Iowa

WVIK Staff

Despite many challenges, including weakness in the farm economy, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad believes the state is in good shape. That was his message today to members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon in Bettendorf. 

Davenport School District

  "Is it fair to say a student is worth more based on their zip code?" That's one question leaders from the Davenport School District will be asking the Iowa Legislature next month, as they propose ways to improve inequalities in state funding.

School Board President, Ralph Johanson, says each year, the Davenport School District is given $175 less per student than districts with the highest property taxes in the state. That's close to a $3 million difference.

Johanson says even if the state gave Davenport just $1 more per student each year, it would be a step in the right direction. 

MidAmerican Energy

 A major change is in the works for thousands of street lights across Iowa, but you'll only be able to see the difference at night. MidAmerican Energy has started converting more than 100,000 street lights to L-E-D's.  Spokeswoman Ashton Newman says compared to the current high-pressure sodium lights, LED's use up to 50 per cent less energy, and last longer.

  Newman says once the conversion is completed, power plants will have to generate millions of kilo-watt hours LESS than they do now to power these lights. 

Antique Archeology and American Pickers

The stars of "American Pickers" are returning to Iowa next month. In July, they'll stop at their home base in LeClaire, and travel across the state looking for private collections. LeClaire Tourism Manager, Cindy Bruhn says Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visit their Antique Archeology store in town about every 4 to 6 weeks. The two buildings display souvenirs and offer antiques for sale. It's also one site where the pickers film their TV show on the History Channel. And, it's significantly boosted tourism in the city. 

Iowa to Pay Millions to Prison Contractor

May 5, 2015

Iowa's executive branch will pay another $7 million to the company that oversaw construction of the state's problem-riddled maximum-security prison in Lee County.

The State Appeals Board voted Monday to approve the settlement with Walsh Construction to avoid litigation over the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison .

The 800-bed prison remains empty more than a year after it was scheduled to open.

WVIK

Nearly all the candidates on Iowa's republican ticket visited the Quad Cities today to campaign together. With less than 24 hours to go until the election, Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, and others held a rally at the Scott County Republican Headquarters in Davenport.

Progressive Action for the Common Good

The homeless, unemployed, and working poor in the Quad Cities have a chance to learn more about the candidates who want to represent them. This weekend, Progressive Action for the Common Good held its first candidates forum on poverty at Bethel A.M.E Church in Davenport. 

WVIK

It seems like the only thing democratic congressman Bruce Braley and republican State Senator Joni Ernst have in common is that they both grew up in Iowa. During a debate in Davenport Saturday night, the candidates for U.S. Senate clashed over almost every topic--from health care and foreign policy to Ebola and campaign ads.

Renata Sago reports.

A rebroadcast of the debate will air on WVIK next week, as well. 

Scott County Sheriff's Department

After nearly three decades, the Scott County Sheriff's Department will lose one of its leaders. Chief deputy, Major Michael Brown, has announced he'll retire at the end of this week.

Davenport School District

More classes for high school students in Davenport could mean lower costs for the school district. As part of an effort to save money, the Davenport School Board tonight will consider changing the high school class schedule from four classes per day to seven.

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