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GENESIS BIRTHCENTER DAVENPORT

Stephanie and Thomas Fobert, East Moline; boy, Monday, Dec. 9.\u00a0

Lauren and Marcus Seden, Davenport; girl, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Kourtney and Corey Grawe, Erie, boy, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Amber Knoeferl and Kenny Praught, Davenport; boy, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Felicia and Terry Brown, Davenport; boy, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Cari Anne and Brian Gall, Davenport; boy, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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A Davenport man awaiting trial on a theft charge has been taken into custody on new charges of robbery and drug dealing.

Zaaron James McLauglin, 19, now of 2711 34th St., but formerly of Macon, Missouri, is facing new charges of first-degree robbery and a controlled substance violation for selling simulated LSD, or acid, tablets.

Both charges are Class B felonies in Iowa. The robbery charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years, of which 70 percent, or 17.5 years, must be served before parole can be granted.

The drug charge also carries a 25-year prison sentence, but there is no mandatory minimum sentence requirement.

According to the arrest affidavits, on Sept. 6 at 2:35 a.m., Davenport police arrested McLaughlin on a charge of second-degree theft after he allegedly stole an electronic scooter from the Walmart at 3101 W. Kimberly Road. That charge is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of five years. A trial date has been set for Feb. 17, in Scott County District Court.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety, but during a bond-reduction hearing on Sept. 26, District Associate Judge Cheryl Traum released McLaughlin without bond, and he was supposed to be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections.

On Dec. 4, officers were called to the 3600 block of Hillandale Road to investigate a robbery. According to the arrest affidavit, McLaughlin robbed another person at knife-point for $20 and slashed the victim's left knee with the knife.\u00a0

McLaughlin was arrested Thursday by members of the Davenport Police Department\u2019s Tactical Operations Bureau. At 5:55 p.m., officers searched his Davenport home as part of a narcotics investigation and an investigation into the robbery.

Officers seized 262 simulated LSD tablets from McLaughlin's bedroom.

McLaughlin was held Friday night in the Scott County Jail on a cash-only bond of $25,000 and on cash or surety bonds totaling $30,000.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges Jan. 2 in Scott County District Court.

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Davenport police have made an arrest in the November shooting death of 43-year-old Frederick Ewing.

Aaron Joseph Beeman, 32, of 1804 21st St., Rock Island, is charged with one count of first-degree murder. The charge is a Class A felony under Iowa law that carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison upon conviction.

According to the arrest affidavit, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11:01 p.m. Beeman shot Ewing at 1905 W. 40th St. While police were investigating the shooting, Ewing was taken to Genesis Medical Center by a private vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Beeman was a convicted felon at the time of the shooting and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has felony convictions in Rock Island County that include burglary and theft.

Beeman was being held without bond Friday night in the Scott County Jail.\u00a0

Davenport police said this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 563-326-6125 or leave an anonymous tip on \u201cCityConnect, Davenport, IA,\u201d or \u201cCrime Reports by Motorola.\u201d

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The Baldwin grand piano is going.

So is the slate-topped pool table and the dining tables, dishes, kitchen equipment, bar items, lawn mowers and patio furniture. Anything having to do with the elegant 1906 Arsenal Island Golf Clubhouse is being sold through Monday via an online auction.

The Army closed the bar and restaurant on June 30, and is liquidating all furnishings and equipment, Arsenal garrison spokesman Eric Cramer said.

For more than 10 years, the Army has been trying to find a private entity that would lease and manage the golf course, the clubhouse and the former Quarters One residence, a 23,000-square-foot limestone mansion with a landmark tower.

As recently as a year ago, the Army was optimistic that a deal would be struck, with garrison commander Col. Stephen Marr saying he was \"very confident\" that by this past summer there would be something in writing with a private commercial partner.

But a spokesman for the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was soliciting proposals, said in an email on Friday that \"there is no further update on the status of the lease negotiations because an entity was not secured.\"

\"At this time, the Louisville District has no action on this matter,\" Abby Korfhage, public affairs specialist, wrote.

