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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.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

Woman Charged Using Controversial Felony Murder Law

Apr 8, 2018
McLean County Sheriff's Department and Bloomington Police

The charge against Brittney Mikesell is based on a controversial provision of Illinois’ murder statute.

Fatal Attraction: How A Young Couple's Dark Journey Led To Murder

Apr 8, 2018
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

When Cullen Hedrick and Brittney Mikesell arrived at a south Bloomington trailer park on a Saturday afternoon in early December, they were looking for trouble.

ISU students doing yardwork.
Harriet Steinbach / ISU Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

The 10th annual Illinois State University Bring It Back To Normal event allows students and members of the community to forge new ties.

Squash bug
Katja Schulz / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gabriele in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, has issues with two different types of bugs that have made her garden their home. But should she get rid of both varieties? Well, no.

J.M. Hirsch / AP

On this installment of Ask An Expert, a question about how meat-eaters and vegetarians can get the right kinds and right amounts of protein in their diet.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Town of Normal has established several landmark spots in Uptown Normal—first with the Normal Theater and Children’s Discovery Museum, and again with the roundabout.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

Billy Strings
Jesse Faatz

Billy Apostol was dubbed "Billy Strings" by his mother for his prowess on a number of stringed instruments at a young age.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

A new lawsuit accuses Illinois State University of mishandling allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student. But it’s not the victims filing the suit. It’s the accused.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

An economist for the Illinois Farm Bureau says he does not think Bloomington-Normal's realty sector will suffer much from the exit of nearly 900 information technology jobs at State Farm Insurance.

Henry Griffin / AP

The words and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. touched many in central Illinois. 

Associated Press

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader’s legacy continues to loom large through such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as well as affirmative action hiring and educational practices.

Director Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The tragic tale of a young man with a soul for searching takes center stage at Heartland Theatre starting Thursday, April 5.

Kansas L to R is Richard Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie Platt, David Manion, and David Ragsdale.
Michie Turpin

The words "Congrats you got the job" are likely the five most exciting and terrifying words Ronnie Platt had ever heard.

Lyndsie Schlink / Illinois State University

College is an eye-opening experience. And for those students coming from majority-white communities, it may their first significant exposure to diverse cultures.

Charles Kelly / AP

Wednesday marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts helped establish the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Its role has been to investigate complaints by citizens against banks, mortgage servicers, credit card companies and other large financial institutions. The CFPB gave consumers added clout to sue those companies.

Illinois State University

Greek life coordinators at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities are working to prevent hazing incidents through education.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press

The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club welcomes national champions for the upcoming spring show.

Garden in sunshine.
Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr via Creative Commons

The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.

Tom Gannam / AP

Illinois State University and other Missouri Valley Conference schools are rooting for Loyola Chicago in the NCAA basketball tournament for more than one reason. And some of those reasons are green.

Gerry Broome / AP

Illinois farmers have cheered President Donald Trump for his moves on regulatory relief, the federal tax overhaul, and his appointment of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Even as mass demonstrations continue pushing for new laws to curb gun violence such as the Florida shooting, a central Illinois congressman said he does not see a need for major new curbs on guns.

Dexter O'Neal & Funkyard
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“When I got to meet Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, I was on ‘10’ because he was my salvation,” said Dexter O’Neal of the R&B legend who passed away in 2013.

Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia

The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

Library book stacks.
David Mulder / Flickr via Creative Commons

Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

Jared Alcorn with the new "Moaning" album at Waiting Room Records
Jon Norton / WGLT

An emerging Los Angeles-based post-punk band has been wearing out the turntable at Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

Staff / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen reiterated their preference Monday that the city’s library expand in its current location rather than move to a new home.

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
Keith Srakocic / AP

An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

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