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Illinois Pays Millions To Dead People Through Medicaid Program


Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.

Chester School To Replace Unusable Structures


An Illinois school district has begun work to replace an elementary school's gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues.

Pepsi MidAmerica To Expand Missouri Operations


Pepsi MidAmerica is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

Durbin Says He Will Take Oberweis Seriously


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate.
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Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Time ticks slowly for drug offender
Barbara Scrivner, sentenced to 30 years, holds hope for Obama clemency promise.
Parents say 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

Parents say 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school, up from 85 reportedThe school was attacked last week by Islamic extremists, and the number of kidnapped victims is up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.


After bombs, 118th Boston Marathon under tight security

Mackenzie Petermeier, of Baxter, Iowa, who will be a guide for a blind runner, waits to board a bus in Boston to the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., for the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.


Biden heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shattered

Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


State media: Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) chats with people during his visit to Ein al-Tinah villageSyria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favor. The three-year-old rebellion against Assad's rule has killed more than 150,000 people, forced millions to flee their homes and seen the government lose control over swathes of territory. A leading Syrian opposition group said on Monday the election showed the president was divorced from reality. Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Assad's opponents had called plans for the vote a "parody of democracy" and said it would wreck efforts to negotiate a peace settlement.


S. Korean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.


MARATHON WATCH: 'We're taking back our race'

Race fans from left, Andrew Lembecke, of Chicago, Brandon Petrich of Fargo, N.D, Marlene Youngblood of Louisville, Ky, and Bill Januszewski cheer near the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

File-This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden speaking to media during a meeting with representatives of student groups in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden’s visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.


Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 20, 2014 and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, speaks with Syrian citizens during his visit to Ain al-Tineh village, near Damascus, Syria. Assad visited on Sunday a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists. The rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, took Maaloula several times late last year. (AP Photo/SANA)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.


Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.


Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, a shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft is seen on low cloud cover while it searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.


Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts

FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.


Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday April 20, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.


Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

Daughter of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.


US stock futures edge higher, busy earnings week
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging higher Monday as more companies report their first quarter earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week.
16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

File- This July 2, 2004, file photo shows a traveler walking from one terminal to another at San Jose Airport in San Jose, Calif. FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid. Security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.


Canadians rally to legalize marijuana

Weed, hash oil and munchies are on offer at a massive "420" rally in Vancouver on April 20, 2012Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the capital, Ottawa, where protesters gathered on the lawn near the parliament building, music groups played for the crowds. In Montreal, a strong police presence surrounded the demonstrators, while in Ottawa and Vancouver, a pizza chain offered a free slice to any participant in the rally celebrating a drug known to prompt the munchies.


Festive hats, pastels abound at NYC Easter parade

Dressed for the occasion, Paul Nagle, left, poses for photographs as he takes take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.


Prosecutor: 4 more ferry crewmembers detained

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)The crewmembers have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.


Ukraine PM leery of Putin's 'dream'

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk: Who Knows Where Putin Will Go NextArseniy Yatsenyuk says Russia won't stop until President Vladimir Putin's vision is realized.


Are evangelicals out of touch with mainstream views?

'This Week': The Religious RightDespite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC’s “This Week.” As a part of a...


Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2004 file photo, former boxer, Rubin, "Hurricane" Carter, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.


Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.


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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


Newsradio WJPF and Miller Lite Koerner Distributor bring you the 2014 March Mania Bracket Challenge!  Register below to enter in the fun! This year you've got two ways to play and win! The best OVERALL bracket in Up-Front play will receive a $500 Prize Pack from Miller Lite Koerner Distributor!
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Jon Daniel Davey 04-21-2014


Jon Daniel Davey with the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home restoration construction project joins us to talk about the project.
     

Tom McNamara, Lou Lang 04-18-2014.


Tom McNamara with the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and State Representative Lou Lang, a legislator leading hearings on Heroin abuse joins us to talk about the drug's rise in Illinois.
     

Jim Mitchell 04-18-2014


Johnston City Mayor Jim Mitchell joins us to talk about the town's road from the financial abyss to operating with a budget surplus.
     

Man Dies, Five Others Injured In Off-Road Crash


In Jackson County, a man is dead and at least five others injured after an off-road vehicle crash.

Man Flees Jail In Bond County


The search continues for a drug defendant who escaped from jail in Bond County.

Murder Suspect's Girlfriend Sentenced To Jailtime


In White County, a murder suspects girlfriend will see jail time for obstruction of justice.

Menard Lockdown Mostly Over


The maximum-security facility at Menard Correctional Center is no longer on lockdown.
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