It's called the Miles for Migrants Cross-County Bicycle Trip. Three young adults are riding bicycles across the country in support of the Harvest of Hope Foundation. That is the only national foundation that offers emergency and educational financial help to migrant farmworkers and families across the country. The riders were headed to Muscatine yesterday when we spoke to one of them, Jami Haynes of New York, a college senior studying to be a teacher.

She says information about Harvest of Hope is available on the Internet.

Haynes says other than some flat tires and being near a twister in Indiana, it's been a good ride.


A Muscatine man is charged with possession of precursors that can be used to make methamphetamine. Twenty-five-year-old Brent Sieverding was arrested Friday in the Muscatine Walmart parking lot. Store management had called cops about a suspicious person in a vehicle. A search warrant yielded meth-making materials. Read more about this story in the Muscatine Journal or at


More than125 community members in Muscatine will gather tomorrow to fight heart disease and stroke in women at the first annual Go Red For Women Luncheon presented by H.J. Heinz. The luncheon will take place at the Geneva Golf & Country Club in Muscatine. The lineup includes health screenings, vendor booths, a survivor gallery and a heart-healthy lunch and program, emceed by our own Millie Morris. Survivor speakers precede the keynote speaker, Dr. Manasi Nadkarni from UnityPoint Clinic. Tickets are $40. For information, call 507-993-2137 or visit

Blunt force injury of the head. That's what Davenport police say killed Douglas Whalen of Davenport, who died Friday in Iowa City following a Thursday night fight in Davenport. An autopsy was conducted yesterday. The man Whalen was fighting with is charged with disorderly conduct . Davenport detectives are interviewing witnesses to determine the facts around the altercation.


Iowa has a law requiring that schools start in the week that includes Sept. 1st. But Governor Branstad says it gets circumvented so often it's meaningless. During his weekly news conference, Branstad says starting school early is hurting the state's tourism industry. Branstad says the Legislature has not taken care of the problem so he expects the Department of Education to do so.


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