Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday December 2 1. Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release  Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video’s release, the Chicago mayor has fired the…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday November 25 1. After override threat, budget talks resume Republicans and Gov. Wolf huddled behind closed doors late Tuesday, trying to salvage some shred of a state budget deal. After a day of back-and-forth, negotiators said they would work through the weekend with hopes of reaching an agreement. The two sides resumed…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday October 29 1. SC Sheriff: Officer Ben Fields fired, ‘disrespectful’ student to blame The school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a South Carolina high school student at her desk has been fired, Richland County authorities announced Wednesday. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over…

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When I was a child, the start of the school year was a time of giddy anticipation. That was many years ago, before perpetual deficits and the slow erosion of public trust made books, and then students, and then dozens of underutilized schools disappear. Sadly, the excitement that should accompany the start of a new…

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