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5:52 pm
Mon September 5, 2005

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August 25, 2005 – Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb joins News Director Rich Egger to discuss what's new at Western as another school year begins.

In the Tri States
5:46 pm
Mon September 5, 2005

In The Tri States

September 4, 2005 – A review of the news of the previous month from the Tri States Public Radio listening region.

WIUM Local
6:39 pm
Fri September 2, 2005

Field Set for Burlington City Council Race

Burlington, IA – Burlington residents have several options to choose from to fill several open seats on the city council. Nine candidates returned their nominating petitions to the city clerk's office in time to run for three open city council seats. With that many candidates, a primary election will be held October 11th to narrow the field to six for the November general election. The three incumbants are each seeking re-election. Four former city council members are also in the race. The three council seats each carry a four year term.

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WIUM Local
4:46 pm
Fri September 2, 2005

Paint Recycling to Begin

Macomb, IL – A paint recycling program will begin soon in Macomb. Chad Bratz of the Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council says equipment is being installed and a grant has purchased a truck. The vehicle will be used to collect paint and electronic goods from drop-off points in seven western Illinois counties. Bratz says the paint will be mixed and then sold in five-gallon buckets. He says the goal is to keep paint out of landfills. The electronic goods will be recycled in Peoria. The operation is housed in Macomb's Business and Technology Center.

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WIUM Local
3:46 pm
Fri September 2, 2005

Free Frank & New Philadelphia

Pike County, IL – Illinois was home to the first U.S. town founded by an African-American. That former slave's name was Frank McWorter - or Free Frank as he became known. The town's name was New Philadelphia and it was located in western Illinois' Pike County. The town faded into the prairie many years ago. Archeologists are now digging through the site, seeking artifacts that might provide some clues into what life was like in antebellum New Philadelphia.

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WIUM Local
10:37 pm
Thu September 1, 2005

Keokuk Selling Property

Keokuk, IA – Two pieces of city property in Keokuk could be officially sold within the next few weeks. The city council has authorized the mayor and city clerk to sign a development agreement with a Wisconsin-based group that wants to build a Hampton Inn Hotel in Keokuk. The group will pay about $135,000 for 1.5 acres of land where the Keokuk Saddle Club once stood. Mayor Dave Gudgel says the sale should be finalized Tuesday morning.

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WIUM Local
10:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2005

Challenger to Longtime Congressman

Mount Vernon, IA – A college professor from Eastern Iowa plans to run for Congress next year. Dr. David Loebsack teaches political science at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. He says he will run as a Democrat for the 2nd district seat Republican Congressman Jim Leach has held for nearly 30 years. Loebsack says he chose to run because voters have told him that a change is needed in Washington DC. He says he supports at least a $2 increase in the federal minimum wage. The general election is more than a month away.

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WIUM Local
6:32 pm
Thu September 1, 2005

Macomb Needs to Draw New Wards

Macomb, IL – Macomb has started the process of redrawing its wards, though the most difficult work is still ahead. The city must add two wards to its current total of five because its official population now tops 20,000. Attorney John McMillan has talked to aldermen about some of the issues related to the topic, but it will now be up to the city to deal with the tough task for drawing the new boundary lines. First Ward Alderman Charles Gilbert would like to see the project completed well in advance of the next city elections.

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WIUM Local
6:23 pm
Thu September 1, 2005

WIU Offers Hurricane Help

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is opening its doors to college students who are affected by Hurricane Katrina. Displaced students from storm ravaged areas who wish to be admitted to Western will receive the in-state tuition rates and will be eligible for Western's Cost Guarantee program. President Al Goldfarb says "It's essential for colleges and universities to open their doors to help in any way possible." Goldfarb says Western will also help its students who are members of National Guard and Military Reserve units being called to duty for hurricane relief efforts.

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WIUM Local
4:28 pm
Thu September 1, 2005

Consultant: Education Must Change to Meet Job Needs

Quincy, IL – A workforce consultant believes schools must focus on a more general approach to education. Former Congressman Steve Gunderson says future jobs will be knowledge-based, so schools must prepare all of their students for continual learning. Gunderson believes America can develop the talent need to maintain the lead it holds in the world's workforce. However, he says students must learn a different set of skills. Gunderson shared his insights with the Western Illinois Workforce Investment Board.

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