Despite the latest flood, Muscatine's annual Independence Day Celebration will continue as planned in downtown Muscatine on Thursday, July 4. That's according to a news release from the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Major portions of Riverside Park as well as some roads in the usual parking places will be blocked off due to flooding. The Chamber says to plan accordingly and allow enough time to find a parking spot and area to watch and take part in the festivities. In case current plans change, stay tuned to this station or click on Muscatine.com or the Chamber’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for further updates.

 

Muscatine Police say it was likely a murder-suicide Saturday at 806 Oak St. And they have released the names of the people involved. Police say 43-year-old Teresa Rowan of 806 Oak Street was pronounced dead at the scene. It appears 39-year-old Lance Stormm of the same address and also Cedar Rapids shot and killed her, then turned the gun on himself. Stormm was taken to Trinity Hospital, then to University of Iowa Hospitals with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died. Autopsies are planned, and the shooting remains under investigation. Police would like to hear from anyone with information.

 

Emily Lofgren, daughter of State Representative Mark and Paula Lofgren of Muscatine, will run for the District 91 House seat now held by her father. The Muscatine 2nd Ward Aldermen, 42-year-old Mark LeRette, also is announcing his candidacy for the seat. Mark Lofgren, a Republican, announced last week that he'll run for the Iowa Second Congressional District seat now held by Representative Dave Loebsack, a Democrat. The primary election is June 2014.

 

The intersection of Linn and Sixth streets will be closed from 7 to 5 on Friday for construction. The Muscatine Public Works Department says the closure is part of the West Hill sewer separation project. Langman Construction is the contractor.

 

As part of  West Liberty’s 175th anniversary celebration, a coed volleyball tournament is set for Kimberly Park during Picnic in the Park on July 14th. For more information or to register a team, call Jerry Graham at 319-331-8720. The deadline is July 10th.

 

As you  prepare to enjoy fireworks around Independence Day, the Iowa DNR is reminding people that fine particles and gases in smoke from fireworks can cause breathing problems for some if the air is stagnant. During these conditions, fine particles can be trapped near the ground and build to unhealthy levels. Asthmatics, those with respiratory difficulties, the elderly, children and pregnant women are the groups most likely to suffer adverse health effects from breathing heavy smoke from fireworks. The DNR encourages individuals who could be adversely affected by smoke from fireworks to view displays from a safe distance and from an upwind vantage point.

 

Iowa tourism destinations are being featured on state tractor-trailers as part of a new promotional effort. Gov. Branstad announced the new campaign on Monday. The effort will feature nine trucks from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division with images promoting Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Iowa City, Newton, Sioux City and Waterloo. Images on the trucks include a Cedar Falls bike trail, the Fun City Waterpark in Burlington and the Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo. The destinations are featured for 18 months. The program will cost around $50,000.?

 

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