Cedar Rapids School Custodian Accused of Sexual Abuse

A Cedar Rapids school custodian is on administrative leave after he allegedly sexually abused a teen girl over a two-year period.  Police say 53-year old Michael Beard is accused of sexually abusing the teen when she was between the ages of 13 and 15.  He was arrested Aug. 27.  Beard, who has been a custodian…read more »

Iowa Ag Department Seeks Stronger Animal Protection Rules

The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship is proposing a new set of administrative rules that could significantly improve the lives of dogs, cats and other companion animals in a state long regarded as among the worst in the country for animal protection. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced this week that he’lll…read more »

4-H Foundation Camp & Retreat Center Up for Sale

MADRID, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa camp that hosted thousands of 4-H participants over the decades is up for sale.  The Iowa 4-H Foundation announced this week it’s selling the Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center in Madrid.  The foundation itself was formed in 1949 to build the camp, which is located on 1,000…read more »

Iowa’s Official Unemployment Rate Unchanged from July to August

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August. Iowa Workforce Development reported today(Fri) that the rate didn’t change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased. Iowa is tied for the nation’s third-lowest unemployment rate, behind Vermont and North…read more »

Waterloo a Double Recipient in Federal Bridge Fund Sweepstakes

BREAKING NEWS….. U-S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced the recipients of $225-million in grant money from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program and the City of Waterloo is a double winner, in-line for $12-million-500-thousand to replace the 11th Street and Park Avenue bridges.  Waterloo is one of four cities to receive funding and the only…read more »

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