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Run Through Western Illinois Will Honor Fallen Service Members, First Responders

A day-long run through western Illinois will honor and remember the state's fallen military service members and first responders.

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Macomb, IL 61455 – Inmates with mental health problems are causing staffing and space difficulties at the McDonough County Jail. Chief Deputy Rick Manser says a major problem is when people charged with relatively minor crimes refuse to take their psychotropic drugs. He says they can be a danger to jailers, and sometimes to other inmates. However, he says there are not always enough individual cells to keep them apart from other prisoners. Manser says the problem is aggravated by the statewide closing of many mental institutiions.

Springfield, IL – The banking industry says the Illinois legislature might violate a judge's order if lawmakers pass the current budget proposal. In March, a judge had ordered that fees charged to credit unions for the cost of regulating them be set aside into a separate account. They said in the suit that those fees should not be part of the state's general budget. However, the proposed budget includes extra money from those fees to help balance it. Republicans contend adopting the proposed budget would put the legislature in contempt of court.

Macomb, IL – A group of citizens will wade through issues related to Macomb's outdoor swimming pool. It's estimated Glenwood Pool should be okay for about another ten years. However, City Administrator Mike Hays says now is the time to consider options. The city and Park District are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee. The group will need to determine whether the community still wants an outdoor pool. If so, it will investigate whether Glenwood should be preserved, or if a new facility should be built.

Colchester, IL – A fallen brick kiln at the former Moses King Brickyard in Colchester is being used as raw material for the walking surface of a labyrinth. The 11-acre site features a sprial sculpture garden, along with other gardens and sculpture. The seven-circuit labyrinth is based on designs found at archeologicl sites around the world. The Brickyard also has four remaining beehive kilns remaining from the brickmaking days. The yard produced bricks until 1968. Now owner Dev wants to turn the brickyard into a place to produce art.

Rushville, IL – Schuyler County economic developers are working with a privately-owned off-road track to make it one of the county's tourist attractions. Owner Gary Williams says he was looking for county endorsement on a state grant application when he found how well his "Brushy Ridge" ATV site fitted the county's goal. Williams says he'll be applying for DNR grants to expand camping facilities on his almost 300-acre site. To date, he's had riders from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and the Chicago area.

Springfield, IL – The Illinois House narrowly approved a plan to regulate corporate naming rights of state-owned buildings. However, several state universities say the measure could hurt them. The bill prohibits corporate naming of state historic sites. However, all building names would have to be approved by an ethics commission. Schools believe that requirement would get in the way of having their buildings named after major donors. Supporters of the measure believe it would give the state greater oversight. The bill now goes to the state senate.

Carthage, IL – Planning for Carthage's next development area is being slowed by the lack of current maps. 336 Impact Study Committee Chairman John Huston says his group is waiting on plat maps that show the present zoning and land use. When they come, he says the group will finalize zoning in the region along Route 336 where it will pass the town. Huston says the group has already discussed issues such as aesthetics and possible infrastructure improvements. Huston hopes to come up with a time line for the rest of the study at next month's meeting.

Carthage, IL – Carthage Mayor James Nightingale says repeated requests for more information have delayed the city's application for HUD apartments. The city has requested a single-story complex for senior citizens. The apartments would be built on a donated lot near city hall, which would place them near medical care and shopping. Nightingale says the city asked for the complex because a recent community survey showed the need for more appropriate housing for the elderly.

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would combine two ranks -- detective and sergeant -- into one for promotional exam purposes. Assistant Chief Tom Crew says this will help the department, which is relatively young in terms of age and experience. Now, there are six ranks for officers. They can take the promotion tests for ranks up to two above their current position. By combining the ranks of detective and sergeant, patrolmen will be able to test for captain while detectives will be able to test for assistant chief.

Industry, IL – The Industry school board has directed its attorney to appeal a decision transferring about 6,000 acres and 15 students to the Macomb school district. Industry Superintendent Ross Foley says the board decided the move would cripple school operations. It would reduce the $15-million assessed valuation by about one-seventh. Foley says members of the joint Industry and Schuyler County board have indicated they will pursue the appeal after July 1, when the Industry district goes out of existence.

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Folk Weekend Live in Concert

Mary Flower, 7:00pm April 27, 2019 - Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

Mary Flower’s immense finger picking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.

An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics...

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Symphonies are back

We know you have missed listening to symphonies weeknights at 10pm.

Thanks to the generosity of our listeners and program suppliers we are able to bring back 10pm symphonies beginning April 1, 2019.

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U.S. REP. ROGER MARSHALL'S OFFICE

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.

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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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