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Griffin Pipe Products

EPA: Pipe Company had Violations at Iowa Facility

EPA: Pipe Company had Violations at Iowa Facility

Environmental officials say a pipe company must pay $950,000 for air and water violations at its former Council Bluffs facility. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 says Griffin Pipe Products must pay the civil penalty after multiple violations. The company is accused of illegally discharging untreated process wastewater to the city’s wastewater collection system

Cedar Falls post office

Historic Post Office Coming Back to Life

Volunteers are making progress on the restoration of a former Cedar Falls post office that once was destined for demolition. In 2012, the city council voted to demolish the building. But the Cedar Falls Development Group acquired a 40-year lease for the city-owned structure earlier this year, preventing its razing. Volunteers have removed mold inside

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Authorities Work to Identify Body Found in Car

Iowa City police continue to investigate a homicide after finding a body in the trunk of a car belonging to a missing Iowa State University student. Police are careful not to identify the body as that of 20-year-old Tong Shao but say it was her Toyota Camry in which the body was found Friday night

Des Moines

Des Moines Announces Interim Police Chief

A veteran law enforcement official has been named interim police chief for Des Moines. The city announced Monday that Maj. Douglas B. Harvey will take over the duties of Chief Judy Bradshaw. He will hold the position until a permanent replacement is hired. Harvey has a 37-year career with the Des Moines Police Department. He

Memorial Held for Iowa Teen Who Died After Fight

The Council Bluffs community has come together to remember a western Iowa 17-year-old who died from a head injury suffered during a fight at school. Friends of Dakota Escritt released balloons at a memorial Sunday night. He died Saturday at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, two days after he hit his head on

Iowa Man Accused of Holding Mother Hostage

Police have charged a 51-year-old man with kidnapping, saying he held his 74-year-old mother hostage in her Des Moines home for five days. A neighbor, who grew concerned after not being able to get in touch with the woman, told police she pulled into the woman’s driveway on Thursday and saw a man run from

Police Seeking Chinese Student Find Body in Car

Iowa City police have found a body in the trunk of a car linked to a missing Iowa State University student from China and say a person of interest in the case is believed to be in China. Police say they found the car Friday night that they earlier stated was connected with 20-year-old Tong

Activist Group says It Broke into Iowa Fox Farm

An animal rights activist group has taken responsibility for breaking into a fox fur farm and trying to free about 30 foxes. The group, Animal Liberation Front, said in a written release sent to news organizations that it had released 30 foxes from an Anamosa farm that raises foxes for fur. But the owner of

Duck hunting

Minnesota Waterfowl Season Opens Saturday

With duck hunters anxiously preparing for Saturday’s waterfowl opener in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone to think safety on the water. Two people died in duck hunting-related boating accidents last year. One fatality was an accidental shooting. Overloading, swamping and capsizing are the most common causes, however, while failure to use

Grant Wood sketchbook

Grant Wood Sketchbook Returns to Davenport Museum

A rare Grant Wood sketchbook from 1929 is back in Davenport after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago, the museum said. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of “American Gothic,” is again in the Figge Art Museum’s possession, Andrew Wallace, the museum’s collections and exhibitions manager, said Thursday. The