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Reduced for Altered Animals
11:10 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Keokuk Raising Pet Fees

It will soon cost a little more to own a cat or a dog in Keokuk as the city council has agreed to increase the cost of the annual license.

Owners currently pay $5/animal each year. 

The cost of the license will increase to $10 on July 1 if the animal is spayed or neutered. A three-year license would also be available for $25.

Mayor Tom Marion says the license would increase to $25 for one year and $65 for three years if the animal is unaltered.

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Mental Health Reform
10:49 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Lee County Preparing for Changes

Lee County Board of Supervisors
  • Ryanne Wood on Mental Health

Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.

The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July.  That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.

What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.

Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department.  She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.

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New funding needed
4:07 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Future of Gardner Museum Remains in Doubt

Gardner Museum

A recent public hearing demonstrates support for re-opening the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design It's not clear if the community will come through with the necessary funding.

The museum's board dissolved the non-profit corporation in March. It turned the building and assets over to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County at that time.

The society's Executive Director Reg Ankrom says it's a valuable resource. He also says the society cannot maintain it for very long.

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Slow Start in Jefferson City
11:10 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Munzlinger Calls MO Session Average

State Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-Lewis County)
  • MO Sen. Munzlinger on 2012 Session

State Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-Lewis County) says the 2012 legislative session was average in nature. 

In fact, he initially thought the session would yield little as lawmakers could divisive stands on a variety of issues.

Sen. Munzlinger says the focus of the session was the state’s roughly $24-billion budget.  He says it relies on gaming and lottery revenue to fund education and veterans’ issues.

Sen. Munzlinger says income projections are on the rise, so he hopes the budget will be solid.  He says that is needed to turn Missouri’s economy around.

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Biofuel from Cover Crop's Seeds
3:20 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Pennycress Project to Seek Involvement from Farmers

Pennycress
  • Interview with Gary Camarano

A series of meetings with farmers will be held to explain the role they can play in a proposed new plant that would create biofuel by extracting oil from the seeds of pennycress.

Galesburg's Entrepreneur, Business and Industry Network is collaborating on the project with Pennycress Energy Company, LLC.

EBI Global Strategies Director Gary Camarano said the company is seeking farmers willing to have the cover crop planted on their land.

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