Former Marine, Virginia Senator Considering Presidential Bid

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he’s concerned about the future of the country — and he’s not ruling out a bid for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Webb has logged over 800 miles in Iowa over the past two days as he campaigned with Democratic candidates here. Webb, a former Marine who is the author of nine books, began writing a biography in January of 2013 when he left the U.S. Senate after serving just one term. Webb argues the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in a 2016 primary shouldn’t prevent other Democrats from campaigning in Iowa.  Webb is the guest on this weekend’s “Iowa Press” program on Iowa Public Television and he was asked to critique Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. Continue Reading


Enrollment is Up at ISU and U of I

Iowa State University has record-high enrollment of more than 34-thousand students for the fall semester, which starts next week. Annette Hacker, a spokeswoman for the university, says I-S-U officials have leased additional living space off-campus for over a thousand students because the residence halls are jam-packed, with some students living in the dens in the dorms.

Almost 12-thousand-500 students have signed up to live in the university’s residence halls. ”

The University of Iowa’s enrollment is expected to be among the largest in history, but officials say it won’t set a record. Enrollment projections from the University of Northern Iowa are not available. Last fall over 12-thousand students were enrolled at U-N-I. Continue Reading


Muscatine Man Charged with Murder

A Muscatine man faces a first-degree murder charge following the death of a man who was in a coma for several days. Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren says the charge against 27-year-old Jose Tapia was filed Friday, following the Wednesday death of 39-year-old Michael Newman. Court records do not list an attorney. The Muscatine Journal says Tapia is accused of hitting Newman with a baseball ball on Aug. 8 following an altercation. Continue Reading


460 Layoffs Coming at John Deere-Waterloo Plant

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. has announced hundreds of layoffs at its tractor factory in Waterloo. The Illinois-based agricultural equipment maker says about 460 workers will be laid off effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than 600 employees at four Midwest factories that make harvesting and other agricultural equipment due to slumping demand. Continue Reading


Ice-Water Still Hot as ALS Research Fundraiser

It seems everybody’s got a video on social media lately, having a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads — captains of industry, school administrators, Hollywood celebrities, local radio personalities, Iowa’s governor, or your neighbor down the street. The Ice Bucket Challenge was launched late last month as a way to raise awareness and funds for research into what’s known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or A-L-S. Abbi Costigan, coordinator of the Iowa chapter of the A-L-S Association, says the response has been completely unexpected and overwhelming. The challenge has spread very quickly through websites like Facebook. Once challenged, you can either dump a bucket of ice water on your head and donate at least ten dollars toward A-L-S research and challenge three more people — or skip the challenge and donate 100 dollars. Continue Reading


Illegal Immigrant Arrested in Muscatine

A man found in Muscatine, who is originally from Mexico, was sentenced to 27 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States. 31-year-old Rodriguez Paz was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his prison time and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Also after his sentence Paz will be turned over to Immigration authorities. Paz was given an enhanced sentence due to his 2011 felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver cocaine after his state drug conviction was deported. Continue Reading


PEDV Could Be in Hog Feed!

A deadly virus that’s driving up pork prices as it’s wiped out as many as one in every ten piglets in Iowa in the past year can be spread through hog feed, according to new research. Dr. Scott Dee, the study’s lead author and research director at Minnesota’s Pipestone Veterinary Services, says they were stunned to learn Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or P-E-D-V, can travel through livestock feed. Iowa’s first P-E-D-V case was found more than a year ago. Since then, the virus has killed as many as seven-million pigs nationwide. There have been more than 41-hundred cases reported in 26 states, including more than a thousand cases in Iowa. Continue Reading


ISU Housing Shortage this Year

Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage. The Des Moines Register reports that nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall. University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due to the record number of housing applications. More than 400 students will temporarily live in makeshift dorm rooms set up in the common spaces of residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house over 1,000 students. Continue Reading


Propane Cheap and Plentiful…at Least for Now

Propane supplies remain high & prices are staying low, for now. Iowans who rely on propane to heat their homes don’t want a repeat of last winter when prices hit record highs. Mason Hamilton, an analyst with the U-S Energy Information Administration, says propane costs, like any other commodity, are based on supply and demand. Hamilton says there was a huge demand for the fuel in Iowa last fall. When the cold weather moved in and propane supplies dwindled, the prices rocketed from around a dollar-and-a-half a gallon to over five-dollars. Continue Reading