WIUM Local
4:45 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Towing Contract Rejected by Macomb

Macomb, IL – Macomb will not award a towing contract to the only business that submitted a bid for the work. Cale's Auto Body Garage and Towing was willing to pay $1,200 for the contract to tow junk and abandoned vehicles and those being held for evidence. But the city says Cale's is violating zoning laws with its site on West Jackson Street. Aldermen voted 4-2 against giving the contract to Cale's, saying it would be wrong to hire a company that's violating city rules. The police department had hoped the city would contract out the work because it lacks the manpower to deal with it.

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WIUM Local
4:31 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Grant Might Help Find Use for Invasive Carp

Havana, IL – An Illinois state grant will pay for research to find out how many Asian Carp there might be in the Illinois River. Jim Sneed of Carp Protein Products says his firm is considering a plant which would reduce the fish to a protein additive for sale on the international market. Sneed is finalizing his business plan and will be seeking grants and investors. He says the protein will go first to Asia. He says an American market could be developed later. He's also working on a use for the parts of the fish that are not used for food.

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WIUM Local
9:17 am
Mon November 7, 2005

Study Calls for Stronger School Curriculum

Galesburg, IL – A workforce study of nine western Illinois counties shows a need for more students to finish high school ... and take at least two years of additional schooling . Dr. Richard Judy did the study for the Workforce Investment Board. He says current trends show the region will not have enough trained workers for the number of jobs available by the year 2012. Judy says the aging of the region's population makes it even more important that younger workers receive the training needed to maintain the economy.

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WIUM Local
5:02 pm
Sun November 6, 2005

Community Offers Vision for West Corridor

Macomb, IL – Organizers of the Macomb Charrette now have an idea of what the community would like for the West Jackson Street corridor. The corridor stretches from Johnson Street to the future location of the Macomb bypass. Those who attended the two-day Charrette indicated they would like a grocery store on the west side of town, more parks, and plenty of sidewalks. The community planning project was organized by the University of Illinois extension. It will now review the information and compile it into a report for the city.

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WIUM Local
7:46 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

Havana Schools to try for 'Green' Power Study Grant

Havana, IL – Havana schools are applying for a feasibility study grant to investigate whether wind power could help cut utility bills. Superintendent Suellen Girard says the district investigated the possibility a few years ago, but the numbers did not show the idea was feasible. Now she says it's becoming easier to sell power back to the utilities and a wind turbine might work out. She says two faculty members are very interested in the project and science students would be involved with the data collection and analysis. Girard hopes to learn whether she'll get the grant this spring.

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WIUM Local
7:41 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

WIU President Praised by Trustees

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University's president is earning more praise from members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the board agreed to extend Al Goldfarb's rolling three-year contract. During their quarterly meeting in November, several trustees lauded Goldfarb for his dynamic leadership and Chairman Michael Houston said Goldfarb has done an outstanding job for the university. Trustees awarded Goldfarb with a 3.5% pay raise, retroactive to July 1. That brings his annual pay to $232,875. Goldfarb appreciates the praise but says there is still more work to do.

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WIUM Local
7:38 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

WIU President Praised by Trustees

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University's president is earning more praise from members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the board agreed to extend Al Goldfarb's rolling three-year contract. During their quarterly meeting in November, several trustees lauded Goldfarb for his dynamic leadership and Chairman Michael Houston said Goldfarb has done an outstanding job for the university. Trustees awarded Goldfarb with a 3.5% pay raise, retroactive to July 1. That brings his annual pay to $232,875. Goldfarb appreciates the praise but says there is still more work to do.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

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WIUM Local
12:47 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

Iowa - 2005 City Elections - Keokuk At Large

Keokuk, IA – There are many candidates seeking office in the upcoming city elections throughout Southeast Iowa. One race is for an at large seat on the Keokuk City Council. Newcomer Jon Warren and former council member Doug Matlick are running for the at-large seat. The alderman at large represents the entire city, not just one ward.

You can hear Jason Parrott's preview of the race for an at-large seat on the Keokuk City Council by clicking on the audio link above.

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WIUM Local
12:51 am
Fri November 4, 2005

Iraqi War Dead Honored in Two Day Vigil

Macomb, IL – An open space on the Western Illinois University campus has been transformed into a space filled with American flags. The display came to life over the course of a 34-hour vigil held to honor the soldiers and citizens who've died as a result of the war in Iraq. The name of each American soldier killed was read during the vigil. A small American flag was then placed in the ground and a minute of silence was observed. By the end of the vigil, more than 2,000 flags filled the campus commons area behind Stipes Hall. Graduate student Jason Reitz organized the vigil.

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