Thursday morning read: Linn County pays settlement for wrongful arrest, Cedar Rapids Comic Con features 'Gremlins' actor, Gov. Reynolds signs Iowa water quality funding bill

The Linn County Courthouse on May’s Island in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
The Linn County Courthouse on May’s Island in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Linn County pays $285,000 settlement to Arizona man for wrongful arrest in Cedar Rapids robbery - An Arizona man who sued Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden and the county for “wrongful arrest” won a $285,000 settlement from the county Wednesday after spending 68 days in jail for a robbery he didn’t commit.

The lawsuit asserted Joseph Rosco McBride, who was arrested Aug. 24 in Arizona, sat nearly two months in jail before a witness told police that McBride hadn’t been involved in a Jan 1, 2017, robbery in Cedar Rapids. He hadn’t lived in Iowa since 2012, according the lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court. Read more...


Gov. Reynolds signs Iowa water quality funding bill, her first bill signing - Programs designed to clean Iowa’s waterways will get a state funding boost under a new law that Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Wednesday, her first bill as governor.

“I’m really excited. We’ve been working on this a long time,” Reynolds said after signing the bill in the governor’s formal office at the Iowa Capitol.

Her signature on the bill completed a challenge she laid out three weeks ago in her first Condition of the State address

The new law will produce for water quality projects an estimated $270.2 million over the next 11 years, according to the state’s nonpartisan data agency. There will be $4 million in new funding in the state budget year that begins July 1, $8 million the following year and then from $27.3 million to $30.2 million annually through June 2029, according to the agency. Read more...

Just add water: 'Gremlins' actor among special guests at Cedar Rapids Comic Con - Gadgets and Gizmos aplenty will be infiltrating Saturday’s Cedar Rapids Comic Con, when movie stars, memorabilia, artists, gamers and geeks take over the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Center.

Among the special guests is actor Zach Galligan, who starred in the 1984 megahit movie “Gremlins” and its 1990 sequel, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” Galligan found instant fame at age 19, and more than 30 years later, has found a new batch of fame through meet-and-greets like comic book conventions. Read more...

Iowa auditor defends handling of Iowa Communications Network investigation - Opening its investigation Wednesday into the little-known state agency that runs Iowa’s distance learning and broadband carrier network, members of the House Government Oversight Committee wondered if inadequate training was partly to blame for allowing cronyism and misuse of taxpayer money at the organization.

While generally supportive of the role State Auditor Mary Mosiman played in exposing nearly $380,000 worth of improper disbursements and undeposited collections, some overseers also wondered why the agency’s staff and board members — including Mosiman herself, who is a non-voting member of the board — didn’t blow the whistle earlier. Read more...

Iowa State men's basketball comes together to upset No. 11 West Virginia - Iowa State brought out its varsity team Wednesday — a team Coach Steve Prohm wants to see more of.

The Cyclones’ roster is filled with talent — albeit inexperienced talent. Iowa State showed what it can look like when everyone plays their best game on the same night.

Iowa State (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) beat No. 11 West Virginia 93-77 in Hilton Coliseum.

“We have two teams, our varsity team and our JV team,” Prohm said. “We need the varsity team a lot more than we need our JV team.”

The Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) shot 62 percent from the floor and 55 percent from 3-point range. Iowa State had four players in double figures with Donovan Jackson and Lindell Wigginton leading the way with 25 and 22 points, respectively. Read more...


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