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10:41 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Judge supports District 150 firing of principal

Peoria Judge Michael Brandt says District 150 was correct in its firing of former principal Mary Davis.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 


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Education
10:24 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Two area teachers nominated for state award

Two Central Illinois educators are finalists for the Illinois Teacher Of The Year award.  Kerry Meyers teaches math, science and ancient civilizations in Brimfield School District 309.  John Bierbaum teaches history and psychology at Normal Community West High School.  They are two of eleven finalists for the award.  About 200 teachers were nominated.  The winner will be announced next month.

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Traffic
3:45 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Main and University water line repairs could last weeks

Crews work to repair a water main break at Main and University in Peoria, on Friday September 6th, 2013.
Credit Daryl Scott/Peoria Public Radio

Traffic delays could last a few more weeks at Main and University following a water main break.  Illinois American Water says the intersection is reduced to right-hand turns and one lane traffic in each direction. Detour routes are posted and drivers are also encouraged to avoid the area if possible.  Illinois American water says the road will be fully repaired in the next few weeks

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Proctor merging with UnityPoint Health-Methodist

Proctor Hospital is preparing to merge its operations with Unity Point Health-Methodist to form one health system. The two groups Monday signed an affiliation agreement. Under the agreement, the Methodist Health Services Corporation will become the sole corporate member of Proctor Health Care Incorporated.

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State News
8:43 am
Mon September 9, 2013

1st female member of Il National Guard to die in combat gets honored

Phylis Wise, the chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaks on Sept. 8, 2013 during a ceremony honoring fallen soldier Shawna Morrison.
Sean Powers WILL

The first female member of the Illinois National Guard to die in combat operations overseas was honored this weekend on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. Shawna Morrison of Paris, Illinois was killed nine years ago this month in Iraq. Illinois Public Radio’s Jeff Bossert reports.

That story was produced by Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon September 9, 2013

District 150 dismissing early Monday and Tuesday

Due to the hot forecast, Peoria Public Schools will dismiss early. Middle and High School students including at Trewyn and Lincoln will leave at 1:00 this afternoon. Rolling Acres will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:03 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria getting help studying possible water buyout

The issue of whether Peoria should be in the business of providing water to residents is up for debate again. The city has the option to pursue a water buyout every five years under a franchise agreement with Illinois American Water Company.

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State News
6:56 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Some good news for Illinois' economy

News about Illinois' economy is typically bleak.  The state DOES have the second-worst unemployment rate in the nation, behind only Nevada. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one outside observer is seeing at least a modest improvement.

Moody's Analytics is changing Illinois' rating from "at risk of recession" to "recovery." Moody's economist Steven Cochrane.

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State News
6:46 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Il Congressmen discuss possible U.S. military strike on Syria

Some Illinois Congressmen are more sure than others when it comes to authorizing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That will be at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes Monday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

On the one hand, there are lawmakers like Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville. Foster says he’s leaning toward voting yes, but wants to make sure the scope of any U.S. military action isn’t too big.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:24 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Peoria ranks 12th for global trade

Peoria is ranked among the top cities for global trade. The city is ranked 12th by Global Trade Magazine. It says Peoria’s businesses continue to do well despite a sputtering economy, shipping 17-billion-dollars worth of goods last year. The magazine says that’s in part to the city’s low corporate real estate taxes and growth of new businesses. 

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