People help an injured women in Mexico City during the earthquake on Tuesday.
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September 20, 2017

Powerful Quake Devastates Central Mexico, Leaving More Than 200 Dead

The head of Mexico's civil defense agency has lowered the number of people confirmed dead in Tuesday's earthquake. Luis Felipe Puente now says 217 people were killed. Earlier he said the death toll was 248. He gave no explanation for the revised number.


A demonstrator waves a flag from a minivan during protests Sunday over the acquittal of former St. Louis cop Jason Stockey. A third day of protests started peacefully before a smaller group smashed windows downtown.
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September 18, 2017

Protests In St. Louis; Vietnam War & Agent Orange; College Enrollment & Rankings; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: We learned how demonstrators in St. Louis have been responding to the news that a white police officer has been acquitted over the fatal shooting of a black man. We also learned about Illinois' ties to Agent Orange and the Vietnam War, discussed the long-term impact of the state's budget stalemate on higher education, and got the latest in Illinois politics.


A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
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September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


Jose Luis Magana/AP
September 06, 2017

Updates On DACA; Books For Children Coping With Natural Disasters; Building A Bionic Hand

On the 21st: On Tuesday, The Trump administration decided to end DACA in six months. We found out what that would mean for Illinois families by speaking to a University of Illinois senior and a Chicago immigration attorney. Plus, we talked to experts about helping children cope with natural disasters and also learned about an Illinois company building an affordable bionic hand for amputees. 


Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum in Chicago
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September 01, 2017

Field Museum Moving Famous T. Rex Sue; BBQ In Illinois

On the 21st: Sue, the world-famous T. rex that greets visitors of the Field Museum in Chicago, is soon moving to make room for a gigantic, new plant-eating dinosaur. We discussed the upcoming changes with Field Museum paleontologist Bill Simpson. Plus, to prepare for the Labor Day holiday and lots of weekend grilling, we heard from some of the state's top BBQ experts, including chef Benjamin Grice from The Humble Hog and Pat Burke from Pat’s BBQ.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
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August 31, 2017

State Senators Discuss School Funding Bill; Jaggery; Baby Pigs And The Microbiome

On the 21st: We discussed Illinois' school funding bill with two of its chief sponsors: Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman and Democratic State Sen. Kimberly Lightford. Plus, we spoke to the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Jaggery and talked to two University of Illinois researchers about what their work studying baby pigs means for our understanding of the human microbiome.


YouthBuild Rockford 2017 graduates
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August 30, 2017

YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.


Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday in Houston, Texas.
David J. Phillip/AP
August 27, 2017

At Least One Person Killed As ‘Catastrophic’ Floods Inundate Houston

At least one person was killed Saturday night as the Houston area is inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which officials called an "unprecedented" weather event that has left some residents stranded in their flooding homes and overwhelmed rescue workers.


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