Author Archives: Mark Morris

Reynolds on the Fence on Sports Betting Legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds isn’t saying whether she’ll sign a sports betting bill that has passed its final legislative hurdle. Reynolds, a Republican, has declined throughout the legislative session to say whether she supports the expansion of gambling in a state with 19 state-regulated casinos, horse and dog racing and…Read more »

Construction Worker who Fell from Beam in Cedar Rapids Dies

Authorities say a man who fell from a downtown Cedar Rapids construction site has died from his injuries. That fall happened Monday afternoon, when someone called 911 to report a person lying in an alley between United Fire Group’s buildings downtown. First responders found 47-year-old Michael Patterson of Norwalk with critical injuries. He was taken…Read more »

Iowa GOP Loses Longest-Serving State Lawmaker to Democrats

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The longest serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature says he’ll become a Democrat. Rep. Andy McKean announced his decision Tuesday, saying one important factor was the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. McKean says he can’t support Trump, and if his behavior and leadership is the new normal, “I want no…Read more »

CF School Supt. Shines More Light on June 25 Bond Referendum

Voters in Cedar Falls will decide June 25th whether they want a new high school.     After receiving a petition with 763 signatures on it…314 were required for further action…the school board Monday night unanimously approved a resolution setting the $69.9-million bond referendum.  Cedar Falls Supt. Dr. Andy Pattee says a lot of thought has gone…Read more »

Assistant Fire Chief Charged with Three Counts of Arson

The Assistant Fire Chief of Oxford has been charged with five counts of 3rd Degree Arson, one count of Public Intoxication, and a count of Operating While Intoxicated, following a nearly month-long investigation into various late-night and early-morning grass and field fires in the Oxford and Tiffin areas of Johnson County. 30-year old Timothy Hora…Read more »

Cedar Falls Sets New High School Referendum for June 25

Voters in Cedar Falls will decide June 25th whether they want a new high school. After receiving a petition with 763 signatures on it…314 were required for further action…the school board unanimously approved a resolution setting the $69.9-million bond referendum and  a special election the same day to elect a successor to former board member…Read more »

Police Chief McHale to Leave Marion, Head to Florida

Marion Police Chief Joe McHale has resigned, effective June 3rd, and he and his family will be relocating to Florida. A media release from the City says McHale, who has led the Marion PD since December of 2016, has accepted an opportunity to pursue a career in the private sector.  No other details about his…Read more »

Alliant to Hold Public Hearing Tonight on Proposed Rate Hike

The Iowa Utilities Board will hold a customer comment meeting this(Tues) evening near Marshalltown, over Alliant Energy’s proposed rate hikes. Alliant customers and others my express their feelings about the proposed increases and the overall quality of Alliant’s service.  The hearing is being held at Iowa Valley Continuing Education, south of U-S 30 and near…Read more »