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Attorney Wants Investigation Into Governor's Hiring Practices


A Chicago attorney is asking a judge to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an "embedded culture of patronage practices" in Illinois government.

Audit Finds Illinois Misspent Police Training Money


A state audit has found that money intended to train police officers and coroners in Illinois was misspent on food and rooms at seminars.

Audit Finds 30 Unclaimed Firearms In Treasurer's Office


A state audit has found that Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has since 2010 collected 30 unclaimed firearms, but has not turned them over to the state police.

Carbondale City Council Delays Action On Residential Businesses


Carbondale city officials are holding off on changes to zoning laws.
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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

President Barack Obama speaks as he participates in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.


Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)Court says inmates are not entitled to know source of drugs that will be used to kill them.


FCC reversal on 'net neutrality' would permit Internet fast lane


Women held in Cleveland basement seek Joan Rivers' apology

SiriusXM's "Howard Stern Birthday Bash" - ArrivalsCLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.


Formula One racing boss set to go on trial for bribery

Canadian F1 Grand Prix - RaceBy Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. CVC remains the largest shareholder in Formula One, a business that generates annual revenues of over $1.5 billion from its series of grand prix races held around the world.


CEO of 'Russian Facebook' flees country

In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", sits in a cafe in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


Man killed in Utah court had promised judge he'd behave

This Feburary 2012 photo, provided by the Utah Department of Corrections, shows Siale Angilau. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded Angilau on Monday, April 21, 2014, in a new federal courthouse after Angilau rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008 accusing gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offenses. The FBI said Angilau died Monday at the hospital. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Corrections)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.


3-D imaging captures 1888 wreckage discovered in San Francisco Bay

This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


Bungling N.C. kidnap plot spotlights justice workers' exposure

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


Prince's bird hunt stirs outrage in Pakistan after Saudi loan

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


Court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2013, file photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from near the top of the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer. The woman known only as Amy is trying to persuade the justices in arguments on Jan. 22, 2014, that people convicted of possessing child pornography should be held liable for the entire cost of the harm their victims suffer, including in psychiatric care, lost income and legal fees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Supreme Court says man found with pictures not responsible for entirety of woman's losses.


Ukraine militants: We're holding U.S. journalist over 'destabilizing' reports

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. Vice News has said on its website that it is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other government authorities to work toward securing the safety of its journalist.


Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies at 102 (Photo taken on April 25, 2012.) (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.


Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies in NYC after fall

Mark ShandNEW YORK (AP) — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.


Shakeup marks new era for pardon process

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 16th annual convention will run through April 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New program focused on thousands of clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates.


Obama's Japan visit kicks off with dreams of sushi

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. Japanese at right in the background reads: "Sushi." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)But for two special guests at Sukiyabashi Jiro on Wednesday evening, mouthfuls of melt-in-the-mouth tuna, squid, and octopus were the culinary backdrop to discussing urgent matters of regional security. Soon after Air Force One touched down here, Barack Obama found himself in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, tucked behind the counter of arguably the world’s best sushi restaurant with his Japanese host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Sukiyabashi Jiro’s modest size – it has just 10 seats – is inversely proportionate to its reputation. The 19-piece special course, featuring a selection chosen by owner Jiro Ono, costs around $300, not including drinks.


Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's Fair
Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's FairUnisphere, symbol of the New York World's Fair which opens on April 22, dominates this low-level shot of the fairgrounds, shown April 20, 1964 in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo)
Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea ManningKansas judge grants Bradley Edward Manning's request to become Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.


'Excellent work': Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent fix

Steven Swanson and Rick Mastracchio perform a spacewalk on WednesdayCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.


New York teen gamer latest victim of 'swatting,' police say
A hoaxer who triggered a massive police response was engaged in an increasingly popular prank called "swatting," authorities there say.
Obama wades into testy China-Japan feud

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Security treaty with Japan applies to China-Japan dispute, the president confirms.


Michigan man among first in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'

Dr. Naheed Khan works with Roger PontzRoger Pontz, nearly completely blind for years, has regained sight through high-tech procedure.


Gacy case helps solve unrelated death

John Wayne Gacy's police arrest photo from Dec. 21, 1978.Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder — one he didn't commit.


HBO shows coming to Amazon Instant Video, in blow to Netflix


Features

Violence In Ukraine


An interactive timeline of recent events in Ukraine, a profile of the country and a look at key players in the protests.

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Growing Unrest In Venezuela


An interactive with profiles of the country and current president and a chart of political lineage. Updated to include political players and economic data.

2014 March Mania Bracket Challenge


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On-Air Now

Kevin Baity 04-23-2014


Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity joins us to discuss the possibility of vacant buildings becoming businesses near local residences and the town's budget.

     

Dr. Erica Kaufman 04-22-2014


Dr. Erica Kaufman, infectious disease specialist with Southern Illinois Healthcare, joins us to talk about the rise in HIV cases in southern Illinois.
     

Gary Forby 04-22-2014


State Senator Gary Forby joins us to discuss what will happen in Springfield next week when lawmakers return.
     

Two Men Lead Police On Chase In Stolen Car


Two men are in custody after leading police on a chase through two counties Monday.

Police Investigate Shooting In Cahokia


Police have identified a 21-year-old man who was shot to death in Cahokia.

Stabbing In Herrin


Police in Herrin are investigating a stabbing.

Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Highway Worker In Traffic Crash


A man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a wreck that killed a highway construction worker.
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