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    Independent film festivals gaining more of an audience in Iowa
    More than one dozen Iowa communities are now hosting annual independent film festivals and while they’re not yet at the level of Sundance, they’re growing in popularity — and dollars generated — every year. Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa, the State Office of Media Production, says film festivals are drawing bigger audiences while […]
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    Adams County tornado labeled an EF-1
    A survey team from the National Weather Service has determined that the tornado that went through northeastern Adams County Sunday was an EF-1. The the worst damage happened about 8 miles north-northeast of Prescott. The tornado traveled south before turning northeast. Machinery and bins were hit hard, and some corn and soybeans were flattened by […]
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    The next phase for the old Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison
    Governor Terry Branstad says it’s unclear what may happen to the now-vacant Iowa State Penitentiary property in Fort Madison. “It’s kind of impressive or imposing,” Branstad says, “depending on how you look at it.” The prison was established in Fort Madison 176 years ago, before Iowa became a state, and on Saturday more than 500 […]
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    State baseball attendance down compared to last year
    Rainy weather may’ve impacted attendance at the state baseball tournament. The unofficial attendance was 26,311, about 8,000 below last year and the lowest total since 2007. The first three championship games Saturday were decided by 10 runs. Newman won its fifth state title, downing Pleasantville 10-0 in Class 1A. Clear Lake downed Columbus Catholic 11-1 […]
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    July ends up slightly cooler and wetter than normal
    State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the sizzling summer days of July had a little less heat to them than normal. “Overall averaged out to about one degree cooler than usual for the state as a whole — although there were some parts of far south and southwest Iowa that were just barely above normal for […]
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