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“Clean-Up Time” for Mississippi in Burlington

It’s no secret that the Mississippi River is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. That’s why the environmental organization Living Lands and Waters out of East Moline, travels close to 9 months a year on a barge, cleaning up rivers, among other things, to help our environment. The barge they travel on has been docked in Downtown Burlington for a good week now and is ready for the Mississippi River Cleanup this Saturday. Bill Pillger helps organize the Burlington Cleanup and says this event wouldn’t be what it is today without Chad Pregracke, who established Living Lands and Waters… “About 1999, he was clammer. Continue Reading

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Future of Cascade Bridge Looks Bleak

It’s been a question residents have asked the Burlington City Council for years now… When are you going to fix Cascade Bridge? Current Mayor Jim Davidson, who is running again for council, said at Tuesday night’s Candidates Forum, that it’s not going to happen anytime soon… “Seems like 6 years ago when I was sitting here they were asking, what are you going to do with Cascade Bridge? The answer is nothing right now, because we can’t. Continue Reading

Some in Iowa to Lose Food Stamps

Some Iowans are about to lose food stamp benefits because a federal waiver tied to the recession will soon expire. Iowa’s unemployment rate has improved, so starting October 1st, the state will again require able-bodied adults without kids to hold down jobs to qualify for food stamps. Wendy Rickman, the administrator of the program for the Iowa Department of Human Services, says the waiver was a good thing while so many Iowans were jobless. The government is waiving the work requirement for more than six-thousand Iowans right now and Rickman says she’s concerned some who still can’t find work will continue to need food assistance. The U-S House last week passed a bill eliminating the work requirement waivers in the future, regardless of the nation’s unemployment rate. Continue Reading

Local United Way Drive Eclipses 60%

JUST OVER 60 PERCENT OF THIS YEAR’S BURLINGTON-WEST BURLINGTON AREA UNITED WAY GOAL HAS BEEN PLEDGED. THE CAMPAIGN CABINET ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY(WEDS) THAT JUST UNDER 369-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE 610-THOUSAND DOLLAR PLATEAU HAS BEEN PROMISED SO FAR. ONE DIVISION…F.I.R.E….IS AT JUST UNDER 95 PERCENT OF ITS GOAL…TWO OTHERS ARE OVER 75 PERCENT…AND TWO ARE OVER 65 PERCENT. Continue Reading

Two-Thirds of Iowa Management Jobs Are Mens’

There are far more men than women in top management jobs in Iowa according to a new report. The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal advocacy group, released a “State of Women” report on Wednesday. It found men hold two-thirds of managerial jobs in Iowa as top administrators in the public and private sectors. The group also reports a salary gap persists for women. Women in Iowa make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job. Continue Reading

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Newman’s Atty. Seeks New Murder Trial

IT WAS NOT UNEXPECTED AND NOW IT’S OFFICIAL — CHICO NEWMAN WANTS A NEW TRIAL. THE 38-YEAR OLD BURLINGTON MAN WAS CONVICTED RECENTLY OF KILLING HIS WIFE CRYSTAL WITH A SINGLE GUNSHOT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO…AND A DES MOINES COUNTY JURY FOUND HIM GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. NOW, HIS LAWYER…CURTIS DIAL…SAYS ONE OF THE JURORS (JIM HOLTKAMP) TOLD HIM HE WAS PRESSURED BY OTHER MEMBERS TO RETURN THE MURDER VERDICT, RATHER THAN STICK WITH HIS OWN OPINION THAT NEWMAN WAS GUILTY OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, A LESS SERIOUS CHARGE.  

JUDGE JOHN LINN WILL HEAR THE ARGUMENTS TOMORROW(FRI) AFTERNOON. IF HE DENIES THE MOTION, NEWMAN IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED NEXT MONDAY. Continue Reading

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Cyclone F-Ballers at Tulsa Tonight; SCC Women Lose in Five

THE IOWA STATE FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYS TONITE AT TULSA, THE THIRD TIME THE TWO TEAMS HAVE FACED EACH OTHER IN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR.  

IN COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL…IOWA CENTRAL BEAT THE 13TH RATED SCC WOMEN IN FIVE GAMES LAST NITE, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 22-25 AND 15-8.  THE LADY BLACKHAWKS ARE NOW 22 AND 4 OVERALL AND 4 AND 2 IN THE ICCAC.  

 

IN COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL TODAY…IOWA WESLEYAN AT WM. PENN

 

IN HIGH SCHOOL (V-BALL) ACTION…

IT’S THE SEI SUPERCONFERENCE TOURNAMENT POOL PLAY

ILLINI WEST AT MENDON UNITY

MONMOUTH-ROSEVILLE AT WEST HANCOCK

WEST CENTRAL AT NORTH FULTON

 

IN GIRLS GOLF…

BROWN CO., QUINCY AND RUSHVILLE-INDUSTRY AT W. HANCOCK

 

IN BOYS GOLF…

BHS AT MUSCATINE

SOUTHEASTERN AT ILLINI WEST

W. HANCOCK AT BROWN CO.  

IN CROSS COUNTRY…IT’S THE GRAYHOUND INVITATIONAL

 

AND CASSIE STUFFLICK OF DANVILLE, WHO ATTENDS CLARKE UNIVERSITY,  HAS BEEN NAMED MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. Continue Reading