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Her murder triggered rioting in Pakistan and rippled the world-over, and on Saturday the man convicted in 7-year-old Zainab Ansari's death was sentenced to die four times over.

Mohammad Imran, a local man who knew Zainab's family, pleaded guilty to raping and killing the little girl, reports The Associated Press.

Her body was found on a trash heap on Jan. 9 in the city of Kasur near Lahore, four days after she was reported missing.

Prosecutors say Imran, 24, is a serial killer who has also admitted to killing several other children.

In the brave new world of synthetic biology, scientists can now brew up viruses from scratch using the tools of DNA technology.

The latest such feat, published last month, involves horsepox, a cousin of the feared virus that causes smallpox in people. Critics charge that making horsepox in the lab has endangered the public by basically revealing the recipe for how any lab could manufacture smallpox to use as a bioweapon.

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Carbondale, IL – AS A NEW BUDGET YEAR BEGINS IN ILLINOIS... LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR CONTINUE TO BUTT HEADS OVER A NEW SPENDING PLAN.

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS HAVE SHOWN DISDAIN FOR BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS... BUT MANY STILL WONDER WHAT WILL SPUR A CHANGE IN THE POLITICAL CLIMATE.

PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE DIRECTOR MIKE LAWRENCE SAYS IT TAKES A SHIFT IN ATTITUDE AMONG VOTERS.

Carbondale, IL – IT MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THE WAY CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET WERE CRAFTED IN YEARS PAST WORKS TO GET THINGS DONE... ACCORDING TO ONE LOCAL POLITICAL ANALYST.

JOHN JACKSON WITH THE PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE ADMITS THERE IS A STRONG LACK OF TRUST BETWEEN ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS AND GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

JACKSON SAYS WITHOUT A GUARANTEE THAT THEY CAN GO BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS WITH ROAD AND BUILDING PROJECTS, LEGISLATORS ARE RELUCTANT TO PASS A MAJOR CONSTRUCTION BILL.

Carbondale, IL – A FORMER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT SIU-CARBONDALE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND.

JOHN E. KING, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF WHAT FORMERLY WAS KNOWN AS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT SIU-C, PASSED AWAY SUNDAY IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS 94.

KING CAME TO THE SIUC CAMPUS IN 1967 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HE SERVED AS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOUNDATIONS FROM 1968 TO 1970, BEFORE BECOMING CHAIR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1970. HE RETIRED IN 1983.

Chicago, IL – ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER ALEXI GIANNOULIAS IS SEARCHING FOR APPROXIMATELY $45,000 DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY FOR JACKSON COUNTY RESIDENTS.

THE 35 CLAIMS WERE FILED JUNE 23RD DURING THE STATE TREASURER'S CASH DASH OUTREACH EVENT AT THE JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE.

THIS WAS THE FIFTH CASH DASH EVENT HELD BY THE STATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER SHIRLEY BOOKER'S OFFICE. THERE IS CURRENTLY MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY OWED TO THE RESIDENTS OF JACKSON COUNTY.

Carbondale, IL – A NEW ERA IN CARBONDALE CITY GOVERNMENT IS UNDERWAY.

ALLEN GILL TOOK OVER TODAY AS THE NEW CITY MANAGER. HE REPLACES JEFF DOHERTY - WHO RETIRED YESTERDAY AFTER SERVING IN THE CITY MANAGER'S POST FOR 16 YEARS.

GILL TAKES OVER AFTER SERVING AS THE CITY MANAGER IN PITTSBURG, KANSAS.

GILL SAYS HE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SAYS HE'LL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO HOW THE NATIONAL ECONOMY AFFECTS CARBONDALE.

Springfield, IL – MINIMUM-WAGE WORKERS IN ILLINOIS ARE RECEIVING A $0.25 HOURLY BOOST IN PAY, TO $7.75 PER HOUR.

STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASE WILL MEAN $520 MORE PER YEAR FOR 650,000 WORKERS.

IT IS THE SECOND IN A FOUR-STEP HIKE IN WAGES ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IN 2006. THE FINAL STEPS INCREASE THE WAGE TO $8.00 NEXT JULY AND $8.25 IN JULY 2010.

ILLINOIS' PAY RATE IS NEARLY TWO DOLLARS HIGHER THAN THE FEDERAL STANDARD.

Jackson County, IL – Three people were injured in a three vehicle crash near the Jackson-Union county line.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the accident occurred at 7:44 this morning on Route 51 about two-tenths of a mile north of the Union County line.

Deputies say 17-year-old Joshua Poole of Jonesboro was driving north on Route 51, when his vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and collided head-on with 48-year-old Shiowyun Shih of Carbondale.

Springfield, IL – ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR CHRISTINE RADOGNO [ROW-DOUGH-NYO] IS NOW ONE OF SEVERAL REPUBLICANS EYEING THE GOVERNOR'S SEAT IN 20-10.
SHE SAYS DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF STATE POLITICS HAS LEFT A FISCAL MESS SHE'S COMPELLED TO CLEAN UP.
BUT RADOGNO SAYS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO A BID MAY COME FROM HER OWN PARTY.
RADOGNO HAS REPRESENTED PART OF THE SOUTHWESTERN SUBURBS IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE SINCE 1997.
SHE SAYS SHE WON'T MAKE A FIRM DECISION ABOUT RUNNING UNTIL THE 2008 ELECTION IS OVER.

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