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ISU Softball Welcomes 8-Year-Old Teammate Through Team Impact

One of Illinois State softball's most valuable players this season will never throw a pitch, hit a ball or steal a base.

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Voter Guide 2019

Voter Guide: Where The Candidates Stand

Be ready for the April 2 election! GLT and the League of Women Voters asked the Bloomington and Normal council candidates about their positions on the biggest issues facing our community.

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Rhett Miller of Old 97's Keeps Moving

Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s hail from Texas. Yet, with songs set in Chicago’s Empty Bottle nightclub or others with titles such as “Champaign, Illinois,” and “Bloomington,” there often seems to be an Illinois connection. Why so many Illinois songs?

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Rhett Miller of Old 97's Keeps Moving

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Rhett Miller
Ebru Yildiz

Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s hail from Texas. Yet, with songs set in Chicago’s Empty Bottle nightclub or others with titles such as “Champaign, Illinois,” and “Bloomington,” there often seems to be an Illinois connection.

Why so many Illinois songs?

Miles Nielsen is a homebody. Despite (or perhaps because of) heavy touring with his own band The Rusted Hearts and spending his youth traveling the world with his father's band Cheap Trick, he continues to make Rockford his home.

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Since 1992, GLT’s Acousticity has explored the world of “flexible folk,” with a distinctive mix of bluegrass, Celtic and songwriter music.

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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a higher local motor fuel tax Monday night.

Coen Frambes and Keyshawn Evans
Randi Armstrong / Illinois State University

One of Illinois State softball's most valuable players this season will never throw a pitch, hit a ball or steal a base.

The community of Parkland, Fla., is reeling from the news this weekend that two young people took their own lives. On Friday, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello was buried, five days after she killed herself. Aiello was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year at the time of the mass shooting. A day later, on Saturday, another student took his life. He was a current student, a sophomore whom authorities haven't identified.

The largest solar farm east of the Rocky Mountains could soon be built in Virginia and, depending on whom you ask, it would be either a dangerous eyesore that will destroy the area's rural character or a win-win, boosting the local economy and the environment. The solar panels would be spread across 10 square miles — 1.8 million panels soaking up the sun's rays.

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The father of a Sandy Hook shooting victim was found dead this morning in Newtown, Conn., in an apparent suicide.

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Singer-Songwriter Scott Walker Dies At 76

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We want to remember a musician now who had an independent spirit. Scott Walker died this weekend at age 76. But unless you lived in the United Kingdom in the '60s, you might not have heard of him.

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Water levels in overflowed creeks are slowly starting to decline on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

"What used to be a dry creek is now a swelling, raging river," said Peri Pourier, South Dakota state representative for the district that includes Pine Ridge.

The freshman representative has been coordinating relief efforts for the community, where many residents were cut off by flooded roadways. "There are community and tribe members getting on horseback to reach people and get them supplies," Pourier told NPR.

President Trump signed a proclamation Monday that recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, formalizing the Middle East policy shift he announced over Twitter last week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was with Trump at the White House as he signed the presidential proclamation. Prior to the signing, Netanyahu made remarks lavishing praise onto Trump that drew comparisons between the president and the Persian emperor Cyrus as heroic defenders of the Jewish people.

Pediatricians have long warned parents about the risks of consuming too many sugary drinks — including the link to Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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