Chicago Releases Video Showing Fatal Police Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

Updated April 15, 2021 at 8:30 PM ET Chicago has released video footage showing the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo, more than two weeks after the 13-year-old was killed during a foot chase in the Little Village neighborhood. A graphic and disturbing video captures what police have described as an alleyway confrontation between Toledo and an officer identified as Eric Stillman in the early morning of March 29. In the footage recorded from the shooting officer's body-worn camera, the...

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Sangamon County Switches Mobile Clinic To Pfizer Vaccine As Johnson & Johnson Temporarily Paused

Despite shelving around 2,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health won’t have trouble supplying planned vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, according to department director Gail O’Neill.

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Orignially aired April 8, 2021. Dr. Ty Dooley is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Dooley's research areas include: social justice, critical race, social equity, and community development. In February, an unfortunate incident caused Dr. Dooley to write a blog post called A Teachable Moment: Public Spaces Are Not Public . In this blog, Dr. Dooley addresses social order, teachable moments, and "white spaces." He talks about the blog and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

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Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is three weeks into a hunger strike protesting the lack of medical attention he's received while in prison. Now, his doctor fears his death is imminent.

Physician Yaroslav Ashikhmin said test results that Navalny's family shared with him reveal increased potassium levels, which could lead to cardiac arrest, as well as heightened creatinine levels from deteriorating kidneys.

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NASA will pay Elon Musk's SpaceX $2.9 billion to build a lunar landing system to ferry astronauts to the surface of the moon.

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As Auto Industry Goes Electric, Can It Avoid A Battery Bottleneck?

The world is going to need more batteries. A lot more batteries. Every major automaker is preparing to pivot from gas and diesel cars to electric and hybrid ones. Ford F-150s and Kia crossovers, Volkswagen hatchbacks and BMW sedans: They'll all plug in instead of fill up. It's a remarkable transformation that will change the way we drive and shake up world energy markets. But the massive shift is raising concern that the world's battery supply chain, from mines to manufacturers, will fail to...

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Singer songwriter Michelle Zauner, who performs under the name Japanese Breakfast, has just published a new memoir called Crying in H Mart. We invite her to play a game called "The Breakfast of Champions!" Three questions about Wheaties.

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The University of Illinois Springfield could return to a more normal atmosphere in the fall if the pandemic trends continue in the right direction.  The university system has announced it plans to offer more in-person classes starting in August, citing the rising number of people getting vaccinated as a main reason. 

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This week saw the release of video and other evidence of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 13 year old Adam Toledo.  Several top Illinois and city officials have weighed in.  Chicago's mayor promised a new policy on how and when officers engage in foot chases.  

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As we approach President Biden's 100th day in office at the end of this month, some observers are flattering him with comparisons to two legendary Democratic presidents of the 20th century — Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Those names reportedly came up when historian Jon Meacham convened a group of his colleagues at the White House in early March for a private session with Biden. And since then, the aptness of comparing this new president to such transformative figures of the past has become a matter of some debate in Washington and beyond.

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Mental Health Takes Center Stage As Pandemic Devastates Nashville's Live Music Scene

When COVID-19 took hold, financial support unsurprisingly topped the list of priorities for most nonprofits who provide direct assistance to people in the live music industry. But, as weeks off of the road turned into months and now over a year, mental health remains a major concern for those whose stages have sat blank and silent for so long. "I was on the way up again, and this couldn't have come at a worse time," says Joshua Schultz, a Nashville-based tour lighting designer who was already...

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