WIUM Local
6:17 am
Wed March 29, 2006

WIU Gains Soybean Research Endowment

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University now has a $300,000 endowment to help fund soybean research. The money from the Illinois Soybean Association comes from checkoffs when the beans are marketed. Agriculture Department Chairman William Bailey says research projects will be solicited from all departments in the university. Possible areas include use of soybeans as feed or biodiesel production. Bailey says there may also be studies of the international market for soybeans and how US farmers could use it to best advantage.

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WIUM Local
5:17 am
Wed March 29, 2006

Keokuk's 4th of July Celebration in the Works

Keokuk, IA – This year's July 4 celebration could be an all day event for Keokuk residents. The park board is lining up events for Independence Day in Rand Park. President Charles Belba says some of the activities already in place are a dunk tank, a softball game, a dance performance, and contests for singing and for pizza pan throwing. He expects the turnout to be pretty good because of where July 4 falls on the calender this year. The events will get underway about noon. Belba says the goal is to get more people to enjoy Keokuk's park system.

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WIUM Local
6:35 am
Tue March 28, 2006

Congressman Says He Will Retire

Washington DC – Congressman Lane Evans (D-IL) says he will retire from the seat he's held since the early 1980s. Evans ran unopposed in last week's Democratic primary, but has been struggling with Parkinson's disease. He's missed a number of votes in the past month. Local Democratic leaders are expected to meet to slate a replacement. For now, the only candidate for the seat is Andrea Zinga, who won last week's Republican primary.
Here is Evans' retirement statement:

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WIUM Local
11:36 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Building Purchased for City Office Expansion

Bushnell, IL – Bushnell is purchasing a closed lumberyard to gain storage space and more room for city offices. Mayor Steve Russell says the building at the former MBS Lumberyard will provide needed storage space for the city's utility operations. It adjoins a city-owned lot where power poles are now stored. Russell says the office portion of the building will become the new police department. It will give greater visibility to the department, which is now in a small office on a side street to the downtown area. Russell says the city was planning to construct a building for $250,000.

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WIUM Local
10:08 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Aldermen To Review Rate Hikes

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are being asked to consider rate hikes for water and sewer fees and for solid waste disposal. City Administrator Mike Hays says the budget could be balanced without increasing the fees, but the city would then spend down its reserves. Hays is recommending a arte increase of 3.5% to 4% for water and sewer fees. He's not yet decided on a proposed hike for garbage. Aldermen talked about the issue Monday night as part of their ongoing budget discussions. The city's new spending plan goes into effect May 1.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:51 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Keokuk to Watch out for Garbage

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk residents will have to be more conscious of how they throw away their garbage. Starting today, residents must have no more than 2 trash cans, the cans cannot be more than 33 gallons, and tight-fitting lids must be on the cans when the garbage is set out. Codes Enforcement Officer Kathie Mahoney says these laws have been on the books for at least 5 years, but they have not been enforced. Mahoney says residents should set the cans out the morning their garbage is picked up, and move the cans off the curb when they are emptied.

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WIUM Local
3:14 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Rushville Moves to Expand Water Supply

Rushville, IL – Rushville aldermen have approved drilling a new water well near the Illinois River. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the fourth well should insure a sufficient supply of water when the new detention center near town begins operation this summer. Shepherd says the three existing wells are aging, and do not produce as much water as they used to. Engineers have done a preliminary test that indicates the flow should be sufficient. The city's wells are along the Illinois River bottoms.

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WIUM Local
1:59 am
Mon March 27, 2006

Communicating After A Health Crisis

Macomb, IL – A personal crisis inspired an expert on speech communication to focus on a health-related issue. Dr. Daena Goldsmith is a professor at the University of Illinois. Her area of research interest is communication in personal relationships. Goldsmith's current focus is on how couples communicate after a healthcare crisis. She developed the idea after her father suffered a heart attack about 13 years ago. Goldsmith says she sometimes found herself speechless as she struggled to understand how to help someone while also respecting his ability to make his own decisions.

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WIUM Local
6:26 am
Sun March 26, 2006

Give Peace A Chance

Macomb, IL – Chandler Park in Macomb is home to several monuments honoring soldiers. For a couple hours over the weekend, it hosted another tribute to troops. In this case, it was a rally calling for troops to be brought back home from Iraq. Around 150 people took part in the demonstration on a chilly early spring afternoon. They heard from a half-dozen speakers and signed petitions that called for troops to be brought back home. Those petitions will be sent to the White House and Congress. Peace-themed bumper stickers and buttons were also available.

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