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Gov Daniels next President at Purdue ?

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  -  Purdue University officials plan to vote on a candidate for the school’s next president this week – and WISH-TV has learned Gov. Mitch Daniels is the candidate in question.

The Purdue Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m.today ( Thursday) in Steward Center’s Loeb Playhouse to vote on a nominee to be the school’s 12th president. Several sources close to the proceedings tells WISH-TV that the nominee is Daniels. After the vote, the president-elect will be introduced, the school said in a news release.

Daniels' office had no comment Tuesday afternoon. However, sources with connections to both Purdue and the governor said it's a done deal.

It will be one more title for Daniels to add to a varied career that has included such posts as president of the Hudson Institute and vice president of Eli Lilly and Co., as well as White House political director and White House budget director.

Daniels is likely to complete his term as governor, while Purdue appoints an interim president WISH-TV political reporter Jim Shella said.

{Source:  WISH-TV}


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Settlers Trail Wind Turbine Damaged in Iroquois County

SHELDON — E.On Climate & Renewables North America is investigating a weekend damage report to a wind turbine near Sheldon in Iroquois County.

The damaged turbine was found at the Settlers Trail wind farm operation, just off Route 24.  What happened is unclear, but a company spokesman said “it’s a rare incident for us.”  Matt Tulis said the lone turbine had a blade that seems to have peeled back and bent over.  Part of the balde and other debris was laying in the field.

No other turbines were damaged.  There was heavy rain and wind reported overnight Saturday, but no other weather-related damage was reported and no other turbines were affected.

There are just under 100 turbines that make up the Settlers Trail wind farm operation near Sheldon.

The Settlers Trail Wind Farm was built last spring and is the second operational wind farm in Illinois for E.On. The firm also completed its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton last fall.

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Kankakee Man Serious Wounded in Shooting

Kankakee Police report a 21-year-old man was in serious condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood after being shot in neck early Monday morning.  It happened in the in the 500 block of South Poplar Avenue in Kankakee..

A press release indicated the shooting was sparked by a dispute in the  backyard of the Poplar Avenue residence.

Police said they have a "person of interest" and are attempting to locate this individual for questioning.

Witnesses are still being question.


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Rain, Lightning Batters Kankakee County; Football Game Postponed

River Valley Senior Bowl Re-Scheduled Tonight; 94.1 FM to Broadcast

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in parts of Kankakee County Saturday night.  Doppler radar indicated up seven inches hit areas of Momence, prompting Flash Flood Warnings and forcing barricades to be put in place.

Law enforcement officials reported extensive flash flooding that affected parts of Bradley, Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Momence, Aroma Park and Grant Park.  Several roads were impassable.

The lighting that preceded the heavy rain forced the delay and then postponement of the 2nd Annual River Valley Senior Bowl football game at Olivet Nazarene University.  The 7 pm contest, featuring area high school seniors, is re-set for this evening at Olivet’s Ward Field.  WGFA radio, 94.1 FM, will be there for tonight’s action.


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Two Soldiers Die in Afghanistan Blast

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A 25-year-old combat engineer from Michigan and a 20-year-old specialist from Illinois were killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lilly of Flint was part of the 18th Engineer Company from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The Pentagon says Lilly and 20-year-old Spc. Trevor Pinnick of Lawrenceville, Ill., were injured Tuesday in an attack in Kandahar province. Pinnick died that day. Lilly died Thursday on a medical flight to Germany.

Lilly was a Carman Ainsworth High School graduate and also served in Iraq. He's survived by a wife and 3-year-old son.

The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., says Lilly and Pinnick are among three engineers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord killed in Afghanistan within a week.