Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Arrest Made in Illinois; Victim Identified in Fatal Wednesday Shooting

An arrest has been made and the victim identified in an early Wednesday shooting that killed a Burlington man. 28 year old Matthew Quinton Banks was shot multiple times at a house at 1204 Jefferson Street at around 1:23am yesterday Morning. Arrested and charged with first-degree murder is 43 year old Maurice Green, also of Burlington. Green was arrested after fleeing to Galesburg, Illinois. He remains in the Knox County Jail awaiting extridition to Iowa. Continue Reading

Burlington School Board Submits Budget Despite Des Moines Gridlock

The Burlington School Board is expressing frustration over a lack of compromise in Des Moines regarding school funding in the state. Republican and Democrats in the State Legislature are still sparring over how much more money to allocate to schools this year than last lear, with Democrats proposing a 4% increase and Republicans sticking tight to a 1.25% increase in allowable growth. That battle is leaving school districts in a tough position, Wednesday is the deadline for schools to get their budgets in to the Iowa Department of Education, and many districts have had to submit budgets that aren’t very precise on how much money they’re going to have in the coming fiscal year. The Burlington School District has submitted a budget that includes a .97 cents per $1000 assessed valuation tax Hike, but Superintendent Pat Coen says that number will decrease as the state legislature adjusts the budget to fit allowable growth, once a decision is made in the statehouse. Coen says that the 1.25% increase proposed by Republicans really isn’t enough, at least for Burlington, but theres some question as to whether or not the Democrats proposal would be enough, either. Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana Bill gets Senate Approval

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan to expand access to medical marijuana has won approval in the Democrat-majority Senate, but the legislation is unlikely to move any further this year in the Legislature. The Senate voted 26-19 in favor of the bill Wednesday. The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic diseases. Those approved by a doctor could purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa and sold at state-licensed dispensaries. The legislation moves to the Republican-controlled House, where leaders have expressed little interest in the bill. Continue Reading

Federal Taxes Due Tonight

Federal tax returns are due by midnight tonight (Wednesday) and officials with the Internal Revenue Service expect more than 57-thousand Iowans will be requesting an extension this year. I-R-S spokesman Bill Brunson says you can go the antiquated route, using a paper form that needs to be postmarked before midnight, or speed up the process with a few clicks on the agency’s website at Continue Reading

Des Moines County Engineer Details Five-Year Road Plan

Des Moines County Engineer Brian Carter revealed the County’s five-year road plan during a Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, and they plan to get quite a bit done. That $500,000 bump in funding from the local share of the State’s New Gas Tax is being put to use, too. But Carter says that even with that increased revenue, there is a lot of work to be done–over $26 million in the five year road plan alone. “We’re thrilled that we have the increased revenue…but [with] the size of our system, there is always work to be done that we aren’t getting to nearly soon enough,” said Carter. The work includes paving or repaving a number of county roads, most notably Mediapolis Road, replacing bridges, culverts, and railroad crossing signals. Continue Reading

Aaron Hernandez. Credit: Fox News

Former Patriots Star, Aaron Hernandez, Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Continue Reading

Iowa DHS Chief Wins Confirmation Despite MHI Closures

The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has won senate confirmation to stay in the job, despite complaints from some senators about controversial closings of state-run Mental Health Institutions in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant and the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. DHS chief Chuck Palmer was confirmed for another four-year term in the job by a vote of 39 to 11. Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, calls the closings illegal because the legislature never approved them. “So this is a gut check moment for this body,” Hogg said. “I think it is essential that we say, ‘No, we are not going to tolerate lawbreakers as directors of our departments.'”

Senator David Johnson, a Republican from Ocheyedan, says Palmer is a “compassionate” and stable leader. Continue Reading

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BPD: Jefferson Street Shooting Victim Dead, Homicide Investigation Underway

A man is dead following a shooting last night in Burlington. Burlington Police now confirming that a man shot several times during an altercation in the 1200 Block of Jefferson Street early Wednesday morning was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Great River Medical Center. Officers initially responded to a report of shots fired at 1204 Jefferson Street at around 1:23 am. When they arrived, they found the victim had suffered several gunshot wounds. The identity of the victim has not been released pending notification of the family. Continue Reading

Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended Tuesday to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name. Hackers in December or January broke into an Anthem database that included names, employment details and Social Security numbers. Continue Reading