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Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

Schools in rural districts often don't have the budget or the teachers to offer students all of the courses they would like to take. One rural district in a Missouri county decided to offer credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can't otherwise afford.

Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Brandon Biesemeier climbs up a small ladder into a John Deere sprayer, takes a seat in the enclosed cab, closes the door, and blocks out most of the machine's loud engine hum. It is a familiar perch to the fourth-generation farmer on Colorado’s eastern plains.

Freshman Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he will support Donald Trump if the businessman/TV celebrity ends up as the Republican presidential nominee.  LaHood made his comments during an interview with Tri States Public Radio that also touched on a number of other topics, including Amtrak funding.

Broadcasting students at Western Illinois University are required to buy a Mac for writing and editing stories.  That got Shop Talk panelist Rich Egger wondering whether students might soon be required to own a smartphone, and if smartphones might be the wave of the future for professionals.

Rich Egger

As you might guess, it costs money to upgrade technology on a college campus.

Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

Oct 7, 2014
Abby Wendle

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Emily Boyer / TSPR

Advancements in technology have given us flat-screen televisions, smartphones and e-readers. Brick-and-mortar libraries are doing their best to keep up with the digital world. Western Illinois University's Marilyn Shelley has had a front-row seat to the evolution.

The Shift to Technology in the Classroom

May 18, 2014

Schools are changing from the days when teachers stood at the front of the classroom writing lessons on the blackboard.

Emily Boyer

Warren County Clerk Tina Conard said the goal is to make important materials and information easily accessible.

Chromebooks for All Galesburg Students

Apr 16, 2014
google.co.in

Galesburg School District #205 board members voted unanimously to begin a One-to-One computer program this fall so all District #205 students will get free Chromebooks of their own at the beginning of next year.

ProjectManhattan / Wikimedia Commons

Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP. The operating system still works, but as of today it is no longer protected by anti-virus software or security updates.

Police start enforcing texting while driving ban

Mar 10, 2014
texasdrivesafe.org / Tri States Public Radio

In Illinois, it's illegal to talk on the phone while driving unless you're using bluetooth or another hands free device. You're never allowed to text while driving, yet some people can't seem to put down their phones.

The Fort Madison School District is moving ahead with a plan to get new technology in the hands of its students.

Emily Boyer / TSPR

Western Illinois University’s College of Business and Technology received a $50,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Thursday to build a new high-tech computer laboratory.