July 31, 2013 - News Local/State

Naming Champaign Post Office For Burgess Moves Forward

A measure has moved forward in the U.S. Senate to name a Champaign post office after a black World War II veteran who was also the county's first African-American elected official.


A new National Security Agency (NSA) data center in Bluffdale, Utah. The center, a large data farm, is set to open in the fall of 2013.

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July 31, 2013 - News Local/State

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.


July 31, 2013 - News Local/State

Illinois Lawmakers Looking At High Incidence Of Sexual Abuse In Youth Prisons

Illinois state legislators are considering reforms to the youth prison system to address sexual abuse that was brought to light in a recent federal study.  The study by the bureau of justice statistics found that more than 15 percent of kids in custody reported being victims of sexual abuse. It’s one of the highest rates in the nation and the report is giving advocates new ammunition to push changes they’ve wanted for a long time.


Agricultural work, which is very physically demanding, is also a risky business venture.

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July 31, 2013 - News Local/State

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.


July 31, 2013 - News Local/State

Cities To Begin Making UC2B Non-Profit Entity

Staffers with the cities of Champaign and Urbana will quickly tweak language in a plan to shift operations of the local Big Broadband project to a non-profit entity.


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