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Celebration of Life for Gil Belles

The Macomb and Western Illinois University communities gathered to celebrate the life of Gil Belles. Belles, 76, was killed in late May when his car was hit by an Amtrak train.

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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.

Macomb, IL – The Creative Elder Options committee of the Macomb Area AARP will host its third "Adding More Home to the Nursing Home Experience" seminar next week. One of the presenters will be Eric Haider, who's gained national recognition for his efforts to improve the nursing home experience. The luncheon speaker will be Kathy Kopsack, who is a regional long-term care ombudsman with Alternatives for Older Adults. Kopsack was the first administrator for The Elms when it moved to Macomb. More about the seminar can be heard on "Emphasis" at noon Thursday on Tri States Public Radio.

Keokuk, IA – The candlelight vigil was organized by the Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse. It was held in observance of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Coalition Director Sue Prochazka hopes the vigil raised awareness. Several of the speakers said more funding is needed for service providers. They would also like to see tougher laws to protect the victims of sexual abuse. This is the seventh year the coalition has held such a vigil. Prochazka says her group will continue to speak to schools and agencies throughout the remainder of the month.

West Burlington, IA – The proposal to revive the Grow Iowa Values Fund has been referred to a House committee for more work. This is the fourth time it's been sent to committee, and the full House has yet to take a vote on it. During a stop in West Burlington, Iowa Economic Development Director Mike Blouin said the program is needed. Blouin said before the previous program was ruled unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court, it led to the creation or expansion of more than 200 companies and generated more than $2.5 billion in capital investment.

Macomb, IL – Macomb hopes to wheel and deal with a new riverboat casino on the Lamoine River. blah blah blah Happy April Fool's Day!

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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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