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Galesburg man stabbed to death

GALESBURG — Robert Kilgore, a 23-year old Galesburg resident, was killed after being stabbed multiple times in an attempted car burglary on Saturday. He died after being life-flighted to a hospital in Peoria on Sunday morning. Police are holding Kai A. Lefler, 25, on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a weapon. (Source: The Register-Mail)

Congress avoids hitting debt ceiling

WASHINGTON,  D.C. — Congress approved a three-month suspension of the nation’s borrowing limit on Wednesday.  The House of Representatives voted 285 to 144 to push the deadline for making a deal on spending until May. Many feared failure to come to an agreement to raise the debt limit would have risked sending the country back into recession. As an additional provision, congressional pay will be docked if a budget deal is not in place by April 15. (Source: The New York Times)

Great Britain to consider leaving EU

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plans to allow the British people to vote on whether or not they would like their country to remain part of the European Union. The speech comes at a difficult time for the 27-country bloc, which is struggling with how to respond to the dire fiscal situations of several member nations, most notably Greece. No country has voted on leaving the EU since the Treaty of Maastricht founded the modern EU in 1992. The proposed referendum would not occur for several years. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Israel holds general elections

TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party will remain the largest in the Israeli parliament after a general election, although it was significantly weakened and will likely have to join forces with Yesh Atid, a centrist party that had the second-best finish, in order to form a coalition government. This result will likely force Netanyahu to adopt a more moderate tone on issues such as the Iranian nuclear program and may help improve strained tensions with the Obama administration. (Source: The Washington Post)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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