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Bill Edmond

Davenport Official Defends Right to Carry Weapon

Davenport Official Defends Right to Carry Weapon

A Davenport alderman has defended his right to carry a concealed weapon into City Hall. Alderman Bill Edmond said Tuesday that he carries his weapon for personal protection. He added that public officials can be targets, the Quad-City Times reported. The city has an administrative policy in place that states employees need written permission to

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Disaster Proclamation Issued for Four Iowa Counties

Governor Terry Branstad on Wednesday issued a disaster emergency proclamation for four Iowa counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation covers Adair, Guthrie, Ringgold, and Warren counties following severe weather and heavy rains on September 9th. State resources can now be used to help affected communities in those counties. The proclamation also activates

Jason Manus

Former Iowa Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

he former mayor of a northeast Iowa city pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges alleging he sexually abused two girls. Court records show 36-year-old Jason Manus entered the plea to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His trial is scheduled to begin on October 8th. Manus, the former mayor of Oelwein, is accused of

Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones Returns to Mason City

Actress Shirley Jones signed autographs and toured downtown Mason City on Tuesday during a stay highlighted by her performance in a concert version of “The Music Man.” Jones signed album covers, books and other items for people at an event at The Music Man Square. It was the Academy Award winner’s fourth visit to Mason


Two Fired Iowa Department Workers Back on the Job

Two Iowa Department of Transportation workers who a judge said were unfairly fired are back on the job. The administrative law judge ruled in April decided that Steven Scott and Ken Morrow should be reinstated to their jobs. The judge also ordered the state to pay back wages, legal fees and other compensation. The total

Lower-Cost, Cleaner-Burning E15 is Now Available in Iowa, Again

   The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA)  announced Iowa’s 2001 and newer vehicle owners can once again benefit from cheaper, cleaner, more homegrown E15. Starting today, Iowa’s 30 retail locations will resume offering registered E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles, providing consumers with a cleaner, less expensive, and more locally-produced fueling option. E15 is approved


Iowa Officials Probe Drug Find at Prison

Iowa authorities are trying to find out how illegal drugs got into the state prison in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta said in an email that “a large amount of what is believed to be illegal drugs were discovered” during a routine inspection last week. Prison officials won’t comment on the quantity or type of

Abel Quijas Jr

Maynard Suspect Released From Hospital and Sent to Jail

Abel Quijas Jr., of 145 7th Street North in Maynard, Iowa, has been returned to custody at the Fayette County Jail after being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics over the past weekend for a gunshot wound to the arm. Quijas was injured on September 11th, 2014, when two police officers attempted


Iowa Birth Rate Sluggish Despite Better Economy

Iowa’s economy is improving but the state’s birth rate isn’t keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state’s birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012. The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, before the economy slumped. There were 39,013