Children play in an open space in Barkedu, Liberia.

(Tommy Trenchard for NPR)

November 10, 2014

Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Ebola is threatening to reverse years of educational progress in West Africa. The virus has kept school closed for months in a region where literacy rates are low and school systems are only now recovering.

Former Illinois Congressman Phil Crane in 2004 photo

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

November 10, 2014

Former Congressman Phil Crane Dies At 84

The chief of staff for Sen. Mark Kirk says longtime Illinois U.S. Rep. Phil Crane has died of lung cancer in Virginia. He was of 84. 

The front of Seven Saints in Champaign

Darrell Hoemann/

November 08, 2014

Small Business Development Lagging In Champaign County

County small business development is still struggling under setbacks from the Great Recession and have not returned to pre-recession conditions, said a county economic development official.

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