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Police and Fire Missing Mark on Minority Hiring

Minority employment in the Peoria Police and Fire Departments is falling behind established goals. Three years ago, the city council set a target of 38 and 39-percent minority officers in each department respectively by the year 2025. Only 18.3-percent of the police force currently comes from minority groups. Police Chief Loren Marion says there are a limited number of qualified minorities applying to the department. One example he says it that 32 African American male applicants this past...

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Illinois Families, Kids With Disabilities Suffer Without Childcare

Michelle McAnarney said she realized her daughter Darby was different than other children soon after she was born. "She was always a little delayed physically," said McAnarney, a Springfield resident. Darby was well over a year old when she started walking, but "once she could walk, I'm not even joking the next day she was running," she said. If McAnarney and her husband took Darby, who is now four years old, to loud or chaotic places, she'd become overwhelmed -- tip a plate over in a...

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U.S. Threatens Further Sanctions Against Turkey Over Detained Pastor

The U.S. is threatening further sanctions against Turkey if it does not quickly release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained by the Turkish government for nearly two years. The diplomatic spat is also taking a toll on Turkey's currency, the lira. Turkey says Brunson has ties to political groups responsible for the 2016 attempted coup of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Brunson runs an evangelical church in the Turkish city of Izmir. The U.S. says the pastor is "a victim of...

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Greece has successfully completed its final three-year installment of an international bailout program, allowing it to reclaim a degree of control over its finances, which have been overseen since 2010 by the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Athens exits its third bailout on Monday after a protracted debt crisis that forced it to implement painful austerity measures — including deep cuts to social welfare programs — to receive emergency loans.

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic descriptions that some readers may find disturbing.

It took a jury less than four hours of deliberation to convict a Detroit-area man of sexually assaulting a sleeping passenger onboard a Spirit Airlines flight.

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And finally today, we'll journey into the soulful world of Rita Ekwere, aka Ray BLK.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHILL OUT")

RAY BLK: (Singing) Oh, yeah, I told you I was trouble when we first met. But I guess you never got the message.

Vermont Looks To Booming Hemp Business

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And finally today, we'll journey into the soulful world of Rita Ekwere, aka Ray BLK.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHILL OUT")

RAY BLK: (Singing) Oh, yeah, I told you I was trouble when we first met. But I guess you never got the message.

Meet Ray BLK, Britain's Rising Star

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LAKSHMI SINGH, HOST:

And finally today, we'll journey into the soulful world of Rita Ekwere, aka Ray BLK.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHILL OUT")

RAY BLK: (Singing) Oh, yeah, I told you I was trouble when we first met. But I guess you never got the message.

India's southern state of Kerala may get some much needed relief in the coming days as the forecast shows less rain for the area that has been dealing with deadly monsoon floods for more than a week.

More than 350 people have died and at least 800,000 others have been displaced, according to The Associated Press. But there are fears that the number of dead could increase as rescue and recovery efforts continue.

Reporting from Mumbai, NPR's Lauren Frayer says that, "tens of thousands of people have been rescued from flooded homes ... but many more are stranded."

Less than a month after an earthquake killed hundreds of people, the Indonesian island of Lombok experienced a series of quakes on Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured a 6.9 magnitude quake late Sunday evening local time. That quake came after two others earlier in the day that registered at magnitudes 6.3 and 5.4 respectively, according to The Associated Press.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, President Trump responded to a story published in The New York Times, that detailed extensive cooperation between White House counsel Donald McGahn, and the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into obstruction of justice and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital on Wednesday was detained because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico related to a homicide case, according to immigration officials.

Joel Arrona-Lara and his wife, María del Carmen Venegas, had scheduled a cesarean section and were headed to the hospital when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, Calif.

After pulling into the gas station, surveillance footage shows two other vehicles pulling in and surrounding the couple's van on either side.

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