LAKES FILLING UP WITH DIRT: More sediment is building up on the bottom of Iowa’s natural lakes, according to a new study by Iowa State University. Research in 32 lakes tracked 150 years of sediment deposits and found that, despite more soil conservation efforts in recent years, the amount of soil runoff is increasing, most recently by an average of 1 inch every four years. The continued buildup threatens the habitat for fish and wildlife survival as well as recreation use.
VIOLENCE IN THE HOME: Domestic violence calls to police in Cedar Rapids and Linn County are up over last year and demand on domestic violence shelters also has increased in both Linn County and Johnson County. Meanwhile, state funding for such shelters has been cut.
BIG TAX BILL, TOO: The fallout from Cedar Falls-based broker Russ Wasendorf Sr.’s duping of customers, regulators and colleagues — a fraud case estimated at $100 million — continues to mount. The latest: State tax collectors say he and his ex-wife also duped them and that the couple owes Iowa more than $14.1 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.
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