Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.

Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib

The 21st Show - March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 

A bee gathers nectar from a flower, while also pollinating it.


News Local/State - March 21, 2016

What Illinois Legislators Are Considering To Save Bees

A bill banning a category of insecticides known as neonicotinoids or neonics has been filed in Springfield, with the aim of protecting pollinating insects that crops and flowers depends on.

Dan Linn with Phoenix Botanial addresses a group Sunday in a public forum at the Champaign Public Library.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 20, 2016

Medical Marijuana Site Nearing Completion

Phoenix Botanical, Champaign County's first medical marijuana dispensary, expects to start business in early April.  Dan Linn, the company's General Manager and National Policy Director, addressed about 50 people on the future of the state's pilot program at a public forum Sunday. 

Girl at computer

Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - March 19, 2016

MakerGirl Brings 3-D Printing To Young Girls

Men continue to outnumber women in many fields of science and engineering. One local program - MakerGirl - is trying to narrow that gap by giving young girls hands-on experience with 3-D printing.

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is introduced as President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 18, 2016

Sen. Kirk Calls For Vote On Garland Nomination

The Republican told WLS Radio in Chicago Friday that the Senate should he Senate should "man up and cast a vote.''  President Obama nominated U.S. appeals court Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday.  Kirk is the first GOP Senator to break with party leaders, who say there won't be a hearing for him.

The 21st Show - March 18, 2016

Chaz Ebert Talks Films, Politics And Diversity In Hollywood; MakerGirl

The CEO of Ebert Companies - Chaz Ebert - gave us a preview of what films will be featured at EbertFest next month and spoke with us about the role of politics and diversity in Hollywood. We also learned about an effort to get rural schoolgirls more excited about math and science, via MakerGirl’s 3D-printing workshops.

In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, University of Illinois students walk across the Main Quad on campus in Urbana.

David Mercer/Associated Press

News Local/State - March 17, 2016

UI’s Killeen, Wilson Weigh In On Impasse To Senators

U of I President Timothy Killeen and Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson told an appropriations committee that some high-profile faculty are looking to leave the university due to the budget stalemate.  "I really fear for the brain drain right now," Wilson said.  Meanwhile, Killeen says the U of I won't be able to cover the full cost of students' MAP grants should the impasse continue this fall.

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