QC Man Arrested for Fatal Hit-and-Run

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) _ Police say the driver who fled the scene of a fatal crash in Davenport has been arrested and charged. Assistant Police Chief Don Schaeffer tells the Quad-City Times that 22-year-old Charles Williams of Davenport was arrested Friday after being released from a hospital.  He is now in the Scott County Jail. Williams has been charged with homicide by vehicle, operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and other counts. Police say he fled the December 10th single-car crash that killed his passenger, 47-year-old John Frost of Davenport. Continue Reading

House Explodes NW of Springfield

VIRGINIA, Ill. (AP) _ Fire officials say a home in rural central Illinois exploded but no one was home at the time. The explosion happened in the town of Virginia in Cass County.  Virginia Fire Chief Donnie Reynolds tells WLDS radio in Jacksonville the home exploded around 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Reynolds says he thinks a propane leak filled the home with gas. Continue Reading

Heinz-Muscatine in Line to Add 100+ New Jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The Iowa Economic Development Authority has approved tax credits for an expansion by H.J. Heinz that could mean more than 100 jobs at the company’s plant in Muscatine. The Des Moines Register reports the agency approved $825,000 in tax credits for the Pittsburgh-based food maker, which has plans for a $24.5 million expansion of its plant, which produces ketchup and mustard as well as other items.

To receive the tax credits, the company must create 106 jobs. The state award also must be matched by an award by the city of Muscatine. The state agency also awarded $75,000 in loans to ConnectFive, an Iowa City computer design firm that plans to move to a larger building in Coralville.   ConnectFive must create 10 jobs. Continue Reading

Iowa Juvenile Home May Have Broken Federal Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The Iowa Department of Education has found that the state-run Iowa Juvenile Home violated federal law when it denied youths educational services and transition planning to help them succeed in life. The Des Moines Register reports that the Education Department issued the ruling
Friday following its investigation into a complaint filed by the nonprofit
organization Disability Rights Iowa. In its ruling, the department verified that the home had written up education
and behavior-intervention plans that used the same “cut-and-paste” boilerplate
language for each youth, instead of individualized plans required by law. Governor Terry Branstad announced earlier this month that state officials will
close the troubled facility next month, relocate the children and lay off the
staff of 93 employees. Continue Reading

Iowa Capitol Focus: Tom Latham

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Tom Latham’s announcement that he won’t run for re-election in 2014 comes as Congress is wrapping up one of its most contentious years in recent history. But the longtime Iowa lawmaker says his decision to retire is personal, not political.  Latham says that he and his wife made the decision together, calling it the right time to go. Latham’s announcement took many people by surprise. The 65-year-old Republican
from Clive will have spent 20 years in Congress and is Iowa’s senior U.S. House
member. Continue Reading

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Man Jumps From Muscatine Bridge

Fire officials and witnesses say a man jumped from a Muscatine bridge that spans the Mississippi River and couldn’t be found despite a quick response by rescuers. The Muscatine Journal says authorities received reports yesterday morning of suspicious activity at the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge, a more than 3,000 foot bridge between Muscatine and Rock Island County, Ill. Police found a man near the center of the bridge and called for rescue workers. After the man jumped, rescuers immediately tried to reach him, but he was swept under ice downstream from the bridge. A search continued through yesterday afternoon without success Continue Reading

Palmer Re-elected IGA Chairman

IOWA’S GAMING ASSOCIATION HAS NAMED ITS 2014 OFFICERS…AND GARY PALMER OF PRAIRIE MEADOWS HAS BEEN RE-ELECTED CHAIRMAN.  

THE OTHER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS ARE VICE-CHAIR TOM TIMMONS OF WILD ROSE ENTERTAINMENT…TREASURER KIM PANG OF DIAMOND JO WORTH…AND SECRETARY NANCY BALLENGER OF ISLE OF CAPRI. CATFISH BEND CASINO IN BURLINGTON IS REPRESENTED ON THE I-G-A BOARD BY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JERRY BAUM.  

GAMING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT AND C-E-O WES EHRECKE SAYS SIX OF THE 18 BOARD MEMBERS WILL NOW BE WOMEN. THAT’S A NEW HIGH. Continue Reading

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Identities Stolen at Iowa Target Stores

There’s no word yet on how many Iowans may have had their identities compromised by shopping at Target stores in the past few weeks. The Target stores in our area are located in West Burlington, Ottumwa, and Galesburg. Radio Iowa’s Matt Kelley reports:

The Twin Cities-based retailer confirms, as many as 40-million customers may be at risk after a security breach that started on Black Friday and wasn’t discovered until this past Sunday. Target has 22 stores in Iowa. The company says the breach only impacted customers who were swiping their cards in person at the checkout and online customers were evidently safe. Continue Reading

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Freezing Rain and Winter Weather Headed to SE Iowa

The National Weather Service is advising many counties in southeast Iowa of some weather heading out way that could be dangerous to drivers. There is a freezing rain advisory from midnight tonight to 6am tomorrow morning for Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Washington, Van Buren, and Louisa counties in Iowa. There is also the same advisory for Warren county in Illinois. Continue Reading