Monday Morning Read: Old friends reuniting as policing partners; study says road salt affecting water quality; Iowa prepares for verdict on online sales tax

University of Iowa public safety director Scott Beckner (left) and Iowa City Police Department Chief Jody Matherly are photographed at the intersection of Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The two have known each other since high school and, while both have followed separate paths in their careers, their long-running relationship has helped them work out creative solutions in their current positions. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
University of Iowa public safety director Scott Beckner (left) and Iowa City Police Department Chief Jody Matherly are photographed at the intersection of Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The two have known each other since high school and, while both have followed separate paths in their careers, their long-running relationship has helped them work out creative solutions in their current positions. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

TODAY’S WEATHER — Rain likely, windy. High 52, low 26.

OLD FRIENDS REUNITE AS POLICING PARTNERS — Today, Scott Beckner calls the shots at the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety as the department’s director. Less than a mile away, Jody Matherly oversees operations at the Iowa City Police Department, where he has served as chief for the past year. But a little more than 30 years ago, Beckner and Matherly were just a couple of young patrol officers on the Grand Blanc, Mich., police force. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2mVvbhs

STUDY SAYS ROAD SALT AFFECTING WATER QUALITY — A new study shows U.S. rivers and streams have developed higher salt concentrations and become more alkaline in recent decades, blamed in part on the application of road salt. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2mX76He

IOWA PREPARES FOR VERDICT ON ONLINE SALES TAX — House Speaker Linda Upmeyer told reporters before the 2018 session started that her caucus would investigate instituting a sales tax on the online sales of goods and services (from outlets such as Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair, etc.) to remote companies, as a way to “even the playing field” with stores in Main Street communities, as well as increase state revenues. However, passing legislation that levies a sales tax on the online sale of goods and services is currently a violation of a state’s authority. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2mYQ0Zp

IOWA WRESTLERS FALL DESPITE LEE’S BIG WIN — Iowa’s Spencer Lee notched a signature victory and second straight over a ranked foe. Teammate Alex Marinelli returned to his home state to win in the same venue he claimed four state prep titles. But it wasn’t enough to help the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes over No. 2 Ohio State. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2rvWGUb

QUOTABLE“Even if you can’t see the whole aspects of aviation, there are so many ways aviation touches a community. We’re ... still serving a pretty healthy general aviation community.” Michael Tharp, operations specialist for the Iowa City Municipal Airport, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2DXckL1

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