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President Trump still calls the North American Free Trade Agreement "a horrible deal" for the United States. But in opting to renegotiate — rather than cancel — the agreement, Trump acknowledged that backing out of NAFTA would be "a pretty big shock to the system."

After more than two decades, NAFTA is tightly woven into the economies of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Trade among the three countries is much more robust and supply chains more tightly integrated than was the case in 1994 when NAFTA went into effect.

Accessing the Internet in Cuba isn't easy. Home Internet connections are rare, and public access Wi-Fi hotspots costs $1.50 an hour — very expensive for most Cubans.

But in the nation that has been called "one of the most restrictive media environments in the world," watching YouTube got faster this week.

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On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States putting southern Illinois and Carbondale at the intersection of this rare event.

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Carbondale Chancellor Finalist Dr. Carl Pinkert
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The fourth and final candidate for SIU Carbondale Chancellor visited campus Thursday.

Dr. Carl Pinkert is currently the vice president for research at University of Alabama.

House republicans says the governor's office is rescinding the layoff of 124 Illinois Department of Corrections nurses.

The plan was to replace the nurses with private contractors...but Representative Tim Butler of Springfield says they will not lose their jobs after all. He says he hopes both sides can return to the bargaining table very soon.

The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Several Metro East school superintendents are among more than 400 school leaders calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass a budget. That’s on top of a lawsuit asking the state to give schools what they were promised.

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

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An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's state pension.

He'd been collecting about 28-thousand dollars a year for his service in the state legislature.

First responders, doctors, nurses and others on the front line of public safety are presenting the first ever Outdoor Safety Day this Saturday in the grassy front lawn of Franklin Hospital. 

This week (Thursday, April 27, 2017) the Mystery Writers of America holds its 71st Annual Edgar Awards in New York City.   Named after Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Awards honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.   Southern Illinois based author Laura Benedict is a finalist in the Best Short Story category for her work "A Paler Shade of Death."  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about her nominated story and the Edgar Awards.

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Hundreds of southern Illinoisans crowded into Veterans Memorial Airport Tuesday to welcome home the first-ever Honor Flight from this region.

An SIU-Carbondale student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

The illness is spread by direct contact with saliva or through the coughing or sneezing of those who are infected.

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