Bird Flu Claims 4 Million More Chickens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say bird flu will claim an additional 4 million Iowa egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease. Officials are waiting for preliminary tests on two farms in Wright County to be confirmed. The county earlier reported a farm with 2.8 million chickens affected. Iowa’s chicken loss is approaching 25 million, more than 40 percent of the state’s egg-laying flock. Officials on Friday also announced detection of the virus on five more turkey farms, including one with 42,000 birds. Continue Reading

Firey Chain Reaction Crash on I-80 Leaves About 30 Injured

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say up to 30 people have been injured in a fiery chain-reaction crash along westbound Interstate 80 near Williamsburg. No one was killed. Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nate Luding says it started Friday afternoon when a semitrailer on the side of the road caught fire. As traffic slowed, cars began to crash. Continue Reading

210th Avenue Closure

2010th Avenue between Agency and Skunk River Road will be closed starting on Tuesday, May 12th. Des Moines County Road Department will be repairing multiple culverts on that stretch of road. Closures will be intermittent. Crews will attempt to have the road open after hours. Continue Reading

Mom May Get Severe Weather This Mothers Day

Mother Nature may be very busy on Mother’s Day. After a full week of stormy weather, forecasters say Iowans see a brief break from the clouds Friday, while the rains will return tomorrow. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg, at the National Weather Service, says it appears likely much of the state may see severe weather on Sunday. “It will probably start to get potentially bad early afternoon especially through the early evening,” Kotenberg says. “One of the things we’ll be working on today is to narrow it down to a more specific area. Continue Reading

Synthetic Marijuana Leads to Nationwide Spike in Hospitalizations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A powerful and potentially harmful chemical compound has been found in synthetic marijuana tested in several states that saw a huge spike in the number of people hospitalized because of the drug last month. Recent tests have turned up a synthetic cannabinoid that mimics the effects of the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Officials say it’s one of several cannabinoids that can cause severe health problems including seizures, elevated blood pressure and death. Dr. Steven Marcus of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System has been monitoring the recent hospitalizations spike. Continue Reading

Alligator Causes Fatal Wreck in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say an alligator crossing Interstate 10 caused a fatal two-vehicle crash. Police say a van was eastbound near an exit early Friday when the driver tried to avoid the alligator. Investigators say a car rear-ended the van. Police say the driver of the car was killed and a passenger was taken to the hospital. The driver of the van is being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Continue Reading

Small Planes Crashed into Atlanta Runway

ATLANTA (AP) — A small plane has crashed into Interstate 285 after taking off from an Atlanta-area airport. The crash happened Friday morning after the Piper PA-32 departed from DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Kathleen Bergen says authorities have not yet confirmed how many people were onboard. The condition of the pilot and any passengers was not immediately clear. The cause remains under investigation. Continue Reading

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West Burlington to Sell Off Lots on Old Publics Works Land

The City of West Burlington will be selling off the land formerly home to the city’s old public works building. The five lots, zoned for residential housing, are located on Glasgow Street. A portion of that street will be extended in order to service all five lots. Sealed bids are due into the officers of the Lynch-Dallas Law Firm in Cedar Rapids on May 19th. Lots will be sold to the highest bidder. Continue Reading

Senator Ernst Visits Farmers Hit By Bird Flu

The Iowa Department of Agriculture announce two new probable cases of the bird flu Thursday in Osceola and Cherokee County, bringing the number of overall cases to 37. U-S Senator Joni Ernst says the Iowa delegation continues to be “in close contact” with the USDA and is encouraging the department provide as many resources as are necessary to help those chicken, egg and turkey producers hit by the bird flu. Ernst, a Republican, says she was able to talk first-hand with some of the Iowans who run egg-laying operations. Ernst says it has been very tough on the operators who find out the bird flu has gotten into their operations, and that addressing the current outbreak is just part of the issue. “We do have to figure out what is the underlying cause of this outbreak, where it’s coming from and how we prevent it in the future,” Ernst says. Continue Reading