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Frozen Ball Of Human Waste Falls From Sky

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In suburbs just outside the city of Chicago, some police officers are paid fast-food wages; they work part-time patrolling high crime areas, just so they can use their badge to get better paying security jobs.

Many police chiefs say the low-wages and part-time positions are consequences of inadequate funding. That means departments can't pay for ongoing training, can't afford to fire problem officers and don't have the capacity to investigate police shootings.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Map

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional district map today, saying it "clearly, plainly and palpably" violates the state Constitution.

The justices ruled 4-3 just days after hearing oral arguments in the case.

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NPR's Visuals Team, specifically the Video team, had a formidable showing at the White House News Photographers Association's "2018 Eyes of History: Multimedia Contest" over the weekend. According to the association's website, "The Eyes of History contests are held annually to select the best in visual journalism across still, video, and multimedia disciplines."

The NPR Visuals team racked up a total of 12 awards across the nine categories.

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After letting funding lapse for 114 days, the United States has reached an agreement for funding CHIP, the federally-run health insurance program for children and pregnant mothers.

Having earned a spot Sunday on the U.S. Ski Team, Gus Kenworthy is the second openly gay man who will compete for the United States at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Kenworthy, 26, placed second at the final Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle, according to NBC.

A German nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients is suspected of killing another 97 people by lethal injection.

If convicted, Niels Högel would become Germany's most deadly serial killer ever.

Högel, now 41, was charged with 97 further counts of murder on Monday. His third trial in the northern city of Oldenburg, Germany, is expected to start later this year, according to Reuters.

Vice President Pence says the United States will open an embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019 — much more quickly than initially promised.

Pence announced the new timetable in a speech before the Knesset, Israel's parliament, drawing a standing ovation from Israeli lawmakers and accelerating one of the Trump administration's most contentious foreign policy decisions to date.

Leaders in Washington continue negotiations to end a partial government shutdown, and they're getting their own messages out about how we got here. As NPR's Ron Elving writes, each party is accusing the other of being out of touch with Americans — and they're both probably right.

So we asked you what you want them to know.

Three key board members at USA Gymnastics have resigned, the organization said Monday. The moves indicate continued tumult at the sport's governing body as the sentencing hearing continues for former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to the sexual assault of minors under his care.

Facebook is doing some soul-searching.

In a new commentary, the social media giant acknowledges the possibility that social media can have negative ramifications for democracy. This comes after repeated criticism that it didn't do enough to prevent the spread of fake news that had the potential to impact the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Organize In Indianapolis

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People on both sides of the abortion issue made their voices heard at the Indiana Statehouse today and young Hoosiers were well represented.

Hundreds of pro-life supporters from around the state attended a march and rally event in Indianapolis Monday. While a national rally has been held in Washington for many years, this was the first time the event was organized in Indiana.

Anna Allgaier, regional coordinator for Students for Life of America, says Hoosier youth are pro-life.

Senator Young Applauds End To Filibuster

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) applauded the 81 senators who approved a move Monday to re-open the government – this vote ended the filibuster, making way for a short-term spending bill through Feb. 8.

Young also expressed his frustration saying the shutdown was “an indictment” on senators who sought protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients.

“Now I think, all parties, including the Democratic leaders, are prepared to negotiate in the coming weeks,” Young says.

He says this is a call to action for Congress.

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Senate, House Pass School Funding Measures

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Late last year, the state revealed a surprise uptick of public school student enrollment, which led to a multi-million dollar gap in funding. Now, two bills to fix the nearly $16 million funding shortfall for this year has been approved – one in the House, and one in the Senate.

Lawmakers estimate enrollment numbers to figure out how much to set aside for school funding during budget sessions, but last year’s numbers turned out to be off the mark due to an unexpected surge of students enrolling in public schools.

 

The Indiana House easily approved legislation Monday to ensure local governments can’t ban short-term rentals through platforms such as Airbnb.

The overwhelmingly approval comes just one year after similar legislation couldn’t muster enough votes in that chamber.

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), the bill’s author in both 2017 and this year, says he believes he’s found a good compromise.

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Leaders at the West Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Church -- where two banners full of racial slurs, veiled threats and misspellings were posted early Sunday -- are staying tight-lipped about whether they’ll increase security in the wake of the hate speech.

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