Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa has been declared dead this session, but lawmakers are continuing with efforts to raise awareness about benefits associated with the drug. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, invited current and former Iowa residents to the Capitol today to share how marijuana has helped them medically and explain why they have left or are considering leaving the state. A mother from Waterloo says she uprooted her family to get her epileptic daughter medical marijuana in Colorado. A veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says he plans to move to Colorado, too. Gov. Terry Branstad has said he fears there would be unintended consequences if medical marijuana were legalized. Continue Reading
Des Moines County deputies are investigating close to a dozen reports of vehicle burglaries in Mediapolis over the weekend. Authorities say the break-in’s were committed Saturday night and Sunday morning in the areas of the 1300 block of Pine Street, 900 blocks of North and Main Streets, 100 block of Centennial, the 300 block of North Northfield, and the 200 and 300 blocks of South Northfield. Continue Reading
THERE’S NO BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONITE(MON) BECAUSE OF THE EXTRA MONDAY THIS MONTH…BUT IN TWO WEEKS…AT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING…THE CITY FIREFIGHTERS UNION IS URGING SUPPORTERS OF A NEARLY 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS QUALIFIED, TO SHOW UP IN-FORCE AND DEMONSTRATE THEIR ENDORSEMENT.
IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING ON THE 7TH AT 6:30, LOCAL 301 IS ASKING THAT YOU CONTACT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SHANE MCCAMPBELL…BECKY ANDERSON…TIM SCOTT…BOB FLEMING…AND BECKY SHOCKLEY BY E-MAIL…AVAILABLE ON THE BURLINGTON WEBSITE AT “firstname.lastname@example.org.” THE COUNCIL HAS TO OFFICIALLY ACCEPT THE GRANT BEFORE THE CHECK WILL BE SENT.
MEANWHILE, THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD ANOTHER WORK SESSION THIS(MON) AFTERNOON TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE BUDGET. THE DISTRICT IS IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING STAFF REDUCTIONS. Continue Reading
With winter behind us, we hope, Iowans need to get in the mindset to be prepared for different potential weather dangers associated with spring — like hail, lightning, flash flooding and tornadoes. Jeff Johnson, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says today (Monday) marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. One key element will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday morning. Each day this week will focus on different types of severe weather, including flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, developing a family emergency plan and how watches and warnings have changed in recent years. Johnson says 2013 was another unusual year as Iowa had very few tornadoes. Continue Reading
STATE SENATOR TOM COURTNEY WILL HOLD A SERIES OF PUBLIC FORUMS NEXT MONTH
AND HE’D LIKE SOME INPUT ON “SENATE FILE 23-18,” A BILL THAT WOULD PROVIDE A-MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH AN OFFICE OF SUPPORT & ANALYSIS FOR SAFE SCHOOLS, TO COORDINATE & IMPLEMENT EFFORTS TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO HARASSMENT & BULLYING. THE UPCOMING FORUMS WILL BE SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH, IN MUSCATINE & WAPELLO…AND SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH IN BURLINGTON & WEST BURLINGTON.
THE MAYORS OF BURLINGTON AND WEST BURLINGTON ARE STILL ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL VOLUNTEER AWARDS.
THE EVENT IS PLANNED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 8TH, AT NOON AT THE BURLINGTON GOLF CLUB…AND PUBLIC RECOGNITION WILL BE GIVEN IN NINE CATEGORIES — TERRIFIC TEEN…CIVIC…CULTURAL AND/OR PERFORMING ARTS…HEALTH…EDUCATION…SOCIAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE…RECREATION & SPORTS…ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES…AND LIFE ACHIEVEMENT.
A SELECTION PANEL…INCLUDING MAYORS SHANE MCCAMPBELL & HANS TROUSIL…WILL SELECT A WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY AND ALL NOMINEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Continue Reading
An Oquawka woman was taken to the Henderson County Jail Thursday after officials received a criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $100,000 from the Day Break Gas Station in Oquawka. 40-year-old Tonya Cook was arrested and is currently awaiting her first court appearance. Continue Reading
A Burlington police officer is credited with saving a man’s life early this morning. Officer Chris Chiprez was on a routine patrol in the Dankwardt Park area, when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked under a tree. As he got closer, he noticed a man standing in the bed of the truck, throwing a rope over a tree limb, and tying the other end around his neck. Lieutenant Adam Schaefer says Chiprez got there just as the 67-year-old man jumped, grabbing him, and then lifting him up and cutting the rope. A Burlington Fire Department Ambulance arrived on the scene a few moments later and took the man to Great River Medical Center for evaluation. Continue Reading