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  • Morning Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00am- 9:00am with Morning Edition Host and Reporter Emily Boyer.
  • Afternoon Edition: Mon.- Fri. 4:00- 4:30pm with News Director Rich Egger.

Local New Updates also at 5:35pm and 6:35pm Monday- Friday.

Lewis County Sheriff's Office

The Lewis County (MO) Sheriff's Office announced Friday afternoon that it arrested Cody Wilson, 19, of Canton, Mo. for First Degree Murder. Wilson is accused of killing his step-father in their home Thursday night.

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The Macomb Park District Board of Commissioners voted during a special meeting to withdraw from management of Glenwood Pool.  The pool is owned by the city and managed by the park district but the management pact ends on September 1.

It appears Superintendent Tim Hood is poised to leave the Keokuk School District for a new job in southwest Iowa. But that new job is contingent upon his release from his current contract.

College professors across Illinois will step away from their classrooms to rally in Springfield on Thursday, April 27. The event called Teach Out for Illinois Higher Education is in response to the state budget stalemate.

Galesburg voters saw a few new names on this month's ballot.  A couple of the newcomers who did not win said they nonetheless benefited from the experience.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

There is about a month left in the school year and with summer on the horizon, uncertainty remains over whether Glenwood Pool in Macomb will be open this year.  

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Ameren Missouri confirmed Sunday morning that search and rescue crews had recovered the body of one of its employees from the Mississippi River. The company said in a statement that Ron Summers, 75, went missing while at work.

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The Lee County Health Department has vacated its building at 2218 Avenue H in Fort Madison. It's unclear how long the department will be displaced and what prompted the decision.

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The coats of around 20 animal species go from brown in the summer to white in the winter.  Researchers are studying whether climate change is causing those animals to adapt.

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Representatives of Iowa Fertilizer Company joined local and state leaders on Nov. 19, 2013 to break ground on a new production facility in Lee County. Nearly 4 1/2 years later, IFC celebrated the start of fertilizer production at the plant near Wever.

T.J. Carson

Two candidates are left in the running to become the Galesburg School District's next superintendent. They each made their case to the public Tuesday night at Lombard Middle School.

Early voting is underway in Lee County ahead of the May 2 special election. The ballot includes a contested race for county attorney between current prosecutor Ross Braden of West Point and assistant county attorney Clinton Boddicker of Keokuk.

Rich Egger

The city will hold a couple veterans-related events in the coming weeks.  They come on the heels of a gathering late last month that honored those who served in the Vietnam War.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited Quincy as part of a ten-stop tour of the state. He used the event at Titan International to tout his efforts to help local workers and to bash the “career politicians in Springfield.”

State Senator Rich Taylor (D-Mt. Pleasant) believes Iowa's Medicaid system is failing because of the decision to privatize it and that it could take federal intervention to save it.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk Municipal Waterworks is planning to offer a refund to certain customers if they sign up for a new billing program.

Breanna Descourouez

Scott Slechta, an English and Language Arts teacher at Fairfield High School, was named the Iowa Teacher of the Year in November. He said his students made the honor possible. 

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The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees last week pushed off a major financial decision.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg aldermen closed the beach's water slide and stopped paying for lifeguards about one year ago in an effort to save money.  Now, with another summer approaching, Tony Oligney-Estill, Director of Parks and Recreation, said two people talked to him about privatizing beach management so it can be reopened.

Emily Boyer

Suzan Nash's name is synonymous with the Western Illinois Regional Council. She came to the Macomb-based organization as an intern in 1977.  She was named its executive director in 1981 and led the organization until March 1, when she retired. 

Rich Egger

A Western Illinois University administrator said the school has enough money to make it through the Spring semester. But he's not saying much about the contingency plan WIU is developing in case the ongoing shortfall of state funding continues.

Dusty Rhodes

A Chicago law firm representing a group of mostly rural school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday. They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

The mayors of Galesburg and Monmouth turned back challenges to hold onto their offices.  Incumbents were re-elected to the Macomb Board of Education.  The mental health services referendum was approved in Knox County, but voters in Hancock County rejected a sales tax to pay for school facility needs.

The Clark County School District will be able to borrow $8-million dollars for facility needs and a new building while voters in Alexandria and Luray decided they should be able to skip uncontested elections in the future. The mayors of Canton and LaBelle won re-election while a tie vote might have to be resolved in Wayland.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Keokuk says its residents and businesses should not be on the hook for the extra fees associated with a utility company's plan to increase natural gas rates. So it filed an objection with the Iowa Utilities Board on March 30.

Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

The Keokuk Police Department confirmed Thursday afternoon that a body found near Lock & Dam 19 the previous day is that of Ron Wagner of Montrose, who went missing nearly three months ago.

The April 4th ballot in Hancock County includes a referendum asking residents to aprove creation of a 1% sales tax to fund school facility needs. The tax could generate more than $700,000 annually.

Casey Mendoza

As someone who suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Katie Hutton spends most winters hibernating.  Showing symptoms of fatigue and hypersomnia, she prefers the warmth of her bed to the harsh weather conditions of Midwestern winters.

Illinois' budget impasse has prompted another "doomsday scenario" at Southern Illinois University – which could be voted on as early as next week.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Police said they took Kevin Corridon, 26, of 116 North Side Square in Macomb into custody without incident Wednesday morning.  He is charged with Felony Disorderly Conduct.

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