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Click it or Ticket this Weekend

Iowa law enforcement is urging you to buckle up this Memorial Day weekend. The busy driving season is almost here so officers will be out full force as part of the 2013 National “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement immobilization. The seat belt crack down runs from May 20th to June 2nd, although officers are enforcing seat belt laws year round. If you’re not strapped in, be prepared to get a ticket. Continue Reading

Quinn Says No to ComEd’s $70-Million Rate Hike Request

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to increase electric rates by roughly $70 million, a proposal ComEd says would have helped get so-called Smart Grid technology back on track. Quinn vetoed the plan Sunday saying the bill would undermine oversight and force automatic rate hikes. ComEd touted the bill as a way to clarify 2011 legislation allowing utilities to raise rates to fund a high-tech system. But executing it has been tricky. The Illinois Commerce Commission and ComEd disagreed over implementation. Continue Reading

Techel Murder Trial Moved to Henry County

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The second murder trial for Seth Techel is scheduled to begin on Aug. 12. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the trial will be held in Mount Pleasant instead of in Ottumwa. Prosecution and defense lawyers supported moving the trial because of extensive coverage of the case. Mount Pleasant is 38 miles from Ottumwa. Continue Reading

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Bees Buzz Dragons, Get Lots of Hits

THE BURLINGTON BEES RAPPED OUT 11 HITS YESTERDAY IN OHIO, AS THEY BEAT THE DAYTON DRAGONS 10 – 4. THE TWO TEAMS GO AT EACH OTHER AGAIN TONITE AND TUESDAY NITE, BEFORE HEADING HOME TO FACE FT. WAYNE FOR THREE GAMES. YOU CAN HEAR THE BEES ON KBUR AND ON GOBEES.COM. Continue Reading

Branstad Says Fuel-Tax Hike “Could be Considered” This Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With time running out in this legislative session, Gov. Terry Branstad still isn’t ruling out the possibility of increasing the state fuel tax, though lawmakers seem less optimistic.  

Branstad told reporters this week that if the Legislature approves proposed cuts to the commercial property tax, then a fuel tax increase “could be considered.” For years, legislators have debated increasing Iowa’s fuel tax — currently 22 cents per gallon of gasoline, including fees — but they haven’t taken action. The tax has not gone up since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents to support the state network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient. Continue Reading

Marathon Bombings Suspect Now in Federal Medical Detention

BOSTON (AP) — The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.  

The U.S. Marshals Service says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  left Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center overnight and was taken to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles west of Boston. The facility, on the decommissioned Fort Devens U.S. Army base, treats federal prisoners and detainees who require specialized long-term medical or mental health care. Tsarnaev is recovering from a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during his attempted getaway. Continue Reading

I’ll Give You This Nickel if You Give Me $3.1-Million

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (AP) — A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.  

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades then declared the real deal. It was offered for sale by four Virginia siblings at a rare coin and currency auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg on Thursday, and sold for well over the expected $2.5 million. The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Kentucky and Panama City, Florida, who bought the coin in partnership. Continue Reading

Central IL Shooter’s Victims Named; Motive Unclear

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the five people found shot to death inside a home in a tiny central Illinois community were two young brothers, their parents and their great-grandmother.  

Illinois State Police identified the victims Thursday as 1-year-old Brantley Ralston and 5-year-old Nolan Ralston. Their slain parents are 29-year-old James Roy Ralston and 23-year-old Brittney Luark, who was also pregnant. The fifth victim is Luark’s grandmother and great grandmother of the boys, 67-year-old Jo Ann Sinclair. Continue Reading

Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge; Second Time in One Week

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge.  

The latest incident on the flooded river happened Thursday morning when a barge struck the bridge at Caruthersville, Mo. The bridge carries Interstate 155 traffic between southern Missouri and Tennessee. Nichole Lawrence of the Tennessee Department of Transportation says one barge struck the bridge, forcing a temporary closure. Continue Reading