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Water Main Break

The water was flowing downhill fast, and luckily hasn’t caused any traffic accidents yet. There was a water main break near the intersection of Division and Central early this afternoon and it’s currently still being worked on. As of 2:30pm, the Burlington water department says it could be another 2-3 hours before it’s fixed. Traffic is down to two lanes so drive with caution. It’s still unclear what caused the break. Continue Reading

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Downtown Burlington Grows

Within the past year, Westland Mall in West Burlington has said good-bye to Diamond Daves, the Broadway, and soon McGregors and the Hallmark store. To be fair, there is a new store opening at the mall called Justice, which is a clothing store that targets “tweens”. Downtown Burlington has been in this position as well, but is starting to turn around according to Doreen Roy, who serves on the Downtown Partners Board of Directors.. “You know, everything goes through an ebb and flow. Obviously we had our downtown businesses do very well years back. Continue Reading

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Craigslist “Murderer Wanted Ad” from Iowa

 An Iowa woman has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for using a Craigslist help-wanted ad to solicit someone to kill her father. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave the 87-month prison term Wednesday to 23-year-old Megan Schmidt of Dubuque. Schmidt pleaded guilty in November to using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire. In a plea agreement, Schmidt admitted that she posted Craigslist ads seeking someone to do a “one-time job” for $10,000. She later told one man who responded that she wanted her father dead and that it would be best to “either shoot or stab him because he is a bigger man.” Continue Reading

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Judge Orders Juvenile Home Reopened

A district court judge has ruled the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo should be reopened. The judge ruled Governor Branstad over-stepped his authority when he ordered the home closed in mid-January. Four Democrats in the legislature and the president of the union that has represented the home’s workers filed the lawsuit challenging the closure. AFSCME president Danny Homan says the governor should “immediately comply” with the judge’s order and reopen the home. House Democratic Leader Mark Smith is calling on Branstad to work with legislators on a bill that would improve services for the state’s most troubled teens, including girls sent to the Juvenile Home. Continue Reading

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2014 Mississippi Valley Calling Classic Saturday

Duck callers from around the country will swarm to Burlington this Saturday for the 2014 Mississippi Valley Calling Classic. Organizer of the event, Curt Diewold, says this Saturday’s Calling Classic is one of the nations’s top calling contests and attracts people from all over… “We pull people from coast to coast, border to border. We have a group of gentlemen traveling from Canada. They’ve been coming down 10 years in a row to this event.” Continue Reading

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An Evening of Snow Plowing Tonight in Burlington

Countless crews are out and about today, plowing snow and trying to keep our streets, roads, and parking lots clear. In Burlington, Chris Clements of the City’s Public Works Department brought us up to speed… “We’re probably looking at late this evening and tomorrow morning before we get through all the streets. We’re in emergencies right now and the secondaries.” Residential areas will be plowed this evening and early tomorrow morning. Continue Reading

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Farm Bill Passes Senate, Ready for Obama’s Signature

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a five-year Farm Bill on a vote of 68-32. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is relieved the measure is finally headed to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law… “It’s certainly a relief to finally have a Farm Bill after a long run. It could’ve and should’ve probably been done in 2012.” The $500 billion Farm Bill will end direct payments to farmers… Continue Reading

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Facebook Turns 10, Local Businesses Benefit

It’s been 10 years today since the popular social media site “Facebook” was launched. The site had around 1 million members by the end of its first year, and now has more than 1.2 billion monthly users. One of those billion users is the PAW Animal Shelter located in Fort Madison. Without the use of social media like Facebook, Director Sandy Brown says adoption numbers wouldn’t be what they are today…

“It’s been amazing. We have almost 5,000 likes from all over the United State. Continue Reading

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Here Comes the Snow

Forecasters say much of Iowa is seeing snowflakes fly today while south-central Iowa could get as much as eight or nine inches of snow by Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Jim Lee at the National Weather Service says there will be snow off-and-on much of the day, with heavier snow late this afternoon. By this evening, he says the big problem will be the winds whipping up the new-fallen flakes… “We’re looking for increasing northwest-to-north winds tonight, particularly after sunset, reaching speeds of 15 to 25 miles an hour with higher gusts tonight,” Lee says. “We’re not expecting blizzard conditions but we will see some blowing and drifting of snow that will primarily effect travel.” Continue Reading

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Part Time SRO Approved by WB School Board

The decision has been made. The West Burlington School Board will look to hire a school resource officer. However, Superintendent David Schmitt says it will only be part time… “When we set out on this, the board was interested in a part time position. We started having discussions with the city, and they started favoring a full time position. Continue Reading