Peoria Public Radio News
5:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

East Peoria Caterpillar campus reopens

  Employees of Caterpillar’s East Peoria Campus return to work starting with the third shift Sunday. The facility has been close since last Sunday when the Illinois River was rising toward the an all time record flood level.The company is planning to notify employees who need to return to work before the third shift Sunday.

The Employee hotline  (1-877-336-5569)  is also available for East Peoria Caterpillar Campus workers needing more information.

  

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Around the Nation
5:05 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Making Room: Can Smaller Apartments Help New York City Grow?

Some housing experts say New York's zoning code has discouraged the building of affordable housing by requiring that all apartments be at least 400 square feet. The city is interested in finding ways to rewrite the rules.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:16 pm

New York City is notoriously crowded, and it's only getting more so. The city estimates it will have 1 million more people by the year 2030, many of them single. Where to place all these newcomers is a major challenge.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced plans to put up an experimental building of micro-apartments that could be replicated throughout the city. And the Museum of the City of New York is looking at ways to make better use of the city's housing stock.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:35 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Financial restructuring could save stadium

Owners of Peoria Chief’s Stadium are working on a financial restructuring for the struggling ball park. It consists of three parts: new owner investments, revenue from local corporations including Caterpillar and Bradley University, and debt forgiveness. That means a bank loan reduction and the city of Peoria forgiving one point two million in bond debt. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it’s important for the city to support the park because not many communities Peoria’s size  have a farm team for a major league team. He says seeing the stadium shutdown would not be good for the city.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jump Trading Simulation Center now open

OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria have opened a new center that will allow medical students, doctors and nurses to train side by side.

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:22 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Peoria's March unemployment rate rises

The Peoria area has the third largest not seasonally adjusted March unemployment rates in the state. Eight point nine percent of the regional population reported being unemployed. Not seasonally adjusted data is a comparison of the same month the previous year. The rate increased nearly one percent compared to last March. 

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It's All Politics
3:22 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Max Baucus Says He Was Montana's 'Hired Hand' On Gun Vote

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is trailed by reporters Monday on Capitol Hill after announcing that he'll retire in 2014.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:16 pm

Longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year, ending four decades in Congress and leaving as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with Baucus Thursday about his recent vote against expanded gun background checks, his role in negotiations over President Obama's health care legislation, efforts to remake tax policy, and the legions of his former staffers now populating lobbying shops.

Background Checks

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Shots - Health News
3:13 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Researchers Find Hormone That Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

A microscopy image of a rat pancreas shows the insulin-making cells in green.
Masur Wikimedia.org

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 4:04 pm

The work is only in mice so far, but it sure is intriguing.

A newly found hormone revs up production of cells that make insulin — the very kind that people with advanced diabetes lack.

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The Salt
2:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Courtesy of Kazuki Yamamoto

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:48 pm

Clovers? Hearts? That's small fries, guys. It's time you met The Cat:

That 3-D creation is the work of Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto. The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam.

From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth ...

... to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters ...

Yamamoto's art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Still In The Middle Class, But Standing On A Banana Peel

Most U.S. workers fit snugly into the middle class, but they worry a lot about falling out of it, according to a poll released Thursday.

After years of watching home prices slide and job creation stall, 6 in 10 Americans say they fear tumbling from the middle class in the next few years, the Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll suggests.

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The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Have You Seen Me? Giant Styrofoam Head Found

A floating head was discovered by the Marist College men's crew team this week in the Hudson River.
Tyler Sawyer, Marist College Facebook

Crew members from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., were out practicing on the Hudson River this week when they were surprised by a gigantic head floating toward them.

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