Iowa’s Teen Drivers May Have to Jump Through More Hoops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s teen drivers would face tougher rules under a bill that passed the Senate.  

Senators approved the legislation in a 41-8 vote Wednesday. Under the plan from Democratic Senator Tod Bowman, drivers under the age of 18 would need to hold a learner’s permit for a full year before getting a license. Teen drivers also would not be able to transport more than one unrelated minor, unless they are with a parent, guardian or driving instructor, for the first six months they hold a license. Parents could sign a waiver so the passenger rules would not apply to their kids. Continue Reading

Beavers help contain fuel spill, recover slowly

Talk about unlikely heroes. A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline. The beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Continue Reading

Beavers play key role in Utah fuel spill recovery-efforts

Talk about unlikely heroes. A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline. The beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Continue Reading

Protesters march against Chicago school closures

Hundreds of teachers, parents and opponents have marched through downtown Chicago, vowing to fight a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools. Wednesday’s march came as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s insisted he’s done negotiating and the closures are a done deal. Emanuel and schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett say closures in the nation’s third-largest district are necessary because CPS faces a $1 billion budget shortfall and has too many schools that are half-empty and failing academically. The closures are expected to save $560 million over 10 years in capital costs and $43 million per year in operating costs. About 30,000 students would be affected. Continue Reading

Georgia woman's lost camera washes ashore in Taiwan

A Georgia woman has been reunited with her camera and photos after the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Hawaii washed ashore in Taiwan. Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive. Scallan tells WGCL-TV she recently got a Facebook message from a high school friend saying his wife found an article on a Hawaiian television station’s website about a lost camera. Scallan says a China Airlines employee found the camera and says all the images were still on the memory card. The airline has offered to pay for Scallan to travel to Taiwan to retrieve her camera and meet the man who found it. Continue Reading

Police say bodies found near Florida golf course were of a mother and daughter

Police say two bodies found near a Tallahassee golf course were those of a woman who shot her young daughter and herself. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified them as 22-year-old Jenna Porter and 3-year-old Scarlett Porter. Golfers found their bodies early Tuesday evening at Hilaman Golf Course. The golfers called 911 and stayed on the scene until deputies arrived. The sheriff’s office says the mother and daughter lived in an apartment complex close to where their bodies were found. Continue Reading

Men’s Soccer: U.S. National Team Earns Draw In Mexico

THE UNITED STATES MEN’S SOCCER TEAM EARNED A CRUCIAL DRAW TUESDAY NIGHT AGAINST MEXICO…  

THE AMERICANS NEEDED A SOLID EFFORT IN THE WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCH AGAINST MEXICO TUESDAY IN MEXICO CITY… AND THE U.S. DELIVERED, EARNING A 0-0 TIE AGAINST THE MEXICANS… THE DRAW MARKED ONLY THE SECOND TIME THAT THE U.S. HAD EARNED A TIE IN A WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCH PLAYED IN MEXICO.  

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NHL: Blackhawks Win, Blues Lose

THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFEATED THE CALGARY FLAMES TUESDAY…  

GOALIE RAY EMERY PITCHED A SHUTOUT AS THE HAWKS BEAT CALGARY 2-TO-NOTHING TUESDAY NIGHT… IN OTHER N-H-L ACTION, EDMONTON BEAT ST. LOUIS 3-0…   Continue Reading

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Women’s College Hoops: Iowa Falls To Notre Dame

THE SEASON IS OVER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM…  

THE LADY HAWKEYES LOST TO NOTRE DAME 74-57 TUESDAY NIGHT IN IOWA CITY TO END THEIR N-C-A-A TOURNAMENT RUN. THE FIGHTING IRISH HAVE NOW WON 28 GAMES IN A ROW, DATING BACK TO EARLY DECEMBER. NOTRE DAME ADVANCES TO THE REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL ROUND ON SUNDAY.  

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL –

NORTHERN IOWA BEAT BRADLEY 90-77 TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE COLLEGE-INSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT… Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday March 27th

Dorothy Maxine Harwood, 74, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born October 3, 1938 in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of Jesse Edward and Sarah Jane Beghtol Land.  On June 5, 1954 she married Harold Franklin Harwood Sr. they were later divorced.  He died October of 1997. She was a nurse at Burlington Medical Center and Burlington Care Center and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Montrose, Iowa. Dorothy enjoyed nursing the old fashioned way with care and concern.  While studying to be a nurse she achieved high grades.  She liked reading the Bible, mystery novels and watching westerns on TV.  She enjoyed the game backgammon, sewing and crocheting.  The family was in trouble if they ran out of chocolate milk. She is survived by two sons, Harold Harwood and William Harwood, both of Burlington, Iowa; three daughters, Vicky (Pedro) Maestro of Montrose, Iowa, Marian Shaver of Burlington, Iowa and Marsha Darlene (Wayne) Metz of Ft. Madison, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; one brother John V. Land of Revere, Missouri; five sisters, Martha Janette Roberts and Barbara Peterson, both of Ft. Continue Reading