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Peoria Public Radio News
8:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Assault weapons the topic of debate for IL lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers Thursday heard arguments over whether to ban future sales of so-called "assault weapons." Chicago and Downstate legislators remain split on the issue. And as IPR’s Chris Slaby reports, police officials are split too.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:11 am
Fri March 1, 2013

IL one step closer to medicaid expansion

An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:14 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Officials find first cases of devastating bat disease in Illinois

Officials in Illinois have found the first cases of a devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome in that state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says laboratory tests confirmed the fungal disease in two species of bat in four counties, including Monroe County in the Metro East. IDNR endangered species manager Joe Kath says bats play an important role in the environment — and in our economy.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Tuition and housing rates at Millikin to remain the same

For the 2nd year in a row, tuition and housing rates at Millikin University are NOT going up. The small private school in Decatur announced Thursday that full-time undergraduate tuition for the academic year starting in the fall would stay at 27-thousand-8-hundred-52 dollars a year --- the same as this year and the year before. Meanwhile, the average annual housing rate will stay at 5-thousand dollars.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:54 am
Fri March 1, 2013

IL lawmakers struggling with pension overhaul

It was billed as a "day of pensions" in the Illinois House. But it turned into about a half-hour's worth. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more on why Illinois lawmakers are having such a hard time confronting the state's 100-billion-dollar problem.

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State News
9:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Quinn, AFSCME reach tentative deal

  After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the specifics will be kept private for now: "It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4." Published reports indicate union members would get pay raises -- even though Quinn declined to pay out some raises from the last contract.

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Government
9:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Area passenger rail hopes hit funding snag

Chances are slim for securing current federal funding to help bring passenger rail service between Peoria and Bloomington/Normal.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:  The Mayors from Peoria and Normal traveled with staff to Washington D.C. in January asking for $4 million to pay for the rail project’s environmental review and pre-engineering costs.  Officials with the federal transit administration are now saying that there’s no federal planning money currently available to help pay for the project.

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Health
8:35 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Changes coming in healthcare

Iowa Health System and its affiliate Methodist Medical Center hosted an informational session yesterday on Coordinated Care.  More than a hundred business people attended the event to learn more about changes coming to the healthcare system. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:44 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Deere and Company holds annual meeting

Despite the snow, hundreds of shareholders came to Deere and Company for its annual meeting. Wednesday morning at world headquarters in the Quad Cities (Moline), they voted on routine business, watched videos, listened to the CEO, and asked a few questions. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:14 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Proposal to prohibit colleges from requiring students to reveal passwords

  A proposal advancing in the Illinois General Assembly would prohibit colleges and universities from requiring students to reveal social media passwords. But that ban would not apply to elementary and high schools.  IPR’s Chris Slaby reports. Universities would be barred from asking for social media passwords or forcing students to open up their accounts. Elementary and high schools can require kids hand over passwords if they believe the accounts have evidence the student violated school policy. But schools' policies would have to warn parents that's a possibility.

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