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Peoria Public Radio News
2:49 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Indiana doctor speaking on impacts of chemicals released into the environment

A local environmental group is inviting residents to hear from a doctor studying the impacts of chemicals released into the environment. Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste is sponsoring the free presentation by Dr. Paul Winchester.

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State News
2:45 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

CPR, AED training mandated in Illinois high schools

High school students across the state will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators this fall.

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Education
1:11 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts

Washington School District 51 recognized city officials for their recovery efforts following the November 17th tornado. The district recognized Washington’s mayor, city administrator, police and fire chief for helping re-open the schools following the devastating storms.  District Superintendent Chad Allaman says the officials helped quickly re-open the primary and middle schools:

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State News
7:07 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Last living Chicago Cub to have played in a World Series to visit Wrigley

Barring an unlikely turnaround this season, the Chicago Cubs are mired in another long year, sitting in last place in the National League Central Division. But this weekend, Cubs fans will be reminded of a time their team was at the top. As part of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, they’re getting a visit from the team’s last living connection to a World Series. Illinois Public Radio’s Jeff Bossert gave him a call:

At age 97, Lennie is oldest living former Chicago Cub and the last living Cubs player to have played in a World Series.

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Business
6:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Peoria youth learn jobs skills in lawn care program

About fifteen young adults from the Peoria’s South Side and East Bluff neighborhoods learned ways to apply, interview and land jobs. They also got hands-on training in the art of Lawn mowing and safety. It’s part of the Youth Employment Lawn Care Program sponsored by METEC and Peoria Opportunities Foundation.  

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Improvements discussed for Rocky Glen

Credit Friends of Rocky Glen

Peoria’s Rocky Glen Park needs improvements before it opens to the public. Peoria Park District planning Committee member Jim Hancock discussed potential changes he wants to see for the historic park:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:30 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Steak n' Shake birthday sing along

  Steak ‘n Shake is celebrating its 80th birthday with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest birthday sing-along.’ The sing along will happen at noon on Saturday. 

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Construction
5:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Quinn announces regional road, ICC funding

Illinois Central College is getting $1 million in state money for carpet, ceiling and flooring renovations. The money is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s ‘Illinois Jobs Now’ construction program. Quinn also announced $1.5 million in funding for streetscape improvements in Elmwood, and road repair along Route 24 in Kingston mines.

Government
4:07 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Congressman Davis weighs-in on prisoner swap

Some lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for the recent prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But—Illinois Congressman, Rodney Davis supports the decision. IPR’s Bria Purdiman reports:

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Education
4:04 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

New charter school requirements on governor’s desk

Charter schools would be required to follow Illinois laws for special education and non-English speaking students under legislation now on the governor's desk. The proposal became a proxy in a broader fight over charter schools.

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