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Tow Boat Sinks and Leaking Oil into the Mississippi

The tow boat which sank in the Mississippi River in LeClaire, a community near the Quad Citites, continues to leak oil into the river. As of last night, Lt. Colin Fogarty with the US Coast Gaurd reported about 900 gallons have escaped the tow boat, which is just a small portion considering the boat had about 100,000 gallons of petroleum on board. The boat will remain there until Saturday, when the Salvage Company will attemt to remove it. Iowa American Water says your drinking water is still safe to drink. Continue Reading

Racing-Gaming Commission to Keep Ohorilko

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has voted to keep administrator Brian Ohorilko  in the position for another four years.  

 

The commission named Ohorilko to the post to replace Jack Ketterer who retired in March of 2012, and commission chair Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny says the transition has been smooth. Ohorilko took over as the commission has dealt with disputes over the Sioux City and the Davenport casinos moving to land-based operations. They are also preparing to consider new licenses in Johnson and Greene Counties. The commission has recommended that Ohorilko be given a 10-percent raise from his current salary of 142-thousand-555. Continue Reading

Iowa a Big Bird in Turkey Production

There are roughly 130 turkey farms in Iowa that have been busy preparing for this week as Thanksgiving Day draws near. Iowa Turkey Federation Executive Director Gretta Irwin says Iowa ranks ninth nationwide in turkey production. Iowa ranks fifth in the country for turkey processing as Hillshire Brands in Storm Lake and West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, combined, process over 15.5 million turkeys annually. Irwin says Iowans will find great prices on turkeys as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Day meal.   The Iowa Turkey Federation’s website was recently revamped and includes a host of tips and ideas for preparing turkeys. Governor Terry Branstad will uphold an annual tradition today (Monday), by pardoning two Iowa-grown turkeys during a ceremony at Terrace Hill. Continue Reading

Fatal I-88 Shooting by IL DNR Officer

 STERLING, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Conservation Police say an officer shot and killed a motorist who pinned an Illinois State Police trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop.  
The shooting happened Friday along Interstate 88 near Sterling after the trooper stopped the motorist. Illinois conservation police say the driver made a u-turn, striking and pinning the state trooper against his squad car. The
conservation officer also responded to the scene and saw the pinned trooper.   The Daily Gazette reports that conservation police say the officer then shot the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue Reading

Branstad Jobs Recount Shows Less Progress

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Governor Terry Branstad is downsizing his recent claims of job creation in the state.  
 Branstad _ who pledged to create 200,000 new jobs in five years during his 2010 campaign _ recently claimed he has added more than 160,000 jobs since taking office.   His administration now says the actual figure was 128,000 following new federal jobs data out Friday.  
 Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said via email that the change was simply due to calculations with revised data and the governor never sought to mislead Iowans.  
 The new figure has still drawn criticism because it counts only jobs added in Iowa, not jobs lost.   Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday shows the state has added 48,200 net jobs since Branstad took office. Continue Reading

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Tri-State Development Summit Now a USDA “Great Region”

SOUTHEAST IOWA…NORTHEAST MISSOURI…AND WEST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS…ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A “GREAT REGIONS” AREA. THE FEDERAL DESIGNATION…ANNOUNCED THURSDAY IN QUINCY BY USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS…GIVES THE 35 COUNTIES INVOLVED ANOTHER TOOL FOR BUILDING A STRONGER ECONOMY, IN THE AREAS OF HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION…TECHNOLOGY…BUSINESS…AND HEALTH-CARE.  

FORMER IOWA GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK GOT THE BALL ROLLING AFTER THE FLOOD OF ’93, WHEN HE AND SOME OTHERS BEGAN TO FORM THE TRI-STATE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT. VILSACK HAS A LITTLE MORE “PULL” NOW, AS U-S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE…AND SUMMIT P-R DIRECTOR BRENT ENGEL SAYS THE DESIGNATION WILL HELP THE REGION GROW. Continue Reading

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Iowa Troops Coming Home Saturday

The public is invited to attend a homecoming ceremony for an Ottumwa-based Iowa Army National Guard unit that has been serving in Afghanistan. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evans Middle School gym in Ottumwa. They’ll mark the return of soldiers mobilized from the 833rd Engineer Company with a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs, constructing protective positions and other duties. Continue Reading

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Pot Legalization in Colorado Effects Iowa

A doctor who runs a drug treatment clinic for youth in Colorado says legalizing marijuana has led to many problems in his state and also carried over into Iowa. Dr. Christian Thurstone recently met with drug prevention groups in Iowa. “We’ve seen referrals to substance treatment, to adolescent substance treatment skyrocket — they’ve quadrupled in the last couple of years. We’ve seen used rates, prevalence of use among teenagers — go up significantly, pre-post,”

He says there are other problems created by marijuana. “We’ve seen a doubling in traffic fatalities, with a driver who is positive for marijuana, double since 2006. Continue Reading

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Washington, IL Twister an EF-4

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) _ National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. The meteorologists say that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday’s severe weather. Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2. Continue Reading