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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

Jefferson, Iowa Casino the Last?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa gambling regulators plan to consider whether it’s time to stop building more casinos in Iowa at a meeting next month after narrowly voting to approve one for Jefferson.  

The five-member Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved Thursday on a 3-2 vote the $40 million casino in Jefferson. It will be the 19th state-licensed casino. Iowa also has three American Indian casinos. With 3.1 million people, Iowa has 18,000 slot machines and about 470 tables for poker and other games at the 18 state-run casinos. Continue Reading

Chinese Nationals Busted for Smuggling in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested two Chinese nationals — one of them a former Iowa State student — accused of smuggling and other federal crimes. The Des Moines Register reports it obtained federal documents Friday showing that the former student, 29-year-old Wentong Cai, and an associate, 28-year-old Bo Cai, were arrested in February. Arrest warrants say Wentong Cai had contact with an undercover federal agent posing as an international distributor of trade-protected technology. Court documents say Wentong told the agent he wanted to smuggle nearly two dozen ARS-14 sensors into China. The sensors help gauge precise motion control in aerial and ground-based vehicles. Continue Reading

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Clovis to Seek Treasurer’s Job

The second-place finisher in the June 3rd primary race for the Iowa G-O-P’s U.S. Senate nomination is stepping forward to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the job of state treasurer.  

Sam Clovis says it all began a few days ago when a supporter posted a comment online, suggesting Clovis would be a good candidate for the job. Since there was no G-O-P candidate for state treasurer on the Republican Primary ballot, delegates at Saturday’s Iowa Republican Party state convention will select a nominee for that slot on the General Election ballot. Clovis, who describes himself as a Christian conservative, says he hopes his candidacy would help unify the factions within the G-O-P.  And Clovis says having active campaigns in all the statewide races will benefit the party’s effort to turn out voters in legislative races as well. Continue Reading

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Biz Survey Predicts More Hiring

Another survey released today (Tuesday) is showing a lot of companies in the state have plans to add employees.  

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows 22-percent of the companies surveyed expect to increase staff levels over the third quarter of the year. Another 72-percent plan to maintain staffing levels, while four-percent anticipate layoffs. That’s good for a Net Employment Outlook of 18-percent. Manpower spokesperson Karen Miller says the results, while positive, show weaker optimism about hiring expectations compared to recent surveys. Continue Reading

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Cat to Close 3 IL Plants

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Incorporated has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Journal Star in Peoria reports the plants being closed in Sterling and Dixon are all Anchor Coupling facilities, which is a subsidiary of Caterpillar. Hydraulic hose assemblies for both Caterpillar and other equipment manufacturers are made the plants. The closings will affect about 170 jobs. Continue Reading

W. Iowa Counties to Get Weather-Disaster Help

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency and activated an assistance program for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Friday that the Iowa Individual Assistance Program has been activated for Cass, Harrison, Montgomery, and Ringgold counties. Pottawattamie County was declared under a disaster emergency on Tuesday and is open to the assistance program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of less than $40,000 for a family of three. The money is available for home or car repairs, clothing, food and temporary housing. Continue Reading

Field of Dreams Stars to Visit

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Kevin Costner, Dwier Brown and other stars of the baseball blockbuster “Field of Dreams” will be in Iowa this coming Father’s Day weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie. The celebration is being held outside Dyersville on the northeastern Iowa farm where the movie was filmed. Activities will be held on Friday, Saturday and Father’s Day, including ballgames and a screening of the movie. Details about activities can be found at the movie site’s website at http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/25thanniversary . Continue Reading