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Testing Capacity Uncertain As Sangamon County Schools Plan For Reopening

This fall, if a student has a fever, cough or other symptom that is commonly linked to COVID-19, they cannot enter a school building.

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Domestic Violence Calls Surge After Stay-At-Home Order Lifts

Franny Cole’s now-estranged husband had been emotionally abusive and financially controlling. She thinks sometimes about what might have happened had she not gathered the strength to leave prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Springfield Names May 31 BLM Solidarity Day, Requires Anti-Racism Training For Employees

The Springfield City Council approved an anti-racism, anti-violence and anti-hatred resolution Wednesday night that would name May 31 as BLM Solidarity Day in honor of the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Wednesday At State Fairgrounds

The Illinois Department of Public Health will test people for COVID-19 at the State Fairgrounds on Wednesdays, beginning today.

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With 50 days left to count every person living in the U.S., Census Bureau workers around the country are facing what many consider an increasingly impossible mission.

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Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt joins us for a chat about parenting, loss, his many projects and keeping humor alive through a pandemic.

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A judge in California has ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, as to not violate the state’s new labor law.

Both companies say they plan to appeal before the order goes into effect in 10 days. Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent for Axios, has the details.

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Host Robin Young speaks with Grammy-winning jazz musician Maria Schneider about her new album “Data Lords.”

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One in five colleges is planning to hold in-person classes this fall. To keep their students healthy, some are launching widespread testing programs.

In Illinois, a large state university will offer free rapid testing to all its students and employees.

Christine Herman of Side Effects Public Media reports.

Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage. He says he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is “bigger than the state.”

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Russia says it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine that has yet to go through large-scale clinical trials. President Vladimir Putin says his own daughter has taken a dose.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Naor Bar-Zeev, a professor and vaccine specialist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Due to the growing globalized alcoholic beverage market, an increasing number of people of color are making waves in the market with goals to break racial barriers.

Here & Now’s Tonya Mosley speaks with Jackie Summers, the first Black person in the U.S. to hold a license to create Sorel Liqueur.

We also hear from Shae Frichette, the only Black female winemaker owner in Washington state’s Red Mountain.

It's a familiar moment. The kids want their cereal and the coffee's brewing, but you're out of milk. No problem, you think — the corner store is just a couple of minutes away. But if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus, you're supposed to stay put. Even that quick errand could make you the reason someone else gets infected.


Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 In 3 Want To Start The Year Online

As the school year starts in many districts across the country, a new national poll of teachers from NPR/Ipsos finds overwhelming trepidation about returning to the physical classroom. Eighty-two percent of K-12 teachers say they are concerned about returning to in-person teaching this fall, and two-thirds prefer to teach primarily remotely. On the latter point, teachers are aligned with parents and the general public: Another recent NPR/Ipsos poll found two-thirds of respondents thought...

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Restaurants Eagerly Await Reopening This Week

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The State of Illinois will enter Phase Four of its pandemic recovery plan this Friday June 26, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced.  The move comes as all areas of the state are meeting metrics for overall levels of COVID-19 and available health services for those seriously ill with the virus.

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Amid the pandemic, the state's ongoing budget woes received some attention this week, with uncertainty over federal aid to states and local governments.  Also, novel coronavirus positivity rates continue to slowly rise, prompting Governor J.B. Pritzker to issue new emergency guidelines for businesses, schools, and daycare centers.

WBEZ Public Radio's Tony Arnold and Capitol News Illinois' Peter Hancock join the panel.

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The speaking lineup for the Democratic National Convention that kicks off Monday includes a number of party stars that represent the ideological spectrum, ranging from Bill and Hillary Clinton to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Democrats unveiled on Tuesday morning a long list of party leaders and influential voices who will speak during this year's convention, with a mix of both moderate and progressive voices. They'll be featured across four nights of programming.

In her 2019 resignation speech, then-congresswoman Katie Hill said: "I am leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse, this time with the entire country watching."

She also could have said: I am leaving because I had an affair with a subordinate. Both statements would have been true.

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25 Years After Jerry Garcia Passed, Deadheads Mourn His Death And Celebrate His Music

Sunday marks 25 years from the death of the Grateful Deads leader, Jerry Garcia. But his music lives on as his songs resonate with new generations of Deadheads. Colorado Public Radios Vic Vela looks at his legacy and remembers Garcia with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir. Bob Weir has put his touring plans on hold during COVID-19. Now hes collecting unsold concert t-shirts to make into masks for underserved communities. Check out his work with Music4Masks . Watch on YouTube. Watch on...

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The Met Opera's Live Streaming Series Sticks To Old Trappings

New York's Metropolitan Opera , armed with technology, today's top singers and a captive, home-bound audience is, in spite of them, struggling to make opera relevant. The company's new streaming series, Met Stars Live in Concert, while a valiant endeavor, can't seem to shake off opera's fusty, aristocratic trappings. The series, which streams live every other Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, for a $20 ticket price, features top singers in recital at highfalutin locales. (The concerts are available for...

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