WIUM Local
1:34 am
Fri March 17, 2006

Bio-Diesel Plant on Schedule in Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A much-anticipated bio-diesel plant in Keokuk appears to be on schedule for completion. Tri City Energy began work on its 5,000,000 gallon/year bio-diesel plant in early Janary. Sales Manager Al Moander says the facility in downtown Keokuk is on pace to be completed in August. He says the funding is in place for this first phase. Phases 2 and 3 consist of building a new 30,000,000 gallon/year plant and a soybean crushing facility along the Mississippi River. The total financial investment in the project will be nearly $50,000,000.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu March 16, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:31 am
Thu March 16, 2006

School Boards Prune Staffs

Rushville, IL – Two regional school boards have trimmed a total of 13 teaching positions. This is the time when teachers who won't be hired for next year must be notified. The West Prairie district cut ten non-tenure positions and reduced the contrct for three others. In addition, the board eliminated all extra-pay positions until it has a better idea of what it will offer next year. In Rushville the board eliminated a full-time industrial arts position and eliminated half-time positions in speech and French.

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WIUM Local
3:06 am
Thu March 16, 2006

Name Approved for Baseball Stadium

Macomb, IL – The renovated ballpark at Western Illinois University now officially has a new name. The Board of Trustees approved a resolution to name it Alfred Boyer Baseball Stadium. Boyer graduated from WIU in 1972. He recently gave $300,000 to the university for sports construction work. Half of that money went to the baseball stadium project. The university says Boyer has also made other significant gifts in support of sports programs. The renovations to the ballpark include improvements to the playing field.

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WIUM Local
1:24 am
Thu March 16, 2006

Wise to Seek Re-Election

Des Moines, IA – A longtime Southeast Iowa lawmaker is seeking another term at the State Capitol. State Representative Phil Wise says Southeast Iowa is moving in the right direction. The Keokuk Democrat wants another 2 years in office so he can continue to help the region at the state level. Wise says his focus will remain on economic development and education. He says his ability to work with members of both parties is an asset for Southeast Iowa, with the legislature so evenly split. Wise is seeking his 11th term in the Iowa House of Representatives.

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Emphasis
12:33 am
Thu March 16, 2006

Emphasis

March 16, 2006 – This week's program highlights some of the issues in the primaries for Illinois governor.

WIUM Local
11:45 am
Wed March 15, 2006

McDonough Gets New ESDA Director

Macomb, IL – Colchester Police Chief Dan Kreps is McDonough County's new Emergency Services and Disaster Agency director. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick said Kreps' law enforcement training and background will be useful in his new half-time position. Harwick had said he wanted to avoid a conflict of interest in the emergency services post. However, since the police chief's job in Colchester is only a half-time post, he says Kreps will be available when the county needs him. Kreps received his bachelor's in law enforcement last year from WIU.

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WIUM Local
7:09 am
Wed March 15, 2006

Iowa Lottery Machines in Jeopardy

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Lottery's TouchPlay video machines could soon be gone from businesses across the state. The Iowa Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Tom Vilsack banning the machines and requiring them to be removed from businesses within 45 days of the bill becoming law. Vilsack says, when he returns from a trip to India, he will sign any measure regarding TouchPlay machines that has been approved by lawmakers. Another TouchPlay bill, that has been approved by the Iowa House, would give business owners until September to get rid of the machines.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed March 15, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:33 am
Wed March 15, 2006

Aldermen Review New Ward Boundaries

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are getting ready to increase the number of wards in the city from five to seven. The change is required because the census recount shows the city's population is back above 20,000. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert helped draw the new maps, which he shared with the rest of the city council this week. He says the population sizes in the wards range from about 2,500 to 3,100. He says a couple of the larger wards are landlocked while at least one of the smaller wards could experience growth in the coming years.

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