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    I always knew this day would come and yet I never prepared for it. After nearly four years at the Muscatine Journal, I am moving on. In about a week I’ll be moving to Bristol, Virginia, to take a job with a group of newspapers there. I’m leaving behind a wonderful, dedicated staff. They are …

      The next phase of Iowa ethanol production occurred with little fanfare this week. Quad County Processors of Galva, Iowa, made its first batch of cellulosic ethanol distilled from corn fiber, formerly a waste product of the plant’s corn kernel ethanol process.

        Whenever we hear about politicians — local or national — forging a compromise, it reminds us of how politicians should conduct business. A lot of great things have been accomplished through compromise.

          Summer is here and two of my favorite events will be happening this week. First, there’s the Muscatine Art Center’s Ice Cream Social tomorrow from 1 – 5 p.m. (Full disclosure, I’m the president of the Muscatine Art Center Board of Trustees.) If you’ve never been to this event, it is a lot of…

            One Iowa man can celebrate his freedom in a court verdict all Iowans should celebrate for its insight into contemporary HIV treatment and compassion for those under treatment.

            This weekend we have spent time feeling very thankful, like many of you likely have. We were able to spend time together with family and took some time off work as well to relax and enjoy the day.

            A woman who long advocated for Native American rights and was known for organizing protests against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines has died. Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, died on Nov. 13 at age 53 at her home in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Indian Country Today reports that Braun worked as a national pipeline organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. At the Dakota Access protest, her teepee was the first to go up at what became Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock. Her daughter said that seeing the Keystone XL pipeline blocked was one of Braun's proudest achievements.

            The Federal Trade Commission and a handful of states announced settlements Monday with Google and iHeartMedia over misleading radio advertisements about a cellphone. It stems from complaints that Google paid to have radio personalities endorse and talk about their personal experience using the Pixel 4, even though many of them hadn't used the phone. California Attorney General Rob Bonta says the ads ran more than 23,000 times across 10 media markets. Google will pay $9 million. iHeartMedia, the largest owner of radio stations in the country, will pay $400,000. Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are also involved in the case.

            Police say two pedestrians died after they were struck by an SUV that also crashed Sunday into a suburban Chicago building. Des Plaines police said the SUV crossed oncoming lanes on Northwest Highway and struck two pedestrians just after noon Sunday in the Cook County city northwest of Chicago. Police said the two victims, a 42-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man, both later died. Deputy Chief Matt Matzl of the Des Plaines Fire Department says the SUV’s driver also struck a building and a gas main in the crash. A 71-year-old man who was driving the SUV did not suffer serious injuries and neither did two children who were his passengers.

            Eds: The Iowa editorial roundup will not move this week due to a lack of editorials of state-wide interest. We will resume the roundup at its normal time on Monday, Dec. 5.


            Democrat Craig Cooper is just six votes ahead of Republican Luana Stoltenberg for the House District 81 seat, which covers the northwest quadrant of Davenport, after an administrative recount concluded on Friday. The results are contrary to what was announced after election night.

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