The solicitation of proposals followed a study commissioned by the garrison in 2017 to examine the possibility of a \"regional hospitality venue offering a golf course, lodging and other recreational opportunities.\"

While the clubhouse closed in June, the 18-hole golf course, the second oldest in Illinois, closed Sept. 30, 2018.

It previously had been the elite country club of the Quad-Cities. In 2009, the Arsenal signed an agreement with a Washington, D.C., firm to run the course but that didn't last long and in 2010, the Army turned the links into a public course in hopes of making it financially sustainable. That did not work either.

Some golfers said security measures at the island made access too difficult.

During 2019, the first season of closure, the grass was allowed to grow and the course was not mowed, Cramer said.

The course originally opened in 1897, making it the second-oldest course in Illinois behind Chicago which opened in 1894.

Quarters One, which was last used as an Army residence in 2008, continues to be rented out to the public for special events, such as weddings, receptions and meetings. It is furnished, and the Army provides day-to-day maintenance.

Cramer said Friday that rentals will continue indefinitely.

In 2011, the Army said the building needed major work, estimated a $6 million, including a new furnace, new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and repairs to windows, porches and the roof.

The auction of clubhouse items is being conducted by Backes Auctioineers & Realty, of Raymond, Iowa. Rod Backes said he expects that the first lots will be gone around 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and that everything should be sold by 2:30 p.m.

Anyone interested can view items online at backes-auction.com.

Among the offerings: two John Deere riding mowers, weed-eaters, a snow blower, the golf course scoreboard, stainless steel salad bars with sneeze guards, an ornate wall mirror, eight oak bar stools, a cherry finish office desk, Christmas decorations, file cabinets, bar glassware, and a setting of Homer Laughlin \"Bar Harbor\" patterned china.

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MOLINE \u2013 In honor of annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline will stage the play \u201cI Never Saw Another Butterfly\u201d in late January, the start of its fourth season.

The United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27 \u2014 the anniversary of the liberation of\u00a0Auschwitz-Birkenau \u2014 as\u00a0International Holocaust Remembrance Day. \u201cButterfly\u201d \u2013 a play by Celeste Raspanti \u2013 is based on poetry created in a concentration camp by Jewish children of Prague during World War II.

Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through the camp, Terezin, and only about 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. In the play, one survivor \u2013 Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little reason for hope, creating a world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire \u2013 tells the true story of the children, according to a synopsis.

There were no butterflies at Terezin, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live and play happily while waiting to be transported, the summary says.

The Black Box will audition for the drama on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Roles needed are four men, seven women, and 4-6 children. You will read from the script; No prepared monologue is necessary. Performance dates will be Jan. 23-26, and Jan. 30-Feb. 1; Sundays at 2 p.m., and evenings at 7:30 pm. If you are unable to attend auditions, contact Lora Adams at lorajoyadams@gmail.com.

The Black Box has announced the rest of its 2020 season, but performance dates have not been set yet. These are the shows:

For more information on the Black Box, visit theblackboxtheatre.com.

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The Davenport Police Association will host its 17th annual Domestic Violence Christmas Toy Drive Saturday and Sunday at NorthPark Mall in Davenport. It benefits children who will spend Christmas in a Family Resources Inc. domestic violence shelter or safe house.

The toy drive will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Davenport police will collect new unwrapped toys and tax-deductible monetary donations.

\u201cThe need is still there,\u201d said Davenport Police Cpl. Kris Mayer. \u201cMore than 500 families were helped last year by this toy drive.

\u201cWhat we don\u2019t use for Christmas at the shelters we use for birthdays or as comfort toys for children in the other programs run by Family Resources,\u201d Mayer said. \u201cThese toys help in all facets of their programs; it\u2019s not just the shelters any more, and it\u2019s on both sides of the Mississippi River.\u201d

The toy drive began in 2002 when Family Resources' domestic abuse shelter was burglarized and all of the toys were stolen. At that time, the Davenport Police Association and the Union of Professional Police stepped in, along with Gold's Gym, to mount a drive that replaced the toys. There was no drive the next year, but the Davenport Police Association resumed it in 2004 and it has been a staple of the Quad-City Christmas season since.

Donors also may drop off toys at the Davenport Police Department, 416 Harrison St.; US Adventure RV, 5120 Brady St.; or Matt Sturdevant-Larry Thein State Farm Insurance, 4425 Welcome Way, and Chuck\u2019s Tap 1726 W. 6th St., all in Davenport.

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When Zaaron James McLaughlin was booked into Scott County Jail Thursday on felony charges of first-degree robbery and possession with intent to deliver the 19-year-old joined a population approaching 390 men, women and juveniles.

Capacity in the jail on West 4th Street is 363. Overcrowding in the Scott County Jail has been an issue in 2019 \u2014 and is increasing the number of inmates housed in other counties.

At the beginning of December, Scott County struck a deal with Clinton County to house up to a dozen adult inmates in its facility.

\"That 363 is not even a realistic number,\" assistant jail administer Capt. Stephanie Bush said Thursday. \"Right now, we have 388 booked. But we can't hit that capacity of 363.\"

Typically overcrowding in the jail starts at roughly 310 to 315 inmates.

\"So we have 53 adults housed out of county right now. That's not unusual. For the last 12 years \u2014 and more so in the last eight \u2014 we've housed inmates out of county.\"

In 2008 the number of inmates housed out of county was five. Over the next three years, not a single inmate was housed outside Scott County Jail. Since 2012, the out-of-county inmate population rose from an average of three to 19 in 2018.

Over the course of the last year, between 25 to 50 inmates were housed at jails in Muscatine, Benton and Mercer County.

Clinton County Jail will house up to 12 adult inmates from Scott County at the cost of $55 a day.

As of Thursday, there were 12 Scott County inmates in Clinton County. And Bush said there isn't a specific reason those 12 inmates had to be transferred Clinton County Jail.

\"Really, it has a lot to do with jail design \u2014 and that there are times when we are restricted in the ways we can house certain inmates,\" Bush said.

\"We have keep-separate inmates. We have inmates here who have mental-health issues. Sometimes there are too many females,\" Bush said. \"But it is common for us to move general population inmates to other counties when we have a large population. But we also have to make moves because of the specific needs of inmates no matter how close we are to capacity.\"

Bush said general-population inmates \u2014 those who pose the lowest security and safety risks \u2014 tend to be transferred first.

Clinton County had just finished its new, 115-bed jail in September and it is well under capacity. With 12 inmates from Scott County, Clinton sees a revenue of $660 per day.

The cost of sending inmates to other counties \u2014 which can reach $80 a day \u2014 is one of the reasons Scott County is exploring several plans to expand the size of the jail.

The county could spend upwards of $14 million on adding space to the jail. According to projections from Wold Architects and Engineers, the jail population in the county could approach 450 by 2037.

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A firefighter was briefly pinned in an East Moline garage fire Friday afternoon. He escaped on his own, and no injuries were reported.\u00a0

The East Moline Fire Department responded to a fire in a detached garage, 733 25th St., East Moline, at about 1:45 p.m.\u00a0

Material stored in the garage shifted during firefighting efforts, causing the firefighter to be briefly pinned inside.\u00a0

The fire was contained to the garage and was extinguished by about 2:15 p.m. The nearby house was not affected, but East Moline Battalion Chief Gary Robertson said the garage may be a total loss.\u00a0

Utilities at the house were turned off, its residents are expected to return today.\u00a0

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Tom Steyer, a billionaire progressive activist and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is returning to east Iowa with campaign stops in Muscatine, Iowa City and Davenport.

