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

More Iowa Travelers to Hit Roads for Holidays

About one in three Iowans will be taking a road trip during the final two weeks of the year, according to a motor club survey.  

Gail Weinholzer,  spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says travel is expected to be up slightly compared to last year for the holiday period that starts this Saturday and runs through New Year’s Day.  

 

The upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the year-end holiday season. Weinholzer says about nine-in-ten Iowans who are traveling over Christmas or New Year’s will be on the road, not a runway.  

With more people driving, she says it’s a plus that gasoline prices have been dropping since Thanksgiving. Continue Reading

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New Illinois Laws

Several new laws will take effect January 1st in Illinois. Two may be particularly hard habits to break. Throwing a cigarette butt on the ground will now be considered littering in the state. Also, talking on the phone while driving will be illegal. Illinois State Police are reminding motorists that unless you are using a hands free or voice operated mode on your phone, you will be fined for holding it up to your ear and driving with one hand on the wheel. Continue Reading

Signourney Meat Plant Says Flicka Not on Menu

SIGOURNEY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa meat plant that was approved to slaughter horses has no immediate plans to do so, despite an appeals-court ruling that allowed the company to proceed.  

Keaton Walker, the founder and CEO of Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, said Monday that he was still reviewing options with his lawyers. A federal appeals court lifted a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter last week, clearing the way for Walker’s company and others in New Mexico and Missouri. The companies are fighting a lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups. Walker tells The Associated Press that he may sell the company, because his beef operation is struggling against better-established competitors. Continue Reading

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Siemens, Ft. Madison to Host Major Announcement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at MidAmerican Energy Co. and the state of Iowa are set to make a major announcement regarding a new wind energy development.  

Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to discuss the project at his morning news conference Monday and release further details with company officials at a 1 p.m. news conference to be held at the Siemens Energy wind blade factory near Fort Madison. In August MidAmerican Energy received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a $1.9 billion project to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015. More than 448 turbines are to be installed in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien, and Webster counties. Continue Reading

Huckabee Drops Daily Radio Show – May Run Again

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ended his nationally syndicated radio show this past week and has indicated he’s seriously considering another run for the White House in 2016.  

Huckabee won the Iowa Republican Party’s Caucuses in 2008 and he appears ready for the rigors of another campaign.  He says the Iowa Caucus process forces candidates to reach out beyond donors “who are laying down 26-hundred dollar checks” to “connect” with regular voters. Huckabee has made frequent return visits to Iowa in the past five years, including a speaking engagement last month in Des Moines for a pro-life group. Huckabee won the Iowa Caucuses and a few contests in southern states in 2008, but was unable to raise enough money or win enough delegates to wrest the G-O-P’s presidential nomination from John McCain. While his daily radio program has ended, Huckabee will continue his daily radio commentaries as well as his weekend television show on the FOX News Channel. Continue Reading

Reduced Ethanol in Fuel Won’t Break Industry: Swenson & Goss

Two Midwestern economists say the E-P-A’s proposed reduction in ethanol production in 2014 will contribute to a “slow down” in what’s been a booming ag economy, but it won’t drive the farm economy into negative territory. Iowa State University economist David Swenson says there won’t be “much of an impact” on the production of ethanol.   That overseas demand should prop up corn prices, according to Swenson.  

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss agrees that the ethanol industry will “weather” this storm over a reduced “Renewable Fuels Standard” for ethanol production in 2014.  Anything connected to agriculture is slowing down, according to Goss, from farm equipment sales to ag land prices, but he expects ethanol plants to survive. Goss and Swenson made their comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. Continue Reading