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Local news stories and features from Peoria Public Radio.

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Just two years after Ernie's Dairy Dream re-opened on Peoria's South Side, the business is looking to pick up and leave the city.

The murder case of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks is back in adult court. 

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Activists from across the world are protesting today in an effort to drive governments to address climate change.

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in connection with yesterday’s stabbing in the North Valley neighborhood. 

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Peoria County Animal Protection Services is offering free cat and kitten adoption through Saturday.

A Peoria police officer was arrested yesterday on domestic battery charges.

The former chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board allegedly engaged in prohibited political activity while heading the agency that regulates gambling. 

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Developer Kim Blickenstaff is adding yet another project to his plate. This may be his biggest yet.

Peoria At-Large Councilman Zach Oyler is trying to submit polygraph readings as evidence in his domestic battery case.

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The past president of the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals spoke Wednesday in Pekin for a National Recovery Month networking luncheon. 

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A recently closed Central Illinois confectionary institution is coming back under new ownership. 

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The intersection of River Road and Camp Street in East Peoria may soon become easier to navigate. 

The East Peoria City Council rolled out the welcome mat for recreational cannabis Tuesday.

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"This American Life" host Ira Glass will appear at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg this Saturday. 

Glass' talk, "Seven Things I've Learned," starts at 7:30 p.m. "This American Life" reaches more than 2.2 million people every week on more than 500 public radio stations across the U.S., including WCBU. Another 2.5 million download the podcast every week. 

Glass began his career at NPR in 1978. He's hosted "This American Life" since 1995. 

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The FDA is weighing a crackdown on flavored vapes as more people are suffering from respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarette usage. Seven people are now reported dead, including one from Illinois. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is honoring the 25th anniversary of a life-saving moment by calling for more people to learn CPR.

The Peoria International Airport is continuing to set new passenger records this year. 

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The truck-tractor driver involved in an accident with a charter bus Monday faces multiple citations. 

The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 39-year-old Daniel Fitzgibbons of Dubuque, Iowa rear-ended a charter bus headed northbound on Interstate 155 near Delavan around 10 a.m. 

Ten of the 29 occupants of the charter bus went to area hospitals to get checked out. None suffered life-threatening injuries. 

A program aimed at helping farmers adapt more environmentally sustainable practices is expanding fast.

The S.T.A.R. program started in Champaign County two years ago. Forty-two other counties are now on board, including Peoria, Mason and Tazewell.

Here’s how it works. Farmers fill out a worksheet to grade their current soil and water conservation practices. Then they send it in.

Bruce Henrikson is the project coordinator. He said many central Illinois farmers don’t initially make the grade. 

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is calling for federal regulators to scrutinize the closure of four coal-burning power plants in Central Illinois.

Rules adopted by the state earlier this year required Vistra Energy to cut 2,000 megawatts of power generation in Illinois to be in compliance.

The Texas energy company announced it close power plants in Havana, Canton, Hennepin and Coffeen by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval. 

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A group of Illinois Democratic lawmakers want to cap insulin prices at $100 per month.

Three Republican candidates have filed to run for the 17th Congressional District. 

East Moline attorney Esther Joy King, U.S. Army veteran Eugene Farrell of Roseville, and Bill Fawell of Galena filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. 

King has made appearances at events throughout the sprawling 17th Congressional District since declaring her candidacy last month. She recently appeared at the Pekin Marigold Festival with the Tazewell County Republicans. 

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The E.D. Edwards coal power plant in Bartonville would close in 2022 as part of the settlement of a 2013 lawsuit filed by several environmental groups. 

The Clean Air Act lawsuit was filed by the Natural Resources Defenses Council, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association. The suit alleged the Bartonville plant repeatedly violated opacity standards for smoke, particularite matter limits, and federal reporting requirements. 

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Work is finally set to begin on the restoration of an iconic Illinois statue.

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It's been about 40 years since the FBI first declassified its cache of documents on Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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A 6-alarm fire at a Pontiac furniture warehouse kept 21 fire departments busy for most of Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has hired the first Latina executive director to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office has reached an $850,000 settlement with a LaSalle County chemical company that dumped thousands of pounds of a likely carcinogen near the Illinois River. 

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in the shooting death of 42-year-old Eddie Wren.

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The Peoria Public Library will host an expert on Illinois-Missouri French Creole history over the weekend.

Dennis Stroughmatt, a native of southeastern Illinois, is one of only about 20 known people left to speak a specific dialect of French Creole once widely spoken in what is now Illinois. 

Stroughmatt's performance folktales and fiddle tunes are meant to inspire Illinoisans to take an interest in the region's history.

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