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Around the Tri States: WIU spring enrollment down; appearance in Fulton County murder case

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WIU spring enrollment down

Spring enrollment at Western Illinois University is down compared to this time last year.

Total enrollment this spring is 6,495. In spring 2023 it was 6,966, and in fall 2023 enrollment was 7,073.

The university is reporting strong enrollment of international students this spring with 816. That’s the second largest spring international student figure in the school’s history.

The administration also says high school student dual enrollment is up by 24%.


Appearance in Fulton County murder case

A woman charged with murder in Fulton County will remain in jail.

Kelly Bradbury, 42, is accused of killing Donald Danner, 72, who was found dead in his Ipava home Aug. 5.

Bradbury appeared in court Feb. 5 for a pretrial conference. On a defense motion, the case was continued to March.

A judge also reviewed detention for Bradbury and determined she will remain in custody.

Bradbury is also charged with aggravated hijacking with a weapon in Cass County. Authorities say she stole a vehicle at knifepoint on Aug. 1 in Beardstown.

She was detained in that incident in Monmouth.


WIU and Macomb police to work together on racial equity initiative

The Macomb Police Department and Western Illinois University are each receiving a $25,000 state grant.

The money comes through the Healing Illinois program, which funds projects that support racial healing and racial equity.

The department and university will collaborate on an inclusivity training initiative.


Weather spotter course in Burlington

A weather spotter course will be offered in Burlington this month.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will teach participants about severe storms, and how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues to spot severe weather.

They’ll also learn how to report information and how it’s used by the weather service.

The course is scheduled for 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at The Capitol Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact the Des Moines County Emergency Management Agency at (319) 208-5660.

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