WIUM Local
5:25 am
Thu June 8, 2006

New President for NTN-Bower

Macomb, IL – There is a new person in charge at NTN-Bower Corporation in Macomb. Eiji Kitajima has been named president. He comes to Macomb from Elgin, where he served as president of American NTN Bearing Manufacturing Corporation. Kitajima is hoping he can hire more workers in Macomb and generate greater sales. Kitajima replaces Yasunori Terada, who's been promoted and is returning to Japan. Terada spent four years in Macomb. He's most proud of the profits generated while in western Illinois. The changes were announced on Thursday by NTN Corporation President Yasunobu Suzuki.

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WIUM Local
4:44 am
Thu June 8, 2006

Rutherford Seeks Secretary's Office

Macomb, lIL – The Republican candidate for Illinois Secretary of State wants to change the culture of the office. Dan Rutherford hopes the change will carry over to Illinois politics in General. The State Senator and 10-year Illinois House member says the type of behavior that has often been prevalent in the office must be rooted out, and it will take hands-on leadership at the top to do it. Rutherford says the office needs to use more modern technology to improve the service it offers to taxpayers.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:40 am
Wed June 7, 2006

Election in Southeast Iowa Not Over

Burlington, IA – The close race for a seat on the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors is not over yet. Jeff Heland received 34.6% of the vote, but cannot claim victory. Des Moines County Elections Coordinator, Terri Johnson, says Iowa law requires a primary candidate get at least 35% of the vote to move on to the general election. She says there are still about 70 absentee ballots out in the community, but only those postmarked June 5th or earlier will be counted. The official vote canvassing will take place on Tuesday.

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WIUM Local
2:02 am
Wed June 7, 2006

School Detachment Hearing Continued

Macomb, IL – A hearing on detaching about a dozen students and some farmland from the Rushville-Industry schools to the Macomb district will be continued. The hearing is being held by the Hancock-McDonough Regional School Board. A Schuyler County judge ruled against transferring the issue to the Fulton-Schuyler County regional school trustees. During the first part of the hearing, seven witnesses testified that they believed the children would have more opportunities if they attended in Macomb.

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WIUM Local
6:53 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Candidate Wants to be Voice for District

Quincy, IL – The woman picked to replace a veteran West Central Illinois lawmaker says she wants to be a voice for the entire region. Jil Tracy says her experience in the Illinois Attorney General's office, in small business, and as a wife, a mom, and an attorney, prepares her to represent the 93rd legislative district in Springfield. Republican leaders picked her to finish out the term of Representative Art Tenhouse (R-Liberty), who is retiring in July, and to appear on the November ballot.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:45 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Landfill Gains Permit

Macomb, IL – The Waste Management landfill near Macomb finally has its expansion permit. The county's treasury will get some new income. Area manager Steve Harenberg says the application took seven years because of design changes and personnel changes at the state EPA. He says the existing 11-acre landfill should be full next month. Then his crews will begin filling the first of four six-acre cells of the new landfill. He says at current rates, the new landfill could last about 90 years. However. he's trying to build up the current 200 tons per day to help pay the cost of the expansion.

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WIUM Local
12:23 am
Tue June 6, 2006

Election Results in Southeast Iowa

Keokuk, IA – Just a handful of contested races were decided in Southeast Iowa.

Lee County
Treasurer - Democrat
Janet Strunk - 50% (1316 votes)
Mary Koehler - 42% (1095 votes)
Jeanne Cooper - 8% (202 votes)

Des Moines County
Supervisor - Democrat
Jeff Heland - 34.6% (1142 votes)
Ed Blow - 32.6% (1075 votes)
Ben Diewold - 32.5% (1071 votes)

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WIUM Local
11:58 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Martial Arts Athletes Aim for World Title

Macomb, IL – Two athletes from western Illinois are honing their skills for world competition. Athletes don't reach that level without some help. In this case, some highly-regarded martial arts instructors are coaching them. Kaleb Keeran of Colchester and Justin Watchendorf of Macomb are currently the national champions in the Ju-Jitsu Duo Competition. They will try to defend their title next month and qualify for the world competition, which is held every other year. Their lead coach is Western Illinois Shotokan Karate owner Ed Kuras, who is confident the duo can get the job done.

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