A return to the stories of the week from across Iowa. And since the Journal is on the off-season, I’ll use this place a marker for stories we are watching or may even get information/video on for future reference and uses at IPTV.
- U.S. Highway 20 is a 4-lane road across most of Iowa. Now the most is about to become all. Western Iowa will see the remaining 45-mile stretch likely completed by 2013. This includes construction in Sac County west of Highway 71. Bill Petroski of the Des Moines Register has this report. This was rescheduled because of heavy rain Tuesday. The ceremony will take place later.
- Creator of ‘Spider‘ in DM Sculpture Park, dies. (DMR Story) Our Iowa Journal story on the park is here.
- What exactly is the state of the internet in Iowa these days. INS released a report Tuesday.
- Iowa business indicators improve as reported by Rod Boshart of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The full report is here.
- Is Cedar Rapids’ Zach Johnson golf’s most underrated player? Some of the Sports Illustrated writers do. Thanks to Mike Hlas for the links and story.
- The Iowa Independent pegs the top 10 legislative races this year. Good reading to get a taste of what’s happening around the state.
- If you work for the state, like I do, you watch the Revenue Estimating Conference to see how much money is coming in, or not coming in to the state. The REC is still projecting less income, but not as low of a number as first predicted. Here’s Rod Boshart again from the CR Gazette.
- Former Congressman Jim Leach is traveling all 50 states to talk civility. Leach was chosen by President Barack Obama to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was recently in Utah and didn’t get the warmest welcome from the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. Leach represented the Iowa City area after he served in the Quad City area for years in Congress. Leach will be in Iowa on June 18.
- The Cedar Rapids City Council is heading home. The council voted to move meeting back to Veterans Memorial Building which served as City Hall since the 1920’s. The building on May’s Island was damaged heavily in the flood of 2008.
- The Cedar River, which flooded many parts of Iowa in 2008, is now on a list of endangered rivers. The American Rivers group made the designation this week. This is Radio Iowa’s report by O. Kay Henderson.
- And earlier we talked about the state’s budget issues. A story Rod Boshart in the Gazette paints a not so pretty picture for our state’s fiscal future. States’ fiscal dilemma worst since Great Depression is the story posted Thursday.
I will try to post these on Thursday’s to take place of the weekly show updates. Usually, these are many of the stories I’ll post on the Iowa Journal Twitter feed.
Let me know of other stories we should be looking at for other’s news consumption.