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Ottumwa Pork Plant Called #1 Chemical Polluter in State

A report released by the group Environment Iowa lists Cargill Meat Solutions’ pork processing plant in Ottumwa as the state’s number one disposer of toxic chemicals into waterways. In 2012, Cargill disposed of more than two-million-eight-hundred-thousand-pounds (2,800,000 pounds) of chemicals into the Lower Des Moines River. Cargill’s Director of Communications, Mike Martin, says his company takes environmental stewardship very seriously. Environment Iowa’s senior attorney, John Rumpler (Rump-ler), disagrees, saying discharge from companies like Cargill does hurt aquatic life by causing large blooms of algae. Of all industrial plants nationwide, Environment Iowa states the Ottumwa facility is the ninth largest polluter of watersheds. Continue Reading

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Charging Station Tour This Week

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Community colleges throughout Illinois are planning a three-day road trip to help promote electric vehicle charging stations. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will help kick off the event on Monday at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It will end on Wednesday about 370 miles to north at College of Lake County in Grayslake. The car will stop at 11 community colleges that have electric vehicle charging stations. Continue Reading

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And It’s Headed This Way…

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque have closed several floodgates as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage in the coming days. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the city closed the Ice Harbor floodgates on Friday as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest at 17.9 feet this weekend. That’s nearly a foot above flood stage. Heavy rains Wednesday night led to the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque. Continue Reading

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Rural IL Fire Depts. Get Help

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fire departments are getting more help to buy new trucks. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday raising the cap on how much money municipalities can borrow from the state at no or low interest for truck purchases. Republican state Rep. Donald Moffitt of Gilson was one of the sponsors. He says it’s especially important for downstate rural fire departments with more limited resources. Continue Reading

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Southeast Iowa Check Point Cite 23 and Warns 221

A group of Southeast Iowa law enforcement officials conducted a traffic safety check point on June 19th at Highway 27 and 130th Street from 4-8pm. All northbound vehicles were forced to exit into the Weight Station. During their traffic stop, they checked 677 vehicles. There was a total of 23 traffic citations which ranged from Driving While Suspended to Equiptment Violations. There were 221 warnings and 1 commerical vehicle was placed out of service. Continue Reading

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Branstad Re-Signs Bill in Keokuk for Hospital

Iowa Gov Terry Branstad was in Keokuk yesterday and re-signed the Iowa Apprentiship and Job Training Act. The Keokuk Area Hospital has been struggling with finances for a while, and by signing this bill again, the Hospital will receive a loan of up to $5-million. Branstad told the people in attendance that they’ve altered the bill a little in order to give the Keokuk Hospital some breathing room when paying back some debt. The hospital will recieve the funding in July. Continue Reading

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Man Airlifted after Hancock Co. Crash

A 51-year old Quincy man had to be airlifted to Blessing Hospital late last night after his car hit a utility pole and caught fire, near Hamilton. Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies say Paul Mlyniec was driving south on County Road 1100-East when the 2008 Kia left the pavement and crashed. A passerby pulled Mlyniec from the vehicle and away from the flames. Authorities say the victim was wearing a seatbelt and they continue their investigation. Continue Reading

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Grinnell Gives Qualified “Yes” to Golf Carts on Streets

Fort Madison recently said “no,” but Grinnell has become the latest in a string of Iowa cities to allow golf carts on some city streets. The Grinnell City Council this week took final action on an ordinance that allows golf carts on city streets, however the slow-moving vehicles will not be allowed on either of the highways that pass through Grinnell, nor will carts be allowed in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance prohibits golf carts in the city’s parks, too. Grinnell residents who want to drive their golf cart within the city limits have to register the cart with the city. That’s common in many Iowa towns which allow residents to use golf carts off of the golf course. Continue Reading

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Archaeologists Digging in Nauvoo

An archaeological dig is underway in a tiny western Illinois community for the possible location of a home built for the one-time patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that the search is on in Nauvoo in Hancock County for the one-time dwelling of Joseph Smith Sr. and wife Lucy Mack. They’re the parents of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church. The newspaper says recent discoveries suggest that the site being sought is just south of the community’s historic Joseph and Emma Smith Mansion House. Volunteers are discovering what appears to be a structural support for the house that research indicates was a double log cabin. Continue Reading