Shop Talk – December 23
11:40 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Protecting Confidential Sources

Reporter Joseph Hosey will not be forced to reveal the source of a leak in a northern Illinois murder case.

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Research and Learning Facility
8:33 am
Tue December 23, 2014

WIU School of Ag Greenhouse Opens

This greenhouse will be used at the teaching and learning bay.
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

Faculty and students of the School of Agriculture will be able to tend to their crops year around thanks to a new two-bay greenhouse.

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Ten Receive Equivalency Diplomas
8:13 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Graduation at Iowa State Penitentiary

Jose Jaramillo (front-right) and Shamaur Sims (2nd-center) stand during the graduation ceremony at the Iowa State Penitentiary.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Ten inmates in the Iowa State Penitentiary can now call themselves high school graduates following a ceremony Dec. 19.

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Mutated Strain
6:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Flu Hitting Hard in Illinois

3D graphical representation of the biology and structure of a generic influenza virus.
Credit CDC

Flu cases are showing up in all areas of the state.

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Problems and Solutions Discussed
12:37 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Galesburg NAACP Forum Addresses Concerns About Police

Galesburg NAACP chapter President Candy Webb hosted the forum, and told the crowd that biases come in all shapes and sizes.
Credit T.J. Carson

At least 50 people attended the forum at the Boys and Girls Club. 

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Money for Road Repairs
4:27 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

McDonough County Sales Tax Referendum

Bellingham Road is one of the roads the county said is in need of repairs.
Credit Rich Egger

Voters throughout McDonough County will be asked in April to approve a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax to pay for road repairs.

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Number One Story: The Farm Bill
3:51 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014

The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington, home to the USDA
Credit Wikipedia

2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

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Herbicides
7:23 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Super Chemical to Fight Super Weeds

Farmers first saw herbicide resistant Pigweeds, like the one pictured here, emerge in Georgia in the nineties.
Credit (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

Resistant pigweeds are a problem.

Pigweeds can grow up to seven feet tall and produce more than half a million seeds per plant, per season.

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Scores and Violations Detailed
3:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Restaurant Inspection Scores Available Online

Restaurant inspections are scored out of 100
Credit Edsel Little / Flickr Creative Commons

McDonough County restaurant inspection scores are once again available online -- though they're not on the McDonough County Health Department's website.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
3:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Daniel Belknap Won’t Get a Third Trial

Daniel Belknap
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The Illinois Supreme Court said there is sufficient evidence to convict a McDonough County man of killing a young child.

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