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In the Tri States
In the Tri States
In The Tri States - May 2011
(wium) - A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from May 2011.

The month started with the news that a team of Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed terrorist Osama bin Laden. Reporter Jim Lenz spoke with a Western Illinois University professor who studies homeland security to get his thoughts on whether bin Laden's death will reduce the threat of international terrorism.

Macomb's new mayor was sworn in on May 2. Keokuk aldermen chose the city's new fire chief on May 5. Members of a National Guard unit from Macomb were welcomed home on May 14 after a one year deployment in the Middle East.

A committee recommended the Avon, Abingdon, and Bushnell-Prairie City school districts consolidate, and the Lee County Board agreed to consolidate some of the county's day-to-day operations.

The Illinois General Assembly sent the governor the state's new budget along with a bill to allow electric rate hikes. The stalemate between Iowa Senate Democrats and the Republican governor continued through the entire month.

News Director Rich Egger shared a Civil War story of love and hardship, told through the letters between a husband and wife. Reporter Jason Parrott produced an audio postcard from a special Civil War ceremony held at the Keokuk National Cemetery.

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