SIGOURNEY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa meat plant that was approved to slaughter horses has no immediate plans to do so, despite an appeals-court ruling that allowed the company to proceed.
Keaton Walker, the founder and CEO of Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, said Monday that he was still reviewing options with his lawyers. A federal appeals court lifted a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter last week, clearing the way for Walker’s company and others in New Mexico and Missouri. The companies are fighting a lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups. Walker tells The Associated Press that he may sell the company, because his beef operation is struggling against better-established competitors. Continue Reading
THERE ARE ONLY SEVEN DAYS LEFT IN THE BURLINGTON SALVATION ARMY CHAPTER’S RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN AND CAPTAIN JEFF RUSSELL SAYS THEY’RE ABOUT 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS BEHIND WHERE THEY WERE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME…AND ABOUT 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS SHORT OF THEIR GOAL. IF YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE SALVATION ARMY BUT CAN’T GET OUT TO ONE OF THE STORES WHERE THE BELL-RINGERS HANG OUT, JUST CALL 753-2038. Continue Reading
AS EXPECTED AND WITH VERY LITTLE DISCUSSION, THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL LAST(MON) NITE SCHEDULED A PAIR OF JANUARY 6TH PUBLIC HEARINGS…ONE ON SOME PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TREE ORDINANCE, TO HELP THE CITY DEAL WITH THE EMERALD ASH BORER…..AND THE OTHER ON A REQUEST BY HOPE HAVEN TO SEEK A FEDERAL GRANT, TO HELP IT PAY TO BUY AND BUILD A NEW “HOPEFULLY YOURS” STORE. THE MEETING WAS THE FINAL REGULAR SESSION FOR MAYOR JIM DAVIDSON AND COUNCILMAN CHRIS REED…AND CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU SAYS THIS COUNCIL HAS BEEN A GOOD GROUP TO WORK WITH.
COUNCIL MEMBERS BOB FLEMING, TIM SCOTT AND BECKY SHOCKLEY WILL BE SWORN IN JANUARY SECOND. Continue Reading
Having a police officer in the West Burlington School buildings was discussed once again at tonight’s school board meeting. None were opposed to the idea, but most members were concerned with the cost, and wanted detailed pros and cons of having an SRO. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said he’s researched other schools in the area who have an officer.. “Danville and Mediapolis’s arrangement is two days a week at each school. They rotate the days so they’re unpredictable. Continue Reading
Today MidAmerican Energy and Siemens announced the largest wind expansion in Iowa’s history. MidAmerican has placed an order with the Fort Madison company to make all the blades for 448 wind turbines the company is installing in Iowa. At today’s press conference, Governor Terry Branstad discussed the impact it will have on the economy… “1,000 construction jobs will be added to Iowa’s economy during the next two years of the construction period. 448 new wind turbines and 40 new permanent jobs will be added.” Continue Reading
A young Keokuk man has been arrested on felony drug charges. 26-year-old James Chaney of Keokuk was arrested in Denmark by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. He has been charged with Manufacturing of Meth is Excess of Five Grams and Delivery of Meth. If convicted, Chaney faces 35 years in prison. Continue Reading
Wendell Wayne Summers, II, 77, of Salem, died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at PleasantManorCareCenter, Mt.Pleasant. The funeral service for Mr. Summers, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th at Elliott Chapel, New London. Pastor David Mixon will officiate with interment in BurgeCemetery, rural New London. There will be no visitation and a memorial has been established. Mr. Lldon L. Little, 84, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM in the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at MidAmerican Energy Co. and the state of Iowa are set to make a major announcement regarding a new wind energy development.
Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to discuss the project at his morning news conference Monday and release further details with company officials at a 1 p.m. news conference to be held at the Siemens Energy wind blade factory near Fort Madison. In August MidAmerican Energy received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a $1.9 billion project to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015. More than 448 turbines are to be installed in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien, and Webster counties. Continue Reading
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ended his nationally syndicated radio show this past week and has indicated he’s seriously considering another run for the White House in 2016.
Huckabee won the Iowa Republican Party’s Caucuses in 2008 and he appears ready for the rigors of another campaign. He says the Iowa Caucus process forces candidates to reach out beyond donors “who are laying down 26-hundred dollar checks” to “connect” with regular voters. Huckabee has made frequent return visits to Iowa in the past five years, including a speaking engagement last month in Des Moines for a pro-life group. Huckabee won the Iowa Caucuses and a few contests in southern states in 2008, but was unable to raise enough money or win enough delegates to wrest the G-O-P’s presidential nomination from John McCain. While his daily radio program has ended, Huckabee will continue his daily radio commentaries as well as his weekend television show on the FOX News Channel. Continue Reading
At least 25 people killed by militants in Nigeria's northeast | Reuters
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria At least 25 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in raids on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning on three communities in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and police sources said.