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The number of American breweries topped 5,000 for the first time last year, with craft beer makers accounting for 5,234 of 5,301 U.S. breweries, according to new figures from the Brewers Association.

Just five years ago, there were only around 2,000 U.S. craft brewers, which the Brewers Association defines as small or independent beer makers. Last year alone, more than 800 opened for business.

Celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder that prevents people from digesting gluten, affects about 1 percent of the population.

But there's not enough evidence to recommend screening everybody to find that 1 percent, an advisory panel said Tuesday.

Exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later, according to a study out Tuesday that suggests a link between early childhood lead exposure and a dip in a person's later cognitive ability and socioeconomic status.

Lead in the United States can come from lots of sources: old, peeling paint; contaminated soil; or water that's passed through lead pipes. Before policies were enacted to get rid of lead in gasoline, it could even come from particles in the fumes that leave car tailpipes.

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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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SIU Reviews: Logan

Mar 21, 2017

The 2017 superhero film  Logan is the latest installment in the X-Men franchise.  It picks up the story of an aging Wolverine in the not so distant future.  Film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Marion leaders have approved a sales tax hike.

Live Blog: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Mar 21, 2017
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The NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia. 

The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

Live Blog: House Intelligence Committee Hearing

Mar 20, 2017

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss says he's running for Illinois governor in 2018.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. 

Illinois legislators are considering making it easier for transgender people to change the gender designation on their birth certificates.

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WSIU InFocus: The Importance Of Native Plants

With the annual Illinois Indigenous Plants Symposium scheduled for this Friday through Sunday at John A. Logan College, WSIU Radio visits with two experts on the benefits of using indigenous, or native plants in our yards.

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