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Kentucky University With Ties To JALC Plans To Shut Down


Mid Continent University will be shutting down.

Saline County Board Approves Peabody Mine Proposal


Saline County officials have approved a proposal from Peabody to altered Rocky Branch Road.

Rauner, Quinn Release First Quarter Campaign Finance Reports


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner have filed their latest campaign reports with the state.

Lawmakers Order Study On Quinn Spending


Illinois lawmakers have ordered a study into anti-violence and after-school spending under Gov. Pat Quinn.
National News
Nigerian military: Most abducted schoolgirls freed

Women and children cram into a car's trunk as villagers flee the village of Jakana, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014Still searching for eight students abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants.


Orange and black ribbon holds clue to eastern Ukraine's chaos

A ribbon of St. George is seen on a pram as people queue to apply for Russian passports at a passport office in the Crimean port of SevastopolAs pro-Russia protests spread in eastern Ukraine, a strip of striped orange-and-black fabric has become as ubiquitous as the armed men in unmarked military fatigues. Its name is the Ribbon of Saint George. Imbued with history, it’s a powerful symbol in the ongoing information battle over Ukraine. For Russians it's a mark of allegiance to the state – both the fearsome, expansionist Russian state of old and its modern successor under President Vladimir Putin.


Lab loses vials containing SARS virus, raising security concerns

French Lab Loses SARS VialsVials Containing SARS Fragments Not Dangerous, But Hint at Vulnerability


What's on the new 'real world' SAT?

New SAT Questions Coming in 2016Sample questions from the redesigned college entrance exam released.


Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. More than 1,000 college students are gathered at Arizona State University this weekend as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University's efforts to advance solutions to pressing world challenges. (AP Photo/Matt York)NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes.


Separatists take armor from Ukraine forces

An armed man stands guard in SlavianskPro-Russian separatists humiliated a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns.


Families face agonizing wait after South Korea ferry disaster

Family members of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank in the sea off Jindo wait for a rescue team's arrival at a port where family members of missing passengers gathered in JindoBy Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Park Seong-ho, father of a 17-year-old boy on board the ferry, but who had not been in contact, said: "I have to go now.


Lawyer: Family issues key in Boston suspect's defense

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.


Protector of Congo gorillas and endangered animals seriously wounded

Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief wardenDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.


North Korea complains over British stylist's 'bad hair' ad

This undated photo provided by M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London, shows barber Karim Nabbach standing next to a poster poking fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unusual hairstyle. North Korean diplomats have asked the British government take action against a London hair salon’s poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un. The Foreign Office said Wednesday it had received a letter from the country’s embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response. The Evening Standard newspaper reported that the letter urged Britain to take “necessary action to stop the provocation.” Staff at M&M Hair Academy say they were visited by diplomats from the nearby embassy after putting up a poster featuring a picture of Kim - who sports a distinctive undercut - and the slogan "Bad Hair Day?" Police say they spoke to both parties and determined no crime had been committed. The embassy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/M&M Hair Academy)LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.


'My tears have dried up'

A South Korean passenger ship that has been sinking is seen at the sea off JindoFamilies wait in agony as rescue crews search for hundreds missing from S. Korea ferry.


Four dead, hundreds missing after S. Korea ferry sinks

Rescue helicopters fly over a sinking South Korean passenger ferry that was carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, off South Korea's southern coast. Hundreds of people are missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTNearly 300 people are missing and officials worry the death toll will rise.


Bloomberg to spend $50M on gun control

Bloomberg talks to reporters after meeting with Obama and business and civic leaders for an event to discuss his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative at the White House in WashingtonThe former New York City mayor aims to battle the NRA.


Boston bomb hoax suspect due in court

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayOn the anniversary of the Boston attacks, police arrest a man carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line.


Classes resume at Pa. high school after mass stabbing

Several injured in Pittsburgh high school stabbingArmed with two kitchen knives, a student attacked 21 others and a security guard last week.


Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia, Pool)The prosecutor responds by questioning the credentials, findings of a forensic expert for the defense.


Nigerian authorities search for more than 100 abducted girls

Villagers walk through razed homes in Mainok, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014The mass abduction by heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists late Monday came just hours after a bomb exploded in Abuja, killing 75 people.


Calgary stabbing suspect is policeman's son

Police remove a body from the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)A fatal stabbing at a house party in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday left five people dead and has been deemed the worst mass slaying in the city's history.


Ukraine says pro-Russian separatists seize six troop carriers

Pro-Russian gunman jump from a combat vehicle in downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Equipment is later located in Slaviansk with unknown militants, officials report.


Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near Syria

A Syrian man carrying a child makes his way amid rubble following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari, in the southwest of the city, on April 15, 2014Jordan's air force on Wednesday attacked cars at the kingdom's border with Syria, army officials said.


Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from a ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTMOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.


Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles

A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.


Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Army sit atop combat vehicles as they are blocked by people on their way to the town of Kramatorsk, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)MOSCOW (AP) — Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.


NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.
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


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!
On-Air Now

Mike Bost 04-16-2014


State Representative and Congressional Candidate Mike Bost joins us on the Morning Newswatch.

     

Stephanie Brown 04-16-2014


Stephanie Brown with the Autism Society Illinois - Southern Illinois Chapter joins us to discuss Autism Awareness Month.
     

John Bradley 04-15-2014


State Rep. John Bradley joins us to talk about what lawmakers will tackle when they return to Springfield at the end of the month and a recent report that says Illinois is in more debt than is reported.
     

Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Set Wife On Fire


A man will be sentenced in July after pleading guilty to felony charges linked to an attempt to kill his estranged wife in a fire.

Mistrial Ordered Again In Murder Case


A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of a Carbondale slaying more than seven years ago.

Second Man Accused Of Murder In Union County


A second man is in custody for an alleged murder in Union County.

Lacy Murder Trial Underway Again


A trial for a man accused of killing a woman more than seven years ago in Jackson County is underway.
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