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Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't backing down from his comments recalling the "civility" of his working relationships with two segregationist lawmakers. In fact, he's saying New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who criticized his remarks, is the one who needs to offer an apology.

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Trita Parsi, of the National Iranian American Council, about the Trump administration's standoff with Iran. Iran's military has shot down a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf.

The U.S. has confirmed that Iran shot down a U.S. military drone. NPR's Noel King asks former Ambassador Barbara Leaf about the implications for U.S.-Iran relations.

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With near-record flooding and a serious delay in the planting season, Governor JB Pritzker is trying to ensure Illinois farmers can access all available state resources.

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You may have heard a women's professional fast-pitch softball team from Canada is calling Rent One Park in Marion home this summer.

The team called the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois is made up of players from the Canadian National Team. They're using the experience to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

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Franklin County has started the process of replacing their 150-year-old court house on the Benton Square.

 

After nearly 20 years of discussions and 2 failed referendums Franklin County can start the process of replacing the court house.

WSIU News (AM Update - 6/19/2019)

Jun 19, 2019

Good morning.  More rain, and possibly Thunderstorms are possible today.  The chance of Thunderstorms developing later this Wednesday afternoon is 80 percent.  Today's hi:82.

The Listening Project: Cathy Ann Garavalia, of Benton.

Jun 19, 2019

WSIU Radio's The Listening Project is a regular, recurring,  series that chronicles the stories, experiences and history of the people who call this region home.

A local city commission released a survey to have public input influence a sustainability action plan. WSIU's Amelia Blakely has more.

With national HIV Testing Day set for next week, Southern Seven Health Department is now offering HIV PrEP medication services at its Cairo clinic for those at risk of contracting the disease.

A man living in the country illegally has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for unlawfully re-entering the U.S.

The Southeast Missourian reports 29-year-old Gabriel Santos-Caporal was sentenced Monday in federal court.

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Carbondale's Sustainability Commission is seeking public input to develop an action plan focused on adapting the city to climate change and improving its resilience to extreme weather events.

Sustainability Action Plan Subcommittee member Jane Cogie says the commission was asked by Carbondale's City Manager to create a sustainability action plan that had the input of the local community.

Cogie says this is to ensure equitable changes for local residents who will be impacted the most.

Looking at the well-being of Illinois’ children through a racial lens … shows big disparities, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS count report.

Racial disparities show up on measures of health, educational achievement, and economic well-being.

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