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Active Russian cyberattacks are underway against U.S. government systems across the board, federal authorities revealed on Thursday — including those of election systems.

Already battling the largest fire in state history, Colorado is now dealing with another blaze that grew by more than 100,000 acres in a day.

The flames traveled east, fueled by beetle-eaten pine trees and dry winds. Hundreds evacuated. The fire jumped the Continental Divide. Conditions forced the closing of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Active Russian cyberattacks are targeting a wide swath of American government networks, including those involved with the ongoing election, federal authorities revealed Thursday.

The focus of the effort include "U.S. state, local, territorial, and tribal government networks, as well as aviation networks," according to a new bulletin from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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The attendance policy for the October 30 football game at Saluki Stadium has changed.

Due to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region, Saluki Athletics says attendance for the game against SEMO will be reduced to team families only.

Pritzker: State Headed Into COVID-19 Peak ‘Potentially Beyond’ April Highs

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Region 1 of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan will see a new tier of virus mitigations as Gov. JB Pritzker warned Thursday that “we are now headed into a peak that is beyond, potentially, where we were in March and April.”

“This pandemic is the greatest challenge that many of us have experienced in our lifetimes,” Pritzker said during a St. Clair County news conference Thursday. “And when it comes to managing this pandemic, these mitigations are our best tools to find our way through to the other side.”


Covid-19 continues to rise in Illinois, especially in Region One.  Illinois Governor JB Prtizker says the Northwest part of the state will have to see even tighter restrictions soon.


Thursday is the first day of increased restrictions  in southern Illinois to fight COVID-19.  For Melanie Andrews, Superintendent at Mt. Vernon Township High School, these stricter rules won't change anything, because, she says  her district has had good results with the steps they have been taking.

WSIU News Morning Update (10/22/2020)

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for October 22nd.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Land of Lincoln Legal Aid's Andrew Weaver and Nicholette Dolin about an upcoming virtual expungement clinic.

Election 2020 Debates
Meg Kelly | NPR

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Follow live updates and analysis.


Inside The Blanket Fort
SIU Press

The war between the Birger and Shelton gangs rages on, with Charlie Birger desperate to get his hands on the Sheltons’ prized tank. In October, the bodies of two gangsters are discovered, with no culprits in sight.

Another southern Illinois lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Facebook post, State Representative Dave Severin announced he and his wife started feeling sick on October 10, and have both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pritzker Renews Call for More Federal Aid

Oct 21, 2020

Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday renewed his call for more federal aid for struggling state and local governments as well as small businesses, but talks in Washington may be stalled until after Election Day.


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