New Amtrak route considered through Galesburg
GALESBURG, ILL. — Amtrak is conducting a feasibility study for a new route from Dansville, Ill. to the Quad Cities, connecting universities across the state. Stops along the way include Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria and Galesburg. Aside from Knox, colleges on the route are Western Illinois University, Bradley University, Illinois State University and others. The study should be completed in a few months time.
Mormon church backs LGBT anti-discrimination laws
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The Mormon Church moved Tuesday to a more middle-line position on LGBT issues. The Church will support some anti-discrimination laws, as long as the religious freedoms of those who oppose gay equality are protected. The Church will not alter its doctrine as a result, which states that sex outside of a marriage between a man and woman is immoral. While opinions on the move are mixed, the stance distances the Church from its controversial 2008 position supporting gay marriage in California. (Source: Washington Post)
Jordan offers prisoner exchange with ISIS
AMMAN, JORDAN — The Jordanian government agreed on Wednesday to exchange a convicted terrorist for an air force pilot held by the Islamic State. The Islamic State has threatened to kill the pilot as well as a Japanese journalist, who the Japanese government say they are trying to get released. Jordan has recently come under criticism for its support for the American-led coalition against the Islamic State, and the pilot captured was part of the coalition completing airstrikes against ISIS.(Source: New York Times)