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As the Trump administration demands funding for a border wall to stop illegal immigration, a new study finds that for the seventh consecutive year, visa overstays far exceeded unauthorized border crossings.

The report released Wednesday by the Center for Migration Studies of New York finds that from 2016-2017, visa overstayers accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally.

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Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1975, died Wednesday at the age of 89, the company said.

Bogle started a revolution in the way people invest. He believed that investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay investment managers to pick them.

A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how multinational companies create the problem.

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A researcher at SIU-Carbondale is studying the impact of public scrutiny on police officers.

Tammy Kochel  conducted surveys with the St. Louis County Police Department before the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and then returned for interviews after the unrest.

Amtrak passengers should expect delayed departure times on January 22nd due to track improvements by Canadian National Railway.

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

Jan 15, 2019
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

Jan 15, 2019
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.

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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.


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