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July 11, 2018

Teacher Shortages; ‘Welcoming City’ Debate; Summer Bike Trails; Biking Across US; Solo Cup History

On the 21st: The latest on the 'Welcoming City' ordinance debate in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, with summer in full gear, we discuss some of Illinois' bike trails. And, how some bikers take it one step further by biking across the US. Then, the history of Solo Cups - and how they came to be, right here in Illinois. But first, we talk about Illinois' massive teacher shortage, and what lawmakers are doing to try to combat this issue.


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July 11, 2018

After Hospital Closure, A Missouri Community Tries to Fill The Gap in Health and Jobs

Twin Rivers is the fourth rural hospital to shutter in Missouri in the past four years. The surprise closure has left the 31,000 residents of Dunklin County—the second poorest in the state—scrambling to find medical care while local physicians rush to provide services and elected officials ponder ways to replace the loss of one of the county’s largest employers.


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July 10, 2018

Gov. Rauner’s Earnings And ICE Facilities; STEM Summer Camps For Girls; IL’s Heartbreaking Moments

On the 21st: We talk about a recent story which found that Gov. Rauner earned money from a health provider that works with ICE detention facilities. Plus, STEM summer camps for girls, and what can be done to encourage girls to pursue those careers as they grow up.  And, we go over some of the most heartbreaking moments of Illinois history with our friends at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum.


Brett Kavanaugh being sworn in as a federal judge by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006.

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July 10, 2018

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Pick For The Supreme Court?

President Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — often thought of as the second-most-powerful court in the country — to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.


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