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The mission is known as the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate, or MOSAiC. Its overarching goal is to collect a vast trove of data that can help improve how the Arctic is represented in climate models.

To do that, a group of scientists will try to freeze an icebreaker into the ice — for an entire year.

An 18-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death this week of Khaseen Morris, who died surrounded by a crowd of students taking cell phone video of the attack as he bled out on the ground.

Tyler Flach was charged with second-degree murder and was arraigned in court on Thursday, according to Nassau County police. He pleaded not guilty to killing Morris, a 16-year-old senior at Oceanside High School, during an after-school fight that broke out over a girl. Morris later died in a hospital.

It has been a week since the disturbing discovery of thousands of fetal remains at the home of a former abortion provider, and authorities still don't know why he kept them.

Ulrich Klopfer had performed abortions at three clinics in Indiana but lived across the state line in Illinois.

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The Murphysboro Board of Education and the Murphysboro Education Association are currently in mediation in hopes of avoiding a teacher's strike.

MEA lead negotiator Catlin Langellier says the district has lost more than dozen teachers in the past two years.

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The Carbondale Education Association and the negotiating team with Carbondale Elementary School District 95 are still at impasse.

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Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew's execution is scheduled for Oct. 1, but next week the American Civil Liberties Union will present a petition with 30,000 signatures to Gov. Mike Parson, asking that Bucklew's sentence be commuted to life in prison.

The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General.

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Around 900 high school students from the region were on the SIU-Carbondale campus Wednesday.

They were getting a taste of college life as part of SIU Day. Law School student Emily Mirabella led one of the groups.

A unique theatrical performance is coming to John A. Logan College this week.

Theatre director Jason Hedrick says Herrin Made is constructed from interviews of former employees of the Herrin Maytag factory. The plant closed in December 2006.

Illinois State Police say they're investigating the death of a Tamms man as a homicide.

Carbondale Police say a 17-year-old is in custody for a shooting incident Saturday evening.

Officers say the charges include Unlawful Use of Weapons and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

A Centralia man has pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with federal drug and gun charges.

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SIU's new Director of Athletics says it's been a whirlwind since she was named to the position Monday following the abrupt resignation of Jerry Kill.

Liz Jarnigan says she didn't know of Kill's final decision to leave Saluki Athletics and return to the coaching ranks at Virginia Tech until Monday morning around 8.

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NPR Illinois and ProPublica found several sexual harassment allegations against University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty that haven’t been publicly reported. Here's a rundown of the accusations, the consequences each faced and their responses. This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica Local Reporting Network .

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