Statewide: A Basketball Team And A Deadly Plane Crash; Amanda Knox On The Criminal Justice Process

Dec 10, 2020

It was a foggy, rainy night December 13, 1977. The University of Evansville's men's basketball team boarded a planed, heading for an away game.  But soon after takeoff, the plane crashed killing all 29 people aboard.  We'll hear from those on the scene and a documentary about that tragic event. 

We'll also listen to a nurse, who explains the difficulty of doing her job in a pandemic. 

And Amanda Knox, who was exonerated after her wrongful conviction in a high profile murder case, talks with us about her experience and concerns about prosecutors, the court system and the media.    

Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.  

The lineup:

* Sean Crawford talks with reporter Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times about some of the politicians eyeing a bid for Secretary of State in 2022. 

*Peter Medlin of WNIJ reports on how schools have had difficulty finding substitute teachers this year.

* Lee Gaines of Illinois Newsroom recaps the University of Illinois' COVID testing program and what the numbers from the Urbana campus showed.

* Christine Herman finds out about research showing more people died in 2020 -- and not just from COVID-19. 

* Hannah Meisel interviews Amanda Knox, who was exonerated after being convicted and imprisoned for the death of her roommate while studying abroad in Italy.  Knox is now a journalist and she is appearing this week at a virtual benefit for the Illinois Innocence Project.

* We hear from Mary Dial, a nurse at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, about what it has been like to work through the pandemic and the stress it has placed on healthcare employees.

* Alex Ashlock with NPR's Here and Now reports on the plane crash that took the lives of the University of Evansville's men's basketball team and others in 1977.  

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