A warm spring evening along Mississippi River shoreline.

I-80/Middle research campus vision succumbing to development realities: more housing subdivisions

The vision of gleaming glass office towers nestled in a landscaped park-like campus surrounding Bettendorf's Interstate 80/Middle Road gateway is succumbing to the reality that residential subdivisions remain the city's bread-and-butter development.

Lee Enterprises sells Provo newspaper to West Virginia newspaper group, Ogden Newspapers, Inc.

Davenport-based Lee Enterprises announced the sale this morning (8/22) of its Provo, Utah daily newspaper and online news site to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., a privately owned West Virginia company which owns more than 40 daily newspapers, has majority ownership in the Pittsburg Pirates baseball team, and publishes Mother Earth News and Unte Reader magazines.

Alcoa seeks approval to boost discharge of pollutants into Mississippi River by 24 percent

Alcoa's Davenport Works wants to increase the amount of pollutants it can discharge into the Mississippi River by 24 percent to accommodate higher quantities of oil/grease, chromium, zinc, cyanide and other suspended solids generated by expansion of the Riverdale plant to serve the automotive aluminum market.

The company is seeking modification of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The permit revisions, if approved, would allow the plant to discharge a combined average of 548 pounds of pollutants each day into the river. That's an average of 106 pounds per day more than the plant's current permitted discharge.

Based on the plant's 312 production days each year, the change would permit the plant to dispose of an additional 33,000 pounds of those pollutants into the river annually.

City okays study to look at conversion of downtown Bettendorf's State and Grant Street one-ways

Roadway reconstruction related to the new Interstate 74 Bridge may be a puzzle now to motorists in downtown Bettendorf, but an even more significant street reconfiguration may be on the horizon – conversion of the Grant and State Street one-ways to two-way traffic.

The city council Tuesday (Aug. 2) approved hiring a traffic consultant for $100,000 to conduct an analysis of the two downtown one-ways with an eye toward making them into two-way streets.

Lee Enterprises reports higher third quarter earnings despite a 5 percent drop-off in overall revenues

Third quarter earnings at Lee Enterprises, Inc. have increased compared with the same period a year ago despite a nearly 5 percent drop in net revenues at the Davenport-based media company.

The company Thursday (8/4) reported earnings of $4.4 million, 8 cents per share, for the three-months ended June 26, compared with $2.14 million, 3 cents per share, for the same quarter in 2015.

Cricket Hollow Zoo lions relocated to wildlife sanctuary after settlement of federal lawsuit

The two remaining endangered animals kept at Cricket Hollow Zoo – African lionesses named Jonwah and Njjarra – have been relocated to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado after settlement of a federal court lawsuit filed against the zoo by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and five Iowa residents.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, with veterinary support from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, took custody of the two lions after the settlement was reached with zoo owners Pam and Tom Sellner of Manchester, Iowa, according to a news release issued by the ALDF today (Aug. 3).

Judge orders lioness exam by animal rights group vet; sets expedited trial on lion removal from zoo

A federal judge today (July 21) ordered the examination of a Cricket Hollow Zoo lioness and set an expedited trial date for August 1 to determine if the two African lions should be permanently removed from the roadside zoo.

In an unusual telephone hearing, Chief Judge Linda Reade of the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids ordered the zoo allow a Colorado veterinarian with experience in the care of lions examine the lioness Njjarra.

Special telephone court hearing set in legal effort to help sick lioness Njjarra at Cricket Hollow Zoo


Click on image above to view the video showing the two African lions at Cricket Hollow Zoo. The video was submitted as part of a court filing seeking immediate removal of the lions from the roadside zoo.

A special telephone hearing will be held Thursday (July 21) to determine if a lioness at Cricket Hollow Zoo should be removed immediately from the troubled roadside zoo, or if a "qualified veterinarian" should be allowed to examine, diagnosis and treat the animal.

The endangered African lion is one of two at the zoo, and a video taken June 24 shows the sick and emaciated lioness named Njjarra in her cage at Cricket Hollow.

Animal rights group, Iowa residents appeal Cricket Hollow Zoo ruling over attorney fees request, animal relocation site and illegal trafficking claim

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Iowa residents who won their federal court case in February against Cricket Hollow Zoo have now appealed the judge's decision to not award attorney fees, allowing the zoo owners to choose where the zoo tigers and lemurs were relocated, and for failing to address one of the lawsuit claims the zoo engaged in unlawful trafficking of endangered animals.

Group seeks emergency court order to remove African lions from troubled roadside zoo

An Iowa man visiting the Cricket Hollow Zoo with his two children June 24 says in court documents one of the roadside zoo's two lions "was in such a terrible condition that both children and myself feared that she would die at any moment."

"We didn't need to get too close to her cage to know that there was something terribly wrong with her, because she just stood in one corner of her cage shivering even though she was in direct sunlight," Jeff Marlin, of Hiawatha, Iowa, testified in a court filing seeking immediate removal of the now-endangered animals from the troubled zoo near Manchester.

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