Gasoline is expensive. Diesel fuel is even more so. But there's a substantially cheaper motor fuel on the market, and the cars that run on it are readily available. But this alternative fuel is not a panacea. Jim Meadows reports on the pluses and minuses of E85 fuel.
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Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital will build a new institute dedicated to the research and treatment of breast cancer, thanks to the biggest single gift in the hospital's history. The $10 million donation comes from Linda Mills, who has coped with breast cancer for more than 13 years. Mills, a board member of Busey Bank, deferred comment to her husband, First Busey Corporation CEO Doug Mills, who says their ordeal began on the last day of 1991 when Linda was first diagnosed. The Institute is expected to open in 2008.
Modern technology has allowed for editing of movies on DVD without the consent of studios. One service called CleanFlicks distributes edited versions of films, while another, CleanPlay, sells software that allows parents to filter out content they don't want their kids to see. Attorney Carrie Beyer, who wrote about the subject for the University of Illinois Law Review, tells AM 580's Jeff Bossert that both services have become the subject of legal battles over who has the right to remove or alter a film's content.
Shortly after the journalist and author committed suicide at the age of 36, the curator of a museum in Nanjing, China -- a city Chang wrote extensively about -- came to her gravesite to pay his respects. His organization now plans to fund two statues of Chang, one to be placed in a museum in Nanjing and the other to go to her family in the US. AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Shau-Jin and Ying-Ying Chang, who'll decide where a statue on American soil will best honor Iris' memory and inspire others.
A young journalist's learning experience often involves covering a nearby school board or house fire. But for a group of Illinois students, their beat was a foreign country with an unfamiliar language. The ten students are back from three weeks in Peru, where they talked with government leaders, poor villagers, alleged terrorists and ordinary Peruvians. The result is a two-hour documentary, "Assignment: Peru", which aired July 2 on AM 580. Tom Rogers talked to two of the student reporters and the professor who oversaw their South American trip.
Mitchell Vogel (left) of Evanston is the new head of the board of directors for the State Universities Retirement System, the agency that handles retirement benefits for thousands of higher education employees. Vogel talked with AM 580's Jim Meadows about the uncertain future of state pension systems.
The documentary 'The Education of Shelby Knox' looks at the Lubbock, Texas native's efforts to bring about comprehensive sex education in her home state. Lubbock suffers from some of the highest teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates of any southern city. Knox, now a college student, says she continues to lobby on behalf of this issue. AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Knox about the film's success and how it's turned some heads in her home state.
Teenagers in Illinois say their teachers are shying away from many of their biggest concerns when discussing sex. It's course work that's generally short on time and resources. There's a new effort from outside the classroom to change that. Those leading the effort say taking the federally funded 'abstinence-only' approach to sex education means addressing only half the issue. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports.
Five people in Champaign County have graduated from a regimen of treatment for drug addiction. Champaign was one of the first counties in the state to set up a program known as Drug Court - since then, dozens of non-violent offenders have reduced or avoided jail time by pledging to stay drug-free under a judge's watch. AM 580's Tom Rogers watched as the latest participants received their hard-earned diplomas.
Re-entering the outside world is a jarring experience for paroled inmates used to daily routines and an assured place to sleep and eat. While some parolees are able to make a new life for themselves, many others wind up back behind bars - Illinois reported its highest recidivism rate ever last year. A statewide task force is looking for ways to get more ex-felons re-established and out of trouble. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports.