Wednesday Morning Read: Good, bad news for Iowa bridges; United Fire looks to demolish downtown buildings; county attorney, supervisor at odds

Bridge inspectors work under the Burlington Street bridge over the Iowa River in Iowa City on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Bridge inspectors work under the Burlington Street bridge over the Iowa River in Iowa City on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

TODAY'S WEATHER -- Mostly sunny. High 72, low 45.

GOOD, BAD NEWS FOR IOWA BRIDGES -- Passers-by may have noticed inspection crews surveying the underside of several Iowa City bridges this week using a snooper truck — which works similarly to a cherry picker, but with an arm that can reach down below a span. Brett Zimmerman said inspections must take place every two years to ensure safety and meet state and federal bridge rules. With Iowa consistently finding itself near the top of the list for structurally deficient bridges, inspections become all the more important. Read more:

UNITED FIRE LOOKS TO DEMOLISH DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS -- One of the headline businesses in Cedar Rapids — United Fire Group — plans to demolish two recently acquired vacant buildings on Second Street SE in downtown Cedar Rapids and expand its footprint yet again within the next four to five years. Read more:

COUNTY ATTORNEY, SUPERVISOR AT ODDS -- A conflict has arisen between two Linn County elected officials over the status of proposed funding from the Linn County Board of Supervisors for implicit bias training. Read more:

CYCLONES BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP -- Iowa State point guard Donovan Jackson was in the same place last year as eight of his teammates. He was a newcomer who wanted to come in and prove what he could do. It was frustrating for him at times because he felt he couldn’t showcase his whole skill set. But he had to buy into the team-first concept and play his role. That’s what the newly-minted senior leader is trying to get this year’s team of new faces to do. Read more:

QUOTABLE -- “If our goals are to review the UI employment processes, it seems a little disingenuous to suggest a review of only a portion of UI employment processes.” Titus Hou, a Student Government executive assistant, in a June 20 email. Read more:



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