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7:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Review - "The Wiz"

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season is currently presenting “The Wiz.” Brian “Fox” Ellis has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.


Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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State News
6:18 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis says fellow lawmakers shouldn't focus on government shutdown

Congressman Rodney Davis isn’t taking the same view of some colleagues who are threatening a government shutdown on a spending plan that includes the Affordable Care Act. The Taylorville Republican says while he still wants to de-fund the health care measure, he says conservative senators like Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas should turn their attention elsewhere:

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State News
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Senator Dick Durbin weighs in on medical marijuana

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Medical marijuana may be legal in his home state, but the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate says that shouldn't be a national policy.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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Peoria Public Radio News
4:19 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Schock talks of defining 'The Path ... '

  Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is among more than 20 other House Republicans pivoting on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. 

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Environment
4:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Environmentalists weigh-in on Bartonville coal-plant discharge

Area environmental groups want stricter pollution controls on a proposed permit for the Ameren coal plant in Bartonville.  The groups say the state Environmental Protection Agency needs to limit the discharge of heavy metal pollutants in the permit. Traci Barkley is a water scientist with a National Wildlife Federation affiliate.  She says the proposed permit  limitations don’t go far enough. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

American Cancer Society looking for local participants in new study

The American Cancer Society is calling on Peoria and Bloomington residents to participate in its next cancer prevention study. The goal of the so-called CPS-3 study is to help identify new and emerging cancer risks.

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State News
6:15 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Illinois State Fair kicks off Thursday

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The Illinois State Fair kicks off in Springfield on Thursday and runs until the 18th. Illinois Public Radio's Peter Gray recently caught up with fair officials to learn more about what's new this year, including special tickets that allow concert-goers to get closer to performances by bands like REO Speedwagon and Journey. Plus, a smart-phone application that helps fair-goers find their way to their favorite fried foods and activities. Peter recently spoke with IPR's Rachel Otwell about all that, and more: 

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State News
10:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

240 computers missing from state prison systems

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers. Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others. 

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Government
10:30 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

East Peoria launching online app for city service requests

East Peoria Director of Building & Public Property, Robert Cole, demonstrates the "Access East Peoria" app on a tablet. The app is set to launch for residents in December.

East Peoria is launching a smartphone and tablet application to better handle nuisance complaints and calls for police and public works requests. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the app aims to boost resident interaction and city efficiency: 


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Peoria Public Radio News
9:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Peoria celebrates National Night Out Against Crime

Glen Oak Park Neighborhood Association President Lisa Fisher and child at the East Bluff Community Center Night Out Against Crime event proudly display their tee shirts.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

More than two dozen neighborhoods throughout Peoria celebrated the 30th annual National Night Out Against Crime last night. 

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