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10:27 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Emphasis - January 22

Western Illinois – This week's program previews upcoming events at a couple arts centers in western Illinois.

Rich Egger's first guest is Nancy Crossman. She serves on the board of the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb (Egger also serves on the WCIAC board). The organization's current exhibit is "Quilt Expressions - Art and Story in Fabric." That will be followed by a student art show.

The WCIAC will also be presenting plays and a concert in the coming months.

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WIUM Local
9:51 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Keokuk Biodiesel Plant Contents Sold

Keokuk, IA – A consortium of local businessmen announced the formation of Tri-City Energy four years ago. The company was to produce soybean-based biodiesel.

The original plan called for a five-million gallon plant at 410 Johnson Street, a 30-million gallon plant along the Mississippi River, and a soybean crushing facility. The $50-million project was supposed to create about 60 jobs.

Tri-City Energy only produced fuel for a limited amount of time because of the rising cost of soybeans and the slumping economy. It has been more than a year since the plant was on-line.

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Local Specials
9:19 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Roads Could Take Hit In Iowa Budget

Keokuk, IA – Iowa lawmakers are in for a few busy months. They have to keep the current state budget balanced until June 30 and address a projected shortfall of at least $500-million in next year's state spending plan.

One area that could take a big hit is transportation infrastructure, in particular, maintaining Iowa's rural roads. 255th Street in central Lee County offers an example of that.

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WIUM Local
9:02 am
Fri January 22, 2010

South Side Boat Club Ready To Build

Keokuk, IA – President Kathy Ferris says the South Side Boat Club is eager to build its new home. The organization's former headquarters had to be torn down after sustaining heavy damage during the Flood of 2008.

Instead of building on the same site, Ferris says, the South Side Boat Club would like to move up-river. She says the best site along Keokuk's riverfront is on the opposite side of the parking lot at Hubinger's landing.

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WIUM Local
7:48 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

City Council Turns Down Stop Sign Petition

Macomb, IL – Macomb will not place stop signs on Grant Street at Randolph Street. But the city says it's still willing to consider options for improving safety for pedestrians near the intersection.

The stop signs were requested in a petition signed by 106 people. Organizer Jamie Lane feels it's difficult for those on foot or bicycle to cross Grant Street during certain times of the day.

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