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A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, finds that in 99 percent of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This undermines the widely-held belief that class, not race, is the most fundamental predictor of economic outcomes for children in the U.S.

As Vladimir Putin won a fourth term on Sunday, reports have surfaced of election observers being harassed and intimidated that day and in the days leading up to the vote.

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Two democrats are seeking the party's nomination in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. WSIU's Brad Palmer introduces us to Brendan Kelly and David Bequette.

Area College Benefits from Archery Expert

Mar 14, 2018

A Herrin man is now volunteering his time to help students at Southeastern Illinois College. Paul McHargue will help the College's archery team with basic bow and recurve archery.

Alli Armstrong is the Head Archery Coach at SIC and she said McHargue is a very experienced archer.

Murphysboro's Mike Bost is seeking a 3rd term representing southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. His primary opponent is Preston Nelson of Benton. WSIU's Brad Palmer profiles both candidates.

SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall.

The students will be housed at Thompson Point. The towers will not be used.

Illinois AARP Calls for End to State Budget Crisis

Mar 13, 2018

Leaders of the Illinois AARP say Illinois' budget crisis has gone on for too long and say it's time to put an end to the state's fiscal problems.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed the only gun-control legislation to reach his desk ... since last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The legislation would require gun dealers be licensed by the state. Backers say it would help keep guns away from criminals.

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SIU guard Marcus Bartley is on the Academic All-America Division I basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The St. Louis University transfer is a sports administration major with a 4.0 GPA. Bartley was named a third team all-academic team member.

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Illinois hospitals may soon have more money for treating low-income patients. 
Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed legislation intended to help them collect billions of dollars.

Feeling a bit drowsy from the effects of "springing forward?"

Legislation filed in Illinois could put an end to your time-change woes. The sponsor, state representative Steve Andersson is a Republican from Geneva, he wants to do away with resetting clocks.

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In one week Richland County voters must decide if they want to implement a 1% County Schools Facility Sales Tax.

The Richland Co High School opened its doors in 1952, 66 years ago, 66 is also the assessment score it received from BLDD architects` grading the schools physical needs and functionality.


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