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Rising public pension payment obligations for Bloomington and Normal could force some unpleasant choices several years down the road. Will there be cuts elsewhere? Hear ideas from city and town council candidates on the pension challenge. Plus, one of the big campaign issues in the town of Normal Mayor and Council contests is debt, how much of it t…
2020 will be known as a devastating year. More than 300,000 people in America died due to complications from the novel coronavirus. But it was the single death of a black man in Minneapolis that sparked nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality. It also sparked us to dig into the numbers of people killed in our region during …
In the U.S., the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is improving every day, but hundreds of millions of people are still vulnerable. And now, with some states relaxing or eliminating public health measures altogether, many people live in places where the virus will be freer to spread unchecked. KUT reporter Ashley Lopez reports on how business owners and…
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Myanmar's military has used live ammunition to quell ongoing protests, which are trying to restore democratic rule, killing scores of protesters in recent days.Di NPR
The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, setting the stage for Republican legislatures to try to make it more difficult to vote for years to come. This comes at the same time as the House passed a bill expanding and protecting voting rights. Civil rights remain at the center of the debate over who has access to the v…
By almost any metric, the scope of disinformation in America has gotten steadily worse in recent years. But the deplatforming of Trump, and a subsequent dip in lies online, gives room for optimism.Di NPR
The University of Cincinnati, Miami and Xavier all say they intend to be on campus this fall.Di Tana Weingartner
On today's program: The executive director of Trying Together explains the state of the region’s child care industry, and how $303 million from the Wolf Administration could help; Environmental Health News found five southwestern Pennsylvania families were exposed to unhealthy levels of chemicals associated with oil and gas production; and how glit…
Here's a roundup of regional headlines from the KBIA Newsroom, including: All Teachers In Missouri Will Be Able To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Soon Any School Or Child Care Employee Will Soon Be Able To Get COVID-19 Vaccine St. Louis Is Part Of A New Project To Track Mississippi River Plastic Pollution MO Legislature Considering Banning Transgender At…
Officials stepped up security in Washington, D.C., because of a false theory circulating online that has convinced some Donald Trump supporters that he will return to the presidency on Thursday.Di NPR
The European Union condemned the closure of an independent radio station in Hungary, but critics say the EU has been slow to punish Budapest for repeatedly violating democratic principles.Di NPR
Pope Francis starts a four-day visit to Iraq on Friday. It's the first such papal visit. The goal is to strengthen local Christian communities and build dialogue with Muslims.Di NPR
Carol Clapp, a 73-year-old widow, has been taking art classes, gardening — and she has a new sweetheart.Di NPR
With new cases teetering at about 60,000 to 70,000 per day, new hyper-transmissible variants and state rollbacks of coronavirus restrictions, the CDC chief urges Americans to remain vigilant.Di NPR
The starting point of a Northwest-based saga of alleged invented cattle , a multi-million dollar lawsuit and two bankruptcies may lie in a short handwritten list of numbers scrawled on a lined sheet of three-hole punch paper that purports to show Cody Easterday’s annual losses from speculating on the cattle futures market.…
Researchers say they have identified the oldest existing structure in the U.S. dedicated to the teaching Black children. It's a small, white building on the College of William & Mary's campus.Di NPR
The Supreme Court heard arguments this week about voting laws in Arizona that would make ballot access harder for people living in rural areas like the Navajo Nation. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports that the conservative court isn't likely to strike down the laws which could pave the way for more legislation that cuts into future election turnout. The…
President Biden announced yesterday an accelerated vaccination timeline in the United States, but some states are already moving to fully reopen—a move public health experts warn could lead to deadly mutations and a dangerous backslide. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, pharmaceuticals correspondent Sydney Lupkin, and national polit…
A century ago, the shipping industry recorded the daily ebb and flow of tides. Now, those records are becoming crucial for forecasting how fast sea levels are rising in a warming climate.Di NPR