Storms
11:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

No home access for some Washington residents for second consecutive day

Washington residents with heavily damaged or destroyed homes will still not be able to access their homes Tuesday. It’s the second day in a row that residents could not enter the affected areas following last week’s devastating tornado. Washington Mayor Gary Manier says residents stacked large amounts of debris on street-curbs over the weekend:

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Crime
10:29 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Swearing-in ceremony focuses on gun violence for federal prosecutor

Gun violence was the focus at a ceremony Monday to install the new top federal prosecutor in Chicago.    Zach Fardon’s first day last month as the new U.S. attorney brought a public rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  He told the Sun-Times that federal prosecutors do a horrible job on gun crimes.  At Fardon’s swearing in ceremony yesterday, with Emanuel in the front row, U.S. attorney General Eric Holder said solving gun violence is hard work.  HOLDER: It is the product of cooperative endeavor and sustained effort. This is simply not a time for institutional friction.  Illinois U.S.

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Politics
10:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

IL Senate candidates trade jabs

On the first day they officially became campaign rivals, a Republican running for U.S. Senate took jabs at his primary opponent.  Businessman and West Point graduate Doug Truax questioned Jim Oberweis's tax practices.

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Crime
10:17 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Police arrest ‘key player’ in Peoria home invasions

Peoria Police say they’ve arrested a key player involved in a rash of home invasions.  Chief Steve Settingsgaard says 43-year-old Perry Rosetto was arrested after fleeing from officers Monday.  Settingsgaard says the Peoria resident dropped multiple duffle bags with stolen items from several home invasions.  He says a tip from Crime Stoppers led to the arrest:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:49 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Post-tornado adjustments

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The tornadoes that tore through Central Illinois a week ago left  apparent physical damage. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the memories of living through the natural disaster may also have an impact. 

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Environment
5:09 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

U.S. May Be Producing 50 Percent More Methane Than EPA Thinks

The EPA tries to keep track of all sorts of methane producers — including herds of methane-belching cattle.
Emmett Tullos Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:59 pm

Methane is the source of the gas we burn in stoves. You can also use it to make plastics, antifreeze or fertilizer. It comes out of underground deposits, but it also seeps up from swamps, landfills, even the stomachs of cows.

And while methane is valuable, a lot of it gets up into the atmosphere, where it becomes a very damaging greenhouse gas.

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Storms
5:04 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Gifford students back in class following tornado

Rod Grimsley, the principal and superintendent at Gifford Grade School, leads his students in the Pledge of Allegiance on Nov. 25, 2013.
Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

Students at Gifford Grade School returned to class Monday, a week after a tornado ripped through the Champaign County town. IPR’s Sean Powers was there as school officials tried to recapture some sense of normalcy.
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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Rauner releases tax returns

One of the Republicans running for governor had a very good year in 2012. Bruce Rauner released his tax returns Monday. Rauner says he made more than $53 million:

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Shots - Health News
4:55 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Children under age 2 can reason abstractly, researchers say.
Jandrie Lombard iStock

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:42 pm

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.

Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.

In experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, children as young as 18 months were able to figure out the relationship between colored blocks.

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Code Switch
4:06 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'?

Radiante, Olga Albizu
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:42 pm

When the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the artists for its 2014 biennial, people took to the Internet to chime in about who's been included and who's been left out; the last biennial had been blasted for ignoring Latino artists. But when a new show opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum featuring only Latino artists — "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" — it was blasted for other reasons.

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