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A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up

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In 2017, Kim Nelson had just moved her family back to her hometown in South Carolina. Boxes were still scattered around the apartment and while her two young daughters played, Nelson scrolled through a newspaper article on her phone. It said religious exemptions for vaccines had jumped nearly 70 percent in recent years in the Greenville area – the part of the state she had just moved to.

After pulling planes and canceling hundreds of flights, Southwest Airlines is offering an apology to travelers — and blaming the union that represents aircraft maintenance technicians.

Last week, the Dallas-based airline took more than 40 of some 750 aircraft out of service at four Southwest locations, spurring flight delays and cancellations. As a result, the company declared an operational emergency.

On day three of a hearing meant to get to the bottom of an absentee ballot scheme in the as-yet undecided U.S. House race in North Carolina's Ninth District, all eyes are on Republican Mark Harris, and when he will testify about what he knew and when.

The investigation is centered on a political operative, McCrae Dowless, who was hired by Harris to get out the vote in the eastern part of district, which runs from outskirts of Charlotte along the southern edge of the state.

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New data from Western Illinois University shows the Spring 2019 enrollment at the Macomb campus fell by almost 14 percent compared with a year ago.

A federal lawsuit against the University of Illinois' Urbana campus regarding alleged racial harassment of black employees was expanded Tuesday to include U ?of I campuses in Springfield and Chicago.

WSIU News (AM Update - 2/20/2019)

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WSIU's Kevin Boucher reports the latest state and local news along with your latest weather for Wednesday February 20th, 2019.

WSIU Almanac: February 20th, 2019.

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March 31st, is the date planned for the Carterville Rotary Carterville High School cleanup.  To learn more browse to:

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

Governor J-B Pritzker is withdrawing the appointments of two members of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

Marsha Ryan and Tom Britton - both selected by Pritzker's predecessor Bruce Rauner but never confirmed by the state Senate - are off the board as of Tuesday.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has increased graduate student enrollment for the spring 2019 semester.

Graduate enrollment grew ten percent to 177 students more than spring 2018 to reach its highest level in four years.

Illinois Attorney General Kawme Raoul is one of 16 attorneys general across the country filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The states allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.

Western Illinois University recently went through a major reorganization of its employees. According to the Western Factbook, WIU employs around 1,600 people. Only 39% of those jobs were classified as civil service last fall. Jeff Brownfield, Executive Director of the State Universities Civil Service System, believes that figure should be higher.

Saying the state is the midst of an affordable housing crisis, one lawmaker has introduced legislation that aims to boost low-cost rental units by offering a tax credit.


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