Division Street Resurfacing Project Gets Green Light

Sections of Division Street in Burlington will be resurfaced this year. The Burlington City Council approved the $564,000 project during a Monday night City Council meeting. The street will be resurfaced from Leebrick to Marshall, and from Central to 6th Street. The project will utilize Hot Mix Asphalt. Work will be conducted by OMG Construction. Continue Reading

Pacers Forward Chris Copeland Stabbed Outside of New York Nightclub

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub after an argument. Police say the victims were hospitalized Wednesday with minor injuries. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement they were still gathering information. He says the team’s thoughts are with the injured. Police say the player was stabbed in the abdomen, his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast and backside. Continue Reading

South Carolina Cop Charged With Murder After Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The parents of a black man who was fatally shot while fleeing a white police officer call the shooting horrible, with his father saying it looked as if the officer was trying to “kill a deer running through the woods.” Judy Scott, the mother of 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that she almost couldn’t look at the video showing the shooting last weekend. She says it tore her heart to pieces. His father, Walter Scott Sr., tells NBC’s “Today Show” that his son may have run after being pulled for a traffic stop because he owed child support and didn’t want to go back to jail. The father says he doesn’t know if the shooting was racially motivated. Continue Reading

Dozens March on State Capitol for Medical Marijuana Expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates seeking expanded access to medical marijuana in Iowa held a march at the state Capitol. More than 50 supporters of a proposal to expand the use of medical marijuana participated Tuesday. They support legislation that has won committee-level approval in the state Senate and could soon come up for a floor vote. The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor could purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa and sold at state-licensed dispensaries. Continue Reading

Iowa DOT Officials Announce Highway 34 Off-ramp Closures, Lane Restrictions

Intermittent lane restrictions and offramp closures on US 34 through Burlington have been announced by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Iowa DOT officials in Mount Pleasant say that road work will require the restrictions starting on April 15th–next Wednesday. Construction is expected to be completed in Mid-May. Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution and obey all work zone speed limits. Fines for moving violations are doubled in work zones. Continue Reading

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West Burlington School District Voters Reject Tax Levy, Elect Hockett to School Board

West Burlington Voters shot down a proposed tax levy during a special election yesterday. The levy, known as a Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or “PPEL”, would have increased the city’s voted PPEL from .64 cents for every $1,000 in taxable valuation to $1.34 for every $1,000 in taxable valuation. It failed, with 66% of voters voting against the levy, and only 34% voting for proposal. The tax levy was designed to help fund the district’s 1 to 1 computer initiative, which allows every student in the district access to a computer, with older students getting personal computers to take home with them. Superintendent David Schmitt says that the program will still be funded regardless of the levy, with money coming out of several other funds to cover costs. Continue Reading

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Announces GOP Presidential Bid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As he launches his presidential campaign, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is delivering a challenge both to Washington and to his fellow Republicans. Announcing his candidacy today at a rally in Louisville, Paul said he’s worried that “opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters.” And he said it seems as if “both parties and the entire political system are to blame.” Paul drew cheers today when he denounced government searches of phones and computer records — a practice that most Republicans defend as a necessary defense against terrorism. Continue Reading

Illinois State Athletic Staffers Among 7 Dead in Plane Crash

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University says its associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletic director are among seven people who died in a plane crash in central Illinois. University President Larry Dietz confirmed Tuesday that assistant coach Torrey Ward and Aaron Leetch, the athletic department’s deputy director for external relations, were killed in the early-morning crash. Dietz made the announcement in an email to students, faculty and staff, saying “words cannot fully express the grief that is felt.” Ward and Leetch were on a small plane that crashed near Bloomington, Illinois, on the way back from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Continue Reading

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Mount Pleasant MHI Permanently Lays Off Three Dozen Workers

The senator who represents Mount Pleasant is lamenting the now permanent layoffs of workers at the two state-run Mental Health Institutes in southern Iowa. Senator Rich Taylor, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant, notes that Monday was the last day for three dozen workers at the M-H-I in his town. “What a tragic mistake I think we’re making in this state by closing these MHIs down and it’s not that I don’t think that maybe we could do something different,” Taylor says. “It’s mainly that we’re just not ready.” Some legislators have suggested the closure of the state-run institutes for patients with acute mental illness needed to be delayed until adequate alternatives were in place, but Governor Branstad on Monday made it clear he believes he had the authority as chief executive of state government to close the facilities now. Continue Reading