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Members of Congress likely won't confine themselves to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report when they question him next week in two open hearings, staffers said.

Mueller, who is reluctant to appear, has said he would confine himself to what he's already written — but the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence won't.

"I would expect us to ask some questions that would require answers that are not necessarily in the four corners of the report," an intelligence committee staffer said.

U.S. destroys an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on the border crisis. And, a heat wave builds across the U.S.

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Over 160 people turned out Thursday in Marion for a discussion of how communities can play a role in helping solve the opioid and substance abuse crisis.

Centerstone's vice president of addiction services Scott Hesseltine was the keynote speaker. He says treatment is just one component of the process.

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SIU Trustees say they're working to bring equity to the distribution of state funding between campuses - voting Thursday to split new money 50/50.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced legislation to establish national park status for Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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Those annoying robocalls that drive people crazy are the targets of a bill headed to a floor vote before the U.S. House.

Right now, only about half the world’s population has access to the internet - but that’s about to change in a big way.

Jim Cashel is a researcher and visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and chairman of Forum One – a web strategy and development firm.  His new book, The Great Connecting, examines the emergence of global broadband and how it will likely impact the world.   

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Cashel about his research and what it will mean to have worldwide internet service.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging President Donald Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his corruption crimes.

Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson Jr., say Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence was ``unfair and unnecessary.'' They say he was a governor who ``cared for the people.''

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A controversial plan to change how state monies are split between SIU campuses will take longer than some trustees had hoped. 

Floodwaters Continue To Plague Illinois Farmers.

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Even though river levels are slowly falling, many farmers in southern Illinois continue to struggle with flooded fields.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois is in the process of determining the best option to meet the air transportation needs of the region.

Five airlines have submitted proposals for service that would start this December.

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