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Purple Heart Belonging to Deceased WWII Veteran Returns to Peoria Family

The daughter of a World War II veteran who died 47 years ago has finally received her father’s Purple Heart.

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Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine: Drug Test Results Vary Throughout Illinois

The rate of positive test results for workplace drug testing is on the rise, both in Illinois and nationally. But drill down a bit and you’ll notice regional differences in which drugs are more likely to show up.

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Homeschooling Makes Learning Personal For Some Special Education Students

Dorothy, of Spring Hill, Fla., has a 15-year-old son with spina bifida and developmental delays, and her 13-year-old daughter is, she says, "mildly autistic." Neither was happy at public school. "My son was in a lockdown classroom with gang members. It was a bad situation. I was afraid he was going to get hurt," Dorothy says. "My daughter was getting bullied because she spoke out of turn or would get upset easily. Twenty kids in a classroom was a lot for her." Today, Dorothy is homeschooling...

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A new partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health and community providers has already served 3,600 people living with HIV.  The department partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard Brown Health to provide four times as many individuals with HIV treatment services in its first year.

Authorities have charged a suburban man with arson after he allegedly started a fire at a hospital on Chicago's South Side.  23-year-old Marcus L. Allen of Harvey is charged with one felony count of aggravated arson.  The fire happened Thursday night at Jackson Park Hospital. 

A South African professional hunter died Friday after being crushed by an elephant after the animal was fatally shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe.

51-year-old Theunis Botha was leading a hunting group when they stumbled upon a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park, Zimparks spokesman Simukai Nyasha tells The Telegraph.

Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be "revolutionary."  Peoria, Rock Island, St. Clair, Sangamon and Winnebago counties will gather demographics on their jury pools for the next year and then use ZIP codes to make sure they get a diverse group based on population.  Chief Judge Paul Gilfillan says not many communities have such a program for juries.

The ransomware attack on worldwide computer networks earlier this month largely spared those of the federal government. While the government dodged a bullet this time, experts say, its systems are still vulnerable — although perhaps less so than in the past.

When the global malware attack — dubbed "WannaCry" — was first detected, a government cybersecurity response group moved quickly.

Building a better battery is the Holy Grail for people who want better technology. Now researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say they may have found that battery — or something close. But their claims have sparked controversy.

At the center of this debate is a towering figure in the world of science — John Goodenough, who teaches material science at the university.

Refugees make headlines. Internally displaced people don't.

Maybe their plight eludes the limelight because, unlike refugees, they don't cross international borders ... or seek to enter the United States or Western Europe, where people debate how many of them to let in ... or undertake harrowing voyages across the Mediterranean.

And maybe it's because of their official label. "Internally displaced persons" (also known as IDPs) sounds vague and a bit confusing, as if they were lost inside themselves.

In November 1969, Richard Oakes and dozens of his fellow Native American activists came ashore at Alcatraz. The little island in San Francisco Bay had lain dormant since 1963, when its infamous federal prison had been shut down, and the group Oakes led set out to claim the land as its own.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The daughter of a World War II veteran who died 47 years ago has finally received her father’s Purple Heart.

Four people died on Mount Everest in the past week, bringing the number of climbers killed on the mountain during the current spring climbing season to six.

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