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12:42 am
Thu September 7, 2006

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September 7, 2006 – Jason Parrott talks to Keokuk Police Sergeant Ivan Parrish about the Guardian Angel Project.

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6:40 am
Wed September 6, 2006

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WIUM Local
5:42 am
Wed September 6, 2006

Fort Madison Trying To Restrict Adult Businesses

Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is trying to make it more difficult for adult- or sexually-oriented businesses to locate within city limits. Planning and Zoning director, Ed Basch, says there is currently no city code that would prevent these businesses from setting up shop in a commercial or industrial area. The council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would add many restrictions. The ordinance would only allow these businesses in a small section of the city's northwest side and in the industrial district in Fort Madison's southwest side.

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WIUM Local
3:00 am
Wed September 6, 2006

Software Might Solve Tax Problems

Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Clerk's office has ordered some software that could solve some problems caused by overlapping tax districts. Florine Miller says the Manatron company believes it can now automate figuring taxes where the enterprise zone and a tax increment financing district both apply. Miller says the company was unable to solve the probelem before. However, it acquired new programmers when it purchased another governmental software company. She says now they believe they can produce the software.

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12:42 am
Wed September 6, 2006

Fort Madison To Resume GRRWA Payments

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison is ready to make its payments to the Great River Regional Waste Authority. The city council voted unanimously, last night, to stop withholding the city's monthly waste management fee payment of roughly $17,000. Alderman Brad Randolph says the waste authority has done enough to justify the decision. The changes include firing the director, implementing a competitive bid process, and asking the state to audit the authority's books for the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years.

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12:27 am
Wed September 6, 2006

Election Preview - Central Lee Tax Referendum

Donnellson, IA – One Southeast Iowa school district wants to broaden its ability to spend certain tax dollars. Voters in Iowa will go to the polls, Tuesday, to decide races for local school boards. While there are no contested board races within the Central Lee School District, residents have one decision to make. Superintendent John Henriksen says the district is asking for more flexibility in using the money generated by Lee County's local option sales tax. At this point, he says the district can only use the money for school infrastructure.

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WIUM Local
11:23 am
Tue September 5, 2006

Developer Withdraws Housing Plan

Macomb, IL – A student housing complex will not be built at Ward and Piper Streets in Macomb. Developer Art McManus wanted to build housing for 500 people on the 35-acre site. But he has withdrawn his request to have the land rezoned and is dropping his development plan. Those who live near the site vociferously opposed the project. Fourth Ward Alderman John Maguire says the situation showed him that the city needs to move forward more quickly on developing a comprehensive plan so that zoning issues can be looked at outside of the emotions of the issue at hand.

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6:22 am
Tue September 5, 2006

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3:10 am
Tue September 5, 2006

Report Released on SHS Fire

Augusta, IL – Investigators say the cause of the fire that heavily damaged Southeastern High School will remain undetermined. Investigators also say they have not ruled out the possibility that human involvement played a role in sparking the fire, which started in the chemistry room. The investigation team included members from the Augusta Fire Department, the village marshall, and the Illinois Fire Marshal's office. The team says anyone with information about the cause of the fire should call the Illinois Fire Marshal's office toll-free at 800-252-2947.

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6:42 am
Mon September 4, 2006

Big River United Way Campaign To Kick Off

Keokuk, IA – Big River United Way will kick off its latest fundraising campaign this week. Campaign Chair, Bruce Dunek, says the goal for this year is $150,000. He says the money collected will stay in this region. Dunek says it will go to 20 different agencies, including the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the Hoerner YMCA. Dunek says this year's campaign will focus on children, and how the organizations improve their lives. The kick-off will take place at this Friday's football game between Keokuk and Central Lee.

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