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7:16 am
Fri April 19, 2013

House votes down another measure dealing with firearms

The Illinois House Thursday rejected yet another piece of legislation dealing with firearms. This one would have forced the state's pension systems to get rid of investments in companies that make guns or ammunition. Representative Chad Hays, Republican from Danville, wondered where the hunt to stop investing in troubling products would end.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:43 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Cleaning up

Neighborhood associations throughout Peoria are celebrating the Great American Cleanup. The official event runs from 8:00a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20th. 

Participating neighborhood will have large dumpsters to assist participating residents. There are other opportunities to disposing of tires and tired electronics at certain location in the city.  The full list of participating neighborhood associations and drop-off locations is linked here: 

Peoria Public Radio News
4:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Peoria Public Radio takes Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Peoria Public Radio News Team is happy to report winning two Regional Murrow Awards. The regional awards are for the Small Market Radio Division of RTDNA’s (Radio Television Digital News Association) annual Edward R. Murrow Awards named after the legendary newsman.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Annual ceremony honors Holocaust victims

“Never forget” was the theme of a ceremony in Springfield Thursday held in remembrance of the Holocaust. Dozens gathered in the Old State Capitol for the annual memorial service, which honors the six million Jews who were systematically killed during World War Two. Representative Scott Drury, a Democrat from Highwood, says remembering the tragic event keeps the world vigilant.

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Government
4:02 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Durbin seeks fourth term

Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin says he’s planning on running for a fourth term. From Washington, IPR’s Lauren Chooljian reports. 

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Senator Durbin has been serving in the US Senate since 1997.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Groups sue over alleged pollution from Bartonville coal plant

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit against Ameren Energy Resources for alleged air pollution violations at the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville.  The Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council and other groups filed the lawsuit in federal court.  They say the plant violated the Clean Air Act more than 1,000 times in the last five years.  Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club.  She says the lawsuit is seeking better pollution controls at the plant:

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Weather
12:37 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Motorists urged to avoid flooded roads

More than a dozen road and bridge closures remain in effect as showers and thunderstorms continue to hit central Illinois. Some of the roads considered impassable include Illinois 8 and 116 in Peoria and Knox Counties, 13-miles of Illinois Route 26 in Woodford County and Edwards and Farmington Roads just outside Peoria. Brian Williamsen is the IDOT spokesman for District 4.

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Weather
10:13 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Flooding causes road closures across tri-county area

Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution on the roads as flood watches and warnings are in place in numerous locations throughout the area. Weather-related road closures in IDOT District 4 include:

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Arts
9:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

15th annual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign

Two weeks after losing the man who started it all, the 15thannual Ebertfest goes on in Champaign.  

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Agriculture
8:08 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Conversation on "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter"

Most people are aware that there are fewer farmers today than 30 years ago. But what about the celebrated icon of the farmer’s daughter?   One man who grew up on a multi-generation farm in Iowa and watched what the years have done to his way of life has chronicled these changes in a book titled “The Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”.    And while author Zachary Michael Jack was accurate in his observation that there are fewer farmer’s daughters, he found that the number of female farmers is increasing.  Bill Wheelhouse of Harvest Public Media spoke with him:

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