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Families of 19 victims in the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy gathered on Saturday at a state-run funeral.

At least 38 people died when a section of Morandi Bridge collapsed in the Italian port city just before noon on Tuesday, sending cars and trucks tumbling to highway A10 below.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview: The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down with Terry Gross in 1999. Franklin died Thursday at age 76.

3 Sweet Reads For August's Hot Days

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Summer is still in full swing, and that calls for binging on totally absorbing and heartwarming romances. These three novels — full of mystery, adventure and love — deliver a perfect escape and a satisfying happy ever after.

It's happened to so many women: they have a fantastic connection with a guy and then he disappears. No calls, no texts, just ... gone. Rosie Walsh's Ghosted takes this premise and refuses to let it go, in a gripping and surprising romantic suspense story.

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Officials Work On Tweaking Evidence-Based School Funding.

Aug 9, 2018
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Two regional superintendents were recently tasked with recommending ways the state can funnel new money to schools for at-risk students. Lee Gaines has this report.

Gender Pay Equity In Springfield.

Aug 9, 2018

Democrats are once again pressing Illinois’ Republican governor on the issue of equal pay for women. Brian Mackey has more.

Carbondale Announces Temporary Road Closures.

Aug 8, 2018

The City of Carbondale advises motorists that, due to repair work at the Canadian National Railroad crossing, between Illinois Avenue and Washington street, College street will be closed until Thursday August 9th, 2018 at 3:00PM.

Senator Durbin Visits Cairo Public Housing

Aug 7, 2018
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Senator Dick Durbin met with residents of Cairo public housing on Tuesday, August 7th to discuss the future of the community.

Plans include demolishing two unused complexes as soon as the last residents depart, then clearing the space for future development. HUD authorities will also be doing deferred maintenance on occupied units and working to improve conditions for residents. 

From E. coli in romaine lettuce to potential salmonella on Goldfish crackers to a parasite in salads and wraps, food recalls are in the spotlight this year. But things may not be as bad as they sound, according to Lana Nwadike, a food safety specialist with Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

In 2016, Rauner issued a press release saying his administration had ended a “patronage hiring scandal” at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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A gathering recently at Giant City Stables brought together lawmakers, parents, veterans and health care professionals to discuss Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding, or, SES Therapy for short.

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A southern Illinois man received a long prison sentence after a Union County jury convicted him on two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

Advocates for new cruise-control technology for freight-hauling trucks say it could save money on fuel and consumer costs, but opponents of the technology believe it could put others on the road in danger.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed laws designed to cut back on a growing and costly backlog in determining Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents.

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