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Search and rescue teams worked through the night in Florida to find people who need help, after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle as a historic Category 4 storm on Wednesday. More than 400,000 electricity accounts had lost power in Florida as of Thursday morning.

Michael wrecked buildings and tore down trees in Panama City and nearby towns. The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says "thousands of trees are down," causing widespread damage and blocked roads.

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It's hard to make time for history books when there is so much history crashing down on us every single day — and especially when that history is divisive, aggressive, and seemingly never-ending.

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SIU-C Ready for LGBTQ Month

Sep 28, 2018

SIU is celebrating LGBTQ History Month this October with several events. The pride walk is October 1st at noon and will begin at the Student Center main entrance.

Several car seat safety checks are being held around southern Illinois this weekend.

A federal inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion is guilty of filing fictitious involuntary bankruptcy petitions.

Fifty-five year old Kurt F. Johnson was convicted for filing the petitions in January against the prison warden and an officer.

Reading Baseball: Philip Roth and Donald Hall

Sep 28, 2018

Baseball's familiarity makes it a great subject for American literature.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about two decorated, baseball-loving writers who passed away earlier this year.

Illinois recipients of Temporary Aid for Needy Families - also known as TANF - will see an increase in the amount of their monthly grants in October. A $22 million boost was negotiated in the budget this year. Advocates for the poor say the difference may mean more families will be off the streets.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

The 2018 Illinois Issues Survey produced by the UIS Center for State Policy & Leadership's Survey Research Office and NPR Illinois shows dissatisfaction with state government, as nearly 3 out of 4 respondents feel the state is on the wrong track.  That sentiment appears to be impacting the race for governor.

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker unveiled his higher education plan Wednesday during a stop at Illinois State University, pledging to spend millions more on financial aid for low-income students and those considering out-of-state schools.

Project Hopes to Help Students with Trauma

Sep 26, 2018

The Illinois Education Association and Partnership for Resilience are teaming up for Resilient Southern Illinois aimed to help students with trauma.

Mary Jane Morris, IEA director of Teaching and Learning says students with Adverse Childhood Experiences risk falling behind in school. Examples of the trauma include verbal, physical and sexual abuse and domestic violence or absence.

As districts around the state begin reaping the benefits of Illinois' new school funding formula, Democratic lawmakers who just happen to be up for re-election gathered today to remind voters that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner initially vetoed that funding, and likewise vetoed legislation that would raise minimum teacher salaries to $40,000 over the next five years.

 

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored the legislation and is seeking re-election, says it's possible to get enough votes to override the veto when the General Assembly convenes shortly after midterm elections in November.

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