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The killing of two opponents of President Bashar Assad's regime has left their family and the wider relocated Syrian opposition community reeling in shock and fearing for their lives.

Police discovered the bodies of Orouba Barakat, 60, and her daughter, Halla, 23, who is a U.S. citizen, on Thursday night in their Istanbul apartment, reportedly after friends and colleagues were unable to reach them for several days.

The study has a depressing name: The Million Death Study.

But its latest set of data, published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday, is anything but depressing when it comes to the topic of childhood deaths in India.

India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the death toll for children under the age of five was 29 million — a fifth of global childhood deaths.

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Police have a student in custody, following a shooting Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School, in which another student was injured.

Published reports say one person is in custody after a shooting at Mattoon High School Wednesday morning.

Morris LIbrary Showcases Old Quadrangle.

Sep 20, 2017

Southern Illinois University's Morris Library is showcasing a display called Old Campus: an Historical Exploration. WSIU's Jordan Maddox has more.

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Ferguson has made good progress in reforming its police department and municipal court, a federal judge said Tuesday, though it’s far from over.

Ferguson’s police and court have been operating under federal oversight for more than a year. The city has written new policies on things like use-of-force and recruiting new officers, but has missed deadlines to implement them.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

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The old Carbondale fire station may have new owners as early as tonight.

The Carbondale City Council is having a public hearing on the sale of the property located at 300 South Oakland Ave.

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Residents in east-central Illinois may have felt a bit more than the rumble of thunder Tuesday morning.

Updated at 11:40 p.m. with quote from protester released from jail — Hundreds of protesters redirected their efforts on a rainy Monday night to the St. Louis’ City Justice Center, where people who’d been arrested in recent days were being released.

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Drone.

Sep 18, 2017
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Drones are becoming more popular.   Hobbyists  use them to get a different look at their neighborhood and  farmers are using drones to check  their fields for trouble spots.  And now Ameren Illinois  is making use of these high–flying cameras to look down on power lines in order to quickly determine where a break is.  On Monday, September 18th, 2017,  Ameren's Kyle Maxwell demonstrated one of the company's drones at the Cambria power sub–station.  Maxwell said drones can cut down on the time it takes to get lineman to a break, which is critical after severe weather causes power outages.  H

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