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

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Fort Madison looks to set Hula Hoop Record this Weekend

It’s Town & Country Days in Mediapolis this weekend and Danville has its Founders’ Day, but in Fort Madison tomorrow during the second annual Riverview Games, they’re going to try and set a new Guinness world record for the “Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop.” Organizer Laura Francisco is with the Chamber of Commerce….. Francisco says setting the record will take a small amount of flexibility by participants. She they need to be able-bodied so that they can actually put the hoop over their head, put it down over their body, and be able to step though it. Gates open tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Riverview Park, with the Hula Hoop chain at 10. Continue Reading

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Illegal Immigrant Arrested in Muscatine

A man found in Muscatine, who is originally from Mexico, was sentenced to 27 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States. 31-year-old Rodriguez Paz was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his prison time and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Also after his sentence Paz will be turned over to Immigration authorities. Paz was given an enhanced sentence due to his 2011 felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver cocaine after his state drug conviction was deported. Continue Reading

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A Bacon-Lover’s Paradise

Bacon lovers from around the region are invited to join a bacon-loving celebration this Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It’s the first ever Baconpalooza, which Executive Director of the Auditorium, Chewi Lockhart hopes to make an annual event… Lockhart says if you love bacon and beer, this is the place to be. There will be a variety of bacon foods such as bacon donuts, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno wantons, and more. It’s a 21 and older event. Continue Reading