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Diego Luna wants you to start talking.

The star of Y Tu Mamá También, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Narcos: Mexico and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a new series that he hopes will compel audiences to do that. It's called Pan y Circo, or "Bread and Circus," out Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

The title is a reference to the poem "Satire X" by Roman poet Juvenal, who wrote in the second century that bread and circuses — food and entertainment — are all that's needed to convince Romans to give up their political freedoms.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, more and more people are searching for ways to stay active -- in a socially distanced manner.

In this commentary, Pete Peterson explains why running can be the perfect sport for the pandemic and how serious runners are still competing virtually.

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Ameren crews from southern Illinois are on their way to the east coast to help with power restoration after Hurricane Isaias.

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(August 6) -- Illinois' new COVID-19 infections totaled 1,953 on Wednesday, and the state added 21 confirmed deaths. The data brings the overall number of coronavirus cases to 188,424 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 7,594.

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Go behind the scences of The Blanket Fort Radio Theater podcast of Episode 6 of A Knight of Another Sort: Prohibition Days and Charlie Birger by Gary DeNeal.

Listen to this week's podcast here.

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Marion Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted for a theft at the Huck's store on West Main Street.

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the news for the morning of August 6th.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Marsha Ryan of the Garwin Family Foundation, along with three local students who've benefitted from the Foundation's work.

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A complicated man to say the least, bootlegger and murderer Charlie Birger gains a reputation among locals for extreme acts of kindness. However, his deadly temper always lurks beneath the surface.

The Egyptian Health Department is issuing a plea to communities in its coverage area of Saline, Gallatin and White counties to slow the spread of COVID-19.

CEO Angie Hampton says the CDC considers the three counties to be at moderate transmission of the virus. She says the positivity rate of more than seven percent must come down.

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Health experts and others have talked about how life won't get back to normal until there is a vaccine.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he doesn't plan on imposing a vaccine mandate. But, he hopes a high percentage of Illinoisans would want to get vaccinated.


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