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AP - Illinois Public Media News - December 31, 2013

Illinois Holds Off Indiana In OT

By The Associated Press, with additional reporting from Rob McColley

Illinois sank five key free throws late to knock off visiting Indiana in overtime 83-80 Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - December 31, 2013

Report Details NSA’s Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

By Bill Chappell

Intercepted packages. Custom-made cables that steal data. Towers that mimic a commercial cellphone network. Those are a few of the tricks used by elite units of the National Security Agency to monitor potential threats, according to Germany's Der Spiegel. The magazine published those revelations Sunday and Monday, detailing what it calls a catalog of the NSA's high-tech spying products and methods.



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - December 31, 2013

Remembering The Boston Marathon Lost To The Bombing

By Alex Ashlock

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This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows third from right, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who was dubbed Suspect No. 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings by law enforcement. This image was taken approximately 10-20 minutes before the blast

Alex Ashlock of member station WBUR covered this year's Boston Marathon, as he has for the last 13 years. He remembers when that tragic Monday in April was just another thrilling, magical morning that was shattered when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line.





WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 30, 2013

DSC’s Morrissey Named To State Task Force

By Jim Meadows

The longtime head of Champaign’s Developmental Services Center is joining a state task force looking at ways to improve job prospects for people with disabilities.

Dale Morrissey says his work at the DSC focuses on people with developmental disabilities. But he says the task force he’s joining is will look at the needs of all disability groups.

He says the task force will be looking at what needs to be done at different levels of state government, to implement recently passed laws to help people with disabilities find employment.   

“We’ll be looking at all the different fiscal requirements that need to be changed, and regulation type things”, said Morrisey. “And also we’ll be looking at the different departments that currently provide  employment services  for people with disabilities, to make sure that they’re all on the same page, working together to make that happen.” 

Governor Pat Quinn announced last week that he had named Morrissey to a task force formed by legislation that brings Illinois into the federal Employment First program. The US Department of Labor says the Employment First concept works for the alignment of state policies and regulations, for the full inclusion of people with significant disabilities in the workplace and community.  Other “Employment First” states include Iowa and Tennessee.

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