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Police Back Arbitration Measure; Say Strike Would Lead To Chaos

The Fraternal Order of Police is urging legislators to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto that could have major ramifications on state employees' next contract. The Republican's administration is negotiating a new contract with the AFSCME union, and both sides have said they're far from an agreement.
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Paris Taborn

Black & White: Racial Disparities In School Discipline

Paris Taborn chose to leave Springfield High. “I kept getting in trouble at school. So like, I would get sent home, and stuff, every day. I would just come to school -- oh, your shirt’s too short. Come to school -- your bra strap’s showing.” She didn’t get into fights; she didn’t threaten a teacher. She just had a lot of tardies and dress code violations that she felt were unfair. “They would literally come in our class and be like ‘Black girls have more butt than white girls; that’s why we don’t say anything to them.’ "
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Police in Thailand are looking for two new suspects, a woman and a man, in connection with a bombing in Bangkok that left 20 dead.

Michael Sullivan filed this report from Thailand for Newscast:

Bumper stickers say "Keep Austin Weird," but Texas band Holiday Mountain has a different agenda for its hometown — at least according to its latest single, "Get Really Freaky." And if the song's new video is any indication, resistance is futile.

You are a werewolf. You are a cop. You ride a motorcycle. You need a bottle of cheap Canadian whiskey, a foxy lady at your side and a soundtrack that howls at the moon. You need Shooting Guns.

Despite the U.S. being reliant on China for exports, many Americans have a hard time understanding what is taking place with the world's largest economy. 

We figured it was a good time to bring in Roy Wehrle, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Illinois Springfield. 

Wehrle says we're already seeing some fall out in the state with lower prices for commodities, like corn and soybeans.  Caterpillar's recent announcement of more layoffs are indicative of how much that company values China's business. 

Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was my first American friend. Ours was an unlikely friendship: a shy Indian kid, fresh off the boat with big glasses and a thick accent, and a high school b-ball player from West Philadelphia, chillin' out maxin' and relaxin' all cool. And yet, I was with Will all the way, unnerved when he accidentally gave Carlton speed, shaken when he got shot in Season 5, and deeply embarrassed every time he wiped out in front of Veronica.

In case you didn't stay up late to watch the MTV Video Music Awards, there are really only two moments that matter.

They'll be the talk of the water cooler today, so you might as well take a look. Here are the two moments that matter:

1. After receiving the Video Vanguard award, the rapper Kanye West delivered a 13-minute soliloquy in which he sorta, kinda apologized for his past behavior and then he got ahead of the news cycle by announcing he's running for president in 2020.

The phrase police militarization conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah.

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Illinois Issues

Illinois Issues: In The Red

Illinois' leaders have yet to present a plan for a balanced budget. The longer they wait, the harder the task will be.
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State Week

State Week: Running On Empty

This week, debate over whether Illinois municipalities should have the option to declare bankruptcy, mandatory state spending continues despite no agreement on a budget, and some odd numbers from this year's state fair. The Chicago Tribune's Monique Garcia joins the panel.
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25 Years Ago: EF-5 Tornado Strikes Plainfield

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will generate a lot of attention this week. But, 15 years earlier another storm directly affected Northeast Illinois. This Friday will be 25 years since the Plainfield tornado that killed 29 people and devastated the Will County community. College of DuPage Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka still studies the storm.
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Bud Worley

ICYMI: The Story Behind Our Black & White Series

The following interview aired Aug. 20, and provides background and context for our series, Black & White. I’m Sean Crawford, I’m the News Director here at WUIS, and our Education Desk reporter, Dusty Rhodes, has spent much of her time this summer researching racial disparity in school discipline. Starting next week, we’ll be airing a series of reports -- it begins on Monday. I asked Dusty to give us a preview of what we’ll hear. So what got you interested in this topic?
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Black & White: Expert Debunks Myths About School Discipline

If you’ve got a kid in school, chances are you’ve got a handbook with a long list of rules and expectations. But data suggests that, in many schools, enforcement may be unequal, with black students getting more disciplinary actions than white students. “If you’re an African American male, you’re going to get targeted at Springfield High, regardless. You can be a person who’s into school; they still gonna watch you.”
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How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic

Jeb Bush is getting all the millionaires, and Bernie Sanders is getting the small donors — those have been two prominent storylines in the 2016 money race for the presidency.But what about everyone in between? The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Finance Institute released data on campaign fundraising, and it paints a fascinating picture — which we decided to make into a literal picture. Here's how the different candidates' donation patterns stack up to each other:What we found is that in the...
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One Year in Ferguson: How It Sounded. How It Looked. How It Felt.

The St. Louis region became the unexpected center of an international conversation and movement for change following the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.St. Louis Public Radio has compiled select sounds and images of the past year, highlighting moments in history and sharing voices of newsmakers and neighbors alike.We invite you to take some time, reflect and put on your headphones toexperience One Year in Ferguson: How it Sounded. How it Looked. How it Felt. Copyright 2015 KWMU-FM....
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