Fort Madison takes step toward cruise ship dock project

FORT MADISON (AP) — A southeastern Iowa city council has taken a step toward making the city a future stop for Mississippi River cruise ships.

The Fort Madison council approved further talks between city staffers and Viking Cruise Lines representatives. The Swiss-based company is planning seven-day cruises that would start in St. Louis and end in St. Paul, Minnesota. Viking also has talked to Dubuque about building a dock.

Viking would conduct its 11-stop cruises from July until October, with two weekly stops in Fort Madison where passengers could get off to see the local sights.

City Manager David Varley and Mayor Brad Randolph told the Fort Madison council last week that Viking has agreed to contribute $500,000 toward dock construction. The city would spend $1.2 million more.

Sioux City approves nearly $15M contract for new expo center

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials have approved nearly $15 million for a new center featuring 80,000 feet of exposition space that they hope will attract events such as trade show and youth sports tournaments.

The Sioux City Journal reports that the City Council awarded the contract to L&L Builders on Monday for the Siouxland Expo Center project. The contract bid was over $2 million higher than initial projections.

The multifunctional venue will be constructed on a plot of land near Interstate 29 and the Floyd River channel.

The Expo Center is part of the downtown Sioux City Reinvestment District, which includes three other projects that developers say could generate a total $13.5 million in hotel and sales taxes.

The facility is expected to start hosting events in 2020.

Names released in Iowa City officer-involved shooting

IOWA CITY (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two officers and a burglary suspect they shot in Iowa City.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after the officers responded to burglar alarms at two businesses on the south side of the city.

The Iowa Public Safety Department said in a news release Tuesday that Officers Travis Neeld and Alex Stricker spotted 34-year-old Michael Caceres in the area and chased him on foot to a fenced area at Big Ten Rentals, where the shooting occurred.

Department Special Agent Ryan Herman said he could not yet comment on whether Caceres was armed or precisely what caused the officers to shoot him. Both officers are on administrative leave.

The department says Caceres remains hospitalized in stable condition.