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7:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Train Derailment in northern Peoria County

Train derailment south of Laura Illinois
Credit Alex Rusciano

  

  

A train derailment in northern Peoria County left more than 40 rail cars off the tracks but no injuries. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was heading west near the community of Laura, Illinois. The incident came as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. Andy Williams is a spokesman with BNSF. He says no roadways were blocked by the train, and crews are working to clear the two rail lines:

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Government
4:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Quinn weighs-in on property tax issue

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks he knows how homeowners could avoid higher property taxes.

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Government
3:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent. 

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Environment
3:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

10 state erosion conference held in Quad Cities

This week, engineers, contractors, and municipal workers from ten states will meet in the Quad Cities to learn how to prevent erosion and improve water quality. Tuesday through Thursday, two chapters of the International Erosion Control Association will hold a joint conference called, "Great Connections." Brian Stineman, Davenport's Natural Resources Manager, expects more than 200 people to attend the workshops, field trips, and other sessions.

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State News
6:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Parents urged to vaccinate school-aged children

Cases of mumps and measles are on the rise nationwide. Two mumps outbreaks in west-central Illinois are fueling the concern. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel spoke with Illinois Department of Public Health director, Lamar Hasbrouck, about the causes  and next steps in handling the diseases. 

 

   

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Peoria Police Chief: legal process worked

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Police Chief and Peoria County State’s Attorney say the process that unfolded around the Twitter parody debacle went just as the law prescribes.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:59 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Leuthold in court in Peoria

Credit Andy Kravets / Peoria Journal Star

 Nathan Leuthold was in court for the second day in a row for a suppression hearing. He is accused of killing his wife, Denise Leuthold February 14, last year. The pretrial legal proceeding is to determine whether a video is allowed in evidence. 

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Government
1:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

East Peoria recognizes residents, former employee for service

The City of East Peoria honored a resident who named the new downtown Levee District.  The city recognized Don Taylor for winning the naming contest.  East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the event also recognizes the resident buy-in for the new downtown:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:04 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

South-West Kiwanis Club of Peoria donates tree on Arbor Day

Red Oak planted on the corner of Washington and Eaton Streets in downtown Peoria.
Denise Molina-Weiger Peoria Public Radio

The city of Peoria has a new Red Oak tree thanks to an annual donation by a local organization. The South-West Kiwanis Club of Peoria Friday donated and helped plant the tree on the corner of Washington and Eaton streets.

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State News
11:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

ISU professor says John Paul the second's canonization is controversial

John McHale, author of "Saintly Sex."

For Catholics worldwide, the canonization in Rome this Sunday of Popes John the Twenty-third and John Paul the Second is a cause for celebration. But Illinois State University Professor John McHale has misgivings about the sainthood of Pope John Paul. He's co-authored a new book that criticizes John Paul's legacy with regard to the role of women in the church, priestly celibacy and the clergy sex abuse scandal. McHale spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente.

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