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City Looks to Tech Community to Solve Complex Challenges

Road projects are often seen as a hassle to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. That’s why the City of Peoria challenged developers at its first Hackathon this month to develop an app that would help users navigate the smattering of road closures and lane changes in the area.

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Rauner Veto Would Decrease Funding for Rauner College Prep

The debate over school funding in Illinois has focused on Chicago Public Schools, which Governor Bruce Rauner alleges would get a "bailout" under a plan sponsored by Democrats. He vetoed much of that proposal. Legislative leaders are now trying to work out a compromise. Ironically, Rauner’s veto would decrease money for a high school with his name on it. Rauner College Prep, founded more than a decade ago, is part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. But Noble communications director Cody...

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An Air Force Cadet At 25: A Sign Of The Times In Higher Education

This story was reported for radio by Elissa Nadworny and for the web by Jon Marcus of the Hechinger Report. In her spotless camouflage uniform, Monica Callan stood apart from the dirty and exhausted-looking first-year cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who had just endured nearly three hours on the obstacle course. As their final test, the cadets from C Flight crawled with their rifles in hand, under barbed wire through the white sand. Clumps of it stuck to the sweat and mud on their...

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Tanzania Gears Up To Become A Nation Of Medical Drones

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Eight-year-old boy bitten by dog. Two-year-old child with severe anemia. Mother, age 24, bleeding severely at childbirth.

Entries like these popped up as Keller Rinaudo browsed a database of health emergencies during a 2014 visit to Tanzania. It was "a lightbulb moment," says the CEO and co-founder of the California drone startup Zipline.

The hashtag is 10! Yes, the symbol that started out as the lowly "number sign" or "pound" on the telephone keypad and later morphed into something entirely different is 10 years old today. And it has accomplished quite a lot. In fact, it's hard to imagine modern communication without it.

And you might think it was all by design. That the folks running Twitter needed a catchy little tool to help their new platform catch fire, and the hashtag is what they came up with.

But that's not the way it happened.

Despite a title which might lead you to believe otherwise, Good Time is not an easy-going, popcorn flick; the gritty, pulp thriller falls into a genre that could be described as "movies about very, very bad nights."

Robert Pattinson plays Connie Nikas, a small-time criminal trying to get his brother Nick out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong.

The city of Charlottesville has shrouded two of its Confederate monuments in a show of mourning for the woman killed in the violent white nationalist protest there earlier this month.

Illinois’ teacher pension system creates an unequal funding structure between rich and poor public school districts, a report released Wednesday said.

That’s because the state pays the majority of teachers’ pensions, which are tied to a teacher’s salary. The more the teacher earns, the more the state’s share of his or her pension. According to the nonpartisan Bellwether Education Partners report, when pay and benefits are factored in, the gap between per-student funding in rich and poor schools widens.

Schools across Illinois are still waiting for state money while legislative leaders try to agree on a new funding formula. Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed large portions of a Democrat-sponsored plan, saying it was too generous to Chicago Public Schools. The list of educators lobbying for lawmakers to override that veto includes some surprising names.

An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is poised to receive a new kidney - from his son.

School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

Tourism officials in southern Illinois say about 200,000 people traveled to the 16-county region to watch the total solar eclipse.

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