Code Switch
2:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

The Whitest Historically Black College In America

Deirdre Guyton, the school's director of alumni affairs, is proud of Bluefield State College's history and wants to preserve it. Here, she holds up a photo of the school's football team from 1927 to 1928, when it was the best black college team.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 4:13 pm

It opened in the late 19th century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College is 90 percent white. The road that separates those realities is as rocky as any story of racial transition in post-World War II America.

We went to the campus of Bluefield State to see what campus life was like at this unusual college.

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Rethinking redistricting in the state

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Yes! for Independent Maps is aiming to get a constitutional amendment question on the November 2014 ballot. The effort needs 300,000 registered voters signatures by May 4, 2014 get the question on the gubernatorial ballot. 

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9:08 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Congressman Davis defends vote to reopen government

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis doesn’t believe he abandoned his principles by voting to reopen the government.  The Taylorville Republican says he didn’t get all the victories he wanted out of the measure approved late Wednesday. But he says there were some, including a change in the Affordable Care Act that requires verification of income. 

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9:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Getting a pulse on post-shutdown frustration

Polls show voters grew more frustrated with Washington as the government shutdown dragged on.  Now that there’s a deal, it’s unclear whether that anger may weigh on voters’ minds ahead of next year’s elections. 

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8:49 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes

30 criminal justice experts and practitioners in Illinois have signed onto a research memo opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes. 

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8:44 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tri-County exec. board OKs separation agreement for longtime director

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Board has a Separation Agreement with its long-time director. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that Terry Kohlbuss has been on extended leave for nearly a month:
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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Snowden Says He Ditched Classified Docs, Before Fleeing To Russia

Edward Snowden.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 6:29 pm

In an extensive interview with The New York Times, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says by the time he got to Russia, he had given all his classified files to journalists.

Snowden did that to prevent the Russians from gaining access to secret American documents and "because it wouldn't serve the public interest," he said.

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5:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 4:35 pm

President Obama said Thursday that the government shutdown and threat of default did unnecessary damage to both the U.S. economy and the country's reputation abroad.

Standard & Poor's concluded that the disruption subtracted about $24 billion from the economy and is likely to trim more than half a percentage point off growth in the final three months of the year.

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Peoria's Hidden Treasures
5:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 14, 2013

Throughout October and November, several galleries in Peoria are participating in the Celebration of Women Artists. The Prairie Center for the Arts features the work of Steph Van Doren, Carrie Pearce and Ken Hoffman. Studio 825 displays pieces by three artists, including Suzette Boulais.

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4:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Fossil Find Points To A Streamlined Human Lineage

Researchers excavated the remains of five creatures who lived 1.8 million years ago, including this adult male skull. The excavation site, in Georgia in the former Soviet Union, was home to a remarkable cache of bones.
Courtesy of Georgian National Museum

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 4:35 pm

Fossils of human ancestors are rare. You could pile all the ones that scientists have found in the back of a pickup truck.

But a remarkable site in Georgia, in the former Soviet Union, has produced a rich group of bones dating back almost 2 million years — and the discovery is shaking the family tree of human evolution.

The fossil hunters found the cache of bones more than a decade ago in a place called Dmanisi, but kept most of the find under wraps.

Now, they've lifted the veil, revealing the fossilized remains of five creatures who lived 1.8 million years ago.

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