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ATV Victim a QC Man

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have released the name of a man killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Appanoose County. The state Department of Natural Resources says 83-year-old Allen Sindt, of Davenport, was deer hunting Monday afternoon in Stephens State Forest, northwest of Unionville, when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over on top of him. Officials say Sindt was trying to maneuver over a downed log at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The DNR says Sindt had a valid permit to operate the ATV in the state forest. Continue Reading

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$1,200 Coin Finds Way to Suburban Salvation Army

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The Salvation Army got a nice surprise when it was discovered one of the coins dropped in a Red Kettle in suburban Chicago wasn’t just another coin. The Lake County News-Sun reports that over the Thanksgiving weekend, somebody anonymously dropped a 1-ounce gold coin worth $1,200 in one of the Salvation Army’s kettles outside a Walmart store in Round Lake Beach. In a news release, the Salvation Army’s Waukegan Corps says the gold coin couldn’t have come at a better time. That’s because some of the money dropped in kettles is spent helping those who need it pay their rent or utility bills. Continue Reading

Ameren-IL, Com Ed Closer to Raising Rates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Legislature committee has taken action that puts a pair of the state’s electric utilities closer to receiving two more years of automatic rate hikes. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday voted 12-1 on a measure involving Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison. The utilities want to avoid legislative oversight until 2019 on upgrades to the state’s aging electric grid. The law currently says the “smart grid” oversight program should end in 2017. Continue Reading

Two Energy Pipelines Proposed to Cross Iowa

While a Texas energy company called Dakota Access gears up to tell Lee County residents Monday what to expect from an underground oil pipeline that’ll stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, more than one-thousand Iowans have joined a group that opposes the two-billion-dollar Rock Island Clean Line wind energy project which aims to build two-thousand wind turbines across Iowa and a 500-mile-long transmission line. Carolyn Sheridan, who lives near Spencer in Clay County, is president of the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance. Sheridan says they have several concerns with the project and its potential harmful effects. Sheridan says, according to state law, wind companies may invoke eminent domain through what’s known as the franchise process. One of the first requirements, she says, is to hold informational meetings. Continue Reading

Man Charged in Bait Shop Murder

ELDON, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been charged with killing a man whose body was found inside a southeast Iowa bait shop. Authorities say Ricky Davidson was arrested around 1 p.m. Monday. He’s charged with murder and burglary in slaying of 64-year-old Darrell Teeter, who was found dead in the Main Street Bait Shop in Eldon on Aug. 11. Teeter was shot in the head. Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving Week Travel May be Dicey but Gas Will be Cheap

Many thousands of Iowans will be on the road this week and their Thanksgiving holiday travels could be hampered by wintery weather. Forecasters say up to three inches of snow is likely this (Monday) afternoon into tonight for a wide section of eastern Iowa, while more snow is predicted for much of the state tomorrow (Tuesday) night into Wednesday. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says travelers will have plenty of company. Gasoline prices in Iowa have dropped to the lowest levels in many months, falling more than 30-cents a gallon from last Thanksgiving, while the cost to fly has risen slightly. Some people prefer to rent a car for long trips so they don’t put the miles on their personal vehicles, but White notes it’s getting pricey. Continue Reading

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Branstad Open to Combo Alternative to Gasoline Tax Increase

Governor Terry Branstad says he’s open to considering all options that might boost the amount of money available to fix Iowa’s roads and bridges. The state gas taxes paid when motorists fill up at Iowa pumps are deposited in the state’s Road Use Tax Fund, but transportation officials have said for the past several years there’s not enough money being generated from the gas tax to finance needed road and bridge repairs and new construction. It’s partly because modern vehicles get far better gas mileage — so fewer gallons of fuel are purchased — and partly because the state gas tax of 22 cents per gallon hasn’t been raised since 1989. Branstad says he isn’t calling on legislators to pass an increase in the state gas tax. Branstad suggests a wide-ranging combination of actions should be considered. Continue Reading

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Carp Processor Shuts Down

GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — The chief executive of a southern Illinois Asian carp processing plant says the facility has ceased operations ahead of a 30-day deadline to stop emitting rotten odors or shut down. American Heartland Fish Products chief executive officer Gray Magee tells The (Alton) Telegraph that the Grafton site has temporarily stopped processing fish. The city gave the company the deadline on Oct. 22. Continue Reading

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To Sign or Veto: That is the Question

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is deciding whether to sign or veto legislation to ban hog farmers in that state from using gestation crates, a decision that could impact his future political plans should he campaign in Iowa. Bill Tentinger, a Plymouth County pork producer and a past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says he talked with Christie about the subject at a recent event in northwest Iowa. While New Jersey’s hog industry is relatively small, Iowa is the nation’s number-one hog producer, in addition to being home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Tentinger says Christie is aware that banning the crates has been the focus of animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States. Tentinger says Christie has consulted with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on the issue. Continue Reading