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Loebsack Receives Award in West Burlington

Congressman Dave Loebsack stopped in West Burlington today at the Community Health Center, the same stop Senator Tom Harkin made on Wednesday. At this meeting however, Loebsack was presented with the award by the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. CFO of the health center, Rod Ramsey, brought up one issue that they are struggling with right now, and that’s funding for Behavioral Health.. Loebsack assured Ramsey he was on his side, and that there is bipartisan support for a solution in Congress, but Behavioral Health is something that needs to be made better aware of and it’s an issue that people need to start opening up about… After the award ceremony, we asked him about how his campaign was coming and about the recent poll that showed he and his opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, are neck-and-neck in the race… Continue Reading

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Burlington Crack Cocaine Dealer Convicted Again

A Des Moines County jury yesterday found a convicted Burlington drug dealer guilty again of Possession and Sale of Crack Cocaine. Bennie Lenoir was convicted of four counts of Delivery, one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver, and a violation of the Tax Stamp code. And because he had been convicted of selling “crack” in 2002, Iowa law allows the judge to tack more time onto his sentence. He could receive up to 120 years on the Delivery convictions, up to 75 years on the Possession with Intent to Deliver, and up to five years on the Tax Stamp conviction. Continue Reading

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Symphonic Blast Returns Tomorrow

The Symphonic Blast that had to be rescheduled due to rain this summer, will take place tomorrow night at the Crapo Park Band Shell. The concert will begin at 7:45 and as always, will conclude with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a fireworks display. Everyone is welcome to attend for free, but there is always an opportunity to make a free-will donation to the orchestra. Continue Reading

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Burlington Woman Wins $10,000 at Circle K

It was one lucky day for a Burlington resident. According to a press release from the Iowa Lottery, 24-year-old Nikita Fleming redeemed a winning scratch ticket for another ticket and ended up winning a big lottery prize. She purchased a “10X” scratch ticket on Sunday night at the Circle K off Roosevelt Avenue and ended up winning the fourth of 10 top prizes of $10,000 available in the game. During an interview with the Iowa Lottery, Fleming said that the lottery winnings will be used to help her family move into a bigger home, as she currently lives with her husband and two children in an apartment. Continue Reading

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Local Economic Development Updates

Lee County’s Economic Development Group this morning announced its 5-year strategic plan and campaign. Campaign co-chairs Joe Steil and Jamie Baier say 25 investors have already raised almost 1.2-million dollars, or 108 percent of the goal. The Vision Iowa Board is awarding a 1-million dollar Community Attraction & Tourism(CAT) grant to the City of Fairfield for a multi-purpose gym and outdoor aquatic center. The whole project will cost a little over 8-million dollars…and the city is required to come up with the balance within 60 days. In Nauvoo, the Economic Development Committee is working on a plan to transform Duck’s Foods, the city’s only grocery store, into a community-owned business. Continue Reading

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Illinois Unemployment Drops

(AP) The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate. The July figure represents a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.8 was in August 2008 when it was 6.7. There are 35,600 more jobs than one year ago. Continue Reading

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Harkin Stops in Burlington; Talks Health Care Facilities

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin stopped in Burlington yesterday at the Burlington Community Health Center, which is located on the Southeastern Community College grounds.  

Harkin has worked for 25 years to expand community health centers in Iowa and yesterday he was very proud to announce that we’ve come a long way…. Although Harkin is retiring this year, CEO of the Iowa Primary Care Association Ted Boesen, said at yesterday’s meeting that Harkin will always be remembered for the work he has put in to ensure Iowans have access to affordable and quality health care… Harkin also spoke about Obamacare, which he fully supports. He says that he’s aware of the criticism it’s received, but he is starting to hear less of it now. Continue Reading

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Galesburg Teachers on Strike

Galesburg teachers are on strike a day before school is scheduled to start. (From WGIL)

He says he wishes he could give the members of the Galesburg Education Association everything they want, but Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur says he just can’t. Arthur joins the G-E-A in hoping that the strike is resolved soon, and that he’s ready to sit down with union representatives, quote, “when the union decides they want to.” But Arthur told our sister station WGIL today that the state has lost two-point-eight million dollars in state aid over the last four years, which means they can’t give any more than a five-percent increase in salary over the next three years. Arthur says he believes he’s tried to operate, in his words, “with integrity.” Continue Reading

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Senator Tom Harkin Stopping in Burlington Toady

Senator Tom Harkin is continuing his “legacy” tour today with a stop in Burlington to highlight his work on Community Health Centers. “It’s something I’ve devoted a lot of my efforts to over the years in my committee — both Health Committee and my appropriations committee — and that’s building more community health centers,” Harkin says. “When I started in 1989 we had two in Iowa. Now we have 14.” Community Health Centers are non-profit clinics staffed with doctors and nurses who provide primary care to uninsured and under-insured clients. Continue Reading

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SCC Offers Online Bachelor Programs through CMU

Beginning this fall, students at Southeastern Community College will have the opportunity to complete several bachelor degree programs online. According to a press release, SCC partnered with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri which will allow students to now transfer readily into CMU’s online bachelor degree programs in Accounting, Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Child Development, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Health Professions, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. CMU has a tuiton rate of $240 per credit hour. Continue Reading