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GLT's Top Stories: Week of Oct. 16-20, 2017

Liliana Wang
About 80 students refused to stand during the singing of the national anthem at Normal Community High School at this year's homecoming assembly. Organizers of the protests said they are concerned about police shootings of African-Americans.

Here are the top stories we covered this week (Oct. 16-20, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

Taking A Knee In Normal

Students at Normal Community High School kneeled during the national anthem at their Homecoming week assembly. Many also wore their Black Lives Matter T-shirts in support of the organization. 

Read the story: NCHS Students Kneel During Anthem At Homecoming Event

Negativity In News Happening

More than 4,000 Facebook users are on a waiting list to join the 20,000+ member-strong News Happening in Bloomington Normal And McLean Co Area and All Over page. The idea is to share newsworthy information, but what else can happen when users can say anything they want to others online without serious repercussions?

Read the story: Local Facebook Group Spreads The News, But Something Darker Too

Tax Breaks For Businesses

The Normal Town Council has given an $800,000 tax break to a shopping center owned by Phillips Edison. The town expects to see $4.8 million in new sales and tax revenue sparked by the renovations.

Read the story: Shopping Center Owner Asks Normal Council For $800K In Tax Breaks

Abortion Access Comes To Bloomington

Local women will no longer be forced to travel out of McLean County to receive abortion services from Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood on Veterans Parkway and Clearwater Avenue now offers medication abortions. 

Read the story: Bloomington Clinic Begins Medication Abortions

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Baylee Steelman joined us in November 2016. She is a journalism major graduating in May 2018. She mainly covers Bloomington City and Normal Town Council meetings, Unit 5 School Board meetings, produces the weekend News In Review, and helps run GLT events. Baylee also produces and anchors at TV-10, Illinois State University's student TV news station.