Woman dies after accident at Donnellson racetrack
DONNELLSON, Iowa (AP) - A 70-year-old West Burlington woman has died after being run over by a car on the grounds of the Lee County Speedway in southeast Iowa.
The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1A3cp8k ) police were called to the track located in Donnellson on Saturday night after a woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the pit area
Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says the woman, Chon Cha Mathias, died as a result of the car accident.
She had been taken to a Fort Madison hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Her obituary at Prugh Funeral Service says she was the retired manager of a Burlington bar and restaurant and the long-time companion of Patrick Mewes, of West Burlington, a director of the Mississippi Valley Vintage Race Car Association.
Burlington City Council fails to censure member
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - An evenly divided Burlington City Council failed to pass a resolution censuring one of its own members for cursing and storming out of a meeting earlier this month.
The Burlington Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/1ucN6jT ) the council met Monday to consider censuring Councilman Tim Scott. Four members agreed to the censure Friday, but when it came to a vote Monday two said they accepted his apology and voted no, two voted yes and Scott abstained. The vote lacked a majority to pass.
At a July 7 meeting Scott, irritated about an incident involving teens shooting fireworks on July 4, cursed and threw papers at Councilwoman Becky Anderson.
In a television interview later he made what's been construed as racist remarks blaming some of the city's problems on black youth from Chicago.
More than 100 immigrant children have entered Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald.
Gov. Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Tuesday federal officials didn't notify the state about the children until after the newspaper alerted state officials.
On Monday, Branstad said such children should be returned home. He contends federal officials must improve border security.
More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.
RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa
GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) - A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition.
Officials with the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa say 63-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, died Monday.
RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale was treated on the route between Terril and Graettinger for a medical condition. He was then taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he died.
The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/WBl82x ) reports Teesdale owned and operated a business where he sold custom bicycles.
It's the first time a RAGBRAI rider has died since 2010.
About 8,500 riders make the weeklong trip across Iowa, plus others who ride on single days.
Report: Iowa 3rd among states in child well-being
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year.
The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa is 13th in education.
The Baltimore-based privately funded Casey foundation provides grants to help disadvantaged children and families. It has released Kids Counts reports the last 25 years.
It says Iowa has made some of the biggest improvements among states. It also points out more children live in poverty, but that's just one indicator.
Michael Crawford, the Iowa Kids Count director, says that's a reflection of the lasting impact of the recession on some families.
CLEAR LAKE MEMORIAL
Clear Lake struggling to find spot for memorial
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Clear Lake officials may form a task force after having difficulty deciding where to locate a proposed veterans memorial.
The Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1pBko5s ) Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Director Randy Miller told the City Council on Monday night that the parks and recreation advisory board thinks the council should form a task force.
That recommendation follows a dispute about whether to locate the proposed memorial at the Clear Lake Sea Wall, as veterans groups have suggested, or to find a different spot.
The memorial will include three 5-foot-high tribute walls inscribed with the names of veterans from Clear Lake and Ventura.
The parks board voted against placing the memorial along the Sea Wall after members contended the spot was too busy.
The council will consider the matter Aug. 4.
Workers install new video board at UNI-Dome
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Workers have begun piecing together a $1.3 million video board at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, and officials hope the scoreboard will be functional by the University of Northern Iowa's first home football game Sept. 20.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1niAPEZ) workers from Fort Myers, Florida-based Animated Display Systems on Sunday started installing panels for the 26-by-100-foot video scoreboard into a massive steel frame above the south end zone.
Troy Dannen, UNI's director of athletics, says the old scoreboard was outdated and failing. It will be converted into a scoreboard and placed near the north end zone.
The McLeod Center also will get new scoreboard.
Funding for the improvements come from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, Learfield Sports and a private donor.
Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond.
A federal judge says the case against Mo Yun is weak and there are no reasons to hold her until the Dec. 1 trial as prosecutors had requested.
Judge Robert Pratt said in an order filed Monday that Mo must post $250,000 bond, wear a GPS monitor and remain under home confinement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Mo can't travel to China to see her children, but may be allowed to go to California to see them under supervision.
She was arrested July 1 in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors say she helped others employed by her husband's company take seed from Midwest cornfields.
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