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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

Galesburg Teachers Continue to Strike

Thousands of students in Galesburg are staying home again after a weekend mediation session between a teachers union and the board of education failed to result in a contract agreement. A mediation session between the Galesburg Education Association and the District 205 Board of Education lasted four hours Sunday without a resolution. Students already have missed eight days of school. Continue Reading

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Cold Front Moving In

Seven southeast Iowa counties are under a heat advisory until 8 o’clock tonight as high temperatures are forecast in the lower 90s with a heat index over 100 degrees.  

Meteorologist Jim Lee, at the National Weather Service in Johnston, says a cold front should move in later tonight… “While it’s going to provide some relief to the northern and northwestern parts of the state in the form of a little bit cooler weather, unfortunately, the front’s going to stall near the Iowa/Missouri border and we’re going to have several upper level systems moving overhead throughout the week that are going to cause a lot of rainfall to form along that old boundary.” Lee said it’s too early to say how much rain is expected with this system. The precipitation is expected to pull out of the state by Friday, promising the possibility for a dry holiday weekend. Continue Reading

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Enrollment is Up at ISU and U of I

Iowa State University has record-high enrollment of more than 34-thousand students for the fall semester, which starts next week. Annette Hacker, a spokeswoman for the university, says I-S-U officials have leased additional living space off-campus for over a thousand students because the residence halls are jam-packed, with some students living in the dens in the dorms.

Almost 12-thousand-500 students have signed up to live in the university’s residence halls. ”

The University of Iowa’s enrollment is expected to be among the largest in history, but officials say it won’t set a record. Enrollment projections from the University of Northern Iowa are not available. Last fall over 12-thousand students were enrolled at U-N-I. Continue Reading

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Traffic Concerns Near Wever Fertilizer Plant

The Iowa State Patrol conducted a traffic safety project in Lee County on Thursday near Wever on US-61 due to an ongoing concern for motorists because of construction to the fertilizer plant being built.

The Iowa State Patrol and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received a number of calls from citizens concerned with traffic violations in that particular area. After conducting this safety project, troopers issued 7 citations and 24 warning for observed traffic violations. Officers say they will continue to make that area a high prioroty thoughout the next several months. Continue Reading

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Iowa’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2013

The list of the most popular names for babies born in Iowa last year has been released. Data from the U.S. Social Security Administration shows Emma remained the top girl’s name in Iowa in 2013. Emma has claimed the top spot three years in a row and seven times in the past decade. Rounding out the top five for girl’s names last year: Harper, Sophia, Olivia, and Ava. On the boy’s side, Liam was the most popular boy’s name for the second year in a row. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Man Charged with Murder

A Muscatine man faces a first-degree murder charge following the death of a man who was in a coma for several days. Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren says the charge against 27-year-old Jose Tapia was filed Friday, following the Wednesday death of 39-year-old Michael Newman. Court records do not list an attorney. The Muscatine Journal says Tapia is accused of hitting Newman with a baseball ball on Aug. 8 following an altercation. Continue Reading

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Doggie Day at the WB Pool Tomorrow

Tomorrow is bath time for area pooches at the West Burlington Public Pool.  

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The annual event happens once the pool season is over. Dog owners are invited to bring their canines to the pool for swimming. The cost is $5 per dog with all proceeds benefiting the Des Moines County Humane Society. There will also be micro-chipping from 11-noon for $20. Continue Reading