Podcasts: Morning Newswatch Podcasts

Morning Newswatch Podcasts

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An Open-House Discussing High-Speed Rail on 3rd Street

IDOT’s Joe Schacter joins Alex Degman to talk about the forum, being held Tuesday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Springfield Hilton to go over the plans.

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Springfield School Board Member Scott MacFarland

MacFarland joins WTAX’s Alex Degman to update us on the superintendent search — it’s almost over, and the public should get involved at a forum this week.

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The Third Annual First Congregational UCC Cookie Walk

Pounds of cookies to benefit a local church that needs help? I’m not sure there’s a downside here.

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Steward Sandstrom talks Springfield Unemployment

Sandstrom talks with WTAX’s Alex Degman about what looks to be a pretty good report.

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The Small Business Administration is here to Help

Ray Harbour of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance explains why she’s here and what tornado victims should know.

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A CBS News Special Report — Nelson Mandela, Dead at 95

CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv anchors a special tribute to Mandela, who died in his home near Johannesburg.

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Springfield Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin

McMenamin joins WTAX’s Alex Degman to offer his opinions on the sudden resignation of acting corporation counsel John Mehlick, whom McMenamin has been critical of.

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What’s Going On at City Hall?

The shakeups continue at Municipal Center West

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Ask the Mayor — 12/04/2013

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston joins Alex Degman and WTAX’s Kirk Farah for this month’s segment.

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AFSCME Council 31 Deputy Director Roberta Lynch

Lynch joins WTAX’s Alex Degman to talk about what she says is a terrible pension deal. Plus, are there parallels between the City of Detroit’s pension crisis and the state of Illinois’?

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Ill. U.S. Senate Candidates Disagree on ISIS Strategy

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says no to sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq, but his Republican opponent in the Senate race says they shouldn’t have left in the first place.

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2014 Crop Harvest: Great Yields, Low Prices

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The 2014 crop year might be best remembered as a year of great yields and short prices.

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Springfield Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Hiding Gun

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A Springfield man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting he tried to hide a gun used in a fatal shooting.

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No Lame Duck Tax Increase, Says Rauner

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Rauner does not want repeat of 2011

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Reverse Agriculture Trade Mission Kicks Off in Auburn

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Illinois attracts international tourists. They are easy to spot along Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Downstate farm fields, not so much – except for this week.