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Branstad Hints at MHI Closures

Governor Terry Branstad has until July 6th to make final decisions on the entire state budget outline legislators sent him earlier this month, but Branstad’s giving strong hints he’ll reject the legislature’s plan to keep the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open. “I would point out Iowa was late to get serious about redesigning our mental health system,” Branstad says. “Other states like Minnesota went from 11 institutions to one. They’ve done that. Wisconsin has reduced the number of institutions. Continue Reading

Shotgun Fired During Fight Near Mount Pleasant

Four people are facing charges after a Saturday night fight in rural Mount Pleasant in which a shotgun was fired. Deputies responded to a report of an assault on 265th street just south of Mount Pleasant, and pulled over the suspects in the 1800 grid of Oakland Mills Road. The Henry County Sheriff’s office says a witness reported that 18 year old Nathan Cosgrove allegedly fired the shotgun in the direction of a victim, and a female victim was hit in the face with a baseball bat, allegedly by 16 year old Trequan Cosgrove. Drug paraphernalia and evidence of the crime were discovered in the vehicle. 18 year old Becca Henderson of Salem, the driver of the vehicle, and 20 year old Christian Chapman also have pending charges in the case. Continue Reading

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Burlington House Fire Listed as “Suspicious”

Burlington Fire Officials have listed a fire that damaged a South 10th Street Home as “Suspicious” in nature. Sunday Morning, just after 1:00 am, firefighters were called to 1211 South 10th Street in Burlington. Burlington Police officers were first to arrive and reported smoke coming from the front door and windows. Firefighters arrived within a few minutes and were able to locate a fire in the kitchen area and extinguished it. The home was not occupied. Continue Reading

Kody Burr. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Burlington Man Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

A Burlington man was arrested Thursday on child molestation charges following an investigation by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department. 22 year old Kody Wayne Burr is charged with three misdemeanor counts of Indecent Contact with a Child after allegations surfaced that he molested a child in rural Des Moines County sometime last month. If convicted he could face up to 2 years in prison and a $6,250 fine for each count. He’s being held on $2,000 bond. Continue Reading

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Des Moines County Emergency Manager Clears Up Storm Siren Confusion

Recent Severe Weather has drummed up questions about the Storm Siren system in Des Moines County. Those questions arose following three severe weather systems that moved through Southeast Iowa this week. The storm sirens only sounded for the storm that occurred on Saturday. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says that the situations under which the storm sirens will sound are very specific, and unless a storm reaches that threshold, they won’t sound. “We activate the sirens in the event that there are 70 mile and hour winds during a thunderstorm, a tornado, or golf ball sized hail. Continue Reading

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Supreme Court Healthcare Decision will Affect Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding tax credits for the federal Affordable Care Act more than 38,000 Iowans will be able to continue to receive those credits. Had the court struck down the tax credits those Iowans would have lost those subsidies. In Iowa, more than 45,000 Iowans use the federal insurance exchange to buy health care coverage and 86 percent of them receive tax credits to help pay premiums.

Iowa is among 34 states using a federally-facilitated model that allows state officials to maintain some management of the insurance program but allows citizens to sign up using the federal government exchange. The challenge to the law focused on whether states without their own state exchange, like Iowa, could still offer subsidies to users. Continue Reading

Burlington Trash Pickup Holiday Schedule

Burlington Solid Waste Crews will be off work on Friday, July 3rd for the holiday weekend. Thursday and Friday Trash Pickup will be picked up instead on Thursday, July 2nd. Other routes will remain the same, but crews may come earlier or later in the day than usual. Continue Reading

City of Burlington Working to Pick up Trees, Limbs in Wake of Storms

The City of Burlington is working to clean up tree and limb damage as a result of this weeks severe weather. A Press Release from the City of Burlington says that city crews are hard at work picking up limbs and branches from city right-of ways. Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible for picking up and disposing trees that are on their private property. The City will be picking up small limbs and branches left on the curb through the end of next week, but will not pick up trunks or larger branches. Continue Reading

Vigil for SC Church Shooting Victims to be Held in Burlington

A vigil for the nine people murdered in a South Carolina Church Shooting will be held this weekend in Burlington. South Hill Neighborhood Association Coordinator Carol Bartles says that the vigil service will take place at 6:00pm at the Faith Temple on Maple Street on Friday. Burlington mayor Shane McCampbell will speak at the service. Nine people were killed last Thursday when a gunman opened fire in the historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman was apparently motivated by racial hatred. Continue Reading