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The 21st Show - 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.

Aaron Murray pops a wheelie at the ParaQuad gym in St. Louis

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News Local/State - August 30, 2017

Victims Of Gun Violence Pay A Lifelong Price

About 32,000 people are shot and killed every year in the United States. But twice that number — 67,000 by some estimates — survive after being shot.

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)

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News Local/State - August 29, 2017

School Funding Bill Passes State Senate, Moves To Governor’s Desk

The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to approve a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts. The bill now goes to the governor, who says he will sign it quickly.

"Afterlife" author Marcus Sakey

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The 21st Show - August 29, 2017

Marcus Sakey On New Novel; SNAP And Shoplifting; Obama Alums Run For Office; Health Care Reviews

On the 21st: Chicago author Marcus Sakey joined us to talk about his newest novel, “Afterlife,” a thriller and love story that takes place between two worlds. Plus, we learned how the distribution of SNAP benefits may be linked to shoplifting. We also talked to a POLITICO reporter who reported on former Obama staffers now running for office and heard from a Springfield doctor who launched his own health care review website.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman answering questions in a news conference.

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News Local/State - August 29, 2017

Whitman Weighs In On Retirement Of ‘War Chant’

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman explains the decision to retire the music known as the 'War Chant' in an open letter to Fighting Illini fans, saying "I know that we are much bigger than a drumbeat."

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