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7:14 am
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Senate could vote on farm bill today

The U.S. Senate could finally vote on a new farm bill today.  But the final version could still be at least several weeks away.  IPR’S Sean Crawford reports:

Senator Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, added a provision that would require wealthier farmers pay more for crop insurance, which Durbin argues is mostly subsidized by taxpayers.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Policing District 150 off-campus events

 Peoria District 150 police are limited to covering events on school property. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the move comes with little explanation from school administrators.  

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State News
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Subsidized student loans face rate hike

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the college student debt situation is "bordering on a crisis," and Congress should act soon to prevent it from getting worse. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Homefield electric aggregation advantage

People in the greater Peoria area are reporting electricity marketers going door-to-door and doing phone campaigns. Peoria County officials say the electric aggregation program sponsored by the County provides a lower rate than people would pay under the terms of individual contracts or than the Ameren rate. Those in the Peoria County aggregation program are not required to sign a contract and will not be called or visited by a salesperson.  Those who are uncertain whether they are enrolled in the community aggregation program can contact Homefield Energy.

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State News
1:04 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

SIU researcher using "Kickstarter" to fund work

SIU Fisheries Director Jim Garvey, holding a transmitter used in tracking sturgeon along the Mississippi River. (Photo credit: Jennifer Fuller, WSIU Radio)

As federal and state funding sources grow scarce, an SIU researcher is hoping crowdfunding may help bridge the gap.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Chiefs holding a grand re-opening of stadium

 

The Peoria Chiefs is holding a grand re-opening of its stadium this evening. The effort is in celebration of the re-naming of the facility as Dozer Park. The festivities begin at 4:30 this evening with free family activities outside the ballpark, a ribbon cutting at 5:45 and the gates opening at six. The first pitch is thrown out at 7. The first 2000 patrons to Dozer Park will get mini bulldozers. All attendees will also get the chance to win one of six flat screen televisions.    

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State News
10:50 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Catholic Diocese of Rockford asking churches to stick with Boy Scouts

Bishop David Malloy. Courtesy of Jenna Dooley, IPR.

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is asking churches to continue to keep charters with the Boy Scouts of America. Bishop David Malloy is responding to the new policy that says scouts cannot be denied membership based on sexual orientation. The Chicago Tribune reported a church in Crystal Lake severed ties with a Boy Scout group over the change.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Out and About - June 7, 2013

This week, we're talking with Caleb Finley. He's directing Peoria Players Theatre's production of "Bus Stop." The  play revolves around a group of bus travelers, stranded in a remote bus stop by a heavy storm. Finley talks about drew him to the script, about trying avoid over-reliance on the film adaptation of the play, and about the two characters at the center of the script's main plot. "Bus Stop" continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Peoria Players.

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State News
6:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Gov. reviewing concealed carry plan

The plan that would give Illinois a concealed carry law has reached Governor Pat Quinn's desk. Lawmakers approved it last week. But it often can take a few days to move the legislation.  A Quinn spokesperson says the governor is "reviewing it carefully."

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Targeting elder abuse

  The Center for Prevention of Abuse is providing a series of seminars on elder abuse and prevention. The event at ICC North Campus Thursday was ‘The Health Providers Role’ in identifying elder abuse.

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