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Peoria Public Radio News
6:48 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington organizations collecting storm stories

A couple of Washington organizations are hoping to collect stories from residents impacted by the November 17th tornado.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:44 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Peoria County Board replaces ROE superintendent

The Peoria County Board last week unanimously approved a permanent replacement for its long-time Regional Office of Education Superintendent.  

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Storms
4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Quinn: Central Illinois needs FEMA help

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is appealing the federal government’s decision to reject funding for cleanup from last year’s tornadoes.  FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency - approved money to go toward businesses and individuals.  But it denied federal aid to local units of government that were hit by November’s tornadoes.  Quinn says the region around Central Illinois needs the money.

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State News
12:19 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Tremont Middle and High Schools placed on lockdown

Tremont Middle and High Schools were put on lockdown this morning after bullet casings were found on the high school side of the facility. The lockdown was in effect from about 9:20 until about noon. 

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State News
10:16 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Questions surround possible Amtrack service in northwest Il

Credit Wikipedia

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself. IIllinois Public Radio's Mike Moen reports:

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Heartland Festival Orchestra welcomes New Year with music

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, talks about the orchestra's upcoming concert, "Vienna to Broadway," which traces the musical evolution from Viennese waltzes and light opera to the Broadway stage. The concert features a return performance from vocalist Doug LaBrecque, and newcomer Lisa Vroman. It begins Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington.

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State News
7:02 am
Fri January 10, 2014

5th Republican running for gov. kicked off ballot

You may have heard by now about the four Republicans running for governor, but there was a fifth too. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, he has been kicked off the ballot.

By this point in the campaign, reporters on the political beat have received loads of press releases from most of the statewide candidates. But not Peter Edward Jones, who had tried running for the GOP nomination for governor.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:54 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bloomington-Normal filmmaker discuss his documentary on Sriracha

A Bloomington-Normal filmmaker has made a Kickstarter-funded documentary getting noticed by Slate, Huffington Post and newspapers around the country, including the L.A. Times.

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Environment
11:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State allowing Caterpillar to store hazardous waste at Mossville site

The Illinois EPA is allowing Caterpillar to store hazardous waste at its Mossville plant for up to three months.  The variance allows Cat to temporarily store the waste without having to obtain a permit and operate as a hazardous waste facility. The state EPA says it granted the request because extreme weather delayed Cat’s ability to schedule removal of the wastes in a timely manner. 

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Storms
11:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

FEMA announces agreement for tornado inspections at Washington apartment complex

Hundreds of Washington, Illinois residents gather during a January 9th community meeting to learn the latest on recovery efforts following the tornado.

FEMA officials say they have a solution for apartment renters in the city of Washington following the November tornado.  Many of the 200 people from Georgetown Common apartments were denied by FEMA because inspectors couldn’t access the units and determine damage.  Donald Keldsen is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for Illinois.  He says FEMA staff will reach out to apartment residents to better process applications:

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