Home buyouts split apart a flood-prone Missouri town
MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — The small riverside town of Mosby, Missouri, is disappearing one house at a time.
After years of frequent flooding, many of its homeowners have taken voluntary buyouts funded largely through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A little over half the houses will remain after the demolitions are complete.
The buyouts are intended to lessen future flood-related costs by demolishing homes that otherwise could keep receiving federal disaster aid or taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance.
More buyouts are likely after devastating flooding this year in the Midwest. And even more could be necessary nationwide as climate change leads to rising seas and more intense rainstorms.
But buyouts are not always embraced. Some Mosby residents turned down the offers because the price wasn’t enough to afford a new place somewhere else.
POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH
Man dies in Iowa crash while fleeing Cedar Rapids police
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man died after his car slammed into a utility pole while he was fleeing from Cedar Rapids police.
Cedar Rapids Police say the chase began around 10 p.m. Saturday when an officer tried to stop a BMW that was driving recklessly.
The suspect fled south on Rockford Road at a high speed before the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road into a utility pole.
The driver died at the scene of the crash. The driver’s name wasn’t immediately released Sunday.
FATAL WATERLOO SHOOTING
1 person dead, another injured after shooting in Waterloo
(Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com)
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting in Waterloo that left one man dead and another man injured.
Waterloo Police say the shooting was reported in an alley near an apartment complex around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Officers found the men with several gunshot wounds near a parked car with shattered windows. One man died later at the hospital. The second man remains hospitalized.
Few other details about the shooting were released. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released on Sunday.
QUINCY VETERANS CLINIC
New outpatient clinic for veterans in Quincy to open Monday
(Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com)
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A new outpatient clinic for veterans is set to open in Quincy.
The (Quincy) Herald-Whig r eport s the 21,000-squre foot clinic will see its first patients Monday. It has the capacity to serve 8,000 veterans. The newspaper reports 3,000 are currently enrolled.
The clinic is run by Iowa City VA Health Care System, which operates several clinics in Iowa and Illinois.
Spokesman Bryan Clark says the new clinic, which replaces a smaller facility, will continue offer services the old clinic did, along with physical therapy, audiology testing and mental health services, among others.
Hundreds attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday, including Navy veteran Terrence Carlton. He’s been traveling from his Quincy home to a veterans’ hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, several times a month. He calls the new facility a blessing.
COLD CASE CONVICTION-IOWA
Iowa woman gets 50 years in prison for 1992 beating death
(Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com)
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa grandmother convicted of the 1992 killing of her former boyfriend has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, which was the maximum allowed.
The Muscatine Journal reports that 56-year-old Annette Cahill showed no emotion when she was sentenced Friday.
Following a mistrial earlier this year, Cahill was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the baseball bat beating death of 22-year-old bartender Corey Wieneke. Her attorney says she plans to appeal.
Police have said Cahill had been in an intimate relationship with Wieneke and that they had a heated argument about his involvement with another woman. Wieneke was found dead on the floor of his bedroom in rural West Liberty in October 1992.
The case against Cahill relied on testimony from a woman who said she was 9 years old when she overheard Cahill confess to killing Wieneke.
Former Iowa governor says Biden has ‘heart of a president’
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is endorsing Joe Biden, saying his personal losses give him the “the capacity to comfort” and “the need to heal” a divided nation.
During a rally in Des Moines on Saturday, Vilsack says the former vice president is best able to win the upper Midwest, key to Democrats in 2020.
Vilsack says the deaths of Biden’s first wife and infant daughter decades ago and his older son’s death from cancer in 2015 make him “a man with empathy, and a man who has the heart of a president.”
Vilsack, a former U.S. secretary of agriculture, served with Biden in the Obama administration.
Biden, the early favorite for Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, has gradually slipped behind Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren.