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Option Tax Might Become Statewide in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Tuesday, 29 January 2002 18:00
• The one-cent local-option sales tax in Scott and Muscatine counties that helps fund education might be implemented all across Iowa. The additional statewide sales tax would give those districts that haven’t been able to pass a local-option sales tax access to more funding, without having to raise property taxes or relying on a vote.

Centennial Bridge to Be Toll-Free by June, but Traffic Headaches Will Continue PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Tuesday, 22 January 2002 18:00
• The good news about the Centennial Bridge is that the tolls are tentatively scheduled to be removed by June. The bad news: Traffic slowdowns and tie-ups are likely while improvements and renovations are made to the bridge, and these could drag into 2003.

Illinois Gets Tough on Ecstasy PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Tuesday, 15 January 2002 18:00
• A law that went into effect on January 1 makes Illinois one of the harshest states in the nation on the club drug Ecstasy. Under the new law, sale of as few as 15 Ecstasy tablets will be treated as a Class X felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and with a mandatory-minimum six-year sentence.

Budget Woes Cause Tax Refund Delays PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Tuesday, 08 January 2002 18:00
• Iowa’s budget woes mean thousands of Iowa taxpayers will have to wait three months for their income-tax refunds during the upcoming tax season. Normally, the state needs about eight weeks to process an error-free tax return that is filed on paper.

African Americans Over-Represented in Iowa Prisons PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Tuesday, 25 December 2001 18:00
• According to a report from the Task Force on Overrepresentation of African Americans in Prison, 24 percent of the state’s prison population in 1999 was African-American even though blacks comprised just over 2 percent of Iowa’s population.

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