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Facing Life in Prison
4:21 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Hobbs found guilty in Iowa Court

Tyler Hobbs (R) leaving the courtroom after being convicted of 1st Degree Murder. He is being escorted by Stacy Weber with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Steve Dunn - Daily Gate City

Tyler Hobbs of St. Francisville, MO has been found guilty of 1st Degree Murder in the death of Shawn Wright of Kahoka, MO.

Wright was killed near a farmhouse in rural Lee County on November 6, 2010.  He was hit in the head with a mallet multiple times.

His body was found on November 9, 2010  after being dumped near a levee in Gregory Landing, MO.

The jury of seven women and five men delivered the unanimous verdict to Judge Mary Ann Brown in Iowa District Court at about 2:15 P.M. this afternoon.

The panel deliberated for just over two hours.

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Algae in water
1:50 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Colchester Cited for Water Quality Violations

Mayor Danny Bice

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has cited Colchester for 28 violations of water quality regulations.  The violations occurred from January through August of last year. The EPA gave the city 90 days to comply.

The city has been working to solve its water woes. It has completed one phase of the project.. The next two phases will take up to 2 1/2 years and cost up to $4 million.

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Vision Iowa Request
9:40 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Fort Madison Application Advancing

Supporters of a proposed sports complex in western Fort Madison have received some good news from the state.

Tim Gobble with Fort Madison Partners says more than $2-million has been pledged or donated to build three baseball/softball diamonds and three football/soccer fields.

That includes $1.25-million from Fort Madison’s branch of the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, $500,000 from the city, and $175,000 from Pinnacle Foods.

That’s more than 60% of what is needed for the project to move forward.

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No Comments from Public
9:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Plans to Control Macomb Parties One Step Away from Approval

Macomb City Hall

By this time next week, Macomb could have some new rules in place to control large and loud parties.

Aldermen reviewed the four ordinances during their February 27 Committee of the Whole meeting.

The one that generated the most discussion concerns nuisance parties. Fifth Ward Alderman Dave Dorsett asked about the section dealing with loud and raucous noise from parties. He wondered who made the determination.

“Is that at the officer's discretion?” Dorsett asked.

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New bills
12:45 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Durbin Says New Bills Reflect Budget Realities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said a new farm bill will have to cost less and return to its primary goal of helping farmers during tough times.
 
He calls the current payment system ”lopsided.”
 
Durbin said, “The direct payment system is paying many farmers a lot of federal money at a time when prices were very, very high. We're going to have to change that and farmers know it.”

He is confident the new bill will save money and still protect farmers.

The current farm bill expires at the end of this year.

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