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Pat Quinn gets Credit for ALS Challenge

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a hand from someone with a familiar name to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The governor’s office says the Democrat will appear Wednesday in Chicago with Pat Quinn of Yonkers, New York. The other Quinn is credited with helping jumpstart the so-called “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for the disease also known as ALS. He was diagnosed last year. The challenge asks those willing to douse themselves with ice water to challenge others to do the same. Continue Reading

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Illinois Unemployment Drops

(AP)┬áThe state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state’s jobless rate. The July figure represents a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.8 was in August 2008 when it was 6.7. There are 35,600 more jobs than one year ago. Continue Reading

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Iowa Gas Prices could Jump

Fuels analysts fear gasoline prices in Iowa could be about to jump following recent problems at three refineries in the Midwest region. That comes after more than two months of steady gas price declines in the state. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says there was a big fire at a major refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas, on July 29th… “Repairs are expected to take about four weeks. Also, there’s some reported problems at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, as well as one in El Dorado, Kansas.” Continue Reading

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Iowa 2014 Hunting Season comes with Changes

Summer is coming to an end and it has Iowa hunters itching to get back out into the timber. Willy Suchy with the Iowa DNR says there is one season that’s still fairly new. This will be the 4th year for dove season… The DNR is also introducing something new this year. It’s a┬áspecial teal-only duck season. Continue Reading

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Buy Propane while it’s Cheap

While many Iowans have their air conditioners running during the heat of early August, one expert suggests they look ahead to wintertime and their home heating needs. Harold Hommes, a fuels analyst with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says a very rapid rise in liquid propane prices last winter left many Iowans stunned and facing tough financial decisions… “We’re encouraging people to be prepared. Last year was truly an unusual situation that caught a lot of people off guard. We had prices bumping up in that $4 and $5 level and we certainly don’t want to see a repeat of that.” Continue Reading

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Target Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that have taken a stand on same-sex unions. Target says it signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending case. Starbucks, Intel and Apple have publicly backed gay marriage advocates in court cases or ballot issues. Nearly all of Minnesota’s biggest corporations declined to take a position on the 2012 state referendum to ban gay marriage except for General Mills, which opposed the ban. Continue Reading

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Drones could be used for Agriculture

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is the subject of much debate, but those remote-control flying robot-cameras may be the wave of the future — for farmers. Craig Hill, a farmer in Milo and president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, predicts the use of emerging technologies that give a farmer a full-color perspective on his fields from far above will prove quite successful for agriculture in the years ahead… “Eighty-percent of the use of drones in America will be for agriculture,” Hill says. “This will be a big feature and it actually could be an economic driver in agriculture, both in the services provided and in increased productivity.” Drones were a topic of conversation at last weekend’s third annual Iowa Farm Bureau economic summit, held in Ames. Continue Reading

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Dollar Tree buying up Family Dollar Stores

Iowans who like to shop at stores where everything’s a dollar may soon see some changes. The Dollar Tree chain is buying rival Family Dollar for eight-and-a-half BILLION dollars. There are about 40 Dollar Trees in Iowa and around 20 Family Dollars. While the items at Dollar Tree all cost a buck or less, the Family Dollar stocks some items up to five-dollars, and higher. The new Dollar Tree chain will become North America’s biggest discount retailer. Continue Reading

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Another RAGBRAI Rider Dies

A RAGBRAI rider was found dead inside his tent Thursday in Mason City. The man has been identified as 74-year-old George Brinkeroff of Sioux City. The cause of death has yet to be determined but a medical examiner says it appears the man died from natural causes. This is now the second person who has died on the ride this year. Continue Reading