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Harkin Announces Nearly $48.5 Million in Low-Income Heating Assistance for Iowans

Harkin Announces Nearly $48.5 Million in Low-Income Heating Assistance for Iowans

Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, announced that Iowa will receive an initial allocation of nearly $48.5 million to help low-income Iowans meet home energy costs. This funding was made available by language Harkin helped to secure in the fiscal year 2015 Continuing Resolution that passed Congress in September. This funding is part of a total of $3

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DCI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

On October 13, 2014, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to locate a suicidal subject identified as Bradley Wayne McNeese, age 32.  McNeese was located near Swisher, Iowa, by Johnson County deputies and Iowa State Patrol Troopers.  McNeese fled the area and a vehicle chase ensued.  The pursuit came to an end near the intersection of

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Davenport Cemetery Placed on Park Service Registry

A Davenport cemetery has been listed on a national U.S. National Park Service registry of sites connected with the Underground Railroad, an anti-slavery network that had helped many escape to freedom. The high school social studies class from Arlington Senior High School in eastern Nebraska discovered the graves of 11 former slaves at Oakdale Memorial

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Iowa State Fair Officials Defend Fair Dates

Iowa State Fair officials are defending the timing of the annual event against critics who say it may be time to set an earlier fair schedule to avoid conflicting with increasing numbers of school districts moving up the start of their academic year. School districts will begin making decisions this month about their 2015 calendars.

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Attorney: Pulled over drivers should record stops

A video recording of an Ankeny police officer who tried to get a man to consent to a search of his car after pulling him over for not having headlights on has attracted more than 100,000 views on YouTube. The video of officer Aaron King noticing the driver had disc golf equipment in his car

Schools Consider Grant for non-English Students

The Sioux City School board was scheduled to vote Monday on whether to apply for a state grant that helps non-English speaking students learn the language. The English Language Learner Literacy Grant would help develop programs to help English language learners develop their reading and writing skills. The district could receive $175,000 each for three

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Romney Campaigns with Iowa Senate Candidate Ernst

Republican Mitt Romney is visiting Iowa for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst as her battle with Democrat Bruce Braley enters its final three weeks. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee planned to headline an event Sunday evening in West Des Moines with Ernst, a state senator running against the congressman for the seat held by retiring

Outage at Iowa Community College Cancels Classes

Scott Community College in eastern Iowa saw its Friday classes and activities canceled when a contractor accidentally cut through a power line and caused an outage. College spokesman Alan Campbell tells the Quad-City Times that a contractor was digging trenches outside the entrance of the college when the line was cut around 10 a.m. Friday.

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Iowa Riverboat Trip Slowed by Electrical Problems

The former Argosy casino riverboat’s trip down the Missouri River has been hindered by electrical problems. The boat was forced to stop Friday just south of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The three-deck vessel, a replica of a 1920s-era paddlewheel boat, left its longtime dock in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday. It’s bound for Wood River, Illinois