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GLT's Sound Ideas is newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places. And there's room for your opinion when the phone lines are open. This hour-long radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected a plan to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, though local health professionals say the federal government can still take specific steps to help addicts get help here in McLean County.

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Supersuckers returns to Bloomington-Normal to play the Castle Theater on Thursday, Aug. 10.

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Will Unit 5’s bus system be ready to go on the first day of school Aug. 16?

GLT Sound Ideas 08/08/17

Aug 8, 2017

Hear about changing leadership in the town of normal as City Manager Mark Peterson announces his retirement. A talk with Peterson about his career and the town. Hear from Council member Jeff Fritzen about the process to replace Peterson and a sewer rate hike. Plus, President Trump's Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visits Chenoa. GLT's Ryan Denham was there.

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Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said Tuesday he still loves his job. He still finds it fun. He still has projects he wants to accomplish. Yet Peterson is retiring in eight months.

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More than 1,000 Bloomington-Normal homes have already signed up for MetroNet, with 12,000 residences and businesses ready for installation, a company spokesperson said.

Normal Sewer Rate Plan Passes Without Dissent

Aug 7, 2017
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Hoping to start proactive work on Normal's aging sewer system, the Town Council voted Monday to more than double the sewer rate paid by residents over the next five years.

McLean County Health Department

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

McLean County Health Department Senior Sanitarian Angie Crawford says a mosquito pool east of Bloomington collected Aug. 1 from the 61705 area code has tested positive for the virus.

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Kristen Gillespie is incredibly upbeat for a someone who took the helm of an ailing Illinois State University women's basketball team just four months ago.

Elyse Shoenig

It’s the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. This used to be the parish’s “Life Teen Mass,” but it isn’t any longer. White-haired and middle-aged people fill the pews—even some couples with children. But there are few teens or young adults. That concerns Father Eric Powell, Epiphany’s pastor.

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Artists Jan Brandt and Jeannie Breitweiser have teamed up in a new space that will allow them to create and also celebrate the creativity of others.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/04/17

Aug 4, 2017

Does media coverage of the Trump administration mark a turning point for American journalism? GLT’s Judy Valente talks with IWU Journalism Professor James Plath on ethical struggles for journalists. Plus, the groundbreaking nature of the movie Dunkirk as told by GLT culture maven Shari Zeck, and a preview of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' trip to Bloomington, courtesy of Jon Norton.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press

Should journalists report everything the president or other public officials say, even if it's rude, crude or proves to be untrue? 

Jereme Rauckman / Flickr via Creative Commons

White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

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With 116 teams representing 29 states, the Town of Normal hit another grand slam this week by hosting the USA Class A 16-and-under girls national softball tournament.

David Dobson

George Thorogood & the Destroyers have been ripping through blues classics for four decades. Their ferocious recorded takes on "Move It On Over," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and of course "Bad To The Bone" are classic rock radio staples.

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"It's intense. It's brutal. It's a strong film."

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center (EAC) is moving forward with its 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event after meeting an early fundraising goal.

Al Goldfarb / Courtesy

Former Illinois State University provost and retired Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb is not slowing down in retirement. Goldfarb has just published a new edition of his book on the history of the theater, called "Living Theatre."

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Prairie Fire Theatre is staging "The Most Happy Fella," a musical set in Napa Valley with a plot that's future forward.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/02/17

Aug 2, 2017

A recent study on the brains of football players showed all but one in the study showed signs of the disease CTE. But, ISU Coach Brock Spack says that makes no difference to him. The changing landscape as Football copes with its concussion problem.  Jon Norton talks with the coach about that and about this year's team. Congressman Rodney Davis stumps for tax reform. And Eureka College History Professor Junius Rodriguez runs again for Congress against Republican incumbent Darin LaHood.

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A mountain of research—including a stunning new study on the brains of deceased NFL players—is changing the way that the Illinois State football team is practicing this summer.

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Following the failure of the House and Senate to agree on a mechanism to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have moved on to an overhaul of the tax code.

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Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. And, of course, dogs gotta bark. But what does it mean when your pooch barks?

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The wafting smell of a Cinnabon. The madness of Black Friday shopping. Getting dropped off by your parents so you can meet your friends at the arcade. Your first job as a 16-year-old.

For many Americans, malls aren’t just a collection of stores. They’re a collection of memories. And so when malls struggle—or close—it hits harder than, say, when a Circuit City goes under.

Wilmington Parks Facebook Page

The dam where former GLT staff member Liz Larson drowned Saturday is the focus of litigation against the city of Wilmington over previous deaths at the popular recreation spot.

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The GLT family is mourning the loss of former staff member Liz Larson, who died Saturday in a boating accident on the Kankakee River in Wilmington.

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The first-ever Healthy Pet Expo combines useful, hands-on information with goofy fun.

When Steph Davidson and Jennifer Swartout heard talk that the local food trend in Bloomington-Normal had maxed out, they decided to take action.

Courtesy of Jordan Becker

Bloomington resident Jordan Becker joined the Army National Guard in 2008 as Jordan Elizabeth Becker, a woman. In 2014, he dropped Elizabeth from his name, began hormone therapy and underwent surgery to become a man.

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