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SIU Tuition Remains Flat, New President Takes Over In May


Tuition for new students will remain the same at SIU in the next school year.

Unemployment Hits Five Year Low


State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009.

Delay Granted In Rutherford Sexual Harassment Case


A federal judge has delayed a decision about granting Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's request to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee.

Former House Candidate Fired From State Job


A former candidate for the 115th House District has been fired from his job at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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Russia says U.S. treating it like 'guilty schoolboy'

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside MoscowVladimir Putin's spokesman makes harsh comments amid warnings from Washington.


U.S. puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.


Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, leaves a court which issued his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTMOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.


SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

This Friday, April 18, 2014 image made from video shows the aft of the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it separates from the second stage rocket into orbit on its own. The Dragon cargo ship is scheduled to reach the orbiting lab on Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter morning. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.


California farmers to get more water

Cattle graze in the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif. Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa have proposed legislation for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Allotments increased from zero to 5 percent of what districts have requested.


Autopsies completed on 7 babies found in Utah garage

In this April 13, 2014, photo, Pleasant Grove Police police tape is shown in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released.


Provocative study finds popular opinion has near-zero influence in D.C.


Support pours in for man who avoided jail due to clerical error

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.


South Korean media reports ferry captain's arrest

Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger aboard The Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTInvestigators arrested Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew early in the morning. All three have been criticised for abandoning hundreds of passengers trapped in the ferry, as they made their own escape. Lee was charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.


SpaceX launches long overdue supplies to space station

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company returned to orbit Friday, launching fresh supplies to the International Space Station after more than a month's delay.


State Dept. delays review of Keystone pipeline

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, NebraskaMove could push decision about controversial oil pipeline until after midterm elections.


Public skepticism surges in Nigeria after false military report

FILE- In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency. Violence in Nigeria reached new heights this week, with the biggest attack on the capital in the city’s history, gun battles in the countryside, and the abduction of at least 129 girls from their schoolhouse by militants.  It is not known who perpetrated these attacks, though Boko Haram insurgents are widely blamed. While the military may make such comments in an effort to keep up morale, it feeds public frustration with a military that seems incapable of stemming what appears to be a widening conflict. “The skepticism in the public mind is increasing, perhaps even about the government’s culpability with the security concerns that Nigerians have,” says Clement Nwankwo, who heads the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center in Abuja.


Fender Stratocaster turns 60
Fender Stratocaster turns 60An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster head stock, left, is shown next to a 2014 model, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. April 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Stratocaster ever sold. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Emotions, questions mount as S. Korea ferry rescue efforts continue

Warrant Issued for Captain of Sunken Ferry, and MoreAs rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead, officials say the investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster is focusing on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and whether a quicker evacuation order could have saved lives.


12 killed, 3 missing in Everest avalanche

FILE - In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, EDITORIAL USE ONLYAll the victims are Nepalese guides in the worst disaster on the world's highest peak.


Clock ticks for states to start health exchanges

Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Chance for hundreds of millions in aid is set is to expire, but issue remains election-year risk.


Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

People stand along a street after evacuating a hospital following an earthquake in PueblaThe U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.


No marathon run for Boston chief

In this Oct. 13, 2013 photo, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don’t want anyone hurt. I don’t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, he's opted out of the race.


Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue

Malaysian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamzah Zainudin, left, listens as Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein answers a question from a journalist during a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 19, 2014. An underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week, after completing six missions and so far coming up empty, the search coordination center said Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Malaysian official on Saturday asked the world to "pray hard" for a clue to help find Flight 370, while authorities said a robotic submarine was expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty.


4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

Relatives of Chinese passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pray at a hotel conference room in Beijing, China, Friday, April 18, 2014. A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers.


4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.
13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Mother of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. The Sherpa people are one of the main ethnic groups in Nepal's alpine region, and many make their living as climbing guides on Everest and other Himalayan peaks. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.


Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, file photo, taken in Washington, shows part of the HealthCare.gov website page featuring information about the SHOP Marketplace. People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed computer virus. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.


Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

In this Wednesday April 16, 2014 photo, Charlotte van den Berg poses for a portrait outside the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps. Van den Berg waged a lonely fight against Amsterdam’s modern bureaucracy to have the travesty publicly recognized. Now, largely due to her efforts, Amsterdam officials are considering compensating Holocaust survivors for the taxes and possibly other obligations, including gas bills, they were forced to pay for homes that were occupied by Nazis or collaborators while the rightful owners were in hiding or awaiting death in the camps. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.


Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


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

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.
     

Glenn Poshard 04-17-2014


SIU President Glenn Poshard joins us to talk about today's Board of Trustees meeting and his last few months as President.
     

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.

Man Injured In Pope County Car Wreck


In Pope County, a man was injured in a car crash.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering His Wife


In Franklin County, a murder suspect has pleaded not guilty.
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