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Recalled Dehumidifier Blamed For House Fire In Normal

Fire investigators in Normal believe a recalled dehumidifier was to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a basement at a home last week.

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The Robber Barons, left to right: Andrew Moody, Eric Fisher, Rob WIlls, Matt Garrison, Kevin Loeske
Lisa Schneider

Twin City Musicians Pull Matt Garrison Back Into Music

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

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Music Stories

Jeni B. with performing partner Andrew Brucker
Kevin Schertz

Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

The Robber Barons, left to right: Andrew Moody, Eric Fisher, Rob WIlls, Matt Garrison, Kevin Loeske
Lisa Schneider

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

Erik Nelson at Eclipse Studios
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

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Marco Rubio has been flying under the radar this summer, not picking any social media fights with his Republican rivals and steering clear of controversial issues, such as Donald Trump's immigration policies.

In the crowded Republican presidential field, Rubio is kind of like the guy everybody wants to date, but not marry — at least yet.

As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service her entire life. The IHS clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema — chronic problems, nothing urgent.

Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side. Her doctor recommended an MRI and other tests she couldn't get through IHS. To pay for them, he urged her to sign up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Phantom Vibrations Being Felt

Sep 2, 2015

While it's no "Phantom of the Toll Booth," phantom vibrations are being felt in the twin cities. The vibrations are echoes of those signaling incoming communication on pocket phones. Lori Osborne is a mental health clinician at Advocate-BroMenn Medical Center. She says if you're expecting an incoming message, and wear clothes, you may be subject to phantom vibrations:

Social media is playing a big part in the campaign's effort to increase fundraising, volunteerism and overall commitment by 8%. WGLT's Willis Kern has more.

In what reportedly is a first, five ships from China's navy have been spotted in the Bering Sea, operating in international waters off the Alaskan coast, Pentagon officials tell The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reports:

Judith Valente

The great autumn bird migration has begun. Bird watchers are out in force looking for species traveling south from Canada to winter spots in Mexico and central America. In another of our occasional series on "Unknown Illinois," Audubon Society member Matt Winks (pictured) takes us on a trek through Bloomington, Illinois' Ewing II Park in search of singing warblers.

Defying legal decisions that go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky.., clerk, continued to deny marriage licenses on Wednesday in protest of same-sex marriage.

As Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton reports, Davis, who has become a divisive figure in the national debate on same-sex marriage, has been summoned to a federal court on Thursday for a hearing on whether to hold her in contempt.

With that, here's what we know about Davis:

Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?

Sep 2, 2015

The United Nations says more than 300,000 migrants have set out from North Africa and the Middle East on the Mediterranean Sea for Europe this year so far — 40 percent more than in all of last year.

Of the more than 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the State Department this week, one was (literally) fishy:

Gefilte fish is a Jewish dish (some would say delicacy) made of chopped fish. The night of the email release, reaction and theories on the story behind that email came in quickly:

In reality, the email was sent during a 2010 U.S.-Israeli trade dispute. Israel had imposed a large tariff on imported carp (often used in the dish). That tariff was particularly harming one American fishery that exported a lot of carp to Israel.

In April, Chipotle Mexican Grill made a big splash when it launched a campaign called G-M-Over It.

"When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don't make the cut," the chain said.

And customers seemed to eat up the message.

But a new class-action lawsuit against the Mexican chain alleges that the campaign's marketing claims don't hold up.

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