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The Unit 5 school board approved a change to its finals policy Wednesday, expanding final exam exemptions to include high school juniors.

Director for Secondary Education Dan Lamboley said the previous policy allowed seniors with an “A” or “B” grade and no more than six absences to opt out of finals for that class.

“What we’re proposing to start in spring 2020 is any junior or senior with an ‘A’ average in a class on the last day of the semester would be exempt from that final assessment,” he said.

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Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

Students look at a cadaver
Kristy McLemore

On any given Saturday morning, the average teen might be getting ready for work, heading to practice or a game, or maybe even sleeping in.

Kavya and Olivia
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Bloomington-Normal students and Not In Our Town leaders will gather next week to honor school employees who work to “Stop Hate Together” and create inclusive environments for the Twin City youth.

El Paso Gridley vs. Ridgeview
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Illinois high school football's governing body is overhauling its conferences, in a move that's intended to helps schools play similar-size programs.

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State Rep. Dan Brady

Illinois lawmakers are honoring a fallen soldier by naming a stretch of Interstate 55 through Towanda in his honor.

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
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A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

ISU football players running
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Southern Illinois University (SIU) released a new policy change this week to its code of conduct, banning student athletes, cheerleaders, and spirit members from participating in displays of political activism while in uniform or while performing or competing in official events and activities.

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It's taken just two years for a new program at Normal Community High School to blossom into becoming one of the best in the state.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, Bloomington-Normal students are still working for change.

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An online prank that caused the term "shooting range" to pop up when you Googled a local high school has now been removed.

Students at guns rally
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Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act to stop gun violence in schools.

Jason Drengwitz
NCHS Ironmen

Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

Heather Budak

A decade ago, Trevor Tucci was 8 years old, making waves with his Redbird Swim Club teammates.

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A benefit concert was held on Monday at the Normal Theater to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.