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David Hightower

Southeast Iowa News Correspondent

David is a Burlington, IA native with more than 15 years of experience in broadcasting, across the state of Iowa. David has worked in broadcast news in Burlington, Marshalltown, Algona, and Des Moines, and is excited to continue reporting the news in Southeast Iowa.

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It was a picture perfect summer afternoon at Big Hollow Lake's beach. There were blue skies, warm temperatures, and a small crowd on the beach.

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A major topic of discussion in Burlington has been whether the city will repair or replace the more than 100-year-old Cascade Bridge. It was built in 1896 over Cascade Ravine, and leads from Burlington's Main Street into Crapo Park.

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Iowans will stop receiving federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits next month. Governor Kim Reynolds said the programs are hurting Iowa's economy.

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The Snake Alley Festival of Film (SNAFF), like many events, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. But organizers said this year the "Crookedest Film Festival in the US" will be returning August 5-8.

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One of the Burlington City Council’s goals for this year is to address housing issues in the community. 

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It was a warm, sunny day in early May. You could hear the crack of the bat. It was the final game of regular season play for the Southeastern Community College Blackhawk baseball team.

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Work on a floodwall to protect downtown Burlington from rising waters on the Mississippi River began several years ago, and now the majority of the wall is almost done.

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Several projects are underway in downtown Burlington, including demolition of the old police station at Third and Columbia Streets.

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The Burlington riverfront was a beacon of spiritual activity during the annual Metaphysical Fair at the Port of Burlington.

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Students studying Performing Arts at Southeastern Community College could get more opportunities to gain real-world experience next year.

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There have not been many outlets for live music the past year due to the pandemic, but that's starting to change.

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Tama Complex developer Doug Wells said construction on the new Tama Two building should start soon.

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The Burlington City Council decided against taking action on a request to stop doing business with F&M Bank.

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Chad Bird told Tri States Public Radio that he spent his first week on the job getting familiar with budgets and the city's current projects.

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Black leaders in Burlington want to know if the city will continue to do business with Farmers & Merchants Bank. They said nothing has been done in the months since Bank Vice President Lisa Walsh made a racial comment on social media.

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Southeastern Community College has been a fixture in southeast Iowa for 100 years. The school is starting its second century with a program designed to help students stay in college.

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Organizers for the Snake Alley Art Fair in Burlington say everything is on track to hold the annual event on June 20 this year. However, they're hoping more artists will apply for a booth.

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It's been three years since a fire destroyed the Keokuk City Hall. Now construction crews are hard at work renovating a former bank building to take over as the city's offices.

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Organizers have called off the annual Memorial Day Weekend bicycle races in Burlington -- for the second year in a row.

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It seems that everyone in Southeast Iowa has a memory at Geode State Park, whether it involves camping, fishing, or just spending time at the lake.

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Thousands of people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Lee County, and health department officials said younger people could be eligible to get the shot soon.

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It's been one year since Iowa first declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, shutting down bars and indoor dining at restaurants.

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If you're heading into Burlington on Highway 61 from the South, you'll want to pay extra attention to the signs. The Burlington City Council has approved a change that drops the speed limit to 45 a bit further from town.

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The head of the Blessing Health System hopes people can sense a new energy at the hospital in Keokuk. Blessing took control of the Keokuk Area Hospital at the beginning of the month.

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March is Women's History Month, which means all over the country museums, libraries, and art galleries are celebrating women's contributions  -- and locally you can find a special exhibit at the Art Center of Burlington.

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Work is underway at Lock and Dam 19 in Keokuk to install an experimental system to stop the invasive Asian Carp from migrating up the Mississippi River.

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The Burlington Public Library is allowing people in without an appointment for the first time since November, when COVID cases were spiking in the community.

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On a cold day it might seem you don't have too many entertainment options. You could turn on the TV, curl up with a good book -- or maybe, put on your boots and hit the trail in one of your favorite county parks.

People in Des Moines County who have been waiting for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine might not have much of a wait left. Health Department Director Krista Poggemiller said they're closing in on the end of their waiting list for the vaccine after administering 1,000 doses per week.

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Social distancing has made everything more difficult, and gathering jurors for criminal trials has been no exception.  Upgrades in the large courtroom at the Des Moines County Courthouse will allow those trials to run more smoothly.