Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili and guard Trent Frazier, right, guard Rutgers guard Geo Baker in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

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February 10, 2019

Bezhanishvili Scores 35, Illinois Beats Rutgers 99-94 In OT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored a career-high 35 points — 29 of them coming in the second half — to lead Illinois to a 99-94 overtime win over Rutgers on Saturday.

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February 08, 2019

Illinois Issues: Tobacco 21 Plan - Puffed Up or Plausible?

For decades, public health advocates have pushed for limits on smoking. They've included warning labels on products to limits on where someone can light up, all of which have helped bring down smoking rates. But in Illinois, a push to raise the smoking age has repeatedly failed to become law. We took a look at this year's push, and what chance it has at becoming law.

Robert Alpers tends to a calf on his central Missouri farm. His cattle operation is one of the things that has helped his family farm survive the depressed soybean market brought on by the trade war with China.

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February 08, 2019

Soybeans Singled Out In U.S.-China Trade War, But Small Farmers Bear The Brunt

In theory, closing off China’s soybean market due to the trade dispute with the U.S. on top of generally low prices for the commodity should affect all industry players, big to small. But if you’re a farmer who plants only soybeans on relatively few acres, you’re probably in trouble.

A stone engraved with Yingying Zhang;s name in both English and Chinese in a memorial garden.

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February 07, 2019

Bloody Handprint Among Evidence In Chinese Scholar’s Case

Prosecutors are building a case, partly on a bloody handprint and the responses of a cadaver-sniffing dog, that former University of Illinois physics student Brendt Christensen killed Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017 at his off-campus apartment.

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