President Obama signed legislation Thursday that tries to mend the broken Veterans Affairs system, providing money to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities.
This week, Urbana resident Ian Gindes is in New York to perform as part of the Alexander and Buono Festival of Music. He is a professional concert pianist. He is also a Captain in the Illinois National Guard.
The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas. When he was released in May, Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years.
A federal judge has ruled the U.S. government violated the rights of 13 people on its no-fly list by depriving them of their constitutional right to travel, and gave them no adequate way to challenge their placement on the list.