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Kalona News > News > County still pondering Lake Darling contribution

The Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday again tabled a request by the Friends of Lake Darling for a $15,000 to $20,000 contribution toward the construction of six handicapped-accessible, four-season, two-bedroom cabins at the state park. The 765-square-foot cabins will each have a 225 square-foot back porch.

The nonprofit group has already raised funding for three of the six cabins, said Dr. Fay Vittetoe, a member of the group, and they will cost an estimated $150,000 each.


Prisoner Sues Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West And Other Stars For $2.4 Billion

In today's batch of bizarre celebrity lawsuits, a prisoner in California is suing some of the biggest names in pop music for more than $2 billion.

As first reported by Re-Tox, an inmate named Richard Dupree filed a $2.4 billion lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Chris Brown, claiming the stars stole song lyrics he had been writing while incarcerated.


New Obamacare Fix Is Bad News for Democrats - Yahoo Finance

A little-known proposed change to the president’s health care law could result in a new political nightmare for Democrats who are vulnerable in the 2014 midterm elections. says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal in March that would prohibit insurers from selling fixed-benefit insurance plans as stand-alone policies.

Related: Obama’s Falling Ratings Hurt Dems in Midterms

Fixed-benefit plans are so bare bones they don’t even qualify as actual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate – so people who are covered by these plans only are still subject to the penalty unless they qualify for an exemption.


Donald Sterling has options to weigh after NBA ban -

Donald Sterling has been shamed, fined $2.5 million and banned for life by the NBA for his incendiary remarks about race.

But none of that changes the fact that Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers, which gives him options.

"This may set up nicely for him," said David Carter, executive director of USC's Sports Business Institute. "He could ride off into the sunset a la Frank McCourt."

Much like the former Dodgers owner, Sterling might be forced to sell his franchise at an opportune moment, shortly before the NBA renegotiates its lucrative national television contract. An auction-like frenzy could drive the price toward $1 billion.


Iowa City internet slower than advertised - The Daily Iowan

Iowa City residents are not seeing the super-fast speeds promised to them by their Internet providers.

In fact, on average, the speeds are over 15 percent slower for downloading and 20 percent slower for uploading than they are advertised as in the Iowa City area, according to a recent study by Ookla, the company behind


GDP Slows to Crawl in First Quarter, Up 0.1% -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is terrible number and a reflection of Obama Administration policies.  They flat out don't work.  And note that instead of focusing on job creation, intellectually lazy Democrats want to distract you with calls for raising the minimum wage. What good is that to people who don't have jobs?  A humming economy with ample job opportunities trumps a pay hike for a small segment of the workforce every time.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast growth at a 1.1% pace for the quarter.

The broad slowdown to start the year halted what had been improving economic momentum during much of 2013. In the second half of last year, the economy expanded at a 3.4% pace. The first-quarter reading fell far below even the lackluster average annual gain of near 2% since the recession ended.


Taco Bell Reveals Its Mystery Beef Ingredients - Yahoo

After Taco Bell started telling the public its beef is 88 percent beef, customers were left to wonder, what's the other 12 percent?

They need wonder no more.

Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, features an explainer on its website to explain what the other 12 percent is.

The company states on the website that they "do have weird names," but they're all "safe and approved by the FDA."



Iowa corn planting behind schedule - TheGazette

Iowa farmers took advantage of several days of decent weather last week to plant corn, but the season is off to a very slow start.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that producers have planted 15 percent of the expected corn acreage, 13 percent ahead of 2013, but 18 percent behind the five-year average. Some corn has begun to emerge and there were scattered reports of soybean planting.


Budget bill passes, doesn't include funds for Iowa Juvenile Home - KWWL


Governor Terry Branstad has been sent a nearly $1.9 billion health and human services budget bill after it was approved by lawmakers; however, that bill does not include funding to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.

Without a provision for the Toledo home for delinquent girls, the Democrats' push to reopen the facility now comes to an end for this legislative session.


Large fish kill boosts restocking requests in Eastern Iowa - TheGazette

Persistent thick ice and deep snow on Eastern Iowa ponds and lakes has caused an exceptional winter fish kill, according to state fisheries personnel.

“Yes, it’s as bad as we thought it would be,” said Vance Polton, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician at Lake Darling in Washington County.