2 Chainz
1:25 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Rapper Scheduled For Convo Faces Drug Charge

Tauheed Epps/2 Chainz

A Northern Illinois University Convocation Center official declined comment Friday on whether recent drug charges will affect the scheduled performance of rapper 2 Chainz on April 27.

Heather Priest, assistant director of marketing, said she was aware of the charges against Tauheed Epps, who was arrested June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles.  He was formally charged Thursday with felony possession of codeine, a common ingredient in prescription cough medicine and in the street drug sizzurp.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Deacon Steps Off On March To Washington

Deaconess Lou Ness checks her cart Tuesday morning before leaving Rockford for her walk to Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Holmertz

Shelter Care Ministries Executive Director Lou Ness departed Tuesday on the first leg of a 756-mile walk to Washington D.C., where she hopes to draw attention to the plight of the poverty-stricken.

With Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey at her side and the Rockford Lutheran High School drum line at her back, Ness headed for Belvidere, the first overnight stay in a trek expected to last two months.

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23 Aftershocks Detected
9:48 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Damage Reported in 5.1-Magnitude Quake Near Los Angeles

A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake hit Friday near La Mirada, Calif. The magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties.
Credit Jae C. Hong/AP

An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit at a shallow depth about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

While the quake didn't inflict severe damage in the area around its epicenter, it caused many problems, from water main breaks to a rockslide. Thousands of people felt its effects; there haven't been reports of serious injuries.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
6:30 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Rockford Deacon Prepares For Walk To Washington

Rev. Lou Ness shows off her walking shoes. She leaves for Washington D.C. April 1, 2014
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

An Episcopal deacon will begin a journey next week that will take her on a winding road from Rockford to Washington, D.C. 

The 65-year-old remembers the call clearly. It was August 2013. A major donation fell through, and Lou Ness felt hopeless in her job as the director of an agency that finds housing for Rockford's homeless.

"That's where I was in that moment, on the Kennedy Expressway, ranting and raving," Ness said.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Latest Satellite Images May Show Debris From Missing Jet

This satellite image, taken on March 18, has intensified the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia. The image was released Saturday by Chinese authorities.
Credit Reuters/Landov

Newly analyzed satellite images of objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean have intensified the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in waters more than 1,500 miles southwest of Australia.

Malaysia's acting transport minister said Saturday that ships are heading to the location. One of the objects appears to be about 70 feet long and 40 feet wide, the BBC, Associated Press and Reuters reported.

"Chinese ships have been dispatched to the area," minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters.

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4:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Masked Soldiers In Crimea Kill Ukrainian Serviceman, Wound Another

Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, on Monday.
Credit David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters/Landov

A Ukrainian serviceman reportedly was shot and killed and another wounded by masked assailants who stormed a base in Crimea's main city of Simferopol, hours after Russia announced it would annex the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov tells Reuters by telephone from Crimea that it was unclear who the attackers were. He described them as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered."

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk was quick to denounce the violence, blaming Russian forces for a "war crime."

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WNIU Seasonal Specials
2:59 am
Thu November 28, 2013

New Year's Day From Vienna - Wednesday January 1st at 10am

Direct from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, it's the most popular classical music concert in the world! This year,  Franz Welser-Möst leads the annual celebration concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, featuring the waltzes, marches, galops of the Strauss family and much more. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston. Join us Wednesday, January 1st at 10am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.

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WNIJ Seasonal Specials
2:27 am
Thu November 28, 2013

The Capitol Steps' New Year's Edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday" - Wednesday January 1st at 6pm

Help us roast 2013 to a crisp with The Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony. This year will feature all new awards, such as “Best Moment in Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour Filibuster,” “Most ‘icky’  Tweet from Carlos Danger” “Best Thigh-Reducing Exercises to do While Waiting for Healthcare.gov” and, of course, “Best Reason to Spy On the American Public- Because You Can!” Join us Wednesday, January 1st at 6pm on 89.5, WNIJ.

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WNIJ Labor Day Special
8:15 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Lincoln Highway: The Father Road

Credit Dan Libman

This Labor Day, 89.5 WNIJ presents a one-hour special commemorating America's first transnational highway.  The Lincoln Highway was dedicated 100 years ago this October. Nearly 6000 miles long in its entirety, it stretches from New York City to San Fransisco. It might not be as famous as the so-called "Mother Road," Route 66; but 66 isn't as long, and its terminal cities - Chicago and Santa Monica - are no longer connected by a single highway like Lincoln Highway is.

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Jane McAfee's commentary revisited
7:15 am
Wed August 28, 2013

She Was There: Memories of Dr. King's Dream

Crowds in Washington, DC August 28, 1963
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is  the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in America's civil rights movement: on August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech to 200,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. 

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