Cass Herrington

News Producer

Cass Herrington is a News Producer and Announcer for WCBU Public Radio. Previously, she reported for Tri-State Public Media in Evansville, Ind. where she covered local news and hosted a weekly news magazine. Herrington has received awards for her coverage of news and culture, including the designations of best reporter by the Associated Press Broadcaster's Association in both Indiana and Kentucky. In 2015, she received a national Edward R. Murrow in the news documentary category. A Kentucky native, Herrington graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, international studies and Spanish. During her junior year, she studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also interned for the Associated Press. When she's not reporting, she enjoys rock climbing, Pilates and cooking. 

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Medical researchers Peoria have documented how a hormone found in mammals works to suppress inflammatory pain.

 

The study, led by the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria found the hormone oxytocin directly targets and blocks specific pain-sensing receptors. The so-called “love hormone,” is secreted naturally and is known for its bonding effect on couples.

 

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The new AmeriCorps program in Peoria is officially off the ground and ready to take on some of the city’s most pressing challenges.

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Students in Illinois are preparing for the new school year. And school districts that rely on state aid for operating are still hoping the first payment arrives as scheduled, August 10th.

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Update (12:30pm): Information gathered this morning from human remains is “consistent” with that of Robert Bee, the missing boy from Pekin.

But the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is quick to point out that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing confirms a match.

The Sheriff’s office says a forensic pathologist's examination this morning determined that based on the skeletal and dental remains, it could be Robert Bee.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police, are continuing the investigation.

This story is developing. Continue to check back for updates.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are working to identify skeletal remains found Monday afternoon in South Pekin. 


Peoria’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is off the chopping block.

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A man who died in the fire last month at Glen Oak Tower in Peoria was asleep, when a lit cigarette incinerated his couch and the rest of his one-bedroom apartment.

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About 90 people representing 35 countries became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Peoria, on Fri.

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A republican and democratic member of the Illinois congressional delegation are encouraging a “wait and see” approach to Syria, after last night’s US missile strikes.

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A 74-year-old Peoria man returns to prison in Galesburg this evening, but he could be freed later this spring if a judge believes new evidence proves his innocence.

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A US District judge has ordered the former owner of four Peoria-area gas stations to pay $1.5 million and serve 21 months in prison.

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Multiple Federal Law Enforcement agencies executed search warrants at three Caterpillar offices today. Federal agents entered Caterpillar’s World Headquarters Building on South West Adams St. in Peoria, Building AD in East Peoria and the Morton offices. The identical search warrants allowed the federal government to seize a wide range of documents, hardware and software related to the movement of any products between the U.S. and Switzerland, specifically the Swiss Subsidiary Caterpillar known as CSARL.

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Attorneys for Cleve Heidelberg are celebrating the seven hours of testimony yesterday as “an accomplishment.” Four separate witnesses were called to testify Tues. in Judge Albert Purham’s courtroom in the Peoria County Building.

Saying Farewell to Statesmen Bob Michel

Feb 17, 2017
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The longest-serving US House minority leader died this morning. Bob Michel was 93.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found in a Peoria hospital bathroom but the coroner says it appears he died as a result of a broken neck. 

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The city of Morton is touted as the “pumpkin capital of the world” because Libby’s is based there. Libby’s holds the title because it dominates the U.S. production of canned pumpkin. But last year’s crop was devastated by heavy summer rains, too early in the growing season. Farmers reported yield losses as high as 90%. Peoria Public Radio’s Cass Herrington visited a 100-year-old family farm to see how it’s faring this year:

 

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Bradley University ranks in the top ten for student engagement in a Wall Street Journal survey of colleges nationwide. Bradley is tied for sixth in the nation for student engagement among all schools and tied for first among non-religious affiliated schools. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education co-sponsored the rankings that incorporate results from a survey of 100-thousand college students.

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Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is headlining a campaign fundraising event in Peoria next week.

