The Mount Pleasant and New London Fire Departments battled a structure fire on 272nd street south of Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon, according to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. A private residence was seriously damaged in the fire. There were no injuries and no one was inside at the time of the fire. The extent of the damage has yet to be tabulated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Mount Pleasant Fire Department has not yet released the name of the owner. Continue Reading
A planned $125 million new facility for Silgan Containers is getting assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, IEDA announced on Friday. IEDA awarded the company $550,000 in direct financial assistance alongside a slew of other tax benefits for the project, which is expected to create around 120 jobs in the Greater Burlington Area. Silgan is planning to build the facility in partnership with other packaged goods companies. Silgan produces metal containers used to package canned food. Continue Reading
The Iowa Economic Development authority has awarded Doran and Ward with the tax benefits it sought as it undergoes a $1 million expansion project. The IEDA board announced the decision on Friday. Benefits include payroll tax credits for the 13 jobs the company is expected to create with the expansion, meant to increase capacity. “This is our idea of growth,” Doran and Ward facility manager Vance Hemke told the Burlington City Council on Tuesday. Doran and Ward operates two facilities in Burlington. Continue Reading
The West Burlington Police Department says that there is no danger to students following a violent threat made online against a Southeastern Community College Professor. SCC students were informed of the threat through the emergency alert system this morning and are told to be alert for suspicious activity. SCC Marketing and Communications director Jeff Ebbing says that the threat was posted to the social sharing site ratemyprofessors.com. “We found the information out late [Tuesday] afternoon. A moderator from ratemyprofessors.com had something flagged…and when they looked at it they thought it was concerning enough to contact us. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill to boost Iowa’s minimum wage has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate. A three-member subcommittee backed the bill Tuesday, with two Democrats and one Republican voting in favor. The bill would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75. Burlington Democrat and Senate Majority Whip Tom Courtney told KBUR it’s not the increase he was hoping to get. “I wanted to increase it to $10.10 and I was willing to take three years to do it,” Courtney said, “The feeling was, in this building was that $8.75 is something we could get through the house and get the governor to sign. Continue Reading
Burlington Police have identified the victim of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of South 7th and Elm Street on Monday. 24 year old Deonte Raynell Carter of Burlington died at Great River Medical Center at around 3:30pm after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot by an unidentified gunman at around 2:41pm Monday afternoon. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday afternoon. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Crime Scene team is still processing the scene of the crime. Continue Reading
Police are expected to issue a full statement on the Monday shooting death of a 24-year old man near South Hill Park in Burlington this morning. The Hawk Eye reports that police and medics found the man lying in the street with at least two gunshot wounds to his torso. He was taken to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, where he died around 3:30 p.m.
Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein says officers have identified the dead man, but his name hasn’t been released. A full press release from the Burlington Police is expected before noon. Klein says no arrests have been made. Continue Reading
$25,000 is the damage estimate from an apartment fire late last(Weds) night at 301 Maple Street in Burlington. The renter…Nicole Foster…was not home at the time and Burlington & West Burlington firefighters were able to knock the blaze down within 40 minutes, preventing it from spreading to the other half of the Maple Hills duplex. The Red Cross was called in to help out the tenant. The cause of the fire is unknown but still being investigated. Yesterday(Weds) afternoon around 3:40, firefighters were dispatched to 315 Marietta Street for a bathroom fire. Continue Reading
Firefighters from several area departments are battling a big trailer fire in Gulfport this(Tues) morning. What we know so far is that Gulfport called Burlington for help at 6:23 am. A Gladstone crew is also on the scene. We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading
EU foreign policy chief arrives in Iran for talks
TEHRAN, July 28 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived in Iran's capital Tehran on Tuesday for talks on bilateral relations and the implementation of the recent nuclear deal.