Is Trump The Toughest Ever On Russia?

President Trump is in the process of inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Washington, D.C., this fall to continue the talks they started in Helsinki earlier this week. It's another sign of Trump's efforts to build closer ties with Moscow, even though he insists his administration has taken a hard line toward Russia. "There's never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been," Trump told reporters on Wednesday. That might sound like hyperbole, but in this case, there's...

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The Sound of Science - "Fireflies"

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Welcome to The Sound of Science on WNIJ.

(P) We’re answering listener questions this month and today we have a great summer question. “How do fireflies light up?” Living in the Midwest, one of my favorite signs of summertime is seeing fireflies winking across the fields. How can fireflies light themselves up on command?

Sessions from Studio A - Oblio & Arrow

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Matthew Kopecky of Oblio & Arrow performing "By Design" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Matthew Kopecky of Oblio & Arrow performing "Canteen" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop in the central Illinois city.

 

The Peoria County coroner says Luis Cruz was pronounced dead early Thursday at a hospital soon after the shooting.

City police spokeswoman Amy Dotson says officers stopped the vehicle as they searched for a wanted suspect. Dotson says an armed person ran away and was shot by an officer, but didn't say whether any other shots were fired. No officers were injured in the confrontation.

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It started with a system glitch in the summer of 2016.

Hackers found a flaw in the online voting registration process in Illinois and exploited it. Illinois State Board of Election’s spokesperson Matt Dietrich said the board’s servers were flooded with queries, which are lines of code.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying remarks he made about whether his platform should remove content posted by Holocaust deniers, saying he wasn't defending them when he commented that it was hard to know their intentions. His initial comments set off intense criticism earlier this week.

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Backers of a Chicago monument honoring suffragette and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells-Barnett say enough money has been raised and pledged to build the structure.

Wells-Barnett's great granddaughter, Michelle Duster, says more than 900 people donated money for the monument to be built on the city's South Side.

Duster says the cash donations to the Commemorative Art Committee will cover most of the cost of the granite and bronze monument, to be designed by sculptor Richard Hunt. Duster says the goal is to have the monument installed next year.

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Illinois prison officials are being accused of letting a transgender inmate be harassed and assaulted.
 

Strawberry Hampton is 27 years old, and her lawyers say she’s lived as a woman since the age of 5. But the Department of Corrections classifies her as a male, named Deon Hampton — in keeping with Hampton’s birth certificate.

That’s meant housing Hampton in a series of all-male prisons.

Attorney Alan Mills, with the Uptown People’s Law Center, says Hampton has repeatedly been assaulted, by both guards and inmates.

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After weeks of robust discussion and a parliamentary hold on the legislation, lawmakers are now moving forward with an effort to hopefully enhance the health of the deer population in Illinois by providing supplemental nutrition. 

Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email.

"He was having a fussy day," she says, "so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting something done." In her spam folder, she found an email from an organization called My Pay, My Say, urging her to drop her union membership.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law Tuesday to speed up reconstruction of the troubled state-run veterans' home in Quincy.

The Republican governor approved the legislation to consolidate the design and building processes under state law to save time in overhauling the western Illinois campus where 13 people have died since 2015 because of Legionnaires' disease, although groundbreaking is a year away.

"It's an important step forward to serve our veterans, to keep our veterans safe and healthy," Rauner said.

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And now, a currency war?

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President Donald Trump today accused Beijing of manipulating its currency. This is not a new charge. But what has occurred is an 8 percent fall in the Chinese currency against the dollar since the trade spat began in the spring. That helps Chinese exporters, because it effectively makes their products cheaper.  

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A South Korean court on Friday tacked on another eight years to former President Park Geun-hye's sentence for illegally receiving funds from a state agency and breaking election laws.

More than 100 former student athletes have reported "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct" committed by Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss nearly two decades ago, the school announced on Friday.

Officials said the allegations date from 1979 to 1997. They include students who, at the time, were varsity players in 14 sports and patients of Student Health Services.

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Ten years after the original movie hit the big screen, the sequel, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," has been released.

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The musical follows a single mother, her daughter and three potential fathers — it's a long story — all set in the beautiful (and fictional) island of Kalokairi. 

In honor of the release, let's do the numbers on "Mamma Mia!," the stage production and the movie. 

So long as sharks are terrifying, there will be shark content

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In 1975, "Jaws" became the first movie to gross over $100 million. Its success made it the first summer blockbuster. This summer's shark offering is "The Meg," a story about Carcharodon megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived. The movie is based on a novel written by Steve Alten, who saw "Jaws" when it came out and became obsessed with sharks. It turned out to be a lucrative obsession — sharks are a moneymaker.

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