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Springfield's 11th Street Extension Now Open

After nearly 40 years of planning and construction, the 11 th Street Extension opened in Springfield over the weekend.

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Students have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois' juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science.
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Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails

But the quality of online coursework is one of many concerns for advocates.

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Education Desk

In Defense Of The (Liberal) Arts

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A concept familiar to those in business and finance is cropping up more often in college searches: ROI, or return on investment. No longer limited to investment banking, parents, students and educators across the nation are now wondering whether all degrees are created equal, especially in light of expensive college costs.

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At a bill signing event in Springfield, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continued to say House Speaker Michael Madigan should be prosecuted.  

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It’s been a recommendation for years, but now it’s law in Illinois. Children may not be flipped forward in their car seats until they are two years old unless they are at least 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. 

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Equity

A two-year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania resulted in what the state's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, called "the largest, most comprehensive report into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church ever produced in the United States."

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Panelists in Moline joined NPR Illinois for the Seeking Solutions forum exploring the issue of residents leaving the state to move elsewhere.

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Tuesday's elections in four states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont — produced some noteworthy results.

Here are four takeaways:

1. It was a big night for Democratic diversity

Christine Hallquist, a former energy company executive, became the first openly transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor. And the Democrat's candidacy may not be one just for the trivia books — she has a chance at winning this fall.

Last month at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, WXPN and World Cafe hosted the fifth annual Nuevofest, a celebration of the new sounds of Latin alternative music, produced in association with AfroTaino Productions.

Seven bands took over the stages at World Cafe Live for a long day of music that mixed together varying musical styles including punk rock, electronic beats, mariachi, son, cumbia, salsa, and classic Cuban. Watch complete sets from Nuevofest 2018 below.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to present their closing arguments to the jury on Wednesday in the case of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The statements cap a 12-day trial at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where Manafort faces a total of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud.

Judge T.S. Ellis III has given both sides up to two hours for their arguments, after which the jury of six men and six women is set to receive final instructions before retiring to deliberate on a verdict.

A two-year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania resulted in what the state's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, called "the largest, most comprehensive report into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church ever produced in the United States."

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A 29-year-old Sudan-born U.K. citizen is being held on terrorism charges relating to a car crash at Parliament in London that injured three people, British media reports.

On Tuesday morning, Salih Khater drove a Ford Fiesta into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into security barriers outside of the Houses of Parliament.

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Rachel Otwell

Uncovering & Commemorating Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot

Kathryn Harris remembers coming across a manila folder, tucked away in a filing cabinet. It was the seventies, and she was working at Springfield’s public Lincoln Library at the time. The newspaper clippings inside told a story of a city in flames, of lynching s and death — something she hadn’t remembered hearing before.

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Researchers Record Highest Pacific Ocean Temperature In A Century — 79.2 Degrees

Sea surface waters off the Southern California coast are setting records for warmth this summer. Last week, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego recorded its highest ocean temperature ever, 79.2 degrees. Here & Now s Robin Young asks Daniel Rudnick , professor of oceanography at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, whats going on. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Tuesday's elections in four states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont — produced some noteworthy results.

Here are four takeaways:

1. It was a big night for Democratic diversity

Christine Hallquist, a former energy company executive, became the first openly transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor. And the Democrat's candidacy may not be one just for the trivia books — she has a chance at winning this fall.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to present their closing arguments to the jury on Wednesday in the case of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The statements cap a 12-day trial at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where Manafort faces a total of 18 counts of bank and tax fraud.

Judge T.S. Ellis III has given both sides up to two hours for their arguments, after which the jury of six men and six women is set to receive final instructions before retiring to deliberate on a verdict.

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More Tiny Desk Contest 'Deskoveries' From Across The Country

Our 2018 Tiny Desk Contest On the Road tour brought us incredible musical discoveries in every city we visited. Year after year, this Contest would be nothing without our dedicated community of creators from every state. We couldn't feature all these artists on our one (short) tour, but luckily, plenty of NPR Member stations from across the country produced their own events featuring some of their local Contest favorites — so we asked them to recap their shows for us. You can read about some...

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Seeking Pay Equity, Female Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe has filed a lawsuit against the orchestra, claiming that she is making substantially less each year than her closest peer — a man. Rowe's suit was filed in Massachusetts' Suffolk County Superior Court on Monday morning, the day after a new, statewide equal pay law went into effect. Her suit may be the first gender pay equity claim filed under the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law (MEPA). She is asking for more than $200,000 in unpaid wages...

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