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New York Times

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 18 hours of questioning over two separate days, and the proceedings are not finished yet. On Thursday, the committee hears testimony from witnesses about Gorsuch's qualifications to be a justice of the US Supreme Court.

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Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it plans to lay off state prison nurses to "streamline" medical services and coordinate them with the current health care vendor.

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Art of the Eclipse With Dr. David Levy

Mar 21, 2017

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017, we visit with world-renown Astronomer Dr. David Levy.

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
US Supreme Court

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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www.galesayers.com

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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State Journal Register

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.

The public is invited to a free educational event about HIV, this Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM in Ballroom D of the SIU Carbondale Student Center. 

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City of Carbondale

Those post-card style water bills will soon be a thing of the past for the City of Carbondale.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/17/2017)

Mar 17, 2017

Good morning, we will see mostly clouds today, and a 50% chance of rain.  High today should hit 60 degrees.

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ABC 7 Chicago

Prosecutors say an appeals court shouldn't grant former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich a third sentencing hearing.

Their filing Thursday comes on the day the Illinois Democrat started his sixth year in prison for corruption, including trying to trade an appointment to ex-President Barack Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

WSIU Almanac: March 17th, 2017.

Mar 17, 2017

Murphysboro's annual St. Patrick's Day Festivities get underway on Saturday March 18th, 2017.  For more information cal 684-6421.  Or visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1204669096278142/

The University of Illinois is proposing a financial aid package designed to keep students at Illinois schools.

The U of I's "Invest in Illinoisans" plan would provide 170 million dollars a year in aid to undergrads and hopefully stem the tide of kids heading to other states.

The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Democratic state senators Wednesday rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary budget powers.

It would've let Rauner cut spending across government -with few areas of government off limits ... such as elementary education and debt payments.  At a hearing, Democratic Senator Don Harmon pushed Rauner's budget director, Scott Harry, to say just what the governor planned to cut.

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi adventure film Passengers.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.   Passengers is available at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/15/2017)

Mar 15, 2017

Good morning, on this Wednesday March 15th, 2017.  Hard to believe Spring arrives in just six days.  Your mid-week forecast calls for Sunny but cold today, high reaching 39 degrees.

WSIU Almanac: March 15th, 2017.

Mar 15, 2017

The Southern 7 Health Department is offering a free public support group for those with diabetes.  For more information visit:  http://www.southern7.org/diabetes-prevention.html

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has jumped another hurdle in his push to reduce the cost of home health-care. But, some people affected by the change are warning of dire consequences.

K-L Cleeton runs a video production company from his parents’ home in Effingham. His parents work for him, but not to grab coffee at his film shoots.

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Cairo Police

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

Quilts Are More Than For Keeping Warm.

Mar 14, 2017
Photograph courtesy of Jamey Walston, Exhibit Curator.

A display of quilts celebrating and telling family history is on display at Wabash Valley College's Brubeck Arts Center.  The exhibit, titled "Stitch in Time" runs through April 21st, 2017.

On Sunday, March 19th, 2017, the Mt. Carmel Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a reception at 3:00PM in the Brubeck gallery.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/14/17)

Mar 14, 2017

We'll see cold conditions today, Tuesday March 14th, 2017.  For today, mostly cloudy skies with the high reaching 35.

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