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Officials leasing the Old Post Office Building for the the Trump International Hotel in Washington improperly ignored the Constitution's anti-corruption clauses when they continued to lease the government property to President Trump even after he won the White House, according to an internal federal government watchdog.

The Women's March On Washington is this Saturday Jan. 19, 2019. Since its founding two-years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have come to the nation's Capital to demand social change on behalf of diverse women and their communities.

This year, the movement has fractured under accusations of anti-Semitism, lack of financial transparency and infighting.

Though Houston and Harris County make up one of the most ethnically and racially diverse metro areas in the country, that hasn't always been reflected in its judges. But the region recently took a big step towards representation when it elected a record 19 African-American women to the bench.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was among Democratic lawmakers who called on President Trump to reopen the federal government Wednesday.

Netflix is out with its latest installment of the sci-fi series Black Mirror.   This time around a young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into video game.

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz explores the world of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is currently streaming on Netflix.   Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent his first full day in office taking steps aimed at setting himself apart from his predecessor.

Illinois Issues Its First Posthumous Exoneration

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Illinois Innocence Project

An Illinois man has been exonerated 23 years after his death in the first posthumous exoneration in Illinois.

Grover Thompson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1981 stabbing of Ida White in Mt. Vernon. Thompson died at Menard Correctional Center in 1996.

Franklin County authorities have identified the woman whose body was found near Zeigler on Saturday.

The sheriff's office says she is 30-year-old Brandy Hughes of Zeigler.

SIU Medical School Opens Clinic in Taylorville Hospital

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SIU School of Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine now has a Center for Family Medicine clinic inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility.

The new SIU primary care clinic opened Tuesday and will initially be located in the Specialty Clinic space.

Congressman Mike Bost's office

Murphysboro republican Congressman Mike Bost and Florida democrat Al Lawson introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to try to help America's agriculture industry.

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Now that China has a probe on the far side of the moon, scientists are eager to take advantage of doing research on the side of our satellite that faces away from the electromagnetic clutter of  Earth-borne broadcasts.

01/15-16/19: Barr Confirmation Hearings

Jan 15, 2019
The Capitol Building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

The Senate is holding confirmation hearings this week for President Trump's pick to run the Justice Department. William Barr is the nominee to be the next Attorney General. 

A Southern Illinois activist organization - Women United Network - is celebrating the third anniversary of the Women's March this Saturday.

To start the day, there will be a community engagement fair beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.

"We hope community members will come out and meet organizations that they may be interested in joining," organizer Liz Hunter says. "So they can kick off 2019 with an organization with some hope and plans for volunteering throughout the year."


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