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News Local/State - October 04, 2016

Live Fact Checking The VP Debate

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the first and only vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, along with reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live fact checking and annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in Chicago.

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News Local/State - October 04, 2016

Victim Says Hastert ‘A Monster’ Protected By Child Abuse Law

A man who says Dennis Hastert sexually abused him decades ago told Illinois lawmakers the former U.S. House speaker was protected by the statute of limitations and wasn't appropriately punished. Scott Cross called Hastert "a monster" when making the comments during a hearing in Chicago Tuesday.

Republican U.S.Senator Mark Kirk and Democratic challenger and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

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News Local/State - October 04, 2016

Kirk, Duckworth Square Off

U.S. Senate candidates Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth faced off in their first debate Monday in front of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks after a meeting with Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin at the Statehouse Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Indianapolis, a day after the archdiocese said it has the means to resettle a Syrian refugee family bound for the s

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News Local/State - October 03, 2016

Appeals Court Upholds Order Against Pence On Syrian Refugees

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's order blocking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence from barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in the state. A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued a ruling Monday that affirms an injunction that a federal judge in Indianapolis issued in February.

In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) takes a moment to himself before an NCAA college football game against North Carolina at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

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News Local/State - October 03, 2016

Illinois Announces Plans For $132 Million Stadium Renovation

The University of Illinois says it is drawing up plans to renovate the south and east sides of Memorial Stadium. The U of I said Monday that the $132 million project would move the football offices, locker rooms and training areas from the north end of the stadium to the area behind the south end zone.

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