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September 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Special Sponge For Oil Spill Cleanup; Rural Digital Divide; Sickle-Cell Disease Gene Editing; Virtual Medical Translators

All this week, we're revisiting some of our favorite science and technology conversations. Scientists at Argonne National Labs created a sponge that’s being used to clean up oil spills off on the Pacific coast. Plus, there are millions of rural households still don’t have high-speed internet, which can make life harder for those in the farming business. And, for tens of thousands of Americans, living with sickle-cell disease can be excruciatingly painful and even deadly. But gene therapy advancements have given a handful of patients hope for a symptom-free life — and even a cure. Also, companies have brought virtual translators directly to patients getting medical treatment whose first language isn't English.

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September 09, 2019 - News Local/State

Federal Food Program May Be Inequitable For Rural Child Care Providers, New U Of I Study Finds

The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care providers for serving up nutritious foods to children in their care. It serves more than 4.2 million U.S. children each day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But a new University of Illinois study finds the program may be inequitable for rural child care providers.

Illinois running back Ra'Von Bonner breaks free of Connecticut linebacker D.J. Morgan and runs in for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in East Hartford, Conn.

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September 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Illini End Nonconference Road Losing Streak 31-23 Over UConn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Illinois passed its first road test on Saturday. Brandon Peters set career highs, throwing for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Illini overcame an early 13-point deficit to beat UConn 31-23.

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September 06, 2019 - The 21st Show

A Special Edition Of The 21st: The Ellnora Guitar Festival

The Ellnora Guitar Festival brings in artists from around the world and also from right here in central Illinois. On Friday morning, we recorded a special edition of The 21st at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center For The Performing Arts, hosted by musician, journalist and former 21st producer Sean Neumann.

Elvis tribute artist Doug Church at the Lorraine Theatre, Hoopeston.

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September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

In Old Theatres, Some See Hope For Renewal

Across the country, local residents are working to restore rundown theatres to their old luster, often with the hope that their community will benefit as well.

Two books in a woman's hands.

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September 06, 2019 - News Local/State

IDOC To Implement New Policy To Prevent Arbitrary Censorship Of Books

The Illinois Department of Corrections will implement a new publication review policy in October. The change comes after staff at the Danville Correctional Center removed more than 200 books from a college-in-prison program’s library at the facility earlier this year. 

IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys said the intention of the new policy is to prevent any arbitrary acts of censorship from playing out at state prisons. 

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