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For a span of some four months earlier this year, demonstrators swarmed Venezuela's city streets in protest of ballooning inflation, diminishing food and President Nicolas Maduro's tightening grasp on power — until, that is, Maduro's efforts to derail the opposition bore fruit. By August the protests ebbed from view, as a new lawmaking body packed with Maduro's preferred politicians took the country's reins.

Still, while the protests have all but disappeared, the economic woes that helped inspire them remain as obstinate as ever.

The Trump Organization is severing ties with the controversial Trump SoHo building in New York City.

The development, which is a hybrid hotel-condominium building where owners of units can only live in their properties for a certain amount of time each year, has the potential to be a thorn in the side of President Trump — linking him to murky financing arrangements, allegations of fraud and a Russian-born developer with a criminal past.

Retailers To Online Shoppers: Be Patient With Delivery, Get Perks

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After UPS announced that it would enact surcharges during peak holiday delivery times, online retailers have been considering their options carefully.

Now a few have arrived on a solution: Give that gift a few more days to arrive, and we'll reward you!

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Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

Officials at Rend Lake are once again giving the public the chance to get free firewood.  Jordan Haggerty, with the Army Corps of Engineers says the severe storms from this past spring, coupled with the devastation done to trees from the Emerald Ash Borer has created a lot of dead trees.  And this year, starting November 20th and running through March 2nd, of 2018  individuals can get a free permit to get the wood in the North Sandusky Campground.  Haggerty says because of state and federal rules, the wood, especially the Ash, has to stay in the state.  The Corps of Engineers will be cutting much of the wood, and placing it at convenient areas near the road for easy pickup.  This special program is for private users; no commercial use or resale is allowed.

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Southern Illinois University Chancellor Carlo Montemagno has released the second draft of his proposal to revitalize academic programs at the university.

Montemagno says he has received feedback on his first draft from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members and from that feedback he has made a few changes.

Some changes include the School of Integrated Biological Sciences changing to the School of Biological Sciences with programs taught by School of Medicine Faculty. Anatomy has been removed from this school and Zoology has been added.

There is a proposal to start a School of Sustainability and Earth Sciences with future programs in Ecology and in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.

But one issue the Chancellor has not budged on, is the elimination of the word "department." Instead, the term would be replaced with "division," and along with that change, department chairs will be eliminated. However, he says he's open to finding a way to return to the departments in the future.

The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council will formally weigh in on the proposal before a final version is released in the spring.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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A marine biologist and bestselling author is in Carbondale as part of a series of documentaries he's making on the power of water.

Wallace J. Nichols' is basing the series on his book entitled  Blue Mind, which examines the effects of water on our health and well-being.

Governor Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for passing “hurried” ethics legislation last week.

As the recent flood of sexual harassment stories reached the Illinois Statehouse, it came out that the job of chief ethics investigator for the legislature had sat vacant for nearly three years.

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Carbondale Police have made an arrest in last weekend's armed robbery of the Staples retail store on East Main Street.

Officers say 33-year-old Tyler Johnson of St. Louis was taken into custody late Monday night at a Carbondale hotel.

WSIU News: AM Update (11/16/2017)

Nov 16, 2017

WSIU's Kevin Boucher takes a look at this morning's news and  weather for Thursday November 16th, 2017.

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On a cold, gray day at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and other officials and lawmakers, announced on Wednesday that the IDNR will be constructing an off-highway vehicle trail in the Sahara Woods.

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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