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Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: "It Happens Virtually Anywhere"

"For most of our trafficking victims this is kind of where we're going to start," says Jamie Manzer, as she gives a tour of the SASA (Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault) Crisis Center, where she worked until recently.

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Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison is getting ready to make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant on the city's west side. The city council will hold a public hearing next week before deciding whether to borrow up to $2.1 million for the project. City Manager Bill Kelly says the work is needed because of changes in state regulations that will be implemented in about one year. Kelly says the city is also considering several options to provide more water for residents. Those include building a new water plant, renovating the current facility, and purchasing water from Keokuk.

Macomb, IL – McDonough County is changing its agreement with Macomb that covers support of the animal shelter. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the previous agreement had the city paying too much. Now each entity will contribute $27,000 per year. In addition, the budgeting process is being changed. Harwick says each year's budget will set aside a certain amount for eventual vehicle replacement. Beforehand, the cost of a new truck came out of one year's budget. Harwick says the change will make budgeting easier.

Macomb, IL – Rain did not stop more than 200 people from showing up for this year's "Relay for Life" at WIU. The event is usually held at Hanson Field, but was moved into the Student Recreation Center because of the weather. Cancer Survivor Kathy Little of Macomb was pleased with the number of college students who showed up to support the fight for a cure. She helped kick off the event by participating in the first lap of the relay, which is set aside for those who have survived cancer. The event raised more than $37,000 which will be given to the American Cancer Society for research.

Macomb, IL – Rain did not stop more than 200 people from showing up for this year's "Relay for Life" at WIU. The event is usually held at Hanson Field, but was moved into the Student Recreation Center because of the weather. Cancer Survivor Kathy Little of Macomb was pleased with the number of college students who showed up to support the fight for a cure. She helped kick off the event by participating in the first lap of the relay, which is set aside for those who have survived cancer. The event raised more than $37,000 which will be given to the American Cancer Society for research.

Keokuk, IA – Lee County will sell six properties in Keokuk and Fort Madison. A public auction will be June 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk. The county acquired the six lots because property taxes were not being paid on them. The last time the county held an auction like this was in 2003. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing June 7 in preparation for the auction.

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is hosting the 18th annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Re-enactment this weekend. The battles are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Other events include a dessert social, a medical camp demonstration, the Military Ball, breakfst with the troops and the re-dedication of the civil war memorial in Hamilton. The campsites will open to the public Saturday morning at 8.

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is hosting the 18th annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Re-enactment this weekend. The battles are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Other events include a dessert social, a medical camp demonstration, the Military Ball, breakfst with the troops and the re-dedication of the civil war memorial in Hamilton. The campsites will open to the public Saturday morning at 8.

Macomb, IL – McDonough County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says more than $120,000 from the county's economic development fund went toward helping lure the Pella Corporation plant to Macomb. He says it's now time to rebuild the money with the county's $36,000 yearly in tax money that's devoted to economic development. Harwick says even more of the county money went toward purchase and remodeling of the former Porcelain Products plant that's now the Business and Technology Center for the region.

Macomb, IL – The next step has been taken to build a new factory in Macomb. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning for the Pella Corporation plant. The factory will be built on Macomb's far east side, near the future location of the Route 336 bypass. A number of Pella representatives were on hand for the ceremony. They were joined by local leaders. Pella says the plant will begin production early next year. The company says the facility will initially employ about 250 people. Eventually up to 500 people could work there.

Macomb, IL – Those in favor of moving property from the Industry School District to the Macomb district made their case to the Regional Board of School Trustees this week. But because the hearing went on so long, it was continued until May 4, when opponents will argue their side of the issue. Supporters say Macomb is their "Community of Interest." They also believe opportunities for their children are better there. Opponents of the detachment will include the Industry and Schuyler County school districts, who believe they can't afford the loss of assessed value or students.

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Don Stiernberg Trio, 7:00pm March 4, Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student", hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has already lasted for decades.

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"For most of our trafficking victims this is kind of where we're going to start," says Jamie Manzer, as she gives a tour of the SASA (Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault) Crisis Center, where she worked until recently.

File: Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about its research methods, chemical giant Monsanto said it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its flagship pesticide Roundup.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America.

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump in the presidential election. But when it comes to the central campaign promise to get tough on trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Farmers in the U.S. like to point out that their products feed people all over the world. And while this is a diverse country, the people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don't reflect the nation's demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes new people will bring fresh ideas to meet some of our food system's greatest challenges.

Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma

On a brisk and busy January morning at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, cattle arrive for auction in trailers pulled by pickup trucks — and leave in double-decker cars towed by semis.

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