It’s still unclear what killed a Macomb man yesterday. At around 8am Sunday, police received a call stating that 43-year-old Ramone Doyle of Macomb was not breathing. The caller also said Doyle had been involved in a fight. Authorities responded to the 500 block of East Pierce Street and took him to McDonough District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The fatality has been labeled “suspicious” and is under investigation. Continue Reading
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The New York Times is reporting that the National Security
Agency was involved in surveillance of an American law firm while it represented
Indonesia in trade disputes with the U.S.
The law firm is not identified in the document obtained by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But the Times says the Chicago-based firm Mayer Brown was advising the Indonesian government on trade issues at the time the document was written last year. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd)
says he has not read the report of an investigation into allegations of sexual
harassment and political pressure in his office, but a spokeswoman says he might
have read an executive summary. The Republican candidate for governor has
promised to release an outside review of claims made by an ex-employee in a
federal lawsuit filed last week. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Bob Vander Plaats, the standard-bearer for social and
religious conservatives in Iowa, has announced he won’t run for Iowa’s open U.S.
Vander Plaats said in a written statement yesterday that the timing
of a Senate run was not right for his family or his conservative advocacy group,
The Family Leader. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Lawmakers are considering a measure giving parents of
multiples more control over placing their children in the same classroom. The
bill would require school districts to adhere to a parent or guardian’s written
placement request for multiple birth siblings unless a school board decides
doing so would be detrimental to the children. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Des Moines police have identified a woman killed while
crossing a street by a driver who sped away. Continue Reading
Many of us have been busy with our shovels and snow blowers again this weekend.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogill says the heaviest snow, 3 to 5 inches, fell over south-central and southeastern Iowa, but Henderson…Hancock…Henry…and McDonough Counties on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River all got about two inches of the white stuff. While winter has appeared unforgiving to many in the nation’s midsection, a climatologist says the next couple of months will dictate the season’s legacy on all-important sectors such as shipping and farming. Brian Fuchs works with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He says how much more snow is in store for the Midwest and how quickly it melts off will dictate whether it crimps barge traffic or growers. Continue Reading
At about 7 O’clock this morning on Highway-67 (2 miles north of Monmouth), a northbound car slid out of control on the snow-covered road. The car, driven by Caitlin Volz, then collided with a United school bus. The car slid off the highway while the bus remained upright on the road. Some students were complaining of headaches and back pains and were transported to the OSF Hospital in Monmouth. Volz had to be extricated by the Monmouth Fire Department and was taken by ambulance to OSF as well. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Republicans are continuing their effort to amend the state constitution to add the right to bear arms.
Lawmakers debated the proposal in a House subcommittee Thursday. They did not vote to move the measure forward, instead pledging to have more discussions. The proposal from House Republicans would add language to the Iowa Constitution stating that the right to “acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty” cannot be denied. Changing the state constitution is a multi-step process, which would require approval by the current General Assembly and then by the one elected in 2014. After that it would go to Iowa voters. Continue Reading
Propane prices are dropping below three dollars ($3) a gallon at some Iowa retailers this week.
Harold Hommes oversees a propane price report that’s issued twice a week by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. wednesday, the statewide average price stood at $3.08 a gallon. The retail price retreat from the $5 a gallon level in late January is likely to continue, according to Hommes, as warmer temperatures are in the forecast. Hommes says efforts to increase the movement of propane are helping as well. Continue Reading
AN OKLAHOMA JURY LAST(THUR) NITE SENTENCED A TULSA MAN TO TWO LIFE TERMS IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.
21-YEAR OLD DARREN PRICE HAD BEEN CONVICTED EARLIER THIS WEEK OF KILLING A FORMER KEOKUK COUPLE…OUT JOGGING IN A TULSA PARK…AFTER ROBBING THEM. 18-YEAR OLD CARISSA HORTON WAS A STUDENT AT ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY AND 21-YEAR OLD ETHAN NICHOLS WORKED AT A CREAMERY IN NEARBY BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA. A MAN WALKING HIS DOG FOUND THE COUPLE’S BODIES THE FOLLOWING DAY; BOTH HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE HEAD.
PRICE’S PARTNER-IN-CRIME…23-YEAR OLD JERARD DAVIS…PLED GUILTY IN OCTOBER TO TWO COUNTS OF MURDER. Continue Reading
CNN’s Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, will be in Keokuk Thursday. Most in our area know Pregracke best for his MIssissippi River Clean-Up efforts during the summer. He’s the founder of Living Lands & Waters, located in the Quad Cities. It’s the only industrial strength river clean-up organization in America. Thursday Greater Keokuk Young Professionals will host a dinner and speech from Pregrake at Lake Cooper Event Center starting with a social hour at 5:30pm. Continue Reading