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Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal Nationwide Following Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. Continue Reading

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Supreme Court Healthcare Decision will Affect Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding tax credits for the federal Affordable Care Act more than 38,000 Iowans will be able to continue to receive those credits. Had the court struck down the tax credits those Iowans would have lost those subsidies. In Iowa, more than 45,000 Iowans use the federal insurance exchange to buy health care coverage and 86 percent of them receive tax credits to help pay premiums.

Iowa is among 34 states using a federally-facilitated model that allows state officials to maintain some management of the insurance program but allows citizens to sign up using the federal government exchange. The challenge to the law focused on whether states without their own state exchange, like Iowa, could still offer subsidies to users. Continue Reading

Burlington Trash Pickup Holiday Schedule

Burlington Solid Waste Crews will be off work on Friday, July 3rd for the holiday weekend. Thursday and Friday Trash Pickup will be picked up instead on Thursday, July 2nd. Other routes will remain the same, but crews may come earlier or later in the day than usual. Continue Reading

Iowa State Fair Announces New Food Options, Includes ‘Ultimate Bacon Explosion’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair has announced new food items for this summer’s contest. Three finalists have been chosen for the New Food Contest, and fairgoers will be able to vote on them. Corn in a Cup is one of the finalists. Sweet corn is cut off the cob and then mixed with pork chorizo, butter, chayote cheese, lime juice, sour cream, mayonnaise and “Magic Dust.” The second finalist is the Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster, a combination of toasted coconut, caramel fudge and pretzel bits that’s frozen on a stick and dipped in chocolate. Continue Reading

City of Burlington Working to Pick up Trees, Limbs in Wake of Storms

The City of Burlington is working to clean up tree and limb damage as a result of this weeks severe weather. A Press Release from the City of Burlington says that city crews are hard at work picking up limbs and branches from city right-of ways. Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible for picking up and disposing trees that are on their private property. The City will be picking up small limbs and branches left on the curb through the end of next week, but will not pick up trunks or larger branches. Continue Reading

Vigil for SC Church Shooting Victims to be Held in Burlington

A vigil for the nine people murdered in a South Carolina Church Shooting will be held this weekend in Burlington. South Hill Neighborhood Association Coordinator Carol Bartles says that the vigil service will take place at 6:00pm at the Faith Temple on Maple Street on Friday. Burlington mayor Shane McCampbell will speak at the service. Nine people were killed last Thursday when a gunman opened fire in the historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman was apparently motivated by racial hatred. Continue Reading

Ernst “Concerned” With New Hostage Ransom Policy

U-S Senator Joni Ernst says she is “deeply, deeply concerned” about the direction the president is going in allowing U-S families to offer private ransom payments for relatives kidnapped overseas. “I do not believe families should be negotiating with terrorists,” Ernst says. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says the president is sending a mix message. The federal government will continue its policy of not making ransom payments, but president signed an executive order creating a new office to deal with hostage families, including the facilitation of communications with terrorist groups that could theoretically be used to organize ransom payments. “I don’t agree with what the president is doing, and I think he puts a number of these families at great peril by encouraging them to do so,” according to Ernst. Continue Reading

Two Injured When Building Collapses in Evansdale

Two people were injured when a building under construction collapsed in Evansdale Wednesday afternoon. Elwin Huffman reports. One man who was trapped under the rubble was pulled from the debris and placed on a stretcher. A second man who had been standing after the accident was later loaded into another ambulance. Both victims were taken to a local hospital for what treatment of what officials are calling non-life threatening injuries, although Evansdale’s police chief described the injuries to one of the victims as serious. Continue Reading

Muscatine Co. Attorney: Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy Was ‘Justified’ in Shooting Suspect After Car Chase

A county attorney has ruled a Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy was justified in his shooting of a motorist earlier this month. The incident in Muscatine County on June 9 involved Louisa County deputy David Perley, who shot 55-year-old Richard Spurling after a chase. Spurling was hit in the right shoulder. The gunfire happened after the chase ended and Perley was approaching Spurling’s vehicle. Spurling has disputed claims that he drove his vehicle in the direction of Perley. Continue Reading