WIUM Local
6:39 am
Tue January 31, 2006

Art Exhibit Celebrates Chinese New Year

Macomb, IL – A new exhibit in Macomb shows off the work of an award-winning artist from China. Chuangao Yu is in Macomb for several months to visit his daughter Jing Yu, who works at WIU. They wanted to display some of his work in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations, which began over the weekend. Their search took them to The Wine Sellers on the courthouse square, which is now showing a number of his pieces through the end of February. Chuangao Yu uses a brush pen on special rice paper to create images in a traditional Chinese style.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue January 31, 2006

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WIUM Local
4:42 am
Tue January 31, 2006

Jeremy Reflects on Life, Porn Industry

Macomb, IL – Former pornstar Ron Jeremy told a crowded audience at WIU how he got into the industry and why he wants to move into mainstream films. Jeremy has left the porn industry, but says he's finding restrictions in his efforts to move to regular movies. He says he will never be cast into a recurring role on television. However, he finds younger directors intrigued with his notoriety. He has been a voice in several animated cartoons and in video games. Jeremy says the next major expansion of pornography could be downloads onto cell phones.

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WIUM Local
4:33 am
Tue January 31, 2006

Lee County To Increase Veteran's Affairs Services

Fort Madison, IA – Military veterans will soon have more of an opportunity to access benefits and assistance in Lee County. The Board of Supervisors has approved expanding the hours for Veteran's Affairs Director Paul Carroll from 12/week to 20/week. Chairman George Morgan says having Lee County's VA office open just 12 hours per week is not providing veterans enough of an opportunity to apply for benefits. Morgan expects the office to be open 4 hours/day, 5 days/week, instead of the current 3 hours/day, 4 days/week.

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WIUM Local
8:52 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Police Seek Help Finding Drug Houses

Macomb, IL – Macomb Police are seeking citizen help at identifying possible drug houses. Detective Lieutenant Chris Mason says short-staffing has hindered full investigation. He's developed a tip sheet that lists details about possible drug activity at a private home. It's available from the department and will soon be on the department's web site at www.macombpolice.com. Mason says all tips will be investigated. He says the more information submitted about a possible drug house, the easier it will be for police to complete the investigation and file charges.

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WIUM Local
7:46 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Advocate for Rural Issues Retires

Macomb, IL – A man who worked to make rural Illinois a better place is retiring from his job at Western Illinois University. Norm Walzer was the founding director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, which is headquartered at WIU. He says the IIRA grew out of a task force on the future of rural Illinois. The plan was to improve opportunities and the quality of life in rural regions. Walzer thinks the IIRA has accomplished that. He says the challenges facing rural Illinois when the IIRA began in 1989 included high unemployment and population loss.

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WIUM Local
6:37 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Keokuk Close To Finishing Budget

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has nearly resolved a six-figure shortfall in the city's spending plan for next year. Finance Chair Doug Matlick says the deficit in the general fund, which includes the police, fire, and parks departments; is down about $8,000. This after the council made nearly $200,000 worth of cuts at its last workshop. Matlick says the council put a cap on budget requests for each department in the general fund.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon January 30, 2006

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WIUM Local
12:02 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Lee County Close to Finishing Budget

Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors is close to finishing up the county's spending plan for next year. The board spent more than 6 hours on Friday reviewing the full scope of the county's more than $23,000,000 budget. Chairman George Morgan says the numbers are much better than they were at this point last year. He says the property tax rate could be reduced by about 5%, when the final figures are calculated. Last year, the board raised the rate by more than 33%.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri January 27, 2006

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