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By a razor-thin margin, the House of Representatives passed its version of the farm bill Thursday as Republican leadership was able to round up just enough support from members of its conservative wing to clear passage.

The GOP-backed measure, which covers farm and food policy legislation, passed 213-211.

The $867 billion package renews the safety net for farmers across the country, but also includes tougher work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

Charles Krauthammer, the prominent Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and commentator for the Fox News Channel, has died.

His death was confirmed by Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor for the Post, where Krauthammer had long been a writer. The cause was cancer. He was 68.

A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Krauthammer turned an unsparing eye on the nation's politics, moving rightward over time.

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SIU President Randy Dunn avoided suspension Thursday, as trustees were split four-to-four on whether to place him on administrative leave.

Williamson County authorities say they don't believe humans were involved in the decapitation of a lamb.

Sheriff Bennie Vick says deputies were called to a farm in rural Thompsonville on Tuesday.

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So, what is a giraffe's favorite shoe?   Answer: Hightops!    Just in time for a good summer read for your kids or grand kids is the latest children’s story from long-time educator, and former college president Karen Gross.    Her new book, Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey is the latest in her Lady Lucy series.  

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting a roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus vaccinations - or HPV.

HPV is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer, but medical experts say many people are unaware of its impact.

The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.

The White County sheriff's office says 24-year-old Zachery Shock was among three men who used a pipe to break through an outside wall early Saturday of the jail in Carmi.

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One of two additional men wanted in connection to a shooting incident in Carbondale early Sunday morning is in custody.

Carbondale Police say 21-year-old Rahsaan Graham, Jr. of Murphysboro was arrested Wednesday in Murphysboro.

The White House has issued an executive order that purports to end the separation of children from their parents at the border.

U.S. Rep. Bost Says Separating Families at Border is Not New

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A southern Illinois congressman says the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the border is not new policy.

The Murphysboro republican says the Obama administration policy also carried out the practice.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

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