WIUM Local
3:34 am
Mon March 13, 2006

Street Repair Program Upcoming for Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A proposal to borrow millions of dollars to repair Keokuk's streets is closer to becoming a reality. The city council used its recent workshop to review the potential cost of borrowing $3,000,000 every 3 years for the next 12 years. Mayor Dave Gudgel expects the first step in the borrowing process to take place soon. If the current council moves ahead and borrows the $3,000,000; Gudgel says future councils will have to decide if they want to continue the borrowing program.

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WIUM Local
12:16 am
Mon March 13, 2006

Would-be Detachment Suit Must Start Anew

Macomb, IL – A judge has sent a possible school detachment back to the starting point. Dissatisfied with rulings prepared by attorneys, a McDonough County judge has said a group of parents who want their students to attend Macomb Schools must prepare a new petition. He says it must ask that the students transfer from the Schuyler-Industry district, Instead of just from Industry. Judge David Stoverink also told the regional school superintendent, Bob Baumann, that if the petition is not amended, the regional school board must turn it down.

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WIUM Local
9:21 am
Fri March 10, 2006

Fighting the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Macomb, IL – Health care professionals estimate more than 800,000 people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS. Another figure is even more alarming: up to one-third of those people do not know they are infected. However, there are ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the disease. In Illinois, the Public Health Department's "Wellness on Wheels" van offers free AIDS testing. The vehicle has made stops in a number of cities and was recently at WIU for a day.

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WIUM Local
9:08 am
Fri March 10, 2006

Tuition & Fees Hiked at WIU

Macomb, IL – It will soon cost more to earn a degree at Western Illinois University. The Board of Trustees on Friday approved a 9.5% tuition increase. The change is for new students only and begins this summer. The board also hiked room and board by 4.93% and fee rates by 2.87%. Those increases also impact new students only. However, Board Chairman Michael Houston says it's important to remember that costs will not rise for those students during the next four years because of the school's Cost Guarantee program.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri March 10, 2006

Afternoon Edition

Emphasis
11:04 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Emphasis

March 9, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to author and consumer expert Juliet Schor, who visited Western's campus in Macomb to give the presentation "America - Consumer Paradise?"

Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Afternoon Edition

Top Stories
3:57 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Council Trades Tower Space for 'Net Service

Bushnell, IL – Bushnell aldermen have allowed an internet service provider to use the top of the city water tower for its antennas. Mayor Steve Russell says the antenna array from DerbyTech is part of the wireless broadband system Carl Sandburg College is installing. He says the system will first link the college and its branch campuses, along with elementary schools in the CSC district. Later, Russell says excess broadband capacity will be sold to Bushnell residents .

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WIUM Local
3:55 am
Thu March 9, 2006

SCC Finalizes Spending Plan

West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College's budget for next year contains a very slight property tax rate hike. The Board of Trustees has adopted SCC's budget for the fiscal year starting in July. Vice President Dick Springsteen says the budget includes a property tax hike of just under $0.01/$1,000 of assessed property value. He says the state's property tax formula means homeowners will not be impacted by the increase. Springsteen says property tax dollars account for a small percentage of the overall budget for SCC.

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WIUM Local
3:49 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Fort Madison Budget Approved

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison's property tax rate will go up next year. The Fort Madison City Council has approved the city's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. The city's property tax rate will go up 19 cent, compared to the current budget. A change in the state's property tax formula will likely result in lower tax bills, though, for most homeowners. The budget does not include any lay-offs or service cuts, even though the issues were discussed throughout the process. The city council used fee increases and large fund transfers to balance the spending plan.

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