Louisa-Muscatine Superintendant Mike VanSickle confirmed this morning that a school bus collided with another vehicle on U.S. High Way 61. VanSickle said that no students were on the bus. No further information has been reported at this time.

Employment opportunities in the health science fields will be the topic of discussion when students from two eastern Iowa middle schools visit the University of Iowa Department of Biology during the next six weeks. The university reports eighth-grade students from Fairfield will visit Friday while students from Columbus Junction and North Scott are scheduled to visit April 11th. The visits are the culmination of a six-week career education program designed to connect minority and low socio-economic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. The project addresses the need to increase diversity in the American healthcare workforce and works with students in rural Iowa communities with large Hispanic immigrant populations. The program is currently in place in West Liberty and Columbus Junction and at four other locations in southeastern Iowa.

The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Muscatine Community College are presenting the second of three public legislative forums from 9 to 10:30 this Saturday morning, March 2nd, in the MCC Student Center. A final forum is set for April 6th.

The Louisa County Conservation Board’s eXtreme Adventure Series for children in grades six through eight is hiking through Muscatine County’s Wildcat Den State Park from 10 to 3 this Saturday. The cost is $5. There’s a limit of 13 kids and only a few slots remain, so registration is required. For information or to register, contact naturalist Brittney Tiller at (319) 523-8381 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The average daily population at the Johnson County Jail dropped 13.5 percent last year from 2010. That’s according to Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek’s annual report. The sheriff says jail alternatives are working but more space for diversion and treatment programs would have an even greater impact on individuals facing criminal charges in the county. The Muscatine County Jail houses Johnson County’s overcrowding population.


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