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11:55 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Keokuk Schools Considering Construction Projects

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District hired an architectural firm out of West Des Moines to develop a long-range facilities plan. SVPA Architects started working on the document in January.

The firm met with faculty, staff, and community members to develop a district-wide priority list.

Superintendent Lora Wolff says the firm is focusing its efforts on the district's elementary schools and the high school.

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WIUM Local
11:09 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Keokuk: Sewer Rate Hike, "Free Money"

Keokuk, IA –

Sewer Rates Rising

The Keokuk City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that recalculates minimum sewer rates. The measure reduces the number of base units for residential use.

Public Works Director Gerald Moughler says the change means the minimum monthly fee would increase from $21 to about $24. The increase would take effect September 1, if the Keokuk City Council approves the change two more times.

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Local Specials
10:07 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Nina & Pinta Dock in Burlington

Burlington, IA – Summer is a time when the Mississippi River is filled with jet skis, speed boats, and leisure boats. So boaters probably did a double-take when they saw a pair of large, wooden ships docked near Big Muddy's in downtown Burlington.

The Columbus Foundation was formed in 1986 with the idea of building replicas of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of "The New World."

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WIUM Local
1:02 pm
Sun July 18, 2010

Preventing a Dead Zone in Western Illinois

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois residents are being asked to help come up with a plan to prevent Spring Lake from becoming a dead zone.

Loka Ashwood, PhD student, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said Spring Lake has 59% too much phosphorus. An abundance of phosphorous in waters can lead to the death of fish and plant life.

"The Environmental Protection Agency has identified it (Spring Lake) as being in danger of having toxic algae blooms which would then kill the fish in the lake and the plant life," Ashwood said.

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WIUM Local
11:50 am
Sun July 18, 2010

New Illinois Law Helps Wind Farms

Western Illinois – A bill signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will provide some help to a big project in the region.

The bill (House Bill 4797) extends a law that keeps the property tax assessment of wind energy devices uniform across the state. Those special valuation procedures were set to expire next year. Now they instead will expire in 2016.

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