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WVEL Entertainment Scope: The Late Aretha Franklin, Earns Pulitzer Prize

WVEL Entertainment Scope: The Late Aretha Franklin, Earns Pulitzer Prize

(Photo By Flickr User mike bouchard)   “The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize winner!” According to CNN & WQAD-TV, Aretha Franklin was awarded a special citation prize earlier this week “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades,” according to a release. She is the first individual woman…MORE

WVEL News/Safety Scope Now: Coyotes + Spring Season

WVEL News/Safety Scope Now: Coyotes + Spring Season

(Photo By Flickr User Tjflex2)   Newsline: Chicago, IL Cook County officials want pet owners to know that coyotes this time a year are both wily and hungry. According to The Associated Press & WICS-TV, the county says more than 1,500 coyotes reside around the county. It says the springtime mating and whelping can give coyotes…MORE

WVEL News/History Scope Now: NAACP Will Commemorate 40 Decades Of African Diaspora, Jamestown To Jamestown, Coming Late-Summer 2019

WVEL News/History Scope Now: NAACP Will Commemorate 40 Decades Of African Diaspora, Jamestown To Jamestown, Coming Late-Summer 2019

(Photo By Flickr User Maryland GovPics)   At the 50th NAACP Image Awards, the NAACP announced its historic “Jamestown to Jamestown” event partnership with Ghana, marking the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become the United States of America. According to goodblacknews.org and Rejoice! Musical Soul Food, an official event…MORE

WVEL News/Education Scope Now: Minimum Teacher Salary Passes House In Illinois

WVEL News/Education Scope Now: Minimum Teacher Salary Passes House In Illinois

(Photo By Flickr User Archigeek)   Newsline: Teacher’s Salary The $40,000 minimum teacher salary bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives on a 79-31 vote. This decision was made earlier this week. House Bill 2018, sponsored by Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Collinsville, modifies the current school code which sets the minimum salary for teachers in Illinois at $10,000…MORE

WVEL News Scope Now: Illinois Bill Protects State Banks Serving Cannabis-Related Businesses

WVEL News Scope Now: Illinois Bill Protects State Banks Serving Cannabis-Related Businesses

(Photo By Flickr User Adrian Berg)   The Illinois Senate passed a bill on last week that would prohibit state banking regulators from penalizing or dissuading banks and credit unions from serving cannabis-related businesses. Senate Bill 2023 passed unanimously with a 50-0 vote. It updates banking rules to allow banks to do business with the cannabis…MORE

WVEL Consumer/Finance Scope Now: Last Minute Tax Tips

WVEL Consumer/Finance Scope Now: Last Minute Tax Tips

(Photo By Flickr User eFile989)   Just a family reminder to everyone, Ii you haven’t filed your taxes yet, don’t overlook these money-saving strategies. Time is winding down to file 2018 tax returns or request an extension. But even if you’ve procrastinated, there’s still time to take advantage of beneficial deductions and credits. Chris Hershey, a certified financial…MORE

WVEL Consumer/Energy Scope: The Refrigerator Situation

WVEL Consumer/Energy Scope: The Refrigerator Situation

(Photo By Flickr User Alexander Muse)   If your energy bill is running higher than you’d like and you can’t figure out the reason why, it may be time to reevaluate your fridge situation; yes, your fridge. That big ice box keeping all your fruits and veggies fresh and your favorite beverages chilled is actually one…MORE