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Darnysha Mitchell

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Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.

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Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

People with autism are often sensitive to outside inputs like loud noises, fast movements, and social interaction, which makes physical education class not a great place for children on the spectrum. But a program at Illinois State University is helping students on the spectrum overcome the challenges of P.E.

Eastland Companion Animal Hospital / Facebook

The Eastland Companion Animal Hospital in Bloomington is asking dog owners if they want to participate in research on using stem cells to treat dogs with arthritis.

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About 100 years ago, Sugar Creek running through Bloomington-Normal was "pretty disgusting," according to Randy Stein, the director of the Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District.

Cultural historian Candacy Taylor traveled Route 66 to document her findings on businesses and history for her second book. But once she got deeper into Route 66 culture, she uncovered findings about the culture of historically black "green book" sites that are still operating today.

Barbara Stuart

Paul Findley served 22 years as a congressman from Illinois in the 20th District. The area he represented covered much of the territory Abraham Lincoln served during his one term in Congress.

State Rep. Dan Brady announced Monday he will seek re-election in the 105th District.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

There is a dark side to using sports to help create a national and cultural identity. Scholar Antonio Sotomayor said Puerto Rico is a case in point.

Dave Kindred with his collection
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

After 60 years of telling captivating stories around the sports world, reporter Dave Kindred's donation of artifacts and memorabilia to Illinois Wesleyan is taking fans for a ride all over again.

Businesses will have to change, well, the way they do business after recreational cannabis use becomes legal in January. Till now, simple drug-screening tests have helped employers maintain a drug-free workplace. After January it won't be that simple at all.

Central Illinois Girl Scouts are seeking new methods to recruit girls to combat a drop in enrollment.

The Central Illinois Regional Airport has collaborated with the Illinois State University’s School of Art and College of Fine Arts to open its first student art gallery.

signing the contract
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The West Market Street Council announced Friday it has reached an agreement to buy a west Bloomington shopping plaza in hopes of building a space for a new grocery store and other businesses.

Pianos being delivered
Twitter / Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday had a lawn and sidewalk full of Steinway & Sons pianos.

Police are investigating an armed robbery Monday afternoon at a convenience store in Bloomington’s southwest side.

Children’s Home & Aid will host the 9th Annual “Taking Steps To End Child Abuse 5K Color Run”in memory of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg of LeRoy, victims of the 2009 murder-suicide by their father after he failed to return them to their mother from a visit.

An Illinois State University student team was awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its project using recycled waste materials as an environmentally friendly alternative in construction material.

Couple in their home
Elaine Thompson / AP

While most millennials are preparing to buy their first home, those in Illinois are holding off on joining in the American Dream.

ISU plans to bring a new technology-focused incubator to Bloomington-Normal.

Vivian Doctora
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

Uptown Normal has several places to get a bite to eat. It’s about to get a dozen more.

Cross on the ground
Gregory Bull / AP

An anthropologist who’s studied life and death on the U.S.-Mexico border says the fight over the wall distracts from a much more difficult conversation that Americans don’t want to have. 

Maxwell Park in west Normal will get a renovated disc golf course and a bigger dog park thanks to a $400,000 state grant.

Heartland Community College is now offering a new program at the Western Avenue Community Center to help Bloomington residents who aren’t native English speakers gain the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.