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Burlington to Spend $1.1 Million on Parks in 2016 Fiscal Year

Burlington is getting ready to spend over $1 million for improvements to the city’s 14 parks starting next fiscal year. Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland spoke to the Burlington City Council on Monday. “Some of the needs [include] updated amenities because many of our parks are in core areas of town that were set up a long time ago. A lot of those amenities are aging and we’re working to update those,” Tysland said. About $531,000 will be set aside for park maintenance and $380,000 for forestry operations. Continue Reading

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Hillary Clinton to Visit Burlington on Sunday

Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Burlington this weekend at a private event. Clinton will be visiting a “House Party” in Burlington on Sunday at around 3:15, but few specifics are available. The event is not open to the public. According to a campaign spokesperson, Clinton will make brief opening statements to the press before attending the event. It will be the second small “House Party” she’ll be attending on Sunday. Continue Reading

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Possible Tornado Touches Down in Mercer County as Storms Sweep Region

More Storms causing headaches throughout the area. Parts of Des Moines County were hit with about an inch of rain last night. The storms last night were less severe than those that blew through the area on Wednesday night, but still caused a Tornado Watch to be issued for McDonough County in Illinois. Storms were more severe around the Quad cities area. A possible tornado might have touched down in rural Mercer County, two miles outside of Reynolds, Illinois. Continue Reading

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Two Arrested Following Assault on West Burlington Officer

A West Burlington man is in jail after police say he assaulted a West Burlington Police Officer while that officer was attempting to arrest another man. Police initially came into contact with 32 year old Michael J. Hurka and 56 year old Kevin White while responding to a report of a vehicle burglary. While asking White for identification, police say he became uncooperative and did not comply with police orders. As the officer was attempting to arrest White, he allegedly resisted and thats when police say that Hurka attempted to grab and pull the officer to the ground. Hurka was arrested and charged with Aggravated Public Intoxication, Interference with Official Acts, Assault on a Police Officer, and Burglary of a Motor Vehicle after a witness told police she saw Hurka enter a vehicle and steal a purse. Continue Reading

State Patrol Urges Smartphone Users to Keep AMBER Alerts On

Hundreds of thousands of smartphone users in Iowa were jolted awake around 2 o’clock this Wednesday morning by an AMBER Alert. It’s the second time in two weeks the emergency warning system has gone off in the wee hours and it’s left some Iowans vowing to disable the feature. Sergeant Nate Ludwig, of the Iowa State Highway Patrol, says those cell phone alerts are vital and he hopes people will reconsider. “I would advise them not to disable them,” Ludwig says. “If this was one of their kids or someone they knew or someone they might have clues about, they’re not going to be notified by this wireless alert.” Continue Reading

Bakken Pipeline’s Fate to Be Decided Later this Year

The Iowa Utilities Board has issued a schedule of deadlines for the controversial Bakken oil pipeline which would criss-cross the state from northwest to southeast. The schedule indicates the board will decide in December or January whether the project may proceed. Lawmakers adjourned the 2015 legislative session without passing a bill that would have made it harder for pipeline developers to forcibly acquire land by eminent domain. A group called the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance had lobbied for the bill and the group’s president, Carolyn Sheridan, says they’re hoping the legislature revisits the issue in 2016. “We thought we gained a lot of momentum,” Sheridan says. Continue Reading


Storm Blows Down Limbs, Trees, Knocks Out Power

Strong overnight storms caused some damage in Burlington. Justin Foss with Alliant energy says that storms knocked down 5-6 power poles on Main street. Crews worked through the night and managed to restore power to about 800 customers. Around 400 customers are still without power, but Foss says that power should be back on before the end of the day Thursday. Trees and Tree Limbs fell all across the area. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Man Shot By Louisa County Deputies Following Traffic Chase

A Muscatine man was shot by Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy after Police say he fled from a traffic stop and allegedly began driving towards deputies with his car. A Press Release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says that 55 year old Richard Spurling of Muscatine failed to stop for deputies attempting to pull him over for traffic violations. Spurling then allegedly took off in his vehicle and deputies gave chase before the pursuit came to a stop near the intersection of Fruitland Road and Crimson Road. As deputies approached the stopped vehicle, Spurling allegedly began driving towards the deputies, that when one of the deputies shot Spurling in the chest. Spurling was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading

Identity of Woman Killed in Sunday Car Accident Released

The identity of the woman killed in a Sunday car accident on Summer Street and Highway 61 in Burlington has been released. 74 year old Sandra Waggoner of Fort Madison was killed after Burlington Fire Department officials say that she pulled into the intersection at Summer and 61 and was struck by a vehicle heading North on 61 driven by 55 year old William Poland of Burlington. Waggoner died after emergency crews arrived. Three others, including Poland and his wife Regina Poland as well as a 13 year old juvenile in Waggoner’s car were transported from the scene to Great River Medical Center. Iowa State Patrol is investigating the incident. Continue Reading