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Kelsey Proud

Originally published Monday, April 14. Updated Friday, April 18 after Cityscape to include audio from the show and the Name the Dog quiz.

Does your dog enjoy the spotlight? Can he or she endure a few flying monkeys and a simulated tornado?

Congratulations – you may be the proud pet parent of not only a special pup but the next Toto, too. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking a dog to play Dorothy’s canine sidekick in its summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Cuba is only 90 miles from the Florida coast but it sometimes feels as if it’s much farther away.  While travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased in recent years, their relationship over the last five decades is far from close.

A small group of students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville just returned from a 10 day visit to Cuba under an educational arrangement between SIUE and the University of Havana.  Harvard University is the only other institution to take advantage of such an opportunity under the initiative.

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A man whose 2007 terroristic threat conviction was overturned may finally be able to put his legal troubles behind him after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to intervene.

The state's high court decided Wednesday not to hear an appeal by prosecutors who are trying to restore a Madison County jury verdict against St. Louis native Olutosin Oduwole.

Odwuwole's attorney, Jeff Urdangen, says that concludes the nearly six-year legal matter. The 27-year-old was released in March after an appeals court verdict.

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Reporting from Jennifer Fuller, WSIU.

Incoming students at SIU Edwardsville will pay more next year. The SIU Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase for next year's new students, which is a  2 percent decrease over what administrators had proposed.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe says they'll have to make due with what the Board has decided, but this choice will send her back to the drawing board.

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Illinois’s ballooning pension costs coupled with dwindling revenue from professional fees are what’s behind a proposed $1.2 million funding cut for the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Gov. Pat Quinn proposed the cut for SIUE along with schools of pharmacy at Chicago State University and the University of Illinois at Rockford.

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Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has named a new chancellor. She is Julie Furst-Bowe, currently an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Furst-Bowe was introduced to the campus today after a four-month search. She replaces Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift, who led SIUE for eight years. Furst-Bowe says she was sold on the school after a visit to campus this year.