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Escaped Inmate Captured in Illinois (UPDATE-3:00 PM)

The Iowa Department of Corrections said that Justin Kestner, 25, was captured just south of Geneseo, Ill. at about 9:52 A.M. on Sunday, July 5. Spokesman Fred Scaletta said Kestner escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison earlier that day.
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TSPR's Jason Parrott

Ken Marang is quick to point out how much he has enjoyed his time with the Fort Madison School District, in particular the students, the teachers, the school board, and the community.  But he said it's time to look to the future, which is why he will retire as superintendent on June 30, 2016.

Western Illinois University is reducing certain employees' 12-month contracts to 10 or 11-months, some temporary employees won't be returning this fall, and a few other staff members have been let go. The changes went into effect Wednesday, July 1.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The Macomb Public Library is now double its original size thanks to a two story, 10,000 square foot addition. A large children's library takes up most of the first floor of the addition.

Illinois is officially without a state budget -- the deadline to pass one came and went any movement toward a compromise. Lawmakers are poised to vote on a temporary version Wednesday.

The Women's Media Center issued a report, The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2015.   As Time Magazine noted, it paints a pretty bleak picture. Time's article is headlined, Eight Sad Truths About Women in Media.

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Many parts of the Midwest dealt with record-setting rainfall this June. Areas of Northeast Missouri received nearly 500% more rain than normal, and roadways are paying the price.

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday, leaving them one last day to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires at midnight on June 30. Not only is there no long-term agreement, there's no sign of a provisional one either.

Even if Illinois lawmakers and the governor can't reach a budget deal by Wednesday, state employees have another two weeks before they really need to worry about being paid. That's when their first paychecks of the new fiscal year are set to be issued.  But there's confusion over whether they'll get money after that point, or not.

An email sent by Gov. Rauner takes a reassuring tone.

"State employees will be paid for their work --- and I will do everything within my power to ensure you don’t miss a single payroll," he writes.

But will the money come through?

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Food companies the world over are paying close attention to the groundswell of support for food transparency, the "know where your food comes from" movement.  JBS, the largest meat producer in the world, is beginning to take notice as well.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk has gone without a city administrator since early 2008. City leaders hope to change that in the next few months.

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Come with us to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform.

TSPR is going to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance on September 24th. This trip includes travel by train, the performance and overnight accommodations.

Two New Programs are Coming to TSPR

Bob Edwards Weekend has stopped producing new episodes, with no plans to resume production. In response to listener interest, and to bring in new content, we will debut 2 new shows Sunday, July 5th.

Ag Sense Converstion Series

TSPR's Ag Sense series invites you to join us at the table for conversations about food, the people who grow it, and the land it comes from.

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This spring, Tri States Public Radio hosted a series of community listening sessions, as an opportunity for you to share your thoughts with us. Summaries of each session are available here.

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Victor & Penny- 7:00pm, September 12, 2015 The Box in Galesburg

Victor & Penny hail from Kansas City, MO, America’s roaring 1920s “Paris of the Plains.” With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes. Celebrating a time when style mattered, antique pop duo Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast." Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and...
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