Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year bill by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin that would have raised the federal minimum wage. Harkin is a Democrat and he chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He says his bill would gradually raise the wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 over a period of 30 months. In addition to raising the wage nearly three dollars an hour, Harkin’s measure also calls for automatic annual increases in the wage to offset inflation. Harkin says if the wage hike was approved, it would have given consumers another 35-billion dollars to spend at local businesses, helping boost jobs and production. Continue Reading


Lightning Causes Major Damage to Lee Co. Conservation Office

Employees at the Lee County Conservation Office are moving temporarily to the north Lee County office building’s conference room due to large amounts of damage done to the facility over the weekend. Lightning hit the building, and according to Lee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ernie Schiller, there’s no way anyone can work there right now.. And the list goes on. Schiller says he’s not sure how much it will cost to repair because every contractor he’s talked to is swamped…. Since it happened over the weekend, no one was injured. Continue Reading


Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google Winner a BHS Senior

Every holiday or special occasion, the search engine “Google” displays a different logo. Since 1998 there have been more than 2,000 different doodles displayed, and each year a student in the U.S. is selected to create one. It’s a national competition titled “Doodle 4 Google”, and each state has a finalist. Iowa’s just happens to be from Burlington this year, and today two Google representatives were at BHS to make the big announcement…. If you couldn’t understand that, the winner was Amy Carlson. Continue Reading


Illinois State Police Cracking Down on Western Illinois

During the month of May, which is only a couple days away, the Illinois State Police will conduct alcohol Countermeasure enforcement patrols in McDonough County. The purpose is to prevent and enforce violations associated with impaired driving. Across the county, an average of one alcohol related death occurs every 51 minutes. Continue Reading


Rain Prevent Farmers from Planting

The U-S-D-A crop report says the rains have kept farmers out of the fields, but improved the soil moisture in most areas. Soil temperatures remain a concern for farmers planting in northern Iowa. The report says 15-percent of the projected state corn crop has been planted — which is 13-percent ahead of last year — but 18-percent behind the five year average. Some corn has started to emerge. Soybean planting has yet to fully take off as there were just scattered reports of beans being planted last week. Continue Reading


One Dead After Head on Collision in Niota, Illinois

One person is dead after a head on collision today in Niota, Illinois. 63-year-old Frank Palm of Niota was west bound on IL. Route 9/96 in Hancock County when he attempted to turn left in front of 33-year-old Amber Armitage of Dallas City who was east bound. They collided head on. Both vehicles came to a rest in the intersection. Continue Reading


UPDATED: 2 Injured After Motorcycle Hits Deer near Fort Madison

A man and woman were seriously injured late last night in a motorcycle accident near Fort Madison. 42-year-old Ed Gutting and 48-year-old Cheryl Bachman were thrown from the motorcycle at mile marker 24 on the Highway 61 bypass after they hit a deer. Gutting was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City while Bachman was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Both suffered serious injuries. We hope to have an update later today. Continue Reading


Correction: BHS Student Finalist in Doodle 4 Google Competition

A Burlington High School student is a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google competition. In a press release, they did not reveal the name of the student, but plan to announce more information Monday. This student entered the Doodle 4 Google Competition with a task of redesigning the Google logo inspired by this years theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..”. There will be an assembly in the Burlington High School gym at 11am Tuesday where two representatives from Google will be present to award the student as Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google winner. The overall prize is a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Continue Reading