Stories we’re following at Local 4 News:
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will become Iowa’s first female governor today, taking over from Terry Branstad, the longest serving governor in U.S. history. He will officially resign at 10 this morning, then will be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds will then take the oath of office, and deliver her first address as governor. She’ll decide whether or not to appoint a lieutenant governor tomorrow.
The Senate passed a $37.3B budget bill without a single Republican vote, but the Governor says he won’t sign it. Emilee Fannon has details, and Mark Maxwell has lawmakers reaction here.
Lock and Dam 15, between Davenport and Rock Island, is failing because of cracks in the concrete. The Army Corps of Engineers removed a big piece of the guardwall last week, to prevent it from falling on its own. Carie Kuehn reports what’s next.
It will soon be legal to buy fireworks in Clinton, Iowa. Council members voted last night to change the city’s code. Effective June 1, you’ll be able to buy and sell fireworks in Clinton, as long as you comply with the Iowa Fire Marshal’s regulations – which haven’t yet been released. As of now, using fireworks in the city remains illegal.
Arconic’s new eaglets were fitted with transmitters on Monday. The birds all appear to be in good health. Researchers determined that Apollo is a girl, Mercury is a boy, and they’re still waiting on results of a blood analysis to find out Gemini’s gender. Watch Arconic’s Eagle Cam here.
LOCAL 4’S FINEST: AJ Brown began a photography club “Kids with Cameras” at Smart Intermediate School to teach these young girls “how to see.” James Sears has his story.
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