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ISU gets a Warning

An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus. The June 17 report says the school’s recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn’t meet Clery Act requirements. The report says administrators must issue “timely warnings” required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don’t require individuals to search out the information. Continue Reading

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Burlington Google Doodle Winner Could Become National Finalist

A Burlington High School student’s Google Doodle could become a national finalist, and she could win a scholarship, with your help. The theme of this year’s Google Doodle contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.” The contest was open to artists in gradees K through 12. Guest judges chose a Google Doodle by Amy Carlson, a senior at Burlington High School, as the winner among all entries submitted in Iowa. The winning Illinois entry came from Yina Wang, a student at Peterson Elementary in Chicago. Continue Reading

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Mosquito Virus has made it to Iowa

Iowa has its first confirmed case of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, state public health officials said Wednesday, removing Iowa from the list of six U.S. states that had not reported a case of the disease. Iowa Department of Public Health, said a central Iowa adult male in the 18-40 age range who recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean became ill with the mosquito-borne Chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) virus. He was not hospitalized and is recovering. Continue Reading

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Branstad Spends Day in Mt. Pleasant

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spent a good chunk of his day in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, as his tour of all 99 Iowa counties wrapped up. His first stop in the Henry County town was at West Liberty Foods for a tour. He then went to Old Threshers, and eventually made his way to Union Block, which is where we caught up with him for the ribbon cutting… We asked the governor after his speech how the campaign was going… Continue Reading

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Mother Charged in Connection to Daughter’s Death

Police say a western Illinois woman has been charged in connection to the death of her 19-month-old daughter. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports  33-year-old Jody Price was charged Thursday in Hancock County court with endangering the life or health of a child. Nauvoo Assistant Police Chief Mike Boley says the investigation is ongoing into the death of Price’s daughter in July. He says the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy but hasn’t determined the cause of death. He says morphine was found in the girl’s body and morphine pills were found near her bed and play area. Continue Reading

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Iowan Selected for “The Bachelor”

A farmer from northeast Iowa will be the next star on the reality TV show “The Bachelor.” The announcement was made this morning on A-B-C’s Good Morning America. Thirty-two-year-old Chris Soules grew up on a family farm near Arlington in Fayette County and graduated from Iowa State University. He’s hoping to find his bride-to-be on the popular TV series. Soules, who gained fame as a “suitor” on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, was asked how he felt when he was asked to star in 19th season of The Bachelor… Continue Reading

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Bats Invading Iowa Homes

Many Iowans are finding unwelcome visitors in their houses, and it’s not out-of-town relatives arriving early for the Labor Day weekend. Mark Langan, at the Humane Society office in Omaha/Council Bluffs, explains… “We’ve had over 100 calls for bats in people’s houses this week,” Langan says. “Every year, about this time, our calls increase.” Typically, the furry winged creatures start making surprise appearances in our homes in late summer and early fall. Continue Reading

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Drowning Victim has been Identified

The man who drowned in a pond near Sperry Monday night has been identified as 69-year-old Richard Duane Dowell of Burlington. According to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department, Dowell had stopped to see a friend at 180th Street, entered the pond to clean off, but did not resurface. His body was found by the Mediapolis Fire Department. He was then transferred to Great River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Autopsy results are currently pending. Continue Reading

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BHS ACT Scores above State Average

Burlington High School got its ACT scores back, and Principal Tom Messinger was able to give the school board some good news at last night’s meeting… “The Burlington High School students scored above the state average in all areas. English, Math, Reading, Science and the composite.” The composite score, as reported by ACT, is the average of the four test scores earned during a single test administration. Messinger also stated that the average composite score for BHS students was 23.4 as compared to the state average of 22.0. Continue Reading

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WB City Council Creates New ALS Bucket Challenge

Most people have been dumping buckets of ice water on themselves for the last couple weeks to raise awareness of ALS, but the West Burlington City Council has something else in mind. The West Burlington Police Officers challenged the council to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead of filling their buckets with ice and water, council members will fill them with 100 $1.00 bills. You can see their challenge tonight at 6:30 at West Burlington City Hall. Continue Reading