State and Local News


Randy Dunn 04-17-2015

Michael Roberts sits down with SIU President Randy Dunn to discuss a new 5% increase in tuition for new students, various fee increases approved by the Board of Trustees, and the controversy surrounding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s upcoming

Tom Imboden 04-16-2015

Michael Roberts sits down with Tom Imboden, an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technologies at SIU to discuss the upcoming SIU Cyber Security Day.

Fred Kondritz 04-15-2015

Michael Roberts sits down with Benton Mayor-Elect Fred Kondritz. Kondritz lays out his vision for the city.

04-14 Leslie Munger

Michael Roberts sits down with Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger to discuss the current fiscal state of Illinois.

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  • Survivors gather for 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing April 19, 2015
    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - When Priscilla Salyers attends Sunday's anniversary ceremony for victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she will be thinking how far she has come in fighting depression and survivor's guilt. She and hundreds of other survivors will bow their heads at the 20th Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma […]
  • Life or death? Boston bomber's trial turns to sentencing April 19, 2015
    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to return to court on Tuesday for the next phase of his trial, when prosecutors will argue that he should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly attack in 2013. In sharp contrast to the guilt phase of […]
  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya April 19, 2015
    Rescuers responded to one of the worst disasters seen in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.
  • Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles April 19, 2015
    (Reuters) - A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday. The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," was zero percent contained and had spread over 175 acres in Chino Hills, a suburb about 35 miles east […]
  • Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail April 18, 2015
    By Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a […]
  • California prepares for historic mandatory cutbacks on water April 18, 2015
    California water officials drafted a slate of mandatory conservation regulations Saturday, part of a first-ever attempt at mandatory rationing for the state, which is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought.
  • Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis, police say April 18, 2015
    (Reuters) - A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday. The St. Louis County police chief described the encounter as […]
  • President Ghani: IS claims responsibility for deadly Afghan bombing April 18, 2015
    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the country. Ghani's government has repeatedly raised the ominous prospect of IS making inroads into […]
  • Oklahoma City and Boston bombings are linked by an enduring mystery April 18, 2015
    Yahoo News' Holly Bailey, who covered both tragic events, speculates on a common thread.
  • 2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote April 18, 2015
    At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.

RSS World News

  • ISIS claims blast near U.S. site in Irbil, Iraq
    ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, according to several Twitter accounts linked to the terror group.
  • ISIS bomber on motorbike kills 33 in Afghanistan
    A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Saturday, a local government spokesman said.
  • McCain: Pentagon in 'denial' over Ramadi
    With the Iraqi city of Ramadi under relentless assault from ISIS, the top U.S. military official said the fall of the city would not mark a turning point in the ongoing military campaign against the terror group.