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New “Choose Life” Iowa License Plates

If you ordered a “Choose Life” Iowa license plate, you’ll be hearing from your local county treasurer soon because the plates have arrived. On the left side of the plate, there is a crayon drawing of two children. Underneath it, in a crayon font, are the words “Choose Life”. The plates are available at all county offices across Iowa. You can also order them online. Continue Reading


Family of Abducted, then Murdered, Iowa Teen Speaks Out

The family of an abducted Iowa teenager has released a statement after authorities confirmed the 15-year-old’s death.  

Kathlynn Shepard’s father said Sunday that the teen’s family has “lost part of its soul,” but that Kathylnn is now in a better place and safe from predators. Kathylnn was described as an innocent, caring and fun-loving child. The State Medical Examiner and Department of Criminal Investigation said Sunday that an autopsy had confirmed that a body found Friday night in Boone County was Kathylnn’s. It also confirmed that she died of blunt force trauma. Continue Reading


Free Fishing This Weekend in Iowa

It could be the perfect weekend for fishing, especially if you don’t have a fishing license. Iowa residents can fish without a license this weekend. The Department of Natural Resources says the free fishing weekend runs from this Friday through Sunday. The event is scheduled around a time when bluegills are usually close to the shore and aggressive. DNR encourages those catching their first fish to take a photo and send it to the DNR, who will commemorate the event by sending back a certificate suitable for framing. Continue Reading


Teacher Leaves Money for the Carthage School District

A longtime Hancock County, Illinois high school teacher who died last spring left a nice chunk of money behind to the school district’s foundation. Virginia Allison taught English in Carthage from 1954-1980 when she retired. After the 87-year-old’s death last April, she left behind $280,000 to the district. The president of the foundation says the group will use the money as an endowment, which they hope will help support their efforts to pay for school technology, science kits, and books. Continue Reading


Red Cross Clean-Up Supplies Available

The American Red Cross has clean up supplies available for families that have been impacted by recent severe weather and flooding in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Affected residents are encouraged to call their local Red Cross to arrange a time to pick up supplies. Clean-up kits are available during regular business hours. LOCATIONS

Des Moines County Branch

2807 Summer Street

Burlington, IA



Western Illinois Chapter

143 E. Main St. Galesburg, IL. Continue Reading


The Virus is BACK

For the first time this year, Illinois has seen it’s first batch of mosquitos with the West Nile virus. Officials said today that the mosquitos were found in the Cook County community of Hillside. Last year the virus was found in 55 of the state’s counties. 300 people contracted the virus and 12 died. Fortunately, no human cases have been found so far this year. Continue Reading

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Economy Growing in the Midwest

A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in 9 Midwest and Plains states will continue to grow steadily over the next few months. The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April’s 56.8, but anything about 50 suggests growth. The survey covers Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, MIssouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Continue Reading


Iowa Crime Victims Mobile App

Iowa crime victims can now keep tabs on jail and prison inmates using a new mobile app. The app is called VINEMobile. It lets victims anonymously monitor inmates in Iowa correctional facilities and some county jails. Another handy tool with the app are the notifications when an inmates custody status changes due to transfer or release. The app is available for Android and Apple devices. Continue Reading

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Saturated Ground + More Rain = Flooding in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Much of Iowa is likely to deal with flooding this week as more rain falls on ground that is already saturated.  

National Weather Service forecaster Kurt Kotenberg says 3-to-6 inches of rain is expected across Iowa this week after 6-to-8 inches of rain fell in the past few days. Kotenberg says the ground simply can’t absorb more water right now. So flash flooding will remain a concern across Iowa. The weather service predicts the Iowa River will crest at a record 22 feet at Marshalltown early this week, so flooding is likely there. Continue Reading


Illinois Governor Upset About Concealed Carry Approval

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn strongly opposed the plan for concealed carry in the state, but that didn’t stop the Illinois House from approving it today. The bill, which is now being passed on to the Illinois Senate, would allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public. Quinn is upset because he believes the bill would wipe out Chicago’s ban on assault weapons and other local gun ordinances. The governor vows to do all he can to keep the bill from getting approval in the Senate. Illinois is the only state in the nation without a concealed-carry law. Continue Reading