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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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