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12:43 am
Thu January 12, 2006

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January 12, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Macomb-based writer Jeff Biggers, whose new book is "The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America."

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12:26 am
Thu January 12, 2006

Governor Says Prison Belongs In Fort Madison

West Burlington, IA – Iowa's Governor says the Fort Madison Penitentiary should remain in the city. A special committee, formed by Governor Tom Vilsack, is looking into the future of the maximum security prison. The panel was formed after 2 inmates escaped in November from the 165-year-old prison. The committee is considering 3 options: building a new prison, repairing the current facility, or simply leaving the sit along. Governor Vilsack says that no matter what the decision, the maximum security prison should remain in Fort Madison.

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9:25 am
Wed January 11, 2006

Governor Pushes for Capital Bill

Macomb, IL – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is trying to build support for a $3 billion capital spending bill. At a stop in Macomb, he outlined western Illinois projects. They could include a $30 million bypass taking route 336 around Macomb. Also listed were engineering and other work on four-laning Route 67 south of Rushville, and Route 34 east of Burlington. Blagojevich says the total project would create 230,000 jobs statewide, more than half of them downstate. He says the costs would be covered from the road fund and from re-establishing a now-unused lottery game.

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6:06 am
Wed January 11, 2006

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4:16 am
Wed January 11, 2006

State Okays Convergence Vote

Carthage, IL – The Illinois State Superintendent of Education has approved a vote on converging three Hancock County school districts. The issue of forming a single high school district will be on the March primary ballot. Committee of Ten member Pat Dietrich says informational meetings will be scheduled in Dallas City, LaHarpe and Carthage to explain the goals to the public. The group is recommending the almost 500 student high school begin operations in Carthage with the use of temporary classrooms.

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3:24 am
Wed January 11, 2006

Lee County To Explore Health Insurance Options

Fort Madison, IA – The upcoming budgeting process in Lee County could include a change in health insurance plans. Lee County currently uses a self-funded health plan. That means the county takes the risk of paying for claims out of its own insurance fund, instead of paying for premium-based insurance coverage. The Lee County Board of Supervisors has authorized Supervisors Joe Kowzan and Bob Woodruff to look into the benefits of a premium based plan. Kowzan says the board wants to find the best insurance option at the best price for the county.

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1:39 am
Wed January 11, 2006

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January 5, 2006 – Jason Parrott previews the 2006 session of the Iowa legislature with State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk).

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6:12 pm
Tue January 10, 2006

Lawmakers React To Governor's Yearly Speech

Des Moines, IA – Two Southeast Iowa lawmakers says the legislature could accept many of the Governor's proposals during the 2006 session. State Representative Dave Heaton says the Governor's Condition of the State speech, while not specific, did include several initiatives he could get behind. The Mount Pleasant Republican says he supports increasing teacher salaries, expanding economic development, and providing more benefits for war veterans. Heaton says the one proposal that faces the toughest challenge is the increase in the tobacco tax, especailly with an election year ahead.

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6:06 pm
Tue January 10, 2006

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4:20 pm
Tue January 10, 2006

Detachment Gets Another Hearing

Macomb, IL – An attempt to shift 16 students into the Macomb school district will get another hearing before the regional school board. A circuit judge directed the petitioners to change their petitions to include the newly-formed Schuyler-Industry school district as part of their comparisons. He also said the original petitioners must sign the amended petition. The regional board approved the detachment in a hearing last summer. It also upheld its decision when the issue was remanded to it earlier. No date has been set for the third hearing.

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