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8:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Clark County Alternative High School

Clark County R-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht

The Clark County R-1 School District will try to make it easier for a few students to get a diploma.

The district’s $9.1-million budget for the upcoming school year includes money for the establishment of an alternative high school.

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht says the computer-based system will allow students to work on classes at their own pace.

He says Clark County has talked about an alternative school for years, to aid students who do not succeed in a regular classroom setting.

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No Phones in Work Zones
10:39 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

New Laws on Distracted Driving

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

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Based on Recent Study
10:17 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

FM Annexation Incentives

City Manager Byron Smith (Fort Madison)

Fort Madison wants to make it more enticing for rural property owners to join the city.

The city council has signed off on a series of incentives available to those interested in voluntarily annexing into the city.

City Manager Byron Smith says the incentives include the gradual phasing in of the city’s property tax rate and the possibility of offering a specific zoning designation for a property.

They also allow the city to cover certain legal expenses and reduce utility connection fees.     

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Pledges to Pay 20% of Premium
9:51 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Branstad Wants Employees to Pay More

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) in Fort Madison

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) says he will seek a key provision in future contracts with union employees.

Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) say they will start paying 20% of their health insurance premiums next month.

The Governor told a crowd in Fort Madison that Iowa could save $100-million if every state employee followed their lead.

“But I don’t expect a lot of rank-and-file workers will do it immediately,” says Branstad, “but down the road, most people in the private sector are paying more than that so we think in the future that makes sense.”

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New Contract, CWD, School Lunch, Guard Fired
6:48 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Around The Region

A quick look at news from around the Tri-State Region 

KEOKUK, IA

Members of United Steelworkers Local 444 have ratified a new contract with Henniges Automotive.

The union represents more than 400 workers at the auto-parts supplier in Keokuk.

Employees had been working under their previous contract after rejecting an earlier offer roughly two weeks ago.

DAVIS COUNTY, IA

A hunting preserve in Davis County is under quarantine after a white-tail deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

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