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Optimal viewing Saturday night
9:33 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower Returns

Perseid meteor

The Perseid meteor shower has returned.

The spectacular light show has a humble origin. Dr. Kishor Kabale of Western Illinois University says it's debris from a comet. He describes it as a “dirty snowball.”

He says, “Some of the snow melts and the dirt kind of gets loosened-up and it's distributed in the comet's orbit. Because of the friction with (the) atmosphere it basically burns up. All these small pieces and the light that's generated in the process is what we get to see.”

You might be tempted to use optical aids. Dr. Kapale says they might hinder your view.

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Preparation for Downtown Summit
7:29 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Keokuk Clean-Up Saturday

Keokuk is looking for some help as it gets ready for "company."

The city will host the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 and 22.  The event is expected to bring more than 350 individuals from across the state and the country to Keokuk.

They will hear presentations on a variety of topics: development, preservation, retail and social media.

Mayor Tom Marion says organizers want to put a "bright, shiny face" on the city for the event., so a special downtown clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Public Forum Set for Aug. 16
7:20 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Fort Madison Considers Changes

Future mayors of Fort Madison could have more authority and input on city matters.

The city currently functions with a part-time mayor, a full-time city manager and seven city council members.

Two of the seven city council members are selected at large while the remaining five each represent one of Fort Madison’s five wards.

City Manager Byron Smith says the panel is exploring several potential changes to that current structure.

He says the discussions are based on one of the goals established during a goal-setting workshop held earlier this year.

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Manufacturing Jobs Require Math
3:13 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Academic Skills Aid Job Search

Illinois manufacturers have many unfilled jobs despite the number of job-seekers

Blanche Shoup, director of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois, says many applicants lack specific skills, including math aptitude.

She says, “Math is absolutely critical and that's one of the areas that we score the lowest when it comes to evaluating the quality of our workforce.  Math is always a challenge.”

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
2:11 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Schools Must Share Info About Employee Sex Abuse Allegations

The Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court
State of Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a school district that suspended a teacher because of allegations of sexual misconduct had a duty to warn another district where  the teacher later found work.

Jon  White was twice suspended from his teaching job in Normal. But the  McLean County school district did not disclose that when the Urbana  schools asked to verify White's employment.

White was eventually convicted of abusing eight girls in Urbana and two  in  Normal. He will spend most of the next 30 years in prison.

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