Author Archives: Mark Morris

Loaded Gun Found in Boy’s Backpack at Iowa City’s Tate H.S.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a loaded gun was found yesterday(Weds) in a student’s backpack at an Iowa City school. Police say officers responding Wednesday morning to reports about a gun seen at Tate High found the student outside. They seized his backpack and, after obtaining a search warrant, searched it and found…Read more »

Louisa County Board Moving Toward Sizeable Solar Farm

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa board of supervisors has cleared the way for some solar power projects to proceed.  The Louisa County board on Tuesday approved zoning ordinance and other amendments that will guide construction of a 350,000-panel solar power farm being developed south of Wapello.  Authorities say it could generate enough energy…Read more »

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Now Leading Dem. Presidential Race: ISU/Civiqs Poll

A new Iowa State University/Civiqs poll finds Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren leads the Democratic field of presidential candidates among Iowa caucus-goers.   Warren is the top choice among 24 percent of likely caucus-goers.  The poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tied in second place with 16 percent each. The Iowa…Read more »

Kamala Harris to Again Campaign in Eastern Iowa

Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris will make a return trip to eastern and central Iowa this week. Tomorrow(Thur), she’ll hold a meet-and-greet at 4:15 at Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, followed by a 6:30 town hall meeting in the Gould Recreation Center at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. On Friday, Harris will host  a town…Read more »

Man Who Lit Himself on Fire at DM Library Dies at UIHC

A man who lit himself on fire yesterday(Tues) afternoon at the Des Moines Public Library has died, according to Des Moines Police. A news release sent out this(Wed) morning says the man passed away around 6:20 last(Tues) night at University of Iowa Hospitals’ Burn Unit in Iowa City. Des Moines police and fire personnel were…Read more »

Waterloo Public Works Mgr. to Discuss Potential Regional Sewage Plant

The Waterloo City Council gave its unanimous support last(Mon) night to a $220,000 contract with Vieth Construction of Cedar Falls for a series of drainage improvements.   The affected areas are on Martin Road, Donald Street, Cardinal Drive and Linbud Lane, and the money to pay for them will come from the city’s storm-water fees.   The…Read more »

Eastern Iowa Men Accused of Killing Three Pets

A man has been accused of using an ax to kill two dogs belonging to a relative in Winneshiek County.  Court records say 21-year-old Douglas Usgaard is charged with two counts of animal torture. The records say Usgaard killed a labradoodle and a Shi Tzu-bichon mix on Saturday at a Decorah home where he was…Read more »