WIUM Local
7:33 am
Wed December 20, 2006

Road Projects Delayed In Lee County

Keokuk, IA – Several major road construction projects are on hold in Lee County. County Engineer Dennis Osipowicz says the state's "Farm To Market" fund is in the red by $50,000,000. Counties use those dollars to upgrade or repair roads that connect rural and urban areas. Osipowicz says the state has halted all projects that use the fund until it has a surplus. He says that will impact projects such as Airport Road. Osipowicz says the state's deficit came about because of construction costs jumping and an increased number of projects.

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Emphasis
1:55 am
Wed December 20, 2006

Emphasis

December 21, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to WIU meteorology professor Tom Williams.

WIUM Local
1:00 am
Wed December 20, 2006

Park District Attorney Resigns

Macomb, IL – The Macomb Park District is looking for a new attorney. Current legal counsel John Carter is resigning, effective at the end of the year. Carter served as the park district's attorney for seven years. He's stepping down to focus on his duties as McDonough County's public defender. Carter says the state no longer allows that person to have any outside practice. The resignation was announced during the park board's December meeting.

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Shop Talk
11:39 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Shop Talk

December 19, 2006 – The topic is the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual survey on the number of reporters in jail around the world. The CPJ found that those incarcerated include 67 print journalists, 47 Internet journalists, 8 radio reporters, 8 TV reporters, and 2 documentary filmmakers. 24 nations have imprisoned reporters, with China (31) and Cuba (24) leading the way. The US government has detained three journalists.

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WIUM Local
11:29 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Hamilton Revises Water Deal With Carthage

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton has made some revisions to its water service agreement with Carthage. The updated contract, which the city council approved last night, calls for Hamilton to provide Carthage with 4,000,000 gallons of water a month for 6 months. The previous agreement was for roughly 600,000 gallons/month. Water Superintendent, Tim Schilson, says Hamilton will have no problem boosting production. The deal requires Carthage to purchase a minimum of 4,000,000 gallons/month. After 6 months, Carthage can extend the deal or return to its previous agreement.

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WIUM Local
9:17 am
Tue December 19, 2006

IDOT Finalizing Route 336 Alignment

Canton, IL – The proposed final alignment for a four-lane highway between Macomb and Peoria will be unveiled in February. The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will display the plan during public meetings in Macomb, Canton, and Peoria. The Route 336 Coalition, which supports construction of the highway, organized a news conference in Canton to provide an update. Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL) said the highway will provide the opportunity for economic development.

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WIUM Local
8:55 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Candidates File for Macomb Elections

Macomb, IL – There will be four contested races in Macomb's February primary. Reagan

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Afternoon Edition
8:51 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
6:55 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Three Lee County Juveniles Charged In School Threat

Keokuk, IA – Three Central Lee High School students have been charged in connection to threats being made toward students and faculty members. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jacob Schulte, 15, of Keokuk; Stephen Copeland, 16, of Donnellson; and Dalton Bird, 17, of Franklin. They have each been charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. The Sheriff's Office says the 3 students planned to bring several guns to the school. Chief Deputy Jim Scholl says the incident was supposed to take place either Tuesday, December 19 or Wednesday, December 20.

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WIUM Local
6:53 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Three Lee County Juveniles Charged In School Threat

Keokuk, IA – Three Central Lee High School students have been charged in connection to threats being made toward students and faculty members. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jacob Schulte, 15, of Keokuk; Stephen Copeland, 16, of Donnellson; and Dalton Bird, 17, of Franklin. They have each been charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. The Sheriff's Office says the 3 students planned to bring several guns to the school. Chief Deputy Jim Scholl says the incident was supposed to take place either yesterday or today.

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