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Testing Criteria Loosened After Slow First Day At COVID-19 Drive-Up Site

UPDATED 12 p.m. | The testing criteria were loosened Sunday after a lower-than-expected turnout for the first day of drive-up COVID-19 testing in Bloomington, officials said.

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Pamela Cather
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Datebook: Patience Pays Off For Local Wildlife Photographer

Pamela Cather was teaching psychology at Heartland Community College when she decided to take a free class in digital photography . That was all it took to set her on off on a new career behind the lens.

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Music Stories

Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes at a recent show at FitzGeralds in Berwyn, IL
Ron Horne

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order that all bars and restaurants in Illinois shut down until at least March 30 has delivered another blow to independent musicians already devastated in just the last week from the damage brought by the coronovirus.

It's all about those Coming of Age stories with music from Be More Chill, The Lion King & Hairspray!

Meredith Hopping performs her stand-up at Nightshop Friday night.
Doug Morris

Normal Community High School alum Meredith Hopping says stand-up comedy made the cut ... when the ISU theatre grad drew up a Top 30 list of things she'd like to accomplish as she was turning 30.

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A tornado tore through nearly 20 miles of the city of Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday evening, severely damaging multiple properties and injuring at least 22 people, according to local news reports.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln said the tornado that briefly touched down about a mile east of the Peoria International Airport on Saturday night caused only minor damage.

The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. has sharply accelerated in recent days, now exceeding 2,000, marking a doubling of the fatality rate in the span of two days.

Academic science labs around the U.S. are rapidly gearing up to run coronavirus tests for patients in need. They're drawing resources from across campus: technology, chemicals and a formidable workforce — graduate students.

"Normally, when people say they need someone in an emergency, it's not a science grad student," says Katie Cabral, a bioengineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Francisco. "But in this case, my particular qualifications are exactly what is needed."

Guard members handle tests
Wynndermere Shaw / Illinois National Guard

UPDATED 12 p.m. | The testing criteria were loosened Sunday after a lower-than-expected turnout for the first day of drive-up COVID-19 testing in Bloomington, officials said.

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Within the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed my plans and expectations for my first year of medical school. It has canceled trips and internships. It has moved classes and social interactions online, dissolving my community as I knew it.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you a word and an extra letter. Anagram everything into a new word ... in which the added letter is silent.

Example: MOW + B --> WOMB
1. GRIN + W
2. TOGS + H
3. FINE + K
4. TENS + C
5. HANS + G
6. BRIDE + S
7. NOMAD + L
8. DOTER + B
9. PEDLAR + O
10. SIMONE + T
11. RETINT + W
12. AIMING + E
13. NO SHAME + D
14. CHEAP MAN + G

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