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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WIUM Local
11:41 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Alderman Opposes Bus Fare Plan

Macomb, IL – A Macomb-based agency has been hired to provide administrative services for the McDonough County Public Transportation System, though the vote was not unanimous. Macomb aldermen approved the contract with the Western Illinois Regional Council on Monday night. The only "no" vote came from the second ward's Ken Zahnle. He has no qualms with the regional council itself. But he does not think ridership levels justify the agency's plans to charge fares on some of the Go West bus routes.

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WIUM Local
7:46 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Visits to Keokuk Public Library Up

Keokuk, IA – Use of the Keokuk Public Library appears to be on the rise. The library's lower level is now home to the Keokuk Art Center. That includes a classroom, a pottery room, and an office. The renovated basement is also a storage facility for the archives of the Lee County Historical Society. Library Director, Emma Lee Lahmeyer, says these new facilities are bringing more people to the library. The lower level is filled with drawings, sculptures, and paintings from the art center's collection. The library also added an expanded parking lot, with access from several streets.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:39 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Volunteer Starts Senior Center

Lewistown, IL – Since Lewistown has no Senior Center, volunteer Donna Davis decided to start one. With the backing of the mayor, she got permission to use the town's community center for one day and one evening a week for senior activities. Davis says the opening will be Wednesday, June 5. She's purchased some table games and cards, and plans for basic refreshments. Davis says if 20 people show up, that's 20 people who are being helped.

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WIUM Local
5:12 am
Mon June 5, 2006

Carp Kill Cause Sought in Illinois River

Havana, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Ressources is investigating the cause of a carp die-off in part of the Illinois River. Director of Natural esources Mike Conlin says the die-off is not expected to reduce numbers enough to endanger a proposed fish protein plant near Beardstown. Carp Protein Products has expressed interest in building the plant which would extract protein for the Asian food market. Conlin says even with the die-off between Havana and Starved Rock, lots of carp remain in the Illinois river.

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In the Tri States
12:46 am
Mon June 5, 2006

In The Tri States

May, 2006 – A review of the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio newsroom during May 2006.

WIUM Local
3:23 am
Sun June 4, 2006

Colbert Keeps Knox Graduates Laughing

Galesburg, IL – Many colleges bring in a successful alumnus, politician, or business leader to deliver the commencement speech. But Knox College this year chose one of the biggest stars in comedy. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" kept the crowd laughing with observations on immigration, religion, and the school's nickname (the Prairie Fire). You can listen to Colbert's entire speech by clicking on the audio button above. NOTE: The speech contains a little bit of explicit language. Colbert received an honorary degree from Knox College.

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WIUM Local
11:24 am
Fri June 2, 2006

Election Preview - Des Moines County Supervisor

Burlington, IA – Three candidates are vying for the Democratic spot on the November ballot in the race for Des Moines County Supervisor. Ed Blow, Jeff Heland, and Ben Diewold each say they are qualified for the top job. Blow is currently the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Heland is a former Burlington City Council member and a current member of SCC's Board of Trustees. Diewold has served 8 years on the Board of Supervisors. To hear Jason Parrott's preview, click on the audio link above.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri June 2, 2006

Afternoon Edition

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