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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - April 19, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

By Bill Chappell

A relative sits in a gym in South Korea to await news.

Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Since the ship sank Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bill to Ban Micro Beads Moving Along in Springfield

By Jim Meadows

Illinois could become the first state to ban plastic micro beads from body cleansers and toothpastes, but that ban would take effect later than proposals elsewhere.






WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Illinois Medicaid Applicants Face Long Wait for Benefits

State is Swamped by Applications, Delaying Coverage for Months

CLARIFICATION: The text version of this story has been revised to show that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has a policy of expediting the  processing of Medicaid applications in urgent situations. --- Jim Meadows 4/18/14

By Jim Meadows

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(Duration: 4:07)

In this Nov. 8, 2013, photo, enrollment counselor Kenya Williams helps Jerome Davis Jr. 36, sign up for Medicaid at the Westside Health Authority in Chicago.

The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid. The number of applicants for the program in Illinois since late 2013 has overwhelmed state employees --- meaning the wait for Medicaid benefits to begin can take months. 

Categories: Government, Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”



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