale again this year is warning people and animals to avoid skin contact with water in Campus Lake due to the presence of toxic algae.


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WSIU InFocus: SIU President Randy Dunn (6/27/2016)

As Illinois enters the final week of its 2016 Fiscal Year, public universities and colleges are still waiting for funding to help them make it through the next several months.
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With High Court Evenly Split, Obama's Immigration Actions Remain On Hold

The Supreme Court deadlocked when it considered whether President Obama had the authority to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.The 4-4 tie — announced in a single sentence by the court — deals a major blow to the president and leaves in place a lower court ruling that put his plan on hold.If you remember, back in 2014, Obama announced that he was expanding his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which stopped the deportation of "dreamers," or young people who...
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