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8:48 am
Fri July 22, 2005

Cat Control Ordinance Fails in Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk city council defeated an effort to prohibit cats from leaving their homes or their owner's control. The proposal would have allowed the animal control officer to capture and impound pet cats if they are loose. That's already the practice with wild cats. Alderman Bill Olmsted says he has received several complaints about pet cats causing problems for Keokuk residents. Several aldermen questioned whether the proposal could be enforced, or if it meant cats would have to be leashed like a dog.

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WIUM Local
11:58 pm
Thu July 21, 2005

Mill Closing In Southeast Iowa

Fort Madison, IA – Another business will soon be leaving Southeast Iowa. International Paper has announced its intention to close its mill in Fort Madison by this fall. Spokesperson Amy Sawyer says this is part of the company's reorganization effort. About 100 people are employed at the mill. The wavy material found in corrugated boxes is produced there. Another Fort Madison company, Sheaffer Pen, will close within the next year.

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WIUM Local
6:37 pm
Thu July 21, 2005

Lee County Narcotics Task Force Receives Money

Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Narcotics Task Force will receive federal funding to continue its efforts in the fight against methamphetamine. Budget constraints at the national level had led to questions as to whether any federal money would be available this year. Keokuk Police Chief R.L. Dobson says that while the task force did not receive the full amount requested, it did receive the fourth highest total of federal funding in Iowa. The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has been in operation for more than 12 years.

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5:59 pm
Thu July 21, 2005

McDonough Deputies Finalize Contract

Macomb, IL 61455 – Staff members at the McDonough County sheriff's office have a new contract.
The county board approved a contract retroactive to Dec. 1, 2003. Board chairman Bob Harwick says the county's precarious fiscal condition slowed negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police. The contract provides annual salary hikes of two, three and four percent. Harwick says the county plans to begin talks on a new three-year contract in December of this year. He says that will give negotiators a full year to reach an agreement.

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WIUM Local
5:31 pm
Wed July 20, 2005

Sheriff to Try for Second Term

Macomb, IL – McDonough County Sheriff Mike Johnson will try for a second term in office. Johnson says he's been encouraged by the response to his choice of employees and his anti-drug activities. He attributes part of the department's success to its ability to secure law enforcement grants. He says these have provided training for the deputies and equipment such as in-car computers. Johnson will run in the Democrat primary. One other person has announced for the post. He is Hancock County deputy sheriff Mike Van Brooker, who will run in the Republican primary.


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