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Burn Ban Continues for Des Moines County

Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator, Gina Hardin, announce this morning that the county’s outdoor burning ban will remain in effect through this coming weekend, at least. The burn ban for Lee County remains in effect until further notice as well.   Continue Reading

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Job Fair Tomorrow in Fort Madison

Good news on the unemployment front for Lee County. According to Iowa Workforce Development’s latest unemployment reports, which are from February, Lee County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.1%. This is down from 8.2% in January and 8.8% of February 2013. However, if you’re still without work, Temp Associates is having a job fair in Fort Madison tomorrow morning according to Jan Atkins… Atkins, who is with Temp Associates, says they’re primarily interviewing for the Fort Madison area. Continue Reading

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Lobesack Tours West Burlington Schools

Iowa Congressman Dave Lobesack made a stop in West Burlington this afternoon to tour their junior high and high school building. Lobesack told us that one of the reasons for touring schools in the area is to talk with school officials about the No Child Left Behind legislation…. He also discussed the major issues with No Child Left Behind… Lobesack says there are growth models that have been put into place at some schools, but it’s not everywhere, which is what he wants to see changed. He also toured the Fort Madison Hospital today. Continue Reading

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Burlington Schools Hire New Activities Director

The Burlington School Board welcomed a former Burlington graduate back to their district last night. Tim Goodwin was working in the Muscatine School District but will now be an Associate Principal and Activities Director for Burlington High School. Goodwin spoke to the board at last night’s meeting to express his gratitude… Goodwin is replacing Tom Plein who is retiring. He will start July 1st making 99,000.00. Continue Reading

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Skies Clear for Last Night’s Blood Moon

This photo was taken by KBUR fan Paul Votaw from Peoria at around 2:30am. With rainy and snowy conditions yesterday in southeast Iowa, many residents were beginning to give up hope that they would see the first lunar eclipse of 2014. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the “blood moon” was captured by many residents on their cameras. The effect lasted about 3.5 hours.   Continue Reading

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Wacky Iowa Weather Continues

It was a wild weather weekend for many Iowans, with a little something for everyone, including near-record high temperatures, thunderstorms, flooding, high winds, hail and snow. A tornado touched down around 6 P-M Sunday near Lone Tree in eastern Iowa’s Johnson County, but no damage was reported. Meteorologist Craig Cogil, at the National Weather Service, says it went from balmy to frigid pretty quickly. “On Saturday, we saw highs in the state well into the 70s and up into the mid 80s, since that time, it’s been downhill to where temperatures in the state this morning are anywhere from the mid 30s in the southeast to mid 20s in the northwest, so a good 50-degree drop in some locations.” Some Iowans up north awoke today to see their newly-sprouted green grass and tulip leaves covered with a white blanket of snow. Continue Reading

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4 Shot and Killed in Chicago After a Warm Weekend

Chicago’s warmest weekend of the year was also its most violent. Four people were shot and killed between Friday afternoon and Sunday night on the city’s South and West sides — the first a 17-year-old girl on the city’s South Side on Friday afternoon — and more than 30 were wounded. The other homicide victims include a 32-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 34-year-old man. Among those most seriously wounded is a 24-year-old mother of two who was shot twice in the head. The number of shootings typically increases when the temperatures climb and more people are outside. Continue Reading

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Burlington’s City Wide Cleanup Has Begun

Burlington’s annual city-wide cleanup is underway, with items picked up according to your trash route. The good news, is that if you forgot to put out your throw-aways by 7 o’clock this morning, it usually takes the crews three or four days to cover an entire route. Tuesday’s route will begin next week, Tuesday, the 22nd. Wednesday’s on April 30th, Thursday’s collection will start May 8th, and Friday’s on May 16th. There’s a whole list of things that WON’T be picked up, so check the City web site or call Sandy Levine at 753-8157 for more information. Continue Reading

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Where to Hunt for Eggs Saturday…

It may not be Easter yet, but it will feel like it this Saturday in southeast Iowa. Several communities will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunts. In Burlington, there’s the Beaster Bunny 5K that starts at 8am with an egg hunt at the Rec Plex. For more info go to teambeast.org. Also in Burlington, at the HyVee on Agency, there will be around 5,000 eggs to pursue starting at noon. Continue Reading