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Originally Set for May
11:40 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Murder Trial Moved to July

District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson has scheduled Adam Pitman’s murder trial for Tuesday, July 10 at the south Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

The trial, which is expected to last about two weeks, was originally scheduled for later this month.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, 46, of Keokuk on August 30, 2011.  Officers found her body in her home after Adam Pitman allegedly confessed to the crime during a traffic stop in Fort Madison.

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One of the Universe's Mysteries
10:38 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Scientist Looking for Answers to Dark Matter

Matthew Walker with Sally Egler, who was one of his teachers in Macomb

An astronomer who grew up in Macomb is one of the researchers looking to unlock the mystery that is dark matter.

“I think people should care about dark matter insofar as they care about the universe in which they live,” Matthew Walker said.

Dark matter cannot be seen, yet scientists estimate it accounts for roughly 80% of the matter in the universe.  

“What we have here on earth is great and unique and important, but it's clearly not all that there is,” Walker said.

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Combines Education & Job Training
9:39 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Keokuk Re-Engagement Center to Open Soon

Janet Fife-LaFrenz

The Keokuk Re-Engagement Center could be up and running within a few weeks.  It will be located on Southeastern Community College’s local campus.

The goal of the center is to combine education and job training.

The Region 16 Workforce Investment Board has been directly involved in the development of the center. 

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says it will allow individuals who are seeking a GED to also gain certification in one of 15 specialized fields.  They include carpentry and auto repair.

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Targeting Downtown Development
9:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Fort Madison Considering New TIF District

A commonly-used incentive program for downtown development is advancing in Fort Madison.

The city council has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would create a new tax increment financing district.

A portion of the property taxes collected on buildings within a TIF district goes to infrastructure projects.  A baseline property value will be developed to determine the amount available for new sidewalks or streets.

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Bargaining Chip
9:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois Goes After Retiree Health Insurance

Retired state and public university employees in Illinois will have to pitch in for their health insurance under a measure approved by an Illinois House committee.

Free health insurance is a benefit given to retirees who worked long careers in Illinois government. Legislators who serve as little as four years also get free health care when they retire.

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