Peoria Public Radio News http://peoriapublicradio.org en Sen. Durbin weighs-in on birth control insurance issue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sen-durbin-weighs-birth-control-insurance-issue <div>After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs. &nbsp;U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is proposing legislation to require these companies to share that information with job seekers.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:21:43 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26931 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sen. Durbin weighs-in on birth control insurance issue Area environmental groups want more info on Dynegy plans for coal plant http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-environmental-groups-want-more-info-dynegy-plans-coal-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A collaboration of environmental groups is calling on elected officials to demand </span>Dynegy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> disclose its intentions for a local coal-fired power plant. </span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:07 +0000 Denise Molina 26909 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area environmental groups want more info on Dynegy plans for coal plant Peoria City Council defers sports complex and proposed apartment complex http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-city-council-defers-sports-complex-and-proposed-apartment-complex <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peoria City Council Tuesday night tabled the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex and its economic development components. The Sports Complex, Hotel and special service areas proposed for the northern part of the city have repeatedly been deferred.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:53:34 +0000 Tanya Koonce 26895 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria City Council defers sports complex and proposed apartment complex Gov. Quinn approves capital construction bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-approves-capital-construction-bill <div>Central Illinois communities are getting state funding for shovel ready construction projects. Governor Pat Quinn signed a more than one-billion dollar capital construction bill into law Tuesday.</div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:48 +0000 Denise Molina 26839 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn approves capital construction bill District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-aims-expand-sex-education-curriculum <div>District 150 is also working to expand it’s sexual education programs starting this fall. A grant from the State Board of Education will help the district implement a five-year plan to add programs that focus on contraception. District 150 Special Education Director Maureen Langholf says the program aims to work with area health departments and community groups to promote safe sex:</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:17:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26812 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-lathan-pay-hike-lowers-public-comment-time-period <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peoria Public School Board approved a two-percent salary bump for Superintendent </span>Grenita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lathan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex </span>Rusciano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the Board voted five to one for the pay increase:</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:12:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26811 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs Lathan pay hike, lowers public comment time period Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/jury-finds-leuthold-guilty-murder <p><span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;">It took the jury about 90 minutes to convict Nathan </span>Leuthold<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> for the murder of his wife Denise. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya </span>Koonce<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> reports the missionary was found guilty of first degree murder. </span></p><p></p><div><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:34:20 +0000 Alex Rusciano & Tanya Koonce 26807 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Jury finds Leuthold guilty of murder Central Illinois students learn materials science at BU camp http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/central-illinois-students-learn-materials-science-bu-camp <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b1a906db-5a54-7dd5-7341-d831aca1b351"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Courier New'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thirty Central Illinois students are forging their way through the world of material science this week at Bradley University. </span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;">The ninth annual materials camp gives high school juniors and seniors interested in engineering hands-on experiences to learn more about materials science. </span>Marv<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> </span>McKimpson<span style="font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2; background-color: transparent;"> is the chair of this year’s camp. He says the camp offers students a window to a different facet of engineering.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:05 +0000 Daniela Vidal 26784 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Central Illinois students learn materials science at BU camp Peoria company recalling 21 lbs. of beef jerky http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-company-recalling-21-lbs-beef-jerky <p>Raber’s packing company of Peoria is recalling 21 pounds of its beef jerky. It’s being recalled because state inspectors found the jerky was produced without using a required process that limits biological and chemical risks. &nbsp;The meat was produced on July 2nd and sold in the Peoria area. It was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled ‘Grand Champion Raber’s Original beef Jerky’ with a code of 192. &nbsp;The state has not received any reports of illness from anyone consuming the product</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:19:35 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26692 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria company recalling 21 lbs. of beef jerky Peoria Housing project put on hold http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-housing-project-put-hold <div>The Peoria Housing Authority is putting the Greeley Scholar House Project on hold. The historic school is the PHA’s proposed site for eventual public and market-rate apartments that would serve to replace some of the Taft Homes. &nbsp;The Authority says it plans to re-apply for tax credit financing with the state Housing Development Authority in December.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:57:25 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26690 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Housing project put on hold