Television
12:44 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

'Breaking Bad' Writers: 'This Is It; There's No More'

Bryan Cranston (left) starred as chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, and Aaron Paul played former student and drug-dealing co-conspirator Jesse Pinkman in AMC's Breaking Bad, which wrapped up its fifth and final season on Sunday.
Ben Leuner AMC

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 2:05 pm

Before you read any farther or click the audio above, we have two words for you: Spoiler Alert. Also, a warning that if you have never seen Breaking Bad, we may touch on some plot points that will be hard to understand without context.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Peoria Public Library's Main branch gets some flooding

The Peoria Public Library’s Main Branch sustained some flooding following heavy rains that occurred overnight. A spokesperson with the library says the Children’s Room and delivery room used to sort and transport books were impacted by the flooding, but no library materials were damaged. The Children’s Room is closed Thursday and will likely be closed Friday so staff can remove water and dry carpeting. Library officials remind residents that the Children’s areas are open at all other branches.  

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Weapons Inspectors Report Progress In Syria

A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons crosses into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa on Tuesday.
Bilal Hussein AP

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:26 pm

An international team overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program reports that it's making "encouraging initial progress," according to the United Nations.

"Documents handed over [Wednesday] by the Syrian Government look promising, according to team members," the United Nations said in a statement on Thursday.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:55 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bird collected in Morton tests postive for West Nile

More birds with West Nile Virus are popping up in Tazewell County. The county’s Health Department previously reported disease-positive birds in Delevan, Pekin, and Washington. It most recently collected a blue jay with the virus in Morton. The disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.

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Peoria Public Radio News
11:38 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Peoria County Sheriff's Office warning of new scam

The Peoria County Sheriff’s office is warning residents of a new scam. The department says people are receiving calls that they have an active warrant. The caller then gives victims instructions on how to pay the warrants. The Sheriff’s Office says it never makes calls about warrants and they must be taken care of in-person. Residents receiving these calls are encouraged to call the County Sheriff’s Office.  

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tesla's Stock Gets Burned After Car Fire And Downgrading

A Tesla Model S at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:26 pm

High-flying billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla Motors has seen its shares skid the past couple days because they've been downgraded by analysts and because of a YouTube clip showing one of the all-electric luxury cars engulfed in flames earlier this week.

Just before noon ET, a share of Tesla was trading around $169.50 — down about 6.5 percent for the day and $25 (13 percent) below its 52-week high of $194.50.

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The Salt
11:22 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How's The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

Brent Gentry of Underground Meats rotates a coppa. Underground Meats is behind a new project that aims to lower the barrier to entry for would-be artisanal meat producers by making it easier for them to craft food safety plans.
Emily Julka Courtesy of Underground Meats

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:45 pm

With the current bloom of artisanal small-batch producers across the country, you'd think that all you need to start up a new food business is a good idea and a lot of gumption. And for the most part, that's true. But when it comes to artisanal producers working with meat, you also need something else: a Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points plan. Or, if you will, a HACCP.

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Peoria Public Radio News
10:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Peoria police seek person of interest in homicide

Police police say they are looking for a person of interest in the death of a 47-year old Peoria bar owner. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says an autopsy shows Todd Scholl died prior to the fire in a downtown storage area where his body was found. Ingersoll says Scholl sustained multiple stab wounds. He owns two bars, Berlin and Diesel, on Main Street. Toxicology test results are pending.

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The Government Shutdown
10:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Without Key Jobs Data, Markets And Economists Left Guessing

JPMorgan Chase trader Frederick Reimer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The government's monthly jobs numbers won't be released as scheduled Friday, leaving financial markets without key data to evaluate the economy.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:32 pm

Stock investors and business journalists unite each month for one shared, suspenseful moment — the 8:30 a.m. release of the Labor Department's employment report.

The unveiling of the report — so rich with data on job creation, unemployment, wages and hours — can be counted upon to set off a tsunami of tweets. Economists jump in with instant analysis and politicians fire off press releases with reactions.

That market-moving report was due this Friday.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast

The storm track forecast for Karen.
National Hurricane Center, Miami

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:07 pm

Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph, but was expected to speed up.

Forecasters say it will make landfall in the U.S. either Saturday or Sunday.

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