His Aunt Betsy turns 100 years old in Iowa City. After a meet-and-greet in Davenport on Monday afternoon, he'll sit down for an interview with the editorial board of the Quad-City Times. Visit details are below:

Muscatine Meet-and-Greet

Economic Speech in Iowa City

Davenport Meet-and-Greet

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DES MOINES \u2014 Iowans traveling to state-licensed casinos to bet on sports or establish online accounts apparently also are trying their hand at table games and slot machines while there.

Patron \u201cfoot traffic\u201d generated by Iowa\u2019s requirement that sports bettors initially go to a licensed casino to establish an online account and meet the qualifications to participate has created an overall positive bump in gambling revenue, said Brian Ohorilko, administrator for the state Racing & Gaming Commission.

An Iowa law that legalized betting on professional and college athletics took effect Aug. 15.

\u201cWe\u2019re seeing the market up overall about 4.5 percent year over year\u201d compared with the July through November period last fiscal year, said Ohorilko. Typically, he noted, adjusted gross revenue at the 19 state-licensed casinos has hovered around the 1-2 percent increase or decrease range in recent years.

\u201cThat is definitely encouraging,\u201d he said of the surge in betting and casino admissions since mid-August.

\u201cAdmissions are up almost 4 percent in the casinos and slot revenue is up, but we\u2019re seeing a significant increase in table play \u2014 up about 7.5 percent,\u201d Ohorilko noted. \u201cThat will be interesting to see if that trend continues.\u201d

Revenue at five state-licensed casinos is down year over year so far in fiscal 2020, Ohorilko said, while 14 are up in overall revenue.

Adjusted gross revenue at Iowa\u2019s 19 state-licensed casinos stood at nearly $614 million and admissions totaled 8,591,467 in the five months ending in November, according to commission documents.

For all of fiscal 2019, adjusted gross revenue was $1.457 billion and admissions were 19,863,057.

\u201cI would say we\u2019re seeing new customers, new patron traffic from a sports wagering standpoints,\u201d said Dan Franz, general manager of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, which Ohorilko said was among this year\u2019s best-performing venues.

Franz said his facility underwent a major renovation in 2018 that put \u201ca brand-new face on the property,\u201d so he attributed much of this year\u2019s uptick to upgrades that made the casino \u201cmuch more comfortable, much more welcoming and a livable environment for our guests.\u201d

But he said the facility\u2019s restaurant that houses the sportsbook operation also is experiencing additional business. \u201cWe\u2019re definitely seeing a bump during this football season in food and beverage revenue in that outlet,\u201d he said.

Wes Ehrecke of the Iowa Gaming Association, an umbrella group for the state-licensed casinos, said there has been a spike in the overall gambling numbers in the past few months \u2014 thanks to new customer interest in sports betting that has spilled over to the casino floor.

\u201cIt\u2019s since August when this started launching that we\u2019ve had some consecutive months that have had increased traffic and admissions and revenue. So you have to assume that sports wagering \u2014 the launch of that \u2014 has been a contributor to that,\u201d said Ehrecke.

\u201cIt\u2019s certainly an additional entertainment amenity for those that enjoy watching sports and betting on sports,\u201d he added. \u201cIt\u2019s a real positive. Honestly, we didn\u2019t know what to expect because it\u2019s something very new to Iowa. It\u2019s great to see this is a positive.\u201d

Iowa\u2019s law legalizes betting not only on pro and college athletics, but also on daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which Ohorilko said just finished a first month of operations in Iowa.

The new law does not allow in-game sports bets on in-state college teams such as the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones.

About 60 percent of Iowa\u2019s sports betting activity in now online and net state taxes collected on the nearly $153 million wagering handle at 18 state-licensed casinos \u2014 excluding Casino Queen Marquette \u2014 stood at $1,104,976 based upon a tax rate of 6.75 percent, according to commission figures.

Last month Iowans placed more than $59.3 million in bets either online or in person. The payout was $55.7 million.

The overall numbers break down to nearly $85.1 million wagered online using the apps now offered by 10 casinos and $67.9 million via the venues where betting activity is retail \u2014 meaning patrons have to travel to a casino where they\u2019ve registered to physically place a bet.

