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Flint begins rebuilding

Flint begins rebuilding

Rachel Hinton

February 13, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities. Read More »...

Obama pushes for collaboration in Springfield

Obama pushes for collaboration in Springfield

Rachel Hinton

February 12, 2016

President Barack Obama's speech to Illinois legislators, including some former colleagues, left them starry-eyed and receptive to his message Wednesday about changing the rancorous tone of politics to one that's more collaborative and less combative. Read More »...

Congress passes sanctions on North Korea

Congress passes sanctions on North Korea

Rachel Hinton

February 12, 2016

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program. Read More »...

Young voters still ‘feeling the bern’ despite loss in Iowa

Young voters still 'feeling the bern' despite loss in Iowa

Pat Mullane

February 7, 2016

It wasn’t until midday Tuesday that television news channels officially declared Hillary Clinton the winner of last week’s Iowa caucus.  The head-to-head race between the former Secretary of State and her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders was harder to call than many expected.  As Clinton won with 4...

Organizations cut programs, funding due to Illinois budget impasse

Organizations cut programs, funding due to Illinois budget impasse

Rachel Hinton

February 5, 2016

Eight months into a state budget impasse, students and senior citizens are feeling the negative impact of the state government’s inability to come up with a budget that appeases both sides of the aisle. Read More »...

Freedom in jeopardy for Cuban migrants

The U.S. and Cuba eased tensions last year after negotiations between President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba and the re-opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C.  (Rodriguez / MCT Campus)

Piper Schad

January 31, 2016

With easing tensions between the two countries, many Americans are thrilled at the possibility of vacationing in Cuba. The Cubans themselves, however, are scrambling to leave. Nearly 15 years ago Marcos Lorenzo and his family, like so many others since the revolution in 1959, fled Cuba for their northern neighbor. Read More »...

Zika virus infects 31

Zika virus infects 31

Rachel Hinton and AP

January 30, 2016

The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency. Read More »...

Oregon ranchers stand down, 1 killed

Oregon ranchers stand down, 1 killed

Rachel Hinton and AP

January 29, 2016

A spokesman for the armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge who died in a confrontation with officers earlier this week was shot when he reached for his waistband, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Read More »...

Recent terrorist attacks show reach of ISIS

In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iraqi security forces celebrate as they hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq where it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, suffered several defeats recently in both countries, including the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi and parts of northern and northeastern Syria over the past months. (AP Photo)

Rachel Hinton

January 24, 2016

One evening last November, when Parisians were preparing to go out for the start of the weekend, news of three explosions near the Stade de France circulated not long after the three suicide bombers detonated their vests. Shortly after, armed terrorists, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, would open fire i...

Flint declared an emergency, EPA official steps down

Mike Ahrens of Muskegon, Mich., poses for photo with his sign about Flint's water crisis Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. (Junfu Han/The Ann Arbor News via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Associated Press

January 24, 2016

FLINT, Michigan (AP) - The federal government is investing more money this year to help local governments improve their water systems, and about $80 million will go to Michigan next week, President Barack Obama told the nation's mayors Thursday, as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Read More »...

The gloves are off

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speak during a break at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Associated Press

January 24, 2016

  INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - With days to go before the lead-off Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton on Thursday ramped up her attacks on fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders, who said she is not interested in ideas that will “never make it in the real world.” Read More »...

Claypool announces CPS layoffs

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, right, and Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno speak at a news conference in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, where they called for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools. They said the proposed legislation would give the Illinois State Board of Education control over the nation's third-largest school district. (Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Associated Press

January 24, 2016

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) - Chicago Public Schools plan to announce layoffs of members of its central office staff. Read More »...

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