State Supreme Court Ruling
1:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Illinois Constitution Protects Retiree Health Insurance

The Illinois Supreme Court says the free health insurance enjoyed by state retirees is protected by the Illinois Constitution.

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Resident Requested Study
4:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

No One Speeding on Lee County Road

A speed study along 320th Avenue in northern Lee County shows that large trucks like these are not exceeding the speed limit.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

It appears Lee County won’t make any changes along a heavily traveled road.

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Ticks Prevalent This Time Of Year
4:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

McDonough County Identified As Tick-Populated

Ticks are found in forests and areas of tall grass
Credit Frannie Smith / Tri-States Public Radio News

People are not the only ones who take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. Ticks flock the many hiking trails, camping grounds, and fishing spots throughout the area.

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Illinois Video Gaming
4:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Video Gaming Revenue Up in Galesburg

Video Gaming
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

The city of Galesburg is experiencing the financial benefits from the state's decision to allow businesses to install video gaming machines, just as some new establishments are looking to cash in.

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Bill Knight – July 3
11:48 am
Wed July 2, 2014

America’s Unpatriotic Corporations

Credit Wikipedia

As flags unfurl, fireworks explode, and independence celebrated this week, patriotism seems absent from many corporate boardrooms, and an effort to encourage America-first business with roots in west-central Illinois lies dormant since being introduced eight years ago.

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Cite Confidential Records
7:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Keokuk Schools Deny Request for Goals

The Keokuk School Board

The Keokuk School District will not release more information about why the school board is divided over adding another year to Superintendent Tim Hood’s contract.

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Small Business
7:17 am
Wed July 2, 2014

CEO Class Coming to Hancock County High Schools

Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

In an effort to grow business, Hancock County is targeting some of its younger residents.

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Crest Expected This Weekend
7:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Flood Protection in Southeast Iowa

Large barriers are being placed around Memorial Auditorium in Burlington to hold back the Mississippi River.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

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