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7:15 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Measure regulating fracking gains steam

A new plan to regulate the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing is back on track in the Illinois legislature. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

New technology allows energy companies to use high volumes of water mixed with chemicals to drill deep into the ground for oil and natural gas. There's hope Illinois' New Albany shale could be rich with both. But before companies start "fracking," as the practice is known, the state needs to set up rules.

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State News
7:06 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Rita Crundwell's assets all sold

Federal marshals have finished selling all the known assets of Rita Crundwell. IPR’S Jenna Dooley has more:

The former Dixon comptroller is now serving a federal prison sentence for embezzling nearly $53 million from the city. Last week, marshals sold Crundwell’s final three assets, including two vehicles and a trailer. 

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State News
7:01 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Work begins on U.S. Farm Bill

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee began work Wednesday on a five year farm bill. Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis introduced an amendment to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture more say in any changes introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency that affect agriculture.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Tazewell County: zero tolerance on repeat felony DUI

  Tazewell County is targeting repeat D-U-I offenders. State’s Attorney Stu Umholtz says his office is permanently implementing the so-called “No-Refusal” protocol for felony DUI offenders as well as those with aggravating factors at the time of the stop. Umholtz says DUI offenders remain a serious threat to public safety, and repeat offenders have learned to refuse testing, thwarting evidence to prosecute.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Group pushes Illinois redistricting plan

A grassroots group says it is almost done with a plan that would change who draws Illinois legislators’ districts.

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Government
3:36 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Dog-tethering measure passes IL Senate

The Illinois Senate has approved limits on how dogs can be tethered.  The animals would have to be kept on a rope or light chain that's at least 10 feet long. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora, says it's meant to promote the humane treatment of animals.

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Business
2:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Deere and Company posts record earnings

Deere and Company set another earnings record in the second quarter, and it's also an all-time high for any quarter. Deere says net income totaled nearly $1.1 billion for February, March, and April, or $2.76 per share, compared to $2.61 a year ago.  Spokesman Ken Golden says agriculture and turf equipment sales rose 12 percent in the second quarter. But sales of construction and forestry equipment dropped five percent.

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Medical
1:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Area medical research on display at symposium

New medical research was on display at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria.  More than 40 resident physicians with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented their findings.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:11 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Section of I-74 could be named after Transportation Sec. LaHood

U.S. Transportation Secretary and Peoria- native Ray LaHood could get his name on a stretch of Interstate 74 within the city.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Students complete 100-mile challenge

An annual event that aims to get District 150 kids healthier culminated in a walk along the riverfront. About 250 primary and middle school students participated in a challenge to walk 100 miles and lift 10-thousand pounds throughout the school year.

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