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Turning around WIU's Enrollment

Doug Freed will lead Western Illinois University's efforts to attract more students. Freed is WIU's new Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services.

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Democratic Governor Steve Bullock of Montana touted his rural roots and executive experience during a campaign stop at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery in downtown Burlington. Bullock is one of about two-dozen Democrats seeking the party's nomination for U.S. President.

Every summer, thousands of Midwestern kids as young as 13 load onto school buses early in the morning to do one of the hottest, dirtiest temporary jobs out there. They are the corn detasselers.

But this year, there’s a snag: Detasseling season is being pushed back due to a wet spring.

Rich Egger

Dr. Martin Abraham moved to Macomb a few weeks ago to serve as the new provost at Western Illinois University. But following Dr. Jack Thomas' decision to step down as president, Abraham has been thrust into the role of acting president.

Financier and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is charged with sex trafficking.  And Politico quoted a federal prosecutor as saying "We were assisted by some excellent investigative journalism," specifically citing the Miami Herald series "Perversion of Justice" by reporter Julie K. Brown.  That’s the starting point for this week's discussion on Shop Talk.

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It appears the Fort Madison School District will be in the market for a new superintendent.

Rich Egger

McDonough District Hospital in Macomb has operated without a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for much of its history. But that is changing.

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Julian Castro used a stop in Keokuk this week to promote his plan for reforming the criminal justice system. The former Mayor of San Antonio and former HUD Secretary is one of roughly two dozen Democrats seeking their party's nomination for President.

Rich Egger

Democrat Tessa Pfafman was one of three people elected to a full, four-year term in McDonough County Board District 1 last fall.  She was sworn into office in early December – and hasn't been seen at a county board meeting since.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Emily Sutton to serve as a circuit court judge.  Sutton has worked as a private attorney since 2008. 

Hate Messages Grow On Midwestern Campuses

Jul 16, 2019

White extremist propaganda surged by almost 60% on Midwestern college campuses last academic year. That's according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.


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Held up over disagreements over federal food stamps, the first draft of the 2018 farm bill arrived Thursday, bearing 35 changes to that program, including starting a national database of participants.

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As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler.  An MIT study published this month looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.

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A new, widely debated federal mandate requires truckers to electronically track the number of hours they're on the road — a rule that is meant to make highways safer. But there is a big difference between hauling a load of TVs and a load of cattle destined for meatpacking plants.


Lawsuits filed in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas against the makers of the herbicide dicamba will be centralized in the federal court in St. Louis.

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In the coming months, Congress will map out how it will spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.  The massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill affects all taxpayers -- whether they know it or not.

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