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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield on the cover of their new album "Dee Dee's Feathers."
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“Dee Dee’s Feathers” Celebrates New Orleans

Three-time Grammy-winning vocalist, and former Champaign-Urbana resident, Dee Dee Bridgewater released her latest album last month.  “Dee Dee’s Feathers” was recorded in New Orleans in Esplanade Studios, a former church that was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Bridgewater this week about how she and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield put together their new album.

Edward Faser has been named interim Provost of the Urbana campus.
Credit: Larry Kanfer, courtesy University of Illinois Public Affairs
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U Of I Names Interim Provost For Urbana Campus

The acting chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus Thursday named Edward Feser as interim provost. Barbara Wilson said in a statement that Feser has the skills and experience needed to help address what she called "the many issues" facing the campus.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.
(Vermilion County Coroner's Office)
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Vermilion Coroner Johnson Will Not Run For 5th Term

Peggy Johnson, a Republican, said in a statement that she decided to retire as Vermilion County Coroner when her current term concludes in November, 2016. She said her decision came "after careful consideration and many heartfelt talks with my family".

Sital Uprety works with his water samples in Nepal.
Courtesy of Sital Uprety
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Nepali Engineering Students Help Rebuild After Nepal’s Earthquake

A group of University of Illinois students from Nepal spent the summer helping to rebuild their country after last spring's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The series of quakes and aftershocks killed some 9,000 people and destroyed buildings and infrastructure. Engineering student Sital Uprety tested and rebuilt water sanitation systems and talked with us about the trip.

Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.
(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)
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Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.