Macomb, IL – The city is trying to decide how to pay for two new pumper trucks for the fire department after bids came in higher than expected. The department estimated the trucks would cost a total of no more than $475,000, but the low bid is $545,000. The cost gets even higher if the city decides to buy the loose equipment that typically comes with such vehicles. City Administrator Mike Hays is now working out a financing plan. He's also looking for different ways of paying for the loose equipment, including selling a couple old fire trucks.
September 8, 2005 – Western Illinois University English professor Janice Welsch joins Rich Egger to talk about the 12th annual Dealing With Difference Institute. The conference will be held on the W.I.U. campus September 14 - 17.
Des Moines, IA – Iowa's plans to help Hurrican survivors are on hold. A temporary housing center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds has yet to be used. FEMA representatives say they have had a hard time getting people to leave the Houston evacuation centers. Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna says anyone who has come to the Tri-State region from the affected area must register with the Red Cross. He says they could be entitled to clothing, housing, or cash. He says cash donations are the best way local residents can help the victims.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District says it is making progress despite being placed on a federal academic watch list. Keokuk's High School and Middle School were among 94 Iowa school buildings on the "Schools in need of assistance" list. The buildings were designated if students did not reach achievement goals for two consecutive years. Assistant superintendent Lora Wolff says Keokuk's students are showing improvements on standardized state tests, even though both buildings showed up on the list.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County Sheriff's Deputies will be headed south to help during the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. Chief Deputy Rick Manser says his department got the call for help from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alert System, which is a mutual aid group. He says several deputies have volunteered. He has not yet chosen who will go or when. The alert asked for one deputy with a car for a two-week period. Manser says at the present time the county's Law and Legal Committee has endorsed having up to four officers serve over a two-month period. Manser says the need for help is great.