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Scotland is now a big step closer to becoming the first country in the world to make tampons and pads free to anyone who needs them.

The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill passed through the first of three stages in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday by a vote of 112-0, with one abstention.

The U.K. Court of Appeal dealt has dealt climate activists a big legal win, blocking plans for the addition of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest international hubs in the world. In its judgment Thursday, the three-justice panel concluded that the plans failed to satisfy the government's stated commitments on combating climate change.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan says the president has "crossed a psychological line" since impeachment, developing a list of disloyal officials to oust — and suggesting loyalists to replace them.

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The Carbondale Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.

Officers are searching for 17-year-old Ayden Van Hook, who was last seen on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. in the 400 block of East Walnut Street.  

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The Southern Seven Health Department is one of the lead agencies in coordinating the 2020 Census count in the area.

The Ullin-based organization hosted an informational luncheon Wednesday.

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President Trump is holding a news conference about coronavirus alongside CDC officials and others amid criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. Watch his remarks live.

A group of Illinois House lawmakers this week began considering whether one of their colleagues is qualified to serve in the General Assembly. It’s a rare process — and part of the continuing fallout from a federal corruption investigation.

Fans of former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone can dive into his latest adventure with the release this week of Steve Berry’s new novel, The Warsaw Protocol.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Berry about his latest adventure that takes readers to one of Berry's favorite places - Poland.

The Warsaw Protocol, from Minotaur Books,  is out this week in all formats.  In The Author's Voice is an online feature of WSIU.

Region Could Face Another Flood Fight in 2020

Feb 25, 2020
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It appears our region may be in for another flood battle this spring.

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A Williamson County man is headed to prison for violating terms of his probation after pleading guilty to battering his girlfriend.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 29-year-old Joseph Joiner of Carterville was sentenced to three years in state prison.

Pet owners in Illinois that live in public housing often have to choose between keeping their pet and staying in a place they can afford. A proposed Illinois measure aims to prevent that situation from ever happening.

An Illinois lawmaker wants people who injure or kill domesticated animals to face a harsher punishment.

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SIU kicked off its inaugural Saluki Transfer Day with about 100 transfer students registered for the event.

SIU Day is designed to give high school students a personalized introduction to SIU and all it has to offer, but organizers say this expansion is specifically targeting potential transfer students from the area's community colleges.

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