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Peoria Public Radio News
3:06 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Tazewell County Health Department reports another WNV-infected bird

The Tazewell County Health Department is reporting another bird has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The crow was collected from Mackinaw earlier this week. The Health Department previously reported disease-positive birds in Delevan, Pekin, Washington, and Morton.

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Crime
2:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Peoria grapples with fifth homicide in less than a month

Peoria Police are investigating the city’s fifth homicide in less than a month.  County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says the body of 31-year old Carnell Ashford was found Friday in the backyard of 1401 Northeast Perry.  She says Ashford has a Chicago address, but was reportedly living in Peoria for the last year.  Ingersoll says autopsy results are expected Saturday.

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Government
2:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Groundbreaking for latest Veterans Drive phase in Pekin

Pekin officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the latest construction phase of Veterans Drive.  The more than three-mile stretch runs from Commercial Drive near the Wal-Mart to Route 29.  Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra says the finished project will make travel more efficient:

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Out and About
12:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Out and About - October 11, 2013

This week, we're talking with Brian "Fox" Ellis. The annual Springdale Cemetery Tours continue this weekend. Ellis and others will portray notable residents of Peoria who are buried at the cemetery. This year, they will be re-visiting several figures they've portrayed over the last ten years. The tours continue Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:18 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Metamora man sentenced to prison for mail fraud and filing a false tax return

A Peoria-area gas station owner was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Tony Nijher of Metamora was sentenced to 45-months in prison to one count of mail fraud and 36 months for filing a false return. Judge James Shadid ordered Nijher to also pay more than 700-thousand-dollars in restitution. The 51-year-old filed false tax returns for gas stations in Peoria Heights and Washington.    

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Government
9:18 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Peoria County proposes 2014 budget

Peoria County is proposing a budget for 2014 with no layoffs or major service changes.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports officials have concerns over dwindling state money:
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Business
7:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Illinois reaches deal with Amtrak

 Illinois has agreed to pay more for in-state Amtrak trains. The deal prevents a shutdown of rail service that could have happened as early as next week. 

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Health
4:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Peoria health fair to stress fitness, finance and health care

METEC is offering a Health and Wellness Fair Saturday in Peoria.  The non-profit group is partnering with housing officials, fitness experts and insurance companies to offer the event from 9 to 2 at the METEC Resource Center.  Doretha Jamison is with METEC.  She says the goal of the fair is to make residents aware of ways to boost their quality of life:

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State News
7:11 am
Thu October 10, 2013

When the brain won't make music

John Heasly
Credit Rich Egger / Illinois Public Radio/WIUM

This is Western Illinois musician John Heasly flat picking, or strumming, while playing the guitar right handed...

and this is Heasly finger picking the guitar while playing left handed...

Heasly is not showing off. He's forced to switch back and forth. Heasly suffers from a neurological disorder that affects a number of musicians. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger has the story. 

           

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State News
6:52 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Highway proposal gets thumbs down from Chicago metro planning agency

A metro planning agency is giving a thumbs down to a controversial expressway for the far southern suburbs. IPR'S Michael Puente reports.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn supports funding the 1-billion dollar Illiana Expressway through Will County into Indiana. But a majority of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning board don’t believe the state has the money to pay for it and voted yesterday against funding it. Board member Elliott Hartstein.

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