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6:06 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:41 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Job Cuts Looming for Lee County Department

Montrose, IA – The Lee County Conservation office will lose a couple of employees this summer. The Lee County Conservation Board has voted to lay off 2 of the department's workers, effective July 1. The move is in response to the Board of Supervisor's decision to cut the $100,000 roadside management program from next year's budget. Conservation department director, Tom Buckley, says that with a staff of 11, losing 2 will be tough to overcome. Buckley says the 2 employees know they will be out of a job. There appears to be several unresolved issues, though.

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WIUM Local
4:39 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Rushville Holds Off on Bike Trail

Rushville, IL – Rushville will not proceed with a proposed bike path this year. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city council heard from Department of Natural Resources staffers outlining avilable grants. He says the city had been considering a three-mile trail between Schuy-Rush and Scripps Parks. He says state grants could pay up to 80 percent of the cost, but the city would not be able to come up with its match money this year. He says the grants will likely be available in future years. Aldermen could consider the issue when the city's finances are in better shape.

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WIUM Local
4:12 am
Mon April 24, 2006

The Redneck Fishing Contest

Bath, IL – Many sporting competitions are about winning and losing. But The Redneck Fishing Contest was less about who won or lost and more about trying to get rid of an annoying invasive species -- the Asian carp -- or at least removing as many of the fish from the Illinois River as possible. Reporter Don Johnson hooked a winner with his entertaining, informative, and funny story about a fishing contest in which no fishing poles were allowed. The Redneck Fishing Contest reeled in two awards in the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.

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WIUM Local
4:09 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Let The Bells Ring

Burlington, IA – For the second consecutive year, Tri States Public Radio is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow regional award for Use of Sound. News Director Rich Egger and Southeast Iowa Bureau correspondent Jason Parrott collaborated on Let The Bells Ring to tell the story of an unusual concert held on the streets of Burlington, Iowa. The use of sound is superb, especially in the way it contrasts different aspects of the event. It gives listeners a feel for the performance while demonstrating how the concert experience was unique to each person who attended it.

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