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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 21, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders

By Liz Halloran

President Obama signs the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, as Attorney General Eric Holder and a bipartisan group of senators look on.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - April 21, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Wait Continues For Schools’ Fate Under Proposed New Formula

By Amanda Vinicky

Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) introduces his Senate Bill 16, which would overhaul how Illinois determines state funding of schools.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a major change to the way local schools get money from the state. But information about how individual school districts would fare in the new system won't be ready until just before the end of the spring legislative session.

Categories: Education, Government





NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 19, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

By Dan Charles

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Wal-Mart is promising to drive down the prices of organic food by bringing in a new company, WildOats, to deliver a whole range of additional products.

It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.

Categories: Business, Food

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 19, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

By Bill Chappell

A relative sits in a gym in South Korea to await news.

Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Since the ship sank Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive.



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