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Bethune Pleads Not Guilty in Varughese Case

Jul 18, 2017
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Daily Egyptian

The man accused of killing a student from SIU-Carbondale in 2014 entered his plea in Jackson County Court.

The Daily Egyptian reports Gaege Bethune pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder of SIU-C student Pravin Varughese.

A pair of southern Illinois lawmakers says Democratic leaders need to send Governor Rauner the education funding formula measure he promises to veto.

Lawmakers approved a state budget more than a week ago, but that legislation requires enactment of a new school-funding plan.

The new state budget will fund Illinois colleges and universities at the level of funding they received in 2015 … minus 10 percent. But there’s one area of higher education that got a boost.

The ACLU accuses a juvenile detention facility in southern Illinois of improperly and unnecessarily seeking prosecutions of several dozen detainees.

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SIU-Carbondale's new chancellor says he's ready to tackle the challenges faced by the University.

Carlos Montemagno will officially start his new job on August 15th. He met with the media Monday in Carbondale.

Governor Bruce Rauner is eager to use his veto pen to alter the school funding reform plan adopted by the General Assembly in June.  There’s just one problem: It’s not on his desk.

Illinois' budget stalemate is over but those who work with children in the state say a lot of ground was lost while lawmakers disagreed.

A major bond-rating agency says Illinois' fiscal challenges linger despite approval of the first state budget in two years.

Moody's Investors Service issued a report Friday. It notes that an income tax increase approved this month will generate nearly $5 billion more a year.

Illinois has tapped nearly $700 million in existing funds to make the first payment to colleges and universities they've received in seven months.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced the payment Thursday.

Four semis were involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 Thursday afternoon.

Illinois State Police say the four vehicles were traveling north in the right lane on I-57 north of milepost 43 in Williamson County.

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Justice for Pravin

A southern Illinois man has been indicted in the death of former SIU-Carbondale student Pravin Varughese.

The Carbondale Police Department says 22-year-old Gauge Bethune of Eldorado faces two counts of first-degree murder.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You may have heard the story recently about a Major League Baseball umpire saving a woman who apparently was about to jump off a bridge in Pittsburgh.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about the city's history of bridge jumpers and how this lifesaving move has a deeper meaning.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the co-author, with his son, Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates, and the editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

 

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Training
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Poshard Foundation sponsored a conference on Thursday lead by representatives from the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

The DEC’s goal is to train social, law, medical and other service agencies to understand each other and work together in collaboration to put children’s needs first by identifying and responding to children living in dangerous environments.

SIU Trustees have OK'd a financial stability plan that cuts $26 million from the Carbondale campus, and lays out potential program eliminations for the future.

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Rep. Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

WSIU News: AM Update (7/13/2017)

Jul 13, 2017

Good morning, here is the latest news from WSIU Radio.  Today will be very warm and humid.  Some clouds and possibly an isolated Thunderstorm today with a high of 93 degrees.  The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather statement for today with the possibility of heat index values of between  100 and 105 degrees today, Thursday July 13th, 2017.

SIU Trustees are considering a financial sustainability plan for the Carbondale campus that could include changes to the number of colleges and programs on campus.

The state of Illinois has a budget. But, that's not the case for the state's K through 12 schools.

Mt. Vernon Schools Superintendent Aletta Lawrence says the spending plan can't appropriate money for schools unless a new funding formula also wins approval.

A resolution to make immigrants in Southern Illinois feel welcomed in the community was approved on Tuesday, by the legislative committee of the Jackson County Board.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the body of one of the two people who drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River has been recovered.

Annotation: Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails About Russia Meeting

Jul 12, 2017
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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father."

In a maneuver some state lawmakers call a "booby trap," the spending plan approved last week says Illinois can't appropriate money for schools unless a new funding formula also wins approval.

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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale man is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun after a shooting incident at a local bar.

Officers say 32-year-old Jonathan Moore is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon for being in possession of a handgun. He has not yet been charged with the shooting at the Hollywood Lounge on West Jackson Street.

SIU President Randy Dunn is recommending Carlo Montemagno for the Carbondale campus Chancellor position, and former Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell for a system Vice President position.

The Illinois State Board of Elections says it won't provide information about registered voters to President Donald Trump's voting commission.

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U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, leading to a rescue of the crew.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says two people may have drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River.

Carbondale Police say they're looking for suspects after a shooting at the Hollywood Lounge early Sunday morning.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is offering some suggestions to help make sure the state avoids junk bond status.

Although Illinois now has a budget, the state's fiscal condition remains on very shaky ground and a rating downgrade could still happen. Treasurer Frerichs says for starters, the governor needs to pay a visit to the bond houses in New York.

Q&A on GOP Health Care Bill

Jul 10, 2017

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In Illinois, millions could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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