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Abby Wendle

Low Grain Prices Hurt More Than Farmers

Todd Mendenhall slouches in his barber’s chair, his gaze fixed on the door of his shop, waiting for a customer to open it. The clock ticks to one o’clock on a gray Wednesday afternoon. “I should be cutting hair instead of just sitting here,” Mendenhall said. "That tells you something about our economy.”
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Please take a moment to answer these follow-up questions to the survey we took in January. Thanks!

I am an educator and a parent with daughters in the 7th and 8th grades in the Macomb Public Schools.  Like many others schools – although not all – throughout the nation, Macomb schools will be administering the PARRC exam this month to its students.

T.J. Carson

Carl Sandburg College invited welders and artists to unleash their creativity as part of a collaborative effort to create metal sculptures.

Artists and welders were paired up and given seven-hours to create their  masterpiece.

A disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats has spread in Illinois.

The white-nose syndrome gets its name from a fungus that grows on affected bats' noses. Scientists say infected bats often show odd behavior - like taking daytime flights - when they're supposed to be hibernating. It's suspected that depletes their fat reserves, and causes the bats to become emaciated, and eventually die. 

Combat veterans in California have been working on the hearse that will be used in Abraham Lincoln's funeral re-creation later this spring. It will be at the center of events in Springfield commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral processional and burial. Work on the hearse provided a number of challenges. And in a way, it served as therapy for those working to make sense out of civilian life back home.

A lawmaker says children of public university employees should not receive a tuition break.

Currently, students can get half of their tuition paid for by the state if one of their parents works at a public university. Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marengo, says he wants to make college more affordable for everyone, but higher education budget cuts make the tuition waivers impossible to maintain.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 he spent on travel to a Chicago Bears game last November.  A spokesman said Schock wrote a check to cover the costs of the trip. The congressman previously charged the private air travel to his House office account, which is funded by taxpayers.

There’s a new stop on the Iowa campaign trail. This weekend, many presidential hopefuls will be in Des Moines for the first Iowa Ag Summit. Republican donor Bruce Rastetter, who is the CEO of Summit Farms and president of the Iowa Board of Regents, is hosting the event.

The Baltimore Sun reported new Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s lawyer has urged agency heads and staff to stamp a claim of "executive privilege" — the civilian equivalent of "top secret" — on all their internal correspondence, emails and documents.

Rich Egger

County board members are taking it to the streets as they work to convince voters to approve a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax. The money generated would pay for road repairs.  The referendum will appear on the April 7 ballot.

T.J. Carson

The new member of the Knoxville School Board said one of his goals is to keep the board running smoothly.  Jim Lenz was appointed to the position during a special meeting on February 25.

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Sean Watkins with Ben Bedford- 7:00pm, March 7, 2015 at Burlington's Capitol Theater

Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he’s become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter and a member of several different bands, not to mention one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. Opener Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their...
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