Author Archives: Mark Morris

City of Waterloo Issues Snow Emergency Warning

The City of Waterloo has declared a Snow Emergency until tomorrow(Thur) morning at 8 o’clock. Snow routes are in effect and residents are encouraged to move their vehicles off the street so the snow removal crews can get them cleared.   The 48-hour parking violation will be enforced. Citizens are also reminded that trucks spread salt…Read more »

Wind Chill in Eastern Iowa Could Hit 35 Below Zero Friday

Many of the roads in eastern Iowa remain completely or partially covered. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of Eastern Iowa.   IMPACTS: O’Mara said blowing snow isn’t a concern right now, but it will be windy. He said blowing snow will be something to watch out for on Thursday as the…Read more »

“No Changes to IPERS, This Year or Next:” Iowa Rep. Bobby Kaufmann

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The chairman of a House committee that would consider any changes to the public worker pension program says no legislation will pass this year or next that would change the system. Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, chairman of the House State Government Committee, says  “simply unequivocally,” there will not be any changes…Read more »

“Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Law Called Unconstitutional by Iowa Judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state judge has struck down Iowa’s restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law. Judge Michael Huppert yesterday(Tue) found the law unconstitutional. He concluded that the Iowa Supreme Court’s earlier decisions that affirm a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion would preclude the new law passed last year. The law would ban…Read more »

Waterloo Council Leaning Toward Allowing Fireworks Use

It was a work session yesterday(Tues), so no formal votes could be taken, but it appears that the Waterloo City Council may vote next month to amend its fireworks ordinance to again allow their use, three days a year – July 3, 4 and 5.  The change would not permit fireworks to be shot off…Read more »

Trump Asked Her to Run for Vice-President; She Said No: Ernst

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U-S Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she turned down Donald Trump’s request to run as his vice president in 2016 because of family concerns. Ernst made the claim in an affidavit in a divorce proceeding that was first reported by Cityview, a Des Moines alternative newspaper. The filing was…Read more »

Murder Trial for Williamsburg Man to Start Today

The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s child will start today(Tues) in Linn County. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Cody Stevenson of Williamsburg killed a two-year-old girl back in 2017. A criminal complaint said Stevenson punched the child “at least 3 or 4 times” in the stomach. Courts previously delayed Stevenson’s trial. Defense attorneys…Read more »

Inclusive Playground in Cedar Falls Scheduled to Open in Late Summer

The Cedar Falls City Council approved the so-called “Place to Play Playground,” plan last(Mon) night. A Cedar Falls parents’ group raised about a-million dollars for the project last year; it’ll be an inclusive place for kids to play, designed especially for special needs children. It’ll be built near the intersection of Hudson and Greenhill Roads,…Read more »

Iowa City Officials to Discuss Ped Mall Bench Flap

The Iowa City City Council will talk today(Tues) about possible replacements for benches on the Pedestrian Mall. The city manager will reveal at the meeting how much it would cost to switch them out. Some people claim the armrest in the middle is meant to prevent people from sleeping on them, targeting the homeless. But…Read more »