New Painkiller a Danger: 28 A-G’s

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is one of 28 state chief legal officers to warn the Food and Drug Administration that a new, powerful painkiller approved in October is going to result in more prescription
drug abuse.  
The new medication called Zohydro is a narcotic painkiller that will come in doses five to 10 times more powerful than traditional hydrocodone products such as Vicodin.  
Miller and the other attorneys general say it doesn’t make sense that the FDA would approve such a potent narcotic without requiring it to be made in a form that discourages abuse.   They say it could be formulated in a gel-like consistency that would discourage abusers from chewing the pills or crushing them for snorting or injecting.  

The medication is expected to be available next year. Continue Reading

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Iowa Farmland Values Set Another Record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The 2013 Iowa Land Value Survey says farmland values rose 5.1 percent from last year, setting another record. The Des Moines Register says the new survey shows farmland values rose to more than $8.700 an acre. It was the fourth year in a row that farmland values rose in the Iowa State University survey of nearly 500 real estate experts. Last year’s figure was nearly $8,300 an acre.    Despite the new high, some of the experts say values may be eroding. Land demand could slow because Iowa farmers are concerned about lower commodity prices and a proposed rollback in the mandate for corn-based ethanol.   There’s also uncertainty over interest rates and over the prospects for a new farm bill. Continue Reading

Siemens, MidAm to Host News Conference

ON THE LOCAL BUSINESS FRONT….. MID-AMERICAN ENERGY AND SIEMENS ENERGY HAVE SCHEDULED A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE FOR NEXT MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SIEMENS WIND-TURBINE PLANT NEAR FORT MADISON. THE SUBJECT WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THAT TIME.  

ON MONDAY MORNING, A RIBBON WILL BE CUT TO MARK THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC OPENING OF THE NEW ALDI STORE, 33-79 MAIN STREET IN KEOKUK. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Accused of Incest

A BURLINGTON MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 3RD DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE, AFTER CITY DETECTIVES FOUND PHOTOS AND VIDEOS THAT MATCHED INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE JUVENILE VICTIM, WHO REPORTED BEING FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER. 

34-YEAR OLD KRISTIN DANIEL HORN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY(WED) AND TAKEN TO THE DES MOINES COUNTY JAIL TO AWAIT A COURT APPEARANCE. ALSO ASSISTING BURLINGTON POLICE IN THE INVESTIGATION WERE THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CHILD PROTECTION CENTER…THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES…AND THE FBI. Continue Reading

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Two Niota, IL. Homes Go Up in Flames

Two trailer homes went up in flames this afternoon in Niota, IL. Several crews responded to the blaze that they believe started with a ruptured gas line inside one of the homes. The trailers are in Leisure Land Pleasure Park. According to the dispatcher that paged the fire, he last heard that everyone got out safely and that everyone is accounted for. Few other details have been released. Continue Reading

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Henderson County Sex Offender Arrested

A Henderson County registered sex offender was arrested today for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry Act. The arrest of 40-year-old Norman Teel stems from an investigation by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department to do a compliance check at Teel’s home. During their check they found him to be in “noncompliance”. He appeared in court and was given a $5,000 bond. Continue Reading

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Major Gas Leak Near Great River Medical Center

Authorities shut down the intersection of Gear and Division in West Burlington at around 10:30am today after a natural gas line ruptured. West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Heim was at the scene when we got there… “Basically, a fiber optics company nicked a gas line that was going up to the Klein Center. It was a 2-inch line with 90 pounds of pressure in it. It turned loose quite a volume of gas for about an hours time.” Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 11th

Karma Kaye Ellard, 52, and her husband, Audie Crawford Ellard II, 59, died Monday, December 9, 2013 in a fire at their home in St. Paul, Iowa. A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  According to their wishes, the bodies have been cremated, and inurnment will be in Burge Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM on Friday with the family greeting friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to help pay funeral expenses. Mrs. Mary M. Douglas, 91, of rural Dallas City, Illinois passed away a 2:00 A.M.Monday, December 9, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, Illinois. Mary was born September 22, 1922 near Durham, IL the daughter of Merlind and Clara Edith Wagner Rice. Continue Reading

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Tow Boat Being Pulled From River Today

The Mississippi River towboat that partially sank just over two weeks ago is nearly ready to begin its 350-mile trip to a St. Louis area repair facility. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Colin Fogarty says two small holes were discovered in the boat’s hull but they have been patched and the boat is watertight. A larger 30-by-12 inch hole had been patched earlier. Fogarty says the Coast Guard is doing a final safety inspection and reviewing the transit plan. Continue Reading