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State News
2:43 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo welcomes 2 new harbor seals

The lone seal at Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo now has company.  Zoo officials say two harbor seals went on exhibit this week. 

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State News
12:15 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Plane changed course before deadly Illinois crash

Credit gunssavelife.com

A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Zalcman out in 18th Congressional race

Bloomington attorney Marc Zalcman is withdrawing his bid to fill the 18th Congressional District seat. Zalcman, a Republican, says the timeline to get 1,000 petition signatures in about three weeks is too tight to successfully achieve.  Zalcman called the timeline unfair, and says he plans to run in the 2016 Republican primary. Zalcman was the only other declared Republican in the race, running against state Senator Darin LaHood in the July primary

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State News
1:01 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Bloomington uses grant to hire youth intervention specialist

The Bloomington Police Department has hired a youth intervention specialist.  Michael Donnelly is the community impact manager for United Way of McLean County. He will work part time with Bloomington police to identify at-risk young people and mentor them. 

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Community
10:51 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Bloomington plane crash initial report possible next week

  A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says a private plane that crashed in near Bloomington early Tuesday, killing seven, climbed and turned in an unexpected direction before plunging into a farm field.  Investigator Todd Fox said Wednesday the twin-engine Cessna 414 appeared to miss its approach to Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. If that happened, the plane should have turned west to try again. Fox said instead, the plane climbed and turned east before crashing. He said the pilot's last radio communication didn't indicate any distress.

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Community
2:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

ISU Says Assistant Coach, Assistant AD Were Among Plane Crash Victims

(McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is flanked by Coroner Kathleen Davis as he reads a statement to reporters Tuesday)
Credit Willis Kern / Illinois Public Radio

McLean County officials confirm seven people died when a Cessna 414 crashed into a field sometime overnight northeast of Bloomington. 

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State News
2:49 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Bloomington businessman considers run for Congressional seat

Another prominent Republican is looking at running for the open Congressional seat being vacated by the scandal plagued Aaron Schock. 

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State News
1:15 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Bloomington officials talk tiny home village for homeless

Social service providers and city officials in Bloomington have discussed building tiny houses of about 350 square feet to help the homeless.

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State News
10:34 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Stolen gun recover lags in Springfield

Credit usatoday.com

Records show the recovery rate for stolen guns in Springfield is far lower than the national average. 

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State News
4:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

STAR Program helps cancer patients

Care for cancer patients is expanding, from a focus on the cancer itself, to the after-effects that patients experience due to cancer and its treatment. 

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