DUBUQUE (AP) — Dubuque would have to pay at least $30 million in the first year to start a city-run internet service that would guarantee equal access to all residents.
The Telegraph Herald reports that City Council members learned more this week about the logistics of creating such a service.
Dave Lyons is the council's sustainability consultant. He says providing universal access to residents with fiber or fiber-like connectivity could cost $30 million to $40 million in first-year capital expenses.
Christine Darr is a co-organizer of the Campaign for Dubuque Municipal Internet. She told council members that a driving concern is the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of net neutrality regulations.
The City Council will consider later this year whether they want to commission an updated feasibility study on such a service.
Police: Woman died after rescue from submerged car in pond
WAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a woman died after being pulled unconscious from her submerged car in a pond near a vehicle dealership in central Iowa.
Police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene in Waukee around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was sent to a hospital after being rescued from the car, but police say she didn't survive.
Police identified her as 38-year-old Shessla Whitlow. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Waukee fire Capt. Tomme Tysdal says she may have suffered a medical problem before her car ran into the detention pond, which is believed to be about 8 feet deep in the middle.
Woman who stole from bank gets probation, restitution order
CHARLES CITY (AP) — A northern Iowa woman who pleaded guilty to stealing from a bank has been given probation and a suspended prison sentence of 10 years.
Floyd County District Court records say 34-year-old Cassandra Lane was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution. She'd made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.
Court documents say the Charles City resident stole $13,300 from a customer and nearly $4,000 from the bank while working from October 2016 to August 2017 at the First Security Bank and Trust branch in Charles City.
Man gets 50 years for setting fire that killed father
INDIANOLA (AP) — A 29-year-old man has been imprisoned for setting a fire that killed his father in south-central Iowa.
Warren County District Court records say 29-year-old Stephen Major was sentenced Monday to 50 years. He'd pleaded guilty in May to arson and second-degree murder after prosecutors lowered the murder charge.
Authorities say 50-year-old Robert Major died in the Jan. 20, 2017, fire at his home in Hartford.
Man accused of role in girlfriend's crash death makes deal
OSAGE (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to allegations that he supplied alcohol to a woman who authorities say was drunk when her vehicle hit a tree in northern Iowa, killing her.
Mitchell County District Court records say a July 17 hearing has been scheduled for 22-year-old Justin Slaichert, of St. Ansgar.
Authorities say Slaichert's girlfriend, 19-year-old Hanna Pfeifer, died Jan. 6 in St. Ansgar. Court documents say Slaichert told officers he'd bought three beers for Pfeifer.
He'd initially pleaded not guilty. The documents show he's made a deal with prosecutors and filed a written guilty plea to a reduced charge. Prosecutors will recommend in return a two-year suspended prison sentence, a $625 fine and three years of probation. The judge is not bound by the agreement, however.