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Peoria Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Replacing Taft Homes a top PHA priority for 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority is hoping for some help in building new variety of housing to replace Taft Homes. It's the highest priority of the agency's 2014 goals. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:07 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Peoria police report 2013 crime stats

The City of Peoria saw a 60-percent increase in murders last year compared to 2012. Six more people were killed last year compared to the year before. But the latest numbers show a 15-percent drop in violent crime and a 12-percent decline in property crime.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Peoria Police Union files grievance against 150 contract

The Peoria Police Benevolent has filed a grievance against the City for negotiating a contract with Peoria School District 150 without the union’s participation. 

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Health
4:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Six flu-related deaths in Illinois so far this season

Flu activity in Illinois is considered widespread.  That means it's appeared in more than half of the state. So far, the Illinois Public Health Department says there have been more than one hundred twenty intensive care hospitalizations and six flu-related deaths this season. Spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the numbers are lower than at this time last year. But more cases are showing up each day:

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Sports
1:30 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Rocky Vonachen talks Maddux, Hall of Fame

2013 was one of the worst seasons in Chicago baseball history, but fans now have reason to celebrate. Pitcher and former Cub Greg Maddux and longtime White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were both elected Wednesday to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, along with pitcher Tom Glavine, Maddux’s teammate with the Atlanta Braves.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Presentation on how to spot symptoms of PTSD following Nov. tornadoes

As November 17th tornado victims continue putting their lives back together, some area agencies are hoping to make sure their mental health needs are met. The Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Human Service Center, OSF HealthCare, Tazwood Center for Wellness, and the United Way are hosting a free presentation called, “Understanding the Effects of Trauma and PTSD Following a Natural Disaster.”

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State News
6:48 am
Wed January 8, 2014

What Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty accomplished

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50 years ago today, American President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war. However, this was not a war with another nation; it was a war on poverty. Illinois Public Radio’s Rich Egger talked to a local historian about Johnson’s social programs and whether they accomplished anything. 

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State News
6:15 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Guide released to help transgender individuals change their identification documents

Transgender individuals may face obstacles when changing their identification documents.  Now, advocates have released a guide to help them. IPR'S Lee Strubinger reports.

The Forty Four page Guide to Name and Gender Marker Changes suggests starting with a court order name change. Then, on to drivers licenses, birth certificates, social security cards and other documents.

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Weather
12:22 am
Wed January 8, 2014

‘Vortex’ 2015? Not so fast

There’s one bright spot connected to the super-cold snap we had in the Midwest this week --- it probably won’t repeat itself for a few years at least.

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Weather
12:17 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Winter weather hits Illinois trains, too.

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be cancelled and roads to be closed. Usually the trains still run without incident. But during the winter storm of the past few days, Amtrak passengers in the region found themselves stranded on trains for hours at time. Illinois Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports:
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