Out and About
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

"Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players

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This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in Peoria Players' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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State News
7:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

How big Illinois' pension problem is could impact your wallet

The controversial new law that overhauls pensions for Illinois public workers is now facing legal challenges. But even before it was passed, experts had been fighting over exactly how big the state’s pension crisis really is. As Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports, the answer to that math problem could have a big impact on your wallet.

When pundits and politicians and reporters talk about Illinois’ monster pension problem, there’s this number that keeps coming up.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

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Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:35 am

He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats, but Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN that "there's no obvious reason" why he shouldn't seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination.

The network reports that:

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Education
7:17 am
Fri February 7, 2014

What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Rhodes Scholars study at Oxford for at least a year.
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Applying for a Rhodes Scholarship this year? A new rule means you won't be able to get any help writing or editing your application essay.

The organization that hands out the prestigious scholarship says American students have been sending in too many "formulaic" and "predictable" essays. They usually go something like this, according to Charles Conn, warden of the Rhodes House at Oxford and CEO of the Rhodes Trust:

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

A fish that knows the way to go: the Chinook salmon, which appears to use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate ocean waters and rivers.
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Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:40 am

You might say we're attracted to this kind of story:

Last month, there was the news that Czech researchers believe that dogs prefer to align themselves along "the North-South axis under calm [magnetic field] conditions" when they're dropping those deposits that we owners have to pick up.

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State News
7:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U of I hosts forum on digital hate and civil discourse

University of Illinois students Kimberly Arquines and Jennifer Sun attend a forum on digital hate and civil discourse on Feb. 6, 2014 on the U of I’s Urbana campus. Arquines was one of the students who posted personal attacks on Twitter last month against Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
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The University of Illinois hosted a forum on digital hate and civil discourse Thursday night, following a recent barrage of racist and sexist tweets targeting the chancellor on the Urbana campus.  As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the question now is whether the campus can turn constructive dialogue into meaningful action. 

On January 26th, personal attacks against Chancellor Phyllis Wise started popping up on Twitter right after she refused to cancel classes due to the cold and heavy snowfall.

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State News
6:55 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Northwestern University football players' request to form a union could take a while

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A National Labor Relations Board hearing on a proposed union for Northwestern University football players is set for a week from Tuesday in Chicago. And the head of that proposed union says he thinks the process could outlast the players’ time in college.

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State News
6:44 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Lawmakers urged to form school security task force

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there have been at least two-dozen new school shootings. Last spring, with the tragedy still fresh in their minds, lawmakers voted to form a school security task force.

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State News
6:26 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Former Olympic speed skater discusses her role in Sochi

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The opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics begin Friday in Sochi, Russia. Legendary speed skater and Champaign native Bonnie Blair is representing the United States as a delegate at this year’s games.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:17 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Registering to vote

Those needing to register or change their address before the March primary have until Tuesday, February 18th. Those Peoria City and County residents who are unsure can visit www.Peoriavotes.com and select the “Am-I-registered” tab. Additional registration information is also available at the site.   

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