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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 12, 2005

9/11: A Jazz Remembrance

This year's observance of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were low-key in Champaign-Urbana. University of Illinois law students planted small flags on the lawn outside their building. Meanwhile, before a small audience at Smith Hall, faculty members of the School of Music improvised on the hymn "Amazing Grace" for exactly 17 minutes -- the time between the two attacks on the World Trade Center. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with Karl Kramer, director of the UI School of Music, and musicians Chip Stevens, Ron Bridgewater and Chip McNeill.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 11, 2005

Planning for a New New Orleans

Rebuilding New Orleans seems like a daunting task when America is still trying to get its head around the enormity of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. But a University of Illinois urban planning professor says plans have to start now, even before the area's residents eventually begin to stream back into the city. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked to him.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 02, 2005

Champaign Native Survives Hurricane Katrina

A Champaign native attending college in New Orleans is back home, after surviving Hurricane Katrina and making his way out of the flooded city on foot. Am 580's Jim Meadows talked with Kevin Causley.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 26, 2005

Spinning at Different Speeds

The earth turns -- but some parts of the earth turn faster than others. An article in the latest issue of the journal Science provides evidence that the earth's core is rotating at a rate faster than the rest of the planet. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with a University of Illinois scientist who co-authored the study. Xiaodong Song (left) says their findings end a nine-year debate on the question and provide more information about the earth's magnetic field.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 26, 2005

Spot Drought

Agriculture experts wrap up their annual tour through the nation's corn belt - and while they're estimating slightly smaller crops in Nebraska and Ohio, expectations drop off sharply in Illinois. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports for NPR, that's because many Illinois farmers have suffered through what could be called a spot drought, the worst in nearly two decades.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 15, 2005

Rise of the Bloggers

There's no prerequisite for setting up a web log, or blog... except having a computer and having something to say. Many have joined in, in hopes that others will see their blogs and weigh in. Many bloggers say they need to update readers on the latest in politics or take the media to task, while others simply like writing for writing's sake. AM 580's Jeff Bossert introduces us to some local bloggers and why they do it.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 11, 2005

New Ways to Slow Cars

The balance between cars and pedestrians is tough to achieve. Some cities have turned to a new generation of street design techniques known collectively as traffic calming to keep speeds down and walkers safe. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports, those changes meet with mixed results, and drivers and neighbors aren't always happy with them.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 08, 2005

How Illinois Community Colleges are Faring

It's now estimated that 60 percent of Illinois students get their first state of higher education in the state's community college system, and enrollment is increasing. At the same time, state funding for community colleges has been declining. Danville Area Community College president Alice Jacobs is the new head of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents, which represents 39 schools across the state -- she tells AM 580's Dan Simeone about the challenges and opportunities Illinois community colleges face.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 05, 2005

The I-55 Classic

Beyond the steroid scandal, multimillion dollar salaries and lucrative product endorsements, baseball is still a game -- one that many who now make the big bucks played for fun the same way many of us did when we were kids. Some Chicago cubs and St. Louis Cardinals heroes of the 80's recently took to the diamond at Joliet's Silver Cross Field (left) expressly for that purpose. AM 580's Jeff Bossert was among the spectators.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 02, 2005

Staking Positions on Social Security

Social Security was a recurring issue at a recent town hall meeting held by 15th district Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana. People who oppose the concept of private, personal Social Security accounts got the Republican to voice his his opposition as well -- but only with a careful qualification. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.

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