SIU Cuts Men’s, Women’s Tennis Programs Amid Budget Problems

Carbondale, IL  (KTRS)  – Southern Illinois University is cutting its men’s and women’s tennis programs and reducing scholarships for the men’s swimming and diving teams. University leaders announced  the reductions on Thursday, citing a declining enrollment and the state’s budget crisis. School officials say the move will save about $660,000 annually starting next school year.…

CHICAGO (AP) – A daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is criticizing former President Barack Obama for not granting early release to her father, who’s serving prison time for corruption. In an emotional letter, 20-year-old Amy Blagojevich called Obama “spineless” for not commuting her father’s sentence. Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, posted the letter on her…

Cellphone Tracking Devices Coming Under Scrutiny In Eight States, Including Missouri

Hartford, Conn. (AP) – Law enforcement cellphone tracking devices are coming under scrutiny in at least eight states, with lawmakers introducing proposals ranging from warrant requirements to an outright ban. Legislators are citing privacy and constitutional concerns, including Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations. The eight states include California, Connecticut, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New…