A jury in Davenport federal court yesterday awarded $7.5 million apiece to 32 mentally disabled former turkey processing plant workers. They suffered years of abuse and discrimination by Henry's Turkey Service of Texas, which oversaw their work and lodging. The EEOC sued Henry's after Iowa officials shut down their Atalissa bunkhouse in 2009 because of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The trial lasted a week.
Some Muscatine folks are learning to become leaders, thanks to Leadership Muscatine. Bob Allbee is the acting president at Muscatine Community College.
The Muscatine Art Center will feature one of Muscatine’s own in the upcoming exhibition, “Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: A Retrospective.” The exhibition of the printmaker’s works will opens Sunday and runs through June 9th. Fasanelli-Cawelti is 21-year resident of Muscatine.
This Saturday, State Representative Bobby Kaufman, a Wilton Republican, will be having a town hall meeting at 1 in the afternoon at Morse Community Hall. Morse is a village off of Highway 1 just south of Solon. Kaufmann will have an update on the Legislature and answer questions.
A bridge replacement project on Iowa 130 over Sugar Creek near Tipton will require closing the road to traffic between Iowa 38 and Cedar County Road X-64 beginning Monday, weather permitting. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office says drivers will be detoured around the road closure by using Iowa 38, U.S. 30 and Cedar County Road X-64. This project is expected to be completed by mid-August.