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Keokuk Approves Site for Musicians Memorial

The Keokuk City Council will allow a monument honoring Tri-State Area musicians to be constructed along the Mississippi River, near the George M. Verity Riverboat Museum.

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Fort Madison, IA – Iowa's ombudsman says Lee County Auditor Anne Pederson violated the state's open meetings law. In March of last year, Pederson gave reporters a recording of a Board of Supervisors closed door meeting from September 2003. But Ombudsman Bill Angrick says the Board of Supervisors is the legal custodian of the recording and should have been contacted about a request for the tape. The violation carries no penalty, but Pederson's name will be included in a published report from the state ombudsman.

Macomb, IL – Macomb is suing a pair of property owners who agreed to annex to the city and then failed to do so. The suit in McDonough County Circuit Court says Barbara and Eldon Morrison had indicated a willingness to be annexed when their property adjoined the city. The lawsuit says that promise was made in 1994. The lot now touches the city border, but the couple has refused annexation. The agreement was a condition of getting city water to the home on the south edge of Macomb.

Springfield, IL – The fund Illinois uses to pay repair costs for vehicles involved in accidents is empty. Now the governor's office wants the schools and other state agencies to take the custs out of their current budgets. Universities see this as a funding cut. They are concerned what other costs they might have to pay out of their current budgets. The Governor's office insists the cost will be small, and the money will not come out of appropriations slated for education.

Macomb, IL – WIU art students get a chance to see how their work stacks up against others in the annual juried student awards show. Every year the art department allows its students to enter up to three works. The jury commonly consists of artists from other colleges. The works of winning students are purchased by the university or independent buyers. Art work bought by the university will go on display at the University Union.

Macomb, IL – During this week's committee meeting, aldermen indicated support for increasing the city's water and sewer fee rates. First reading of the ordinance changes is scheduled for next week. The 5% water rate hike would generate an extra $92,166. The proposed 2.5% increase in the sewer rate would bring in an additional $38,250. Aldermen also indicated support for increasing the minimum water and sewer bills by 75-cents, bringing it to $2.75 The city is concerned that fund balances will be too low without the added income.

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.

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Celebration Concerts

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, 7:00pm, October 7, Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio, Macomb

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs and fiddle tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, western-swing, and old-time fiddling traditions—and they also mine this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again. The duo performs frequent concerts at a variety of venues and events and are known for engaging their audiences and putting them at ease with their light-hearted stage presence. They also regularly perform as a dance band for square and contra dances....

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Program Changes on TSPR

Starting July 1, the new fiscal year for Tri States Public Radio, some old favorites are returning to our programming schedule.

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Brad Austion / Flatland

The families of six men killed when a grain elevator blew up in 2011 have now waited well over five and a half years for closure in the case. But they say the hurt is still raw; for them, it could have happened yesterday.

Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

Schools in rural districts often don't have the budget or the teachers to offer students all of the courses they would like to take. One rural district in a Missouri county decided to offer credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can't otherwise afford.

Alex Smith/for Harvest Public Media

24 year old Kalee Woody says that when she was growing up in Bronaugh, Missouri, she saw the small town slowly fading. Businesses closed, growth stagnated, and residents had to drive to other places to see a doctor.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

The Missouri Department of Agriculture on Friday announced a temporary ban on the sale of agricultural products containing the pesticide dicamba, following a similar step by regulators in Arkansas.

Zoe Moffett / Colorado College

See a bee; hear a buzz.  That is what researchers studying the declining bee population are banking on.  A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.  

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