TSPR Local

Switches monitoring firm
2:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Carthage Hopes to find Landfill Solution

Carthage City Hall

Carthage is hopeful a switch of contractors will lead to the end of its responsibility for the old municipal landfill.

Indianapolis-based American Environment will take over monitoring the site. The company was the low bidder at $43,000 per year. It will also try to find a way to bring groundwater pollution levels into compliance with federal EPA regulations

Mayor Jim Nightingale hopes the firm brings " some new ideas out there that down the road we can present them to the EPA and get us out of the landfill business.”

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Plan Clears Another Legislative Hurdle
2:06 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Illinois Committee Endorses New Math Standard

Greek mathematician Pythagoras (c.570-c.495 BC). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.

The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.

Simon has visited each of the state's 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.

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District faces other state aid cuts
9:37 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Illini West Might Exhaust Transportation Funds Next Year

Illinis West High School

Illini West School Superintendent Kim Schilson sees a bumpy financial  road for bus transportation in the district.

She said the district began this school year with $270,000 in transportation funds. A state transportation cut of 42 percent mean the district will use up $114,000 of that by the end of the current school year.

She said, “We'll still have a small surplus left in the transportation fund. But with the way transportation funding is going that will be gone next year.

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Homeless Shelter, New Chief, Rezoning, Raises
6:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Around The Region

KEOKUK, IA

Keokuk has agreed to sell a home at 2018 Missouri Street to God’s Way Christian Church for $1.

The property was donated to the city by a bank in the hopes it would be used to benefit low-to-moderate income individuals.

The city contacted Habitat for Humanity before reaching out to God’s Way Christian Church, which plans to use the home as a single family homeless shelter.

 

WEST BURLINGTON, IA

West Burlington Mayor Hans Trousil has named Lt. Frank Newberry as the city’s new police chief.

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Lee County Seeking Donations
5:12 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Sports Complex Funding Deal

It appears Lee County has come up with a way to contribute to a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison without using taxpayer money.

The county is being asked to provide a total of $25,000 over the next five years to the $3.4-million dollar project.  The Vision Iowa Board has said without that contribution, Fort Madison will not receive any state funding.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has rejected previous requests for that much money, but Supervisor Larry Kruse believes a compromise has been reached.

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