Big news at Trinity Muscatine. Construction at Muscatine County’s only emergency department is now complete and the expanded unit is scheduled to open for business at 7 next Wednesday morning. We’ll have more details on Monday.


The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has selected Greg Jenkins as its new president and CEO. He replaces Bill Phelan, who retired in April. Jenkins has been with the Chamber for six years and served most recently as vice-president of economic development.


More than 20 high school and college students from Muscatine are on their way to China to participate in a study program. Their expenses are being paid by Wanxiang America Corporation, which manufactures auto parts and green energy products. One of those going is Addison Hopkins. We spoke with Addison yesterday.

The trip should be educational and fun.


A proposed development agreement between the city of Muscatine and Wal-View Development and GSTC Logistics sparked some controversy at last night's city council meeting. Developers want tax increment financing money to aid in construction and maintenance of a warehouse and distribution facility at 5415 49th Street South. Wal-View says the project will create new jobs and new opportunities. But Cam2 Warehouse representative Kevin Shea says the benefits Wal-View would receive are better than the ones Cam2 received when they built in 2006.


Gov. Branstad has signed a letter to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 47 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rains and thunderstorms resulting in severe flooding May 19th through June 23rd. Area counties on the list include Des Moines, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Linn and Louisa.


AmeriCorps members are hosting a community service day to stain facilities and remove invasive plant species from 10 to 2 on Sunday at Clark's Ferry Recreation Area. Volunteers of all ages should meet at Clark's Ferry under the pavilion by 10 a.m. For further information, call Rusty Graham at (319) 529-0594.


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