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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.

Residents of two southeast Iowa school districts went to the polls, Tuesday, and rejected plans for each district to borrow millions of dollars for facility improvements.

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John Moon of Macomb said he signed up for the military after hearing news about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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Those who work for Illinois organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic violence say the fact that there's no funding for them in the soon-to-expire state spending plan was an unfortunate surprise.

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The head of the U.S. Economic Development Administration is preparing for a change in leadership for his agency following the election of Donald Trump as President. Jay Williams is confident, though, that the EDA efforts currently underway would succeed under the new administration.

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A Culver-Stockton College student faces gun-related charges in connection with an incident that led to the campus in Canton, Missouri being locked down for nearly three hours Tuesday night.

Timothy Collins of Bushnell said he started writing Christmas stories for his son, Daniel around 15 years ago. Daniel is now a college student but Timothy kept working on the stories and they're now available in the book, Memories of Santa Claus: Louis Finnegan.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Board of Higher Education agreed to provide additional financial support to three public universities.  The $20 million comes from the state's stop-gap funding measure.

Daily Gate City

The announcement in late September of a change in leadership at the top of the Lee County Economic Development Group caught many off-guard, including the local governments that fund the organization. Now, LCEDG is defending its decision while its former leader is speaking out.

More than 600 households in Keokuk that had been paying a discounted rate for garbage services could soon see an increase in their bills following  a report from the State Auditor of Iowa.

Autumn Steele was shot and killed outside of her home by a Burlington police officer in Jan. 2015. Her family is now suing the city and the officer involved.

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Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it.  And that's not all they're doing. 

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The Iowa Utilities Board has selected a new location for its hearing on Liberty Utilities’ request to increase natural gas rates in and around Keokuk. The hearing will be held at the Grand Theater in Keokuk Feb. 22 and 23, 2017.

The Burlington Police Department announced Tuesday evening the arrest of three men in connection with a shooting at 421 S. Garfield Ave. earlier in the day. The shooting was one of three in the city in a 12 hour span that left one person dead and two injured.

T.J. Carson

The parking lot at the former Maytag plant in Galesburg will be in use again this week.  BNSF Logistics has agreed to lease the 50-acre property at 1801 Monmouth Blvd. from its owner, Industrial Realty Group, LLC. 

The McDonough County Health Department closed Guadalajara’s Bar and Grill for 48-hours and imposed a $3,000 fine after the restaurant failed a surprise inspection Monday afternoon.

Guadalajara’s scored a 63 out of 100 on the inspection. It was the restaurant's lowest score to date, and fell far short of the 75 it received last time it was shut down by the health department in December 2014.

T.J. Carson

AFSCME members in Galesburg spent their lunch hour on Thursday chanting "What's disgusting? Union busting" and "2, 4, 6, 8, Rauner should negotiate."

Breanna Descourouez

Around 75 people gathered peacefully Wednesday evening in Macomb's Chandler Park to share their worries and concerns following Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election. 

T.J. Carson

A love of antiques has taken a Wisconsin man to places all over the Midwest as he tells people what he thinks their knick-knacks and heirlooms are worth.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Park Board conducted a lengthy search for the next Executive Director of the park district. It turned out the best candidate was right under their noses all along.  Commissioners unanimously agreed to promote Rachel Lenz, who was serving as the district's Superintendent of Special Events and Facilities.

Daily Gate City

The company attempting to purchase Keokuk Steel Castings will not have to reveal any additional financial information to the Lee County Board.

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The Burlington Public Library moved from its former location on 4th Street to its Court Street location ten years ago this month. Library Director Rhonda Frevert said usage continues to rise with more than 700 people walking through the doors on a daily basis.

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has cleared the way for a farm with 4,900 hogs to be built near Macomb.

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More than 100 people turned out for Keokuk's annual Veterans Day ceremony. The event took place in the heart of Keokuk’s national cemetery, the first built west of the Mississippi River.

Rich Egger

Lackluster volunteer support for the Flags of Love display had Macomb city leaders wondering whether it was time to end the tradition.  But it appears the community would like it to continue.  More than 200 volunteers showed up in Chandler Park first thing Friday morning to help with the display. 

Jason Parrott

Ron Fedler said it was about 11:00 p.m. Tuesday when he learned his goal of a single Lee County courthouse was dead. Voters rejected the idea by a more than 2-1 margin at the polls.

T.J. Carson

The Galesburg Promise was created to help the city's students afford college, but the program itself is in need of a cash infusion. So the city is considering a nearly 2% hike in the hotel-motel tax.

Cass Herrington

Aaron Schock, 35, who once represented central and western Illinois in Congress and who was once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, is accused in a 24 count federal grand jury indictment of defrauding the federal government and his campaign committee.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

In Illinois House District 93, Republican Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb fought off a challenge by Democrat John Curtis of Macomb. Hammond called it a great campaign and a lot of hard work that paid off. She said her top priority going into the next term in January is to pass a balanced state budget, which she said will require a lot of negotiation and compromise.

Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for President in the Hawkeye State by about 10 percentage points. That momentum carried over to the local races in the southeast corner of the state.

Republican Donald Trump won the state of Missouri overwhelmingly over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the GOP continued the dominance up and down the ballot.

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