Overall adjusted gross revenue stood at nearly $16.4 million for the year to date \u2014 split $9.74 million retail and $6.635 million online, according to commission data.

Eric Preuss, manager of the Iowa Department of Public Health\u2019s Iowa Gambling Treatment program, said it is too early in Iowa\u2019s experience with legalized sports betting to measure potential problems associated with an activity that already may have been going on but not under state regulation.

“We still have individuals that are coming in for treatment for sports wagering but it’s not necessarily a higher rate than prior to the legalization of sports wagering,” Preuss noted. “We’ve started tracking sports wagering-specific calls to 1-800-BETSOFF and to YourLifeIowa.org back in August and we’ve seen some but it’s kind of early. We projected that we would probably see an increase in the number of admissions but it’s a bit of throwing a dart on a wall because we really don’t know.”

According to data given to legislators last April, researchers estimated that about 6 percent of adult Iowans \u2014 130,000 people \u2014 had bet on sports in the past 12 months and that about one in five adult Iowans \u2014 or about 430,000 \u2014 had bet or wagered on games of skill, office pools or other sport betting in the past 12 months.

\u201cWe were having sports wagerers show up for treatment already because they were betting illegally,\u201d Preuss said. \u201cWell, now it\u2019s legal, so are we going to see the same people or are we going to see new people? It\u2019s still too early to kind of see how that\u2019s all going to shake out.\u201d

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Mayors from four Iowa municipalities gathered Monday afternoon to sign an agreement about shared wastewater facilities in an effort to prepare area infrastructure for possible growth.

Under the agreement, the four municipalities \u2014 Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale and Panorama Park \u2014 will jointly own, operate and maintain interceptor sewers and manholes, metering devices, the water pollution control plant and the compost facility.

\u201cThis is a great opportunity for us all coming together, finding new and innovative ways to do this work but, more importantly, doing it collaboratively and saving us money,\u201d said Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch.

As part of the agreement, the cities are each given flow and load limits as determined by a joint committee. Those limits, in turn, encourage cities to limit capacity, especially at local industry, and to pre-treat wastewater to alleviate the burden on the back end.

\u201cIf we do that, we\u2019ll be able to enjoy our plant for many more years with the current capacity we have,\u201d said Brandon Wright, Davenport's assistant city administrator. \u201cIf no one\u2019s paying attention to these things, all of a sudden your current capacity gets used and you can\u2019t add new users anymore.\u201d

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Davenport is one of several Iowa cities with a pre-treatment program in which local limits on industrial discharge stringently target system disruption and adverse environmental problems. That\u2019s part of a bundle of other state regulations on discharges.

\u201cEssentially, the new regulation is that the industrial sites have to get the strength of their sewer down to the residential strength,\u201d Wright explained.

The new four-town deal builds on an agreement from 1974 in which the municipalities have shared governance over Davenport\u2019s sewage treatment facility. It adds to that agreement about 12 miles of interceptor sewers along the Mississippi River.

\u201cA sewer plant to a city is very important: It allows us to grow,\u201d Wright said. \u201cIf we don\u2019t have the capacity to hook up more sewers to the water pollution control plant, if we\u2019re prevented legally from doing that, we can\u2019t allow growth in our cities.\u201d

Public officials said there is no major expansion planned for the plant. But the deal contains a new debt-dependent funding mechanism so municipalities can fund larger projects than previously possible. Wright said the new deal will allow for infrastructure projects up to $40 million.

At Monday\u2019s signing ceremony were Davenport\u2019s Klipsch, Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher, Riverdale Mayor Mike Bawden and Panorama Park Mayor Ronald Rice.

\u201cAs potentially impactful as the flood was, if the sewage plant goes out of service we\u2019ve got 160,000 people who are impacted,\u201d Klipsch said.

The main pieces of the agreement are the compost facility (2707 Railroad Avenue, Davenport) and the water pollution control plant (2606 South Concord St, Davenport).

