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Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8 percent this fall, newly released figures show, part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades.

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Two Louisville Metropolitan Police officers have been shot as protesters marched to demand justice for Breonna Taylor following a limited indictment by a Jefferson County grand jury.

The officers were fired on after responding to a separate "shots fired call" at about 8:30 p.m. ET, Chief Robert Schroeder said in brief press conference Wednesday evening.

One suspect has been taken into custody, Schroeder said.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, whose mask-wearing habits have been publicly inconsistent and who has declined to issue a statewide mandate for face coverings, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Republican governor's wife, Teresa Parson, has also tested positive.

In a brief video statement, Mike Parson said he is awaiting a second test to confirm the results.

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The Egyptian Health Department has released the results of the COVID-19 Community Mobile Testing events last weekend in Carmi and Harrisburg.

Officials report about 10 percent positivity rates at the two locations.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear face coverings, has tested positive for COVID-19.

His office confirmed the positive test Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested positive earlier Wednesday.

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Former SIU Director of Athletics and NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers has passed away at the age of 77.

Sayers led the Saluki athletics department from 1976 to 1981. He continued to help the department after he left by donating memorabilia to fundraising events.

Governor JB Pritzker was upbeat in talking on Wednesday about the latest COVID-19 numbers for Region Four, the Metro East, a region that once had a positivity rate of 10 %.

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(September 23) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,848 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 22 additional deaths. The overall number of coronavirus cases is 279,114 since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 8,508.

Early voting in Illinois starts tomorrow (Thursday).  Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says by law, voters don't need to bring ID.

So far this year, we've experienced extreme forest fires as well as a very active hurricane season.  Brandon Derman is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.  His new book is Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Derman about his book and the environmental, political, and social impact of our changing climate.

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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois.

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