Bees on Phil Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, Illinois.

(Michelle O'Neill/WVIK)

September 30, 2014 - News Local/State

Problems For Honeybees And Beekeepers

Honeybees in the U.S. are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, but a long, cold winter put a huge dent in the number of hives in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room in April.

(Cliff Owen/AP)

September 30, 2014 - News National/International

Secret Service Boss Vows No Repeat Of Breach

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence will never happen again.

Protesters march outside the government district in Hong Kong.

(Carlos Barria/Reuters/Landov)

September 29, 2014 - News National/International

Police in Hong Kong Defend Handling of Protests

Police in Hong Kong are softening their tactics against pro-democracy demonstrators. This, after their use of tear gas brought tens of thousands of additional people to the streets.

September 29, 2014 - News Local/State

Bond Denied For Suspect In Chicago-Area FAA Fire

A suburban Chicago man has been ordered held without bond on charges he set a fire at an air traffic control center, causing damage that brought Chicago's two international airports to a halt.

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai stands next to Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and two deputy officials as he takes the oath during the inauguration ceremony in Kabul.

(Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Landov)

September 29, 2014 - News National/International

Afghanistan’s New President: ‘Hold Me Accountable’

"Hold me accountable" is the message from Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who took the oath of office, succeeding Hamid Karzai, who many accused of lacking accountability.

State Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, Champaign Democratic Senator Mike Frerichs

(Cross and Frerichs campaigns)

September 29, 2014 - News Local/State

Retirement Plan At Center Of Dispute In State Treasurer’s Race

Last month, Champaign Senator and Illinois treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs found himself on the defensive after opponent Tom Cross blamed him for costing Champaign County millions of dollars more than a decade ago, when he served as county auditor.  He and the Republican challenger are at odds over an early retirement program.

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