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Paul DeJong celebrates
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ISU's DeJong Still A Student Of Science As MLB Career Surges

Paul DeJong didn't put away his curiosity for science when he graduated from Illinois State University.

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Stop the Violence Project truck
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Bloomington Community Welcomes Stop The Violence Project To Sunnyside Park

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Still, there’s another African proverb about community: The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.

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On this week's episode of GLT's Center Stage, you'll hear selections from "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," and "Man of La Mancha."

Subscribe to GLT's Center Stage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or NPR One.

On this week's episode of GLT's Center Stage, Ariele Jones plays selections from "Newsies," "Beauty and the Beast," "Into The Woods, and "The Way We Were."

Adia Victoria sings
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The weather held out and a big crowd turned out for Saturday's 19th annual GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU.

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Bulk waste collection
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Bloomington's garbage trucks are getting smarter.

Paul DeJong celebrates
Jeff Roberson / AP

Paul DeJong didn't put away his curiosity for science when he graduated from Illinois State University.

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has removed himself from consideration to permanently lead the Defense Department.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Google is committing $1 billion to try to provide more affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where big tech firms have been blamed for putting home prices out of reach for anyone without a rich stock-option plan. Google says the money should result in 20,000 new homes added to the local market.

Facebook is branching into cryptocurrency, unveiling a new blockchain-based currency called Libra that could challenge bitcoin. Libra will be controlled by a nonprofit group in which Facebook will share responsibilities with companies ranging from Mastercard and PayPal to Uber and eBay.

The currency, which is still in the testing phase, is expected to launch in 2020. Facebook says Libra will have very low fees and that people using its apps will make a number of payments simply by sending a text message.

Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately affect boys and students with disabilities or special needs.

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

On the day of his self-declared presidential campaign kickoff, President Trump is threatening to deport "millions" of immigrants in the United States illegally beginning "next week."

But what's known is far less definitive.

Facebook says that by next year people on apps like Whatsapp and Messenger will be able to basically text payments. This news comes as regulators are asking if the tech giant is already too powerful.

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Nearly half the people admitted to state prisons in the U.S. are there because of violations of probation or parole, according to a new nationwide study that highlights the personal and economic costs of the practice.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center said the majority of these violations are for "minor infractions," such as failing a drug test or missing a curfew. Those so-called technical violations cost states $2.8 billion every year, the report says.

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