Economy
4:40 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

East Peoria launches new farmer’s market

It’s officially Summer, and East Peoria held a ribbon cutting to launch its new farmer’s market.  The market will be held in the Levee District every Friday from 3 to 6 through September.  Rick Swan is the executive director of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce. He says more people should come to the market because it’s now held in the new downtown’s pedestrian area:

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Peoria Public Radio News
4:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Peoria gets a new Public Works Director

Mike Rogers

  The first day of summer brought with it a new Public Works Director for the City of Peoria. Mike Rogers has been the Assistant Director of Public Works in San Antonio, Texas and is a Michigan native. He says his priorities include transparency and strategic planning.  “When you look at the cost of services, gas prices are high, material prices are high and labor costs are going up. But our budgets aren’t necessarily going up at that same rate,” Rogers says.

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Octogenarian Heir To Astor Fortune Begins Prison Term

Anthony Marshall, the son of the late New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, leaves court in 2009 after his sentencing hearing.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:36 pm

Anthony Marshall, the 89-year-old heir to the Brooke Astor fortune, is heading to prison in New York after exhausting appeals in his 2009 conviction for defrauding his famous mother.

A judge in Manhattan ordered Marshall to begin serving the one- to three-year prison term on charges that he exploited his philanthropist mother's ailing mental health to loot her millions. She died in 2007 at the age of 105.

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The Salt
2:44 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:18 pm

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Hemmings Great Race to stop in Peoria

The Peoria Riverfront is a lunch stop for the 2013 Hemmings Great Race Monday. The annual road rally starts Saturday in St. Paul Minnesota, and features 100 participants with vintage cars and trucks. Drivers, including Peoria native Richard McKone, are converging on the Gateway Building around Noon Monday for a lunch break before heading to Hannibal, Missouri. The public is invited to greet the drivers as they arrive, and look at the antique cars on display. 

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The Summer of '63
2:24 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music. These days, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart is the head of a major marketing firm, but in the 1950s and '60s, he was a popular DJ in Birmingham, Ala.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

James Comey Nominated To Be New FBI Director

President Obama speaks Friday during a news conference to announce his nomination of James Comey to become FBI director.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama has formally nominated James Comey, a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director. If he's confirmed by the Senate, Comey will replace outgoing director Robert Mueller, who has held the post since 2001.

Comey is best-known for his actions in 2004 when he rushed to the hospital bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft to keep Bush aides from reauthorizing a warrantless-wiretapping program. Comey has described the incident as the most difficult night of his career.

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Commentary
1:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Calling It 'Metadata' Doesn't Make Surveillance Less Intrusive

Andrey Kuzmin iStockphoto.com

"This is just metadata. There is no content involved." That was how Sen. Dianne Feinstein defended the NSA's blanket surveillance of Americans' phone records and Internet activity. Before those revelations, not many people had heard of metadata, the term librarians and programmers use for the data that describes a particular document or record it's linked to.

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky

A "supermoon" rises in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2011.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The largest full moon of the year will grace the night sky Sunday as our nearest neighbor in space makes its closest approach.

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The Two-Way
12:48 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Report: U.K. Spy Agency Taps Trans-Atlantic Fiber Optic Cables

The drip-drip of classified information has now moved overseas: Citing more classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, The Guardian newspaper reports that the British spy agency taps into trans-Atlantic fiber optic cables, sucking up vast amounts of data that includes communication sent by Americans and Britons.

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