WIUM Local
9:17 am
Mon November 14, 2005

Veterinarians Prep for Possible Terror Attack

Macomb, IL – The Illinois Veterinary Emergency Response Team is briefing members from across the state on how to handle an outbreak of animal diseases. Dr. Karen Blakely of Macomb says this year topics included an update on the progress of Avian Flu around the world. Blakely says the FBI also included its prognosis on agri-terrorism. Sessions also included monitoring for animal disease. Dr. Blakely says the group is trying to increase preparedness at county and city levels, working with emergency service and disaster agency members.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 pm
Fri November 11, 2005

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:47 pm
Fri November 11, 2005

Hancock Schools Prep for Convergence Hearing

LaHarpe, IL – A Hancock County Committee of Ten is polishing its presentation for a convergence hearing at the end of this month. The LaHarpe, Dallas City and Carthage school boards want to form a single high school district with elementary schools for each town. Committee of Ten member Pat Dietrich says financial pressure and the need for a stronger high school curriculum are driving the efforts. The committee plans to polish its presentations at a special meeting Nov. 28 in Dallas City. The Regional Board of School Trustees has scheduled a hearing on the convergence Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

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WIUM Local
1:14 pm
Fri November 11, 2005

Southeast Iowa Summit Scheduled

Mount Pleasant, IA – State and local leaders will meet in Southeast Iowa, next week, to work on a plan to jump-start the region's economy. On several occasions during the past year, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has called on Southeast Iowa leaders to hold an economic development summit. Now, the forum, "Southeast Iowa Futures : A Call to Action" has been scheduled for next Friday at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant.

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WIUM Local
1:06 pm
Fri November 11, 2005

Keokuk Police Need New Boiler

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council may have to find the money to replace the heating system at the police department. Assistant Police Chief Tom Crew says a recent boiler inspection showed the current system needs to be either upgraded or replaced. He says the department has been told it cannot fire up the unit, which has been in use for about 19 years, until one of the two options takes place. Crew has recieved one quote to repair the system, about $2500, and one quote to replace the system, about $7500.

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WIUM Local
9:24 am
Fri November 11, 2005

Union to File Unfair Practices Charge

Lewistown, IL – The union representing about 40 Fulton County workers plans to file another unfair labor practices charge against the county. AFSCME Regional Director Tom McLaughlin says the county provided incorrect figures on the cost of health insurance for the workers, then removed a previously-agreed-on pay increase from the table. The two sides have had two sessions with a federal mediator. The workers include those from the Sheriff's support staff, courthouse workers and the animal control division. They have been working under terms of a contract that expired Dec.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 pm
Thu November 10, 2005

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:10 pm
Thu November 10, 2005

No Street Light for Bridge

Macomb, IL – The Student Government Association at W.I.U. would like a light installed near a bridge in Macomb, but the city council has turned down the proposal. The bridge in question is on Wigwam Hollow Road at the Lamoine River. The S.G.A. says the bridge is used a lot even though the area is quite dark at night. But city staff says lighting at the bridge is adequate given its rural location. After hearing the staff recommendation, aldermen unanimously rejected the request.

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Afternoon Edition
6:09 pm
Wed November 9, 2005

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:57 pm
Wed November 9, 2005

Keokuk Honors Firefighters

Keokuk, IA – A monument to 3 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty nearly 6 years ago now stands in Keokuk's Rand Park. The monument honors Assistant Chief Dave McNally and firefighters Nate Tuck and Jason Bitting. On December 22, 1999, the trio lost their lives trying to save 3 children from a duplex fire. The 3 children also died in the fire.

You can hear reporter Jason Parrott's report on the dedication ceremony for the Keokuk Firefighter Memorial by clicking on the audio link above.

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