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Thu June 3, 2010

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Tri States News – Today's National, State and Local News for the Tri States

WIUM Local
4:17 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Blagojevich Trial Begins

Chicago, IL – The judge in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has begun questioning potential jurors for the case.

Among the first questions Judge James Zagel asked them were whether they had read much about the case and whether they could set aside any preconceived notions about Blagojevich.

The former governor is accused of scheming to profit from his power to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He denies any wrongdoing.

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WIUM Local
3:24 pm
Thu June 3, 2010

Emmet-Chalmers Upgrades Truck Lighting

Macomb, IL – The Emmet Chalmers Fire Protection district has received a $5,370 grant to install new emergency lights on one of its trucks.

Fire Chief David Estes says the truck is now equipped with state of the art LED lights, which he says will increase visibility as the crew is out on calls.

He says the improved visibility is especially important given the local terrain.

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WIUM Local
9:58 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Burlington Stepping Up Manor Marketing

Burlington, IA – The city of Burlington decided, in late 2006, that it wanted to develop the property known as "The Manor" for commercial/retail use. The 28.5 acre plot contained a series of WWII-era housing units.

The city started purchasing the buildings through negotiations and eminent domain. It also helped occupants find new homes around Burlington.

The city started tearing down the buildings in late 2007. The idea was to sell the property to a commercial developer out of Minnesota.

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WIUM Local
8:16 am
Thu June 3, 2010

West Prairie To Talk Consolidation With Monmouth-Roseville

Colchester, IL – The West Prairie School Board has agreed to enter talks with Monmouth-Roseville about a possible consolidation.

Monmouth-Roseville is sending letters to neighboring districts to gauge interest in mergers. That idea was laid out as part of the district's deficit reduction plan approved this spring.

Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth says the two sides have agreed to talk, but will not indicate whether the school board interested in merging.

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