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Randy Dunn 12-18-2014

SIU President Randy Dunn joins  Morning Newswatch to discuss what’s in store for Southern Illinois University.

Willie Shaw 12-18-2014

Willie  Shaw from the Harlem Globetrotters joins the Morning Newswatch to discuss an upcoming event at Southern Illinois University.

Mike Bost 12-17-2014

Congressman-Elect Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) joins The Morning Newswatch to discuss his thoughts on various issues as he prepares to step down from his position as State Representative and be sworn into Congress.

Bryan McDaniel 12-17-2014

Bryan McDaniel with the Citizens Utility Board joins The Morning Newswatch to discuss the rate hikes currently being undertaken by Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison.

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  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions December 19, 2014
    The hack against Sony and a threat against theaters intensify calls for tougher U.S. steps.
  • 8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia December 19, 2014
    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.
  • 'Colbert Report' gets star-studded sendoff0
    Even though it was the last-ever edition of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert seemed determined to treat Thursday night's farewell like any ordinary episode.
  • Lawyers for two friends of accused Boston bombers due in court December 19, 2014
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two friends of the accused Boston Marathon bombers are due in court on Friday for separate hearings as the city braces for the January start of a trial focused on the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Attorneys for Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab driver from Kyrgyzstan who was charged with lying to investi
  • White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges December 19, 2014
    By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of low-income students, completion rates, affordability, employment pr
  • In North Dakota, countdown looms for $5.3 billion oil tax break December 19, 2014
    By Ernest Scheyder BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. Under a decades-old law, the state at the heart of the U.S. shale oil boom would waive its
  • 8 children killed in home in northern Australia December 19, 2014
    SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.
  • Report: Secret Service needs more, better-trained agents December 18, 2014
    After a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.
  • Report: Death sentences, executions continue to drop December 18, 2014
    The Death Penalty Information Center says the number of executions in 2014 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years.
  • Accused Boston marathon bomber makes first appearance since 2013 December 18, 2014
    The scene that unfolded in a federal courtroom in Boston on Thursday was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first public appearance in 17 months. The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, said just five words in the final hearing before his trial begins in January on charges that he, along with his older brother, set off two deadly bombs near the marathon fini