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Springfield Youth Skip The Classroom, Rally For Climate Change Policy

Springfield-area youth left the classroom Friday morning to rally around climate change. They joined an international event known as the Global Climate Strike.

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No Regrets: Alaina Hampton On Life After Speaking Out

The woman who blew the whistle on Michael Madigan's silence in her #MeToo case is still searching for a job and closure.

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Assaults, Bullying, Rape: A Lawsuit Against One Professor Claims a University Didn't Stop Him

Former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Gary Gang Xu assaulted and threatened students while university officials downplayed complaints, a lawsuit says. He ultimately resigned, taking $10,000 as part of his separation agreement. This article was produced in partnership with NPR Illinois, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network .

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Springfield City Council OKs Health and Housing Center Location

After four hours of contentious debate Tuesday night, the Springfield City Council approved the location of a 24-hour center that would provide emergency shelter and health services to the homeless. The vote Tuesday night was 8-2, with Ward 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory and Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner voting against the measure. Supporters of the Center for Health and Housing, to be placed at 521 S. 11th Street, say it will have multiple services under one roof and bring needed medical services to the...

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What Pittsburgh police first called a medical situation that left three people dead and four hospitalized, is now believed to be an isolated drug overdose incident.

"We do not believe this particular incident is going to be widespread," Pittsburgh police commander for narcotics Jason Lando said. "So we are not in a situation where we expect people to be found in an overdosed state all over the city."

Early Sunday morning a 911 call was placed for an unresponsive man at an apartment building on the city's south side.

Ahead of a week where President Trump will have his first face-to-face meeting with the Ukrainian president, Democratic calls for investigation of Trump's communications with Ukraine have intensified.

A white former Dallas police officer who shot and killed her unarmed black neighbor in his apartment goes on trial in Dallas on Monday.

The former officer, Amber Guyger said she entered the wrong apartment thinking it was her own, and shot 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean because she thought he was a burglar.

Rutendo Tavengerwei offers us a glimpse into the lives of two struggling teens in her young adult debut, Hope Is Our Only Wing.

We begin with a new student arriving at a boarding school in Zimbabwe. Shamiso has spent most of her childhood in England with her mother and journalist father, an investigative reporter intent on telling hard truths about his beloved homeland and its many corruptions. When her father dies in what looks like a car accident, they are forced to return home to bury him and try to set up a new life in Zimbabwe.

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As more states legalize marijuana, there's one group that's seen an increase in accidentally getting high: dogs. Discarded joints and THC edibles are just some of the ways dogs consume the drug.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word has an R somewhere within it. Change the R to two S's, and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.

Example: Female horses / Roman Catholic services --> MARES, MASSES

1. Singer who starred in "Moonstruck" / Game on a 64-square board

2. Tiny opening in the skin / Group helping a sheriff

3. Kitchen surface that stools might be next to / Noblewoman

4. Cry on a golf course / Choreographer Bob

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How Reporters From Across The U.S. Cover The Climate 'Emergency'

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a week-long global initiative of over 250 news outlets. Across the world, journalists are stationed from Antarctica to the Amazon covering how climate change is impacting people’s lives. At KQED in California, Molly Peterson has covered disasters like the Camp Fire , the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history that killed 85 people last year, the Woolsey Fire , which scorched 70,000 acres and killed three people in 2018, and...

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The faculty union at the University of Illinois Springfield today released a survey that amounts to a no-confidence vote against top administrators.

Chancellor Susan Koch, Provost Dennis Papini, and the four college deans scored approval ratings below 40 percent. The survey also asked professors whether they felt a “strong sense of belonging” and would be “happy to spend the rest of (their) careers” at UIS. Most of those responses were similarly negative.

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The woman who blew the whistle on Michael Madigan's silence in her #MeToo case is still searching for a job and closure.

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The eastern Illinois community of Casey has followed the lead of roadside novelties promising tourists a chance to see the world's largest (fill in the blank).

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A new report raises questions about the future profitability of casino gambling, one of the first people to say #MeToo in the context of Illinois politics is still looking for work, and the Illinois State Fair's claim of record revenue is not the whole story.

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'Don't Stop Believin" Goes On And On, Because We Need It To

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem . It's midnight on a Tuesday in Richmond, Va. At Sticky Rice, a sushi joint that hosts this college town's most raucous karaoke night, the crowd is already at fire-code capacity, and would-be crooners are forming a line outside. At around 12:30 a.m., a set of famous piano chords begins to play, and the place explodes. Friends stand together on tables;...

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'An Unexpected Life' — Stéphane Denève's Surprising Path To Leading St. Louis Symphony

In a cramped hallway outside Stéphane Denève’s new office at Powell Hall, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chief executive Marie-Hélène Bernard had a warning for the orchestra’s new music director. There’ll be a lot of microphone reverb when he talks to the audience at the orchestra’s Forest Park concert the next night, she said. “Like Woodstock!” he exclaimed, and pantomimed playing guitar to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A crowd of 20,000 at Forest Park is not quite Woodstock, but it’s also a world away from Denève’s humble origins. This weekend, he leads his first concerts as the orchestra’s artistic leader.

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