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New “Choose Life” Iowa License Plates

If you ordered a “Choose Life” Iowa license plate, you’ll be hearing from your local county treasurer soon because the plates have arrived. On the left side of the plate, there is a crayon drawing of two children. Underneath it, in a crayon font, are the words “Choose Life”. The plates are available at all county offices across Iowa. You can also order them online. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday June 12th

Terry Lee Staats    Age 49    of Mount Pleasant’
Died    Monday 6/10/13    at    Great River Medical Center,    West Burlington
Wife:    Toni Staats    Mount Pleasant    IA
Parents Father and Step Mother – William “Bill” (Jean) Staats of Burlington, IA
Mother and Step Father – Bonnie (Henry) Schnedler of Burlington, IA
Father and Mother-in-Law – Thomas and Kathy Watts of Burlington, IA
Jacob Ryan Staats Burlington
Kyle David Mitchell Washington
Trevor Staats Mount Pleasant
Daughter    Kaylan Lee Mitchell    Mount Pleasant    IA
3    Grandchildren
Sister    Deb (Lonnie) Scheitlin    Burlington, IA
Sister    Pam (William) Jones    Wadley, AL
Sister    Brenda (Rob Schadt) Staats    Salem, IA
Sister    Kim (Jeff) Nehring    New London, IA
Brother    William Staats, Jr.    Oakville, IA
Brother    Randy (Carol) Thompkin    Grandview, IA
Brother    Lonnie (Suzanne) Staats    Mount Pleasant, IA
Brother    Barry (Julie) Staats    Sperry, IA
Brother    Kenneth (Shelley) Agnew    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Josh (Megan) Agnew    New London, IA
Visitation Noon until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th, at Lunning Chapel
The family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14th, at Lunning Chapel.  

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90G jewel thief hits New York's Tiffany

A dapper thief made a fast break from Tiffany after swiping two necklaces worth $90,000 from a counter at the jeweler’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue. The crook, clad in a suit and tie and swinging an umbrella in his hand, asked to see two diamond necklaces last Friday at 3 p.m., police said. A clerk laid the pieces on the counter and turned away while the man looked over the pricey baubles. Surveillance video caught the crook casually leaning on the counter on one elbow until the worker walked away. He then scooped up the jewels and fled. Continue Reading

Group wants to knit cover for Pa. Warhol bridge

Andy Warhol’s art doesn’t often conjure warm and fuzzy images — but a proposed tribute to him just might. An arts group wants to cover a downtown Pittsburgh bridge named for Warhol with knitted blankets. Allegheny County Council must sign off on the plan. But if it goes forward, the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh will use machine-knitted blankets to cover the bridge’s towering superstructure while individual blankets knitted by more than 1,200 volunteers will be used to cover its walkways. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( hopes to cover the bridge in mid-August and leave the blankets in place for about a month. Continue Reading

Opening statements begin in Bulger trial in Boston

Opening statements have begun in the long-awaited racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Boston. A federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that Bulger was at the center of “murder and mayhem” in Boston for almost 30 years. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and ’80s as the violent leader of the Winter Hill Gang. His lawyers plan to attack the credibility of the prosecution’s star witnesses, three former Bulger cohorts who have turned into government witnesses and implicated him in the killings and a host of other crimes. The now-83-year-old Bulger was one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives when he fled Boston in 1994 on a tip he was about to be indicted. Continue Reading

Czechs present bicycle that can fly

Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight. Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 95 kilograms (209 pounds). It has two battery-power propellers in the front, two in the back and one each on the sides. Continue Reading

2 men arrested after missing Indiana teen found dead in body of water

A southwestern Indiana police chief said late Tuesday that a 19-year-old woman whose body was found a few days after she vanished apparently died from asphyxiation. Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said family members identified the body found Monday as that of Katelyn Wolfe, who went missing after apparently posting on Facebook that she was being followed. Indiana conservation officers recovered Wolfe’s body from a body of water in rural Sullivan County, Jerrell said. Two men were being held in connection with her death. Jordan W. Buskirk, 26, and Randal E. Crosley, 25, were arrested Monday night on preliminary charges of murder. Continue Reading

Branstad, Dem and GOP Lawmakers to Witness PropTax Reform Bill Signing

Iowa’s Republican governor and legislators from both parties will gather later today (Wednesday) to witness the signing of legislation that cuts taxes for property owners and income taxpayers. 


The bill signing ceremony will be staged in Hiawatha, the home of Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, and Governor Terry Branstad says it’s a way of giving Paulsen “credit” for his work on the tax package.   The governor has invited Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal to the event and Gronstal’s been invited to make a brief speech for the occasion, too. The bill includes a new tax credit for commercial property owners as well as a 10 percent roll-back of commercial property tax rates over the next two years. Property taxes on apartments and other “multi-residential” properties will eventually be cut in half. The legislation creates a new income tax credit that returns some of the state budget surplus to taxpayers. It’ll be worth about 60 dollars next year. Continue Reading

Fire near Colorado Springs burns homes

A wildfire in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs is burning homes, and evacuations have been ordered. Video from a helicopter shows homes in a heavily wooded area burning Tuesday. The Black Forest Fire is one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. The Bureau of Land Management says a fire burning on an estimated 200 acres south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and the Arkansas River has led to the evacuation of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park near Canon City. Park spokeswoman Peggy Gair tells The Gazette ( ) several hundred people have been evacuated at the park. Continue Reading

Connecticut woman charged with fatally running over ex with car

A Connecticut woman has been charged with murder after police said she ran down her ex-boyfriend with her car and crushed him against a cinder-block garage wall. Cherelle Baldwin of Bridgeport was arraigned on a murder charge in state court in the death of 24-year-old Jeffrey Brown, the father of her toddler son. Baldwin, 21, was detained on $1 million bail. She was arrested Monday after a three-week investigation. Baldwin’s relatives defended her actions Tuesday, saying Brown choked her with a belt and she drove at him May 18 to try to save her life. Continue Reading