The agreement establishes a committee to meet bi-annually, or as required, to determine costs, budgets, repairs, rates as well as oversee operations. The committee will comprise the four mayors, a member of each municipality\u2019s city council or a municipal employee, the Davenport and Bettendorf directors of public works and directors of finance and the WPCP manager.

The new agreement will be effective July 1, 2020. A cost-impact analysis estimates that the new agreement will cost Davenport 5% between FY2020-22 and between 11-14% more from FY2023-30. The rise in cost is due to the addition of the debt service.

In FY2020, the new agreement will cost each of the four municipalities 5% more than the old agreement, though total costs are proportional to city size. Davenport will pay the lion\u2019s share, 81.3%, which dwarfs Bettendorf\u2019s 17.9%, Riverdale\u2019s 0.7% and Panorama Park\u2019s 0.1%. Rates will be readjusted each year.

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The director of Iowa\u2019s Department of Transportation, which is engaged in major interstate projects affecting thousands of drivers across the state, was ousted Friday by Gov. Kim Reynolds who \u201cdecided to seek a change in leadership,\u201d her office said.

At Reynolds\u2019 request, Mark Lowe resigned from the $156,000-a-year job effective Jan. 10. A transition plan to appoint a new director has not been announced, said Iowa DOT spokeswoman Andrea Henry.

In his resignation letter, Lowe said it was a \u201cterrific privilege\u201d to have served as director.

\u201cGov. Reynolds has my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to do so,\u201d Lowe said in his letter. \u201cI have great faith in, and regard for, the people of the Iowa Department of Transportation and have every confidence they will continue to serve the state of Iowa well as they continue under new leadership.\u201d

In an email Friday, governor\u2019s spokesman Pat Garrett said Reynolds \u201cappreciates Director Mark Lowe\u2019s years of service, and has decided to seek a change in leadership as she continues to build her administration.\u201d

The governor\u2019s office did not say why Reynold\u2019s removed him.

Lowe, who had been the department\u2019s general counsel, was appointed interim director of the department by then-Gov. Terry Branstad in November 2016 following the resignation of Paul Trombino III.

Reynolds appointed Lowe as the permanent director in May 2017 after she replaced the departing Branstad as governor.

Tom Reilly, chair of the Iowa Transportation Commission, which develops transportation policy and plans for the Iowa DOT, said he was disappointed and surprised by Lowe\u2019s dismissal.

\u201cI wish Director Lowe the very best,\u201d said Reilly, of Oskaloosa. \u201cI do respect the governor and look forward to working with the governor\u2019s office for the transition.\u201d

Reilly said the Iowa DOT has a \u201cgood team\u201d and a \u201csolid commission\u201d that will carry it through the transition.

Henry said the department has \u201cstrong executive leadership\u201d that will carry it through until an interim or permanent director is announced.

The Iowa DOT is in year one of a $3.4 billion five-year transportation improvement plan.

The latest project in the Corridor proposes widening Interstate 380 an additional lane in each direction and replacing a bridge between Forevergreen Road and Highway 30, a project estimated at $203 million.

Work on that project would not begin until construction is complete in about 2023 on a massive redesign of the interstate 80/380 interchange.

In addition to begging work on that major project, the Iowa DOT has been overseeing reconstruction of Interstate 29 in western Iowa, which was inundated by floodwaters after a major storm last spring.

And in another major project, the department is replacing the Interstate 74 bridge that links Bettendorf and Moline, Ill. The project began in 2017 and has been plagued by delays and fighting between the contractor and department.

Lowe\u2019s ouster is one of three recent dismissals under Reynolds.

In June, she requested the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven, director of the Department of Human Services, saying she wanted to take the department in a \u201cnew direction.\u201d He later filed a $2 million wrongful termination suit, which is pending.

Reynolds also fired Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison in 2018 following complains of sexual assault and harassment from women in the agency.

Iowa transportation director resigns at governor's request
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