Lucy is a former research dog.

Laura and Scott Knudsen

January 31, 2018

Rescue Beagles: A Life Away From The Lab

Many research labs across the country use animals for testing products such as make-up or medicines. For the past decade, advocates have pushed to get more of these animals — especially research dogs — adopted after they are no longer needed. Just a handful of states have policies in place. Illinois just recently joined that list.


Former Illini Deron Williams (far right) watches Kipper Nichols score three of his 19 points Tuesday night versus Rutgers in a 91-60 Illinois win.

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January 30, 2018

Nichols, Frazier Lift Illinois Over Rutgers 91-60

The Illini men's basketball team finally enjoyed a good shooting night, hitting 57-percent of their shots in a 91-60 blowout over the bruised & battered Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


The US Capitol.

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January 30, 2018

Live Video Stream And Live Annotation Of The Democratic Response

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans."


Illustration of the US Capitol.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

January 30, 2018

Live Video Stream And Live Annotation Of The State Of The Union Address

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.


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January 30, 2018

Inquiry Into Herpes Vaccine Experiments; State Of The Union Preview; The ‘Old Slave House’

On The 21st: SIU is launching an internal investigation into a researcher who injected patients with an unapproved herpes vaccine. Plus, we learn the history of a house in southern Illinois whose owner kidnapped free black men and women -- and sold them back into slavery in Kentucky. But first, we preview the State of the Union with Republican Rep. John Shimkus, and a representative who is boycotting the event, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky. 


Erika Harold, a Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general, in September 2017 in Chicago.

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January 30, 2018

GOP’s Erika Harold: Public Corruption Focus Goes Beyond Politics

Illinois attorney general hopeful Erika Harold said she wants to increase efforts to stop public corruption while simultaneously staying away from partisan politics—a difficult balancing act for a Republican office holder in a blue state.


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