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On Thursday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department fulfilled our second open records request for the call histories of three taxpayer-owned cell phones in the department. 

Chuck Wilson, 73, passed away July 30 after losing a battle with cancer. I may have not known Chuck as well as some athletes, but it was a thrill to watch his efforts during my maiden years as a sportswriter.

There are many competing proposals to lowering healthcare costs in Congress. PBMs, middlemen in prescription drug benefits, are inflating prescription costs by gaming a Medicare regulation loophole called DIR fees. However, another topic is equally important: ensuring prescription medicines …

Iowa College Aid and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office are warning students to beware of “loan rescue” organizations. Such organizations promise help arranging federal student loan forgiveness or other loan benefits in exchange for an up-front fee, with many companies also charging an ongoi…

As the nation mourns the deaths of the 31 people killed in last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, discussion is renewed over the causes of these tragedies and ways to prevent them. Re-enacting the ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 and high-capacity magazine…

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. The Department of Revenue wants to increase your awareness of cybersecurity and protect yourself online.

Often a distressed parent walks through the door with a child who they can no longer control. They may be having anger outbursts, exhibiting defiant behavior, and/or fits of physical aggression. More often than not the child is either put on medication to control violent behaviors or admitte…

A few weeks ago I was talking with a local resident about the newspaper’s coverage of the police call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance and how law enforcement officials in Clinton and Jackson counties handled it.

The Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two humans on the moon 50 years ago next month is one of those epochal events, like the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in which anyone who was alive and at least of adolescent age at the time will remember…

Summer is here! That means Summer Reading and the busiest time of the year for us at the library are upon us. As always, we are offering programs and chances to win some great prizes for patrons of all ages. 

In this space Sunday, we commented on the value of body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers and stated that policies and laws supporting public release of their images can go a long way toward accountability and, in most cases, community support and confidence.