University of Iowa Receives Grant From EPA

The University of Iowa  in Iowa City will receive a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for their study “Sources and Radiative Properties of Organosulfates in the Atmosphere”. The EPA partners with NSF, NOAA and Climate and Air Quality Research to provide the grant. Today the EPA announced more than $4.3 million in grants to 13 institutions to study and improve our understanding of how certain organic compounds form in the atmosphere. Research performed by the people who receive these grants will help the federal government improve it’s air quality management systems and climate change models. The University of Iowa’s research project amount is $300,000. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday June 5th

Robert C. Matsch    Age 88
Died Monday 6/3/13    at his home
Wife: Margaret “Marg” Matsch    Burlington    IA
William (Peggy) Matsch
Richard (Lib) Matsch
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6th, at Bethany Lutheran Church
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery
Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  

Larry Burger, 79, of Montrose, died at 4:48 PM Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born June 30, 1933, in Lake Okoboji, IA, he was the son of Frank and Eunice Ward Burger.  

He enjoyed gardening, music, and fishing.  

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Tweedy of Fort Madison, IA; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Burger, Angela Tweedy, and Mike Tweedy;  four great-grandchildren, Eliot, Logan, Brian, and Mike; one brother, Paul Burger of Las Vegas, NV; one sister, Birdelle Candella of St. Continue Reading

Report: US hasn't seen expected 'Great Recovery'

An economic forecast says the country’s expected “Great Recovery” hasn’t materialized and the economy’s fallen short of even normal growth. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/13ESjj3 ) reports the gloomy picture appears in the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released Wednesday. It says that real gross domestic product growth — the inflation-adjusted value of goods and services produced — is well below the 3-percent growth trend of past recoveries. The forecast says the country isn’t creating enough good jobs. However, the forecast also says a housing market recovery should boost the GDP over the next two years and bring down unemployment, falling to 6.9 percent next year. Continue Reading

Florida man arrested for firing gun after watching Hitler documentary

An Okaloosa County man has been charged with firing his gun after watching a documentary on Adolf Hitler. A sheriff’s office report says 28-year-old Joseph Ryan Dobson was arrested Tuesday. He’s charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. It’s not immediately known if he has an attorney. Authorities say Dobon pointed a gun at his fiance and a friend after watching the video. Continue Reading

Texas man accidentally fires gun, kills 13-year-old stepsister

Authorities say a North Texas girl has died on her 13th birthday after being accidentally shot by her 19-year-old stepbrother. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened Tuesday night at a home near Joshua as the man was removing ammunition from his gun. The girl was transported to a Fort Worth hospital where she died. The Tarrant County medical examiner on Wednesday identified the victim as Emilee Bates. Sheriff Bob Alford says the girl’s death has been classified as an accident and no charges are pending. Continue Reading

TV news crew attacked in RI while reporting story

A Rhode Island TV station says a woman threw a rock, waved a baseball bat and urged her dogs to attack a news crew reporting on a kindergarten graduation party shooting. WLNE-TV (http://bit.ly/11hru1i ) reports that its cameraman and reporter were on a street and seeking to speak with the mother of a victim after a teenage boy turned himself in to police. The girl was shot in the back and is recovering. Video shows the mother, Melissa Lawrence, throwing a rock at them, wielding a baseball bat, screaming “Get away from me,” and then directing her two pit bulls to attack them. The dogs are shown biting reporter Abbey Niezgoda (niz-GOH’-dah) on her forearm. Continue Reading

New York girl hospitalized after classmate accidentally set hair on fire

A Brooklyn girl is recovering after a sixth-grader accidentally set her hair on fire while playing with a lighter. CBS New York says the 14-year-old girl was in serious but stable condition Tuesday with burns on her head and neck. Other students said the boy tried desperately to put out the fire. He later apologized profusely on Facebook. It happened on the Bildersee Playground near Intermediate School 68 in Flatlands. Continue Reading

Republican Rauner Joins Already-Large IL Gov. Field

 CHICAGO (AP) _ Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner says he’s
running for Illinois governor in 2014.  
 In a video posted on his website, Rauner says Illinois is in a financial mess. He says the state needs a political outsider to fix things.  
 Rauner will face state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) in the GOP
primary. Republican Sens. Continue Reading

Old Man River Breaks Missouri Levees; Illinois and Missouri Rivers Also Being Closely Watched

 ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Mississippi River has busted through a couple of levees
near St. Louis, and is threatening to turn a tiny southeast Missouri town into
an island. Meanwhile, the Illinois River is creating headaches in several small
western Illinois towns.  
 Heavy rain last week caused a sudden rise in the Mississippi, the Missouri, the
Illinois and several smaller rivers. Continue Reading

New Pakistani Prime Minister, Sharif, Sworn In

 ISLAMABAD (AP) _ Pakistan’s newly-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif
has been sworn into office. Lawmakers earlier in the day elected Sharif by a wide margin as was expected, following his party’s victory in the May 11 parliament elections. During a speech shortly after his election,
Sharif vowed to improve the country’s ailing economy and called for an end to
American drone strikes. Continue Reading