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