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12:33 pm
Sun May 2, 2010

Corpse Flower Blooms at WIU

Macomb, IL – A smell like that of a corpse now engulfs the Western Illinois University Botany Greenhouse.

The odor comes from an exotic flower called the Titan Arum, nicknamed the Corpse Flower.

The flower in WIU's greenhouse has grown at a steady pace since the fall. Greenhouse gardener Jeff Hillyer says it will eventually reach 12 feet. He says Titan Arums can grow as tall as 20 feet in the wild.

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WIUM Local
6:40 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Ameren To Appeal ICC Decision, Make Immediate Cuts

Springfield, IL – Ameren Illinois will appeal a state commission's ruling that the company must keep its prices down. The ruling means beginning in early May, natural gas customers will see rates reduced, and electric delivery rates will increase on average by 8-and-a-half percent or less ... far less than Ameren had hoped to charge.

The Illinois Commerce Commission will allow Ameren to charge customers an extra $4.75 million dollars a year.

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WIUM Local
6:31 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

President Obama Won't Testify

Chicago, IL – President Obama will not be ordered to testify in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

For now, at least.

Blagojevich's attorneys wanted the president to testify - in part - about conversations he allegedly had regarding who he wanted to take his place in the U-S Senate.

Blagojevich is accused of trying to leverage his power to fill that seat for personal or political gain.

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6:07 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

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3:46 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

A Tree City Celebrates Arbor Day

Macomb, IL – Arbor Day was a chance for Macomb to continue its recovery from a damaging winter storm.

Numerous trees around town were damaged or destroyed by the ice storm that struck in December 2008. City Forester Tim Howe says eight or nine of those trees were in Chandler Park.

He says many of the trees lost in the park have been replaced with donated trees, and that process continued on Arbor Day when the city planted an American Beech Tree.

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