Authorities in Muscatine County hope an autopsy will help explain how a West Liberty man died after his car was found submerged in a creek. KWQC-TV reports deputies were called to the 1600 block of 115th Street in West Liberty Sunday, where a vehicle was discovered upside down in the creek. Inside they found 35-year-old Rafael Jacobo-Bernabe, who was last seen around 10:30 Saturday night. Police believe Jacobo-Bernabe was westbound on 115th Street when he lost control of his vehicle. Authorities say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

  

Muscatine lawyer Jim Nepple was one of the attorneys named "The Best Lawyers in America" for the 20th time in the past 20 years. He was the first lawyer to receive the award in the inaugural year, and has won the award every year since. Nepple tells our Andy Foster about this national award.


Tonight's the night to learn more about Muscatine School Board candidates. The League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for those running at 7 at Muscatine City Hall, if you would like to attend.

The Blue Zones Project holds a ceremony today at Elly's Tea and Coffee House, the first restaurant in Muscatine to be named Blue Zone Approved. Dozens of people are expected to attend the event, then enjoy Elly's healthy selections of sandwiches, soups and salads.

  

Nature trails will be the focus of a meeting tonight at 7 in the Larson Building on the MCC campus. It’s for people interested in getting the nature trail up to snuff in western Muscatine County. The goal is to start a Friend of the Trail group and get some funding and maintenance. Mary Runkel and Lisa Hein with the Iowa Nature Heritage Foundation of Des Moines will be on hand.


If you were outside yesterday, you know how hot and humid it was. Expect more of the same today. The Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather. Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says people suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. She says the body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. Quinlisk says in such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Especially when the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

 

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