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Cynthia Baker
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Girl Testifies She Saw Her Mother Abusing Rica Rountree

UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | In their interviews with authorities, Cynthia Baker’s children described a home where Baker punched, whipped and tortured 8-year-old Rica Rountree, according to testimony Thursday at Baker’s murder trial.

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Aimee Mann performs
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Highway 309 November Playlist: Aimee Mann, The Strokes, Orville Peck

What is Highway 309 ? It's the station that plays Aimee Mann, The Strokes, Mavis Staples, and Orville Peck. You never know what you're going to hear on Highway 309. But know that what you hear will be good.

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Music Stories

Life is a Cabaret and the Community Players production of "Cabaret" is in full swing, and get ready for music from the stage and film version of Cabaret with Liza Minelli and Alan Cumming.

Michael Mwenso & the Shakes perform "Harlem 100" Thursday night at The Krannert Center in Urbana
Elizabeth Leitzell

Michael Mwenso's music destiny appeared after his mother was deported from their home in London to her native Africa.

Jacob and Justin
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

The music industry is highly competitive. Those who have talent can get overlooked.

Jacob Hoffman, founder of Basement Bars Records, says he can change that.

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Chiko Russo speaking at Bloomington City Council
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Another Democrat has announced plans to run in McLean County Board District 8, which includes downtown Bloomington and much of the city's west side.

President Trump often says members of the "deep state" are bent on sabotaging his agenda.

And some of the career civil servants the president is referring to have said they have been retaliated against following reports in conservative media questioning their loyalty to Trump.

Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

Some instrumental film scores can instantly invoke a feeling in the listener, regardless whether they are watching the movie or doing something else. The Imperial March from "Star Wars" creates a sense of foreboding, the theme of 1978’s "Superman" is uplifting and powerful, and who doesn’t get a shiver when hearing John Carpenter’s theme for "Halloween"?

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is doubling down on his defense of President Trump as well as Rudy Giuliani's role in the Ukraine controversy amid the impeachment inquiry.

The latest go-to place for visiting movie and TV locations: Northern Ireland, where Game of Thrones characters plundered and pillaged. The series ended, but it's revitalizing the economy.

The leather industry hit a peak in 2014. Retailers were forced to find cheaper, artificial alternatives. Now, leather is struggling to regain the market share it lost. The trade war is not helping.

When the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly removed from her post this year, some Democratic lawmakers called it "a political hit job." Now the congressman in charge of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump is making the case that Marie Yovanovitch's ouster is part of the story of a president abusing his power in relations with Ukraine.

Yovanovitch will be the sole witness Friday, the second day of the inquiry's public hearings over whether Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would benefit him politically.

Members of the Michigan State University marching band are braving below freezing temperatures to take part in "Sparty Watch" — a more than 50-year-old protection scheme devised to fend off attacks on MSU's beloved mascot, The Spartan, in advance of their rivalry football game on Saturday.

It's 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 22 degrees. Twenty members of the MSU marching band and color guard are huddled outside in the snow flanking the 9-foot bronze statue.

Two students are dead and several others injured after a school shooting on Thursday in Santa Clarita, Calif. The shooter, himself a student, is in grave condition.

For World Kindness Day, six newborn babies at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh were dressed up as the late Fred Rogers.


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