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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says if elected, he would not tear down the parts of the barrier along the U.S. Southern border built during the Trump administration — but he would cease construction.

"There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1," he told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro during an interview with journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach lost the Senate GOP primary on Tuesday, delivering a victory of sorts for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy to hold on to his majority this November.

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare many of the problems of societies around the world. In Italy, the first Western country hit by COVID-19, it revealed how much the country relies on its migrant work force. Many undocumented migrants work on farms, as field hands and harvesting crops — jobs that Italians don't want. With the pandemic, they were suddenly recognized as essential.

One African-Italian became the spokesman for hundreds of thousands of migrants — those who couldn't stay home, who were risking their health to go out to work.

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08-5-20: Governor Pritzker Daily Press Briefing (COVID-19)

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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois. Begins at 2:30pm.

WSIU News Morning Update (8/5/2020)

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for August 5th.

The Southern Five Regional Planning District and Development Commission has been awarded a $550,000 federal grant.

Daily COVID Update

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Editor's Note: As of August 1, WSIU is tracking COVID-19 cases differently. This page will be updated daily, rather than a separate post each day. For the latest data, refresh this page.

(August 4) -- Illinois' new COVID-19 infections totaled 1,471 on Tuesday, and the state added 19 confirmed deaths. The data brings the overall number of coronavirus cases to 184,712 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 7,545.

Inmate at Marion Federal Penitentiary Dies from COVID-19

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One inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Marion has died from COVID-19.


An economic development project in one of Illinois' most impoverished communities is taking a big step forward.

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Governor JB Pritzker says young people need to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Southern Illinois is experiencing what Pritzker calls a surge in COVID-19 cases -- mainly among people in their teens and 20s. Seven of the eleven counties statewide currently in warning status are in southern Illinois.

8-4-2020: Governor Pritzker Press Briefing at SIUC

Aug 4, 2020
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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

WSIU News Morning Update (8/4/2020)

Aug 4, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning news for August 4th.

8-3-2020: Governor Pritzker Press Briefing (COVID-19)

Aug 3, 2020
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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois. Begins at 11am.


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