As Families Learn Fates Of Loved Ones, New Zealand Mourns Christchurch Victims

Updated at 7:33 p.m. ET People from at least half a dozen countries and young children were among the 50 people killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Some families and friends of the missing continued to wait for information about their loved ones as night fell on Saturday local time and a tight-knit community of Muslims mourned alongside the country and the world. Officials in New Zealand have not yet released the names of those killed or wounded, but...

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Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he's happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.

The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

DeKalb, IL – Construction is underway in DeKalb on a slaughterhouse that will produce horsemeat for human consumption.

DeKalb, IL. – There's a growing trend of people giving more importance to animal spirituality.

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Jan Booth - commentary aired 9/2/03
Jan Booth has been teaching elementary school in Northern Illinois for more than 27 years. She also leads teacher training seminars.

Rockford, IL – The Cherry Valley Spritualist Camp Association has been around since 1925. But this is only the second year that board members have opened it to the public.

WNIJ's Simone Orendain observed a psychic reading at the camp and has this story.

Historic Ordination

Rockford, IL. – Some newly ordained Catholic priests from Northern Illinois will be saying their first mass this Sunday. They're from a group of 11 candidates who joined the priesthood last Saturday. That's the highest number of priests ever ordained in one day in the Rockford diocese. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports. . .

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