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Peoria Public Radio News
12:44 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Caterpillar unveils latest "Built For It" video

Caterpillar is proving that some of its equipment is small and agile enough to maneuver through a china shop.

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State News
8:26 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Breast Milk Drop Off Site To Open in Champaign

Donated breast milk at the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank in Indianapolis.
Credit Indiana Mother's Milk Bank

Many lactation experts say newborns can get their nutrition needs met through formula, but that breast milk is preferred because of the additional health benefits. When mothers can’t produce enough breast milk for their baby or can’t use their breast milk due to medical reasons, donated milk is available. But not enough of it, due to a nationwide shortage of pasteurized breast milk.

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State News
6:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library could become an independent state agency

An Illinois House panel has approved a proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum an independent state agency. House Speaker Michael Madigan is sponsoring the measure, and says he's "spent a little time studying the issue."

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State News
6:45 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Lawmakers advance bill to start hydraulic fracturing process sooner

Legislation intended to hasten the arrival of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois is advancing in the General Assembly. Illinois authorized the oil and gas extraction technique, commonly known as "fracking," last year.

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State News
6:25 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Il Democrats abandoning efforts to keep 5% income tax rate

Illinois Democrats are abandoning efforts to keep the income tax rate at its current level, and not let it drop. Illinois’ state income tax rate is scheduled to go down in January From five percent to 3-point-75.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront

Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony Gateway Building Peoria
Credit Tamie Yost

Veterans and military families gathered at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Each branch of the military was recognized during a medley played by The Peoria Municipal Band. A traditional part of the ceremony is having veterans of each branch stand during their song. Gold star mothers, and families are also recognized.

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State News
7:42 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Gas prices to be slightly lower this summer

As the summer driving season gets underway, look for gasoline prices to be slightly lower this summer, compared to last year. That’s the prediction from Patrick DeHaan of the gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Peoria police: alleged shooter turned himself in

37-year old Sean T. Walls
Credit Peoria police

The man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of 22-year old Derrick Booth Jr. has turned himself in.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:07 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Peoria encouraging residents to sign up for networking site

Credit nextdoor.com

The city of Peoria is encouraging residents to sign up for a new networking site that allows neighbors to connect with each other. The site is called Nextdoor and is a place where communication can occur within neighborhoods around the city. Residents can connect with each other on anything from lost dogs and break-ins to neighborhood social events.

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State News
6:18 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday. With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, , the state budget remains the top issue. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers have a difficult choice: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.
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