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Video: Brady, Challenger Webb Take Separate Approach To Higher Ed

Candidates for the 105th Illinois House District set public education funding as a top priority during a GLT debate Wednesday night at Illinois State's University Galleries.

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To everyone who’s contributed to GLT this fall, thank you! It’s great to be able count on you. But we’re still short of Fall Fund Drive goal, so if you haven’t given yet, please do your part today.

Fantastic Negrito performing at the Ohana Festival on Sept. 30, 2018, in Dana Point, CA.
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Jon's October Playlist: A Taste of GLT Blues Radio

We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

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Music Stories

Tom plays guitar
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Tom Neal is a handy, creative guy and a skilled woodworker. He could spend his time making just about anything if he felt like it—rocking chairs, picture frames, tables.

Fantastic Negrito performing at the Ohana Festival on Sept. 30, 2018, in Dana Point, CA.
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We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Milk Carton Kids (Joey Ryan, left and Kenneth Pattengale, right) performing at the American Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018.
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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. Here are Acousticity host Bruce Bergethon’s Top 20 songs for October, via a Spotify playlist.

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Police in Germany arrested a suspect in connection with the rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, whose brutal slaying on Saturday elicited international condemnation and accusations that the 30-year-old had been targeted for her investigative journalism.

Northern Illinois University will be the fourth research hub for the Illinois Innovation Network.

This hub will be part of a research network that spans three University of Illinois campuses, each focused on different subjects.  Gov Bruce Rauner says the state’s already budgeted $15 million for NIU’s center, and NIU President Lisa Freeman says the center will focus on issues of sustainability.  

"Environmental sustainability, water and food policy, water and food shortages," she said. 

Gov. Rauner said this could lead to significant innovation.

Protesters outside BCPA hold signs
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Stand Up for Social Justice held a vigil Tuesday night to support victims of sexual assault.

Fall leaves on ground
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The season is changing, and that means there's a new seasonal to-do list for anyone with a green thumb.

Before she was on the BBC's list of "100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017"...

Before she was given the "Diamond Ball Honors Award" by the charitable Clara Lionel Foundation started by the singing star Rihanna ...

She was Angeline Murimirwa, a little girl in Zimbabwe who loved school but was afraid she wouldn't get to continue her education.

Heartland Community College students meet mini therapy horses during their campus visit Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.
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Move over, therapy dogs. Heartland Community College is bringing in mini therapy horses.

The Normal college hosted mini therapy horses from the organization MiniVisits on Tuesday.

Opinion: How China Challenges America's World Leadership

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is ready for a change — specifically the transformation of the international system and China's role within it. In a 2016 speech before government ministers and provincial leaders, Xi provided an early signal of his intent: "China has become a major factor in changing the world political and economic landscapes. ... We need to work harder to turn our economic strength into international institutional authority."

The selections were winnowed down from 1,637 books.

On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced the 25 books that remain in the running for the National Book Awards, now in its 69th year.

The writers come from such places as Pittsburgh, Norway, Iran and Poland, and many of them have delved into some of the most pressing conversations of our time: racism, masculinity, addiction, the destruction of indigenous culture, class divides and corporations.

And for the first time since the 1980s, the judges will also honor a work in translation.

When Sadie Dupuis, the lead singer and songwriter of Speedy Ortiz, started playing guitar in her early teens, she didn't think of herself as a female guitarist — at least at first.

"I knew that I was the only girl in my high school who played. But it wasn't until I started touring as an adult and seeing how few women were on bills that it started to really matter to me that I was a woman who could play technically challenging parts," Dupuis says.

Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

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GLT Candidate Forums

Hear from the candidates for Congress, Illinois House, McLean County Clerk, and County Board.

On Point Returns to GLT

On Point will rejoin the GLT schedule starting Oct. 15, airing Monday through Thursday nights from 9-11 p.m.