An invitation obtained by Peoria Public Radio says the 34-year-old businesswoman will meet constituents during a luncheon Wed. in an undisclosed location. The invite says the location will be released to those who register for the minimum $500 per person luncheon.

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The Washington Police Department and Tazewell County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of a 37-year-old woman found on the Wood Street Bicycle Trail Tues.

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A man armed with a semi-automatic rifle held up a Circle K store in Peoria Wed.

The suspect emptied the cash drawer and fled the scene. The robbery took place around noon at the station, located at the intersection of Knoxville and Lake Ave.

Peoria police are still searching for the suspect, described as a man in his 20s. He was wearing all black with a gray handkerchief around his face during the time of the incident, according to police scanner traffic.

Health officials are issuing a West Nile Virus warning after a dead bird tested positive in Tazewell County.

  Human cases of the disease are rare, but the Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to take precautions, especially since recent temperatures have been more favorable for outdoor activity.

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, and headaches. On average only one in five people infected show symptoms.

The Peoria County Board of Election wants residents to know they might be receiving a voter registration form from a Chicago based group.

Retired Caterpillar CEO Glen Barton and his wife Polly are making an undisclosed seven figure gift to Bradley University for the school’s proposed Business and Engineering Convergence Center.

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Donald Trump’s rise to presumptive Republican presidential nominee seemingly has an unintended side effect on the Democratic Party. It’s motivating more Democrats to run for public office.

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The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is expanding its efforts to increase the number of startup companies in the area. It’s preparing to launch a shared workspace stocked with equipment like welders, lasers, and sewing machines.

 

The concept aims to provide entrepreneurs a space to create prototypes or perfect their product before taking it to market. EDC CEO Jennifer Daly says, when you put skilled workers together in one space, magic happens.

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Updated at 12:00 PM

The Peoria International Airport was on heightened alert Thursday morning, after TSA officials found a suspicious package, before 7am.  

A TSA screener x-ray showed what appeared to be three sticks of dynamite and a mason jar filled with liquid, in an unmarked checked bag, the Peoria County Sheriff said.

The sticks were actually dog toys that belong to 38 year-old Michelle Davidson who reports using them in security training.  

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A new duplex in the East Bluff is a step forward for the neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. That was the theme of a ribbon cutting Tuesday,  attended by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, 3rd District City Councilman Jim Riggenbach and representatives from several nonprofit organizations. 

45-year-old Erin Flaherty moved into the duplex at  in December. She was previously living in a nursing home.

"And I was looking for affordable housing. It’s hard in Peoria to find something in a good neighborhood," Flaherty said. "I’m very proud to live here.”

Roundup of Presidential Campaign Events, Ahead of Tuesday's Primary

Mar 14, 2016
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Presidential candidates are making final swings through Illinois ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Amanda Vinicky has a roundup of the weekend campaigning and a preview of what's still to come.

Ted Cruz Barnstorming Throughout Illinois 

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to speak at the Peoria Civic Center Monday at 4:30pm. Cruz' visit is one of several scheduled in Illinois throughout the day. He also has rallies scheduled in Springfield, Decatur, Glen Ellyn and Rockford. 

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A former assistant for President Ronald Reagan says none of the current GOP presidential candidates can be likened to “The Great Communicator.” 

The Dunlap School board unanimously approved a balanced fiscal 2016 budget during Wednesday's meeting. Expenditures in the district’s educational fund is up slightly to accommodate higher enrollment and more staff. Director of Business Services Karen Beverlin says enrollment has increased on average about 2.3 percent a year since 2001.

Peoria Police ID suspect in recent homicide

Jul 23, 2015
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Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a murder of a 25-year-old South Side resident earlier this month.  They say 22-year-old Darren D. Brown is wanted for first degree murder in the shooting death of Nikko Smith.  He's 165 lbs, six-foot with black hair and brown eyes. Earlier in the week police said that the latest string of homicides did not appear to be gang-related.