Snowstorm heads east after delaying travel and 'deflating' Metrodome
December 13th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Snowstorm heads east after delaying travel and 'deflating' Metrodome

A raging winter storm that dumped snow in parts of the Midwest over the weekend moved eastward Monday, leaving some highway and air travelers stranded and promising even more snow and brutal cold.

In northwest Indiana, at least two counties declared a state of emergency and urged drivers to stay off the roads. Police and highway crews struggled to dig out some stranded motorists and clear roads covered with blowing and drifting snow.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Drangmeister said several motorists remained stranded Monday morning in various locations throughout the county. He said every available deputy was out trying to help. A state of emergency was in place, with motorists urged to avoid all but highly essential travel.

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November 18th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Spidey, AC's a bunny, church bans Facebook

Spider-Man is real! - Unemployment is a diabolical foe in New York City. Peter Parker can attest to that. His alter-ego Spider-Man was in town Wednesday alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg to unveil a comic book called "Spider-Man, You're Hired," promoting the city's free career services. You'll notice Spidey didn't arrive on a web or crawl down a building. I guess he took the subway. Don't judge. He's probably tired from filling out job applications.

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November 3rd, 2010
01:05 AM ET

Arizona Gov. Brewer keeps job; Toomey ousts Sestak

Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:

Arizona Republican incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer has won her bid for re-election in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Terry Goddard.

Pennsylvania Republican candidate Pat Toomey has defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak to win the Senate seat, CNN projects. The seat was vacated by Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost in the state's primary elections.

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November 2nd, 2010
10:20 PM ET

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wins re-election

Massachusetts Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick has won re-election in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Republican Charlie Baker. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Michigan Republican Rick Snyder has defeated Democrat Virg Bernero in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is term-limited.

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August 20th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Another egg producer announces recalls

Hillandale Farms in Iowa is voluntarily recalling shell eggs distributed to 14 states because of salmonella fears, the Egg Safety Center said.

This marks the second Iowa egg producer to announce recalls after Wright County Egg of Galt announced it was recalling 380 million eggs last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,953 cases of salmonella enteritidis had been reported between May and July, but it couldn't say how many cases were attributable to this particular outbreak.

In a news release, the Egg Safety Center said the recall affected Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

The eggs are sold under the brands, Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek.

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July 24th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Dam failure, flooding 'an awful mess' in Iowa

[Update 11:01 p.m.] The Wapsipinicon River was expected to rise another inch, to 19.5 feet early Sunday, a Buchanan County official said late Saturday, according to CNN affiliate KCRG.

The news was a relief for residents who had heard the waters would surpass by two inches the record crest - 22.4 feet - set in 1999,  Rick Wulfekuhle, Buchanan's emergency management coordinator, told KCRG.

A little bit of panic set in Friday night when the National Weather Service said the crest could go to 24 feet, but we are faring very well,” Wulfekuhle told KCRG after floodwaters overran the area.

Gov. Chet Culver praised residents and emergency personnel for their urgent response to the dam break, KCRG reported.

“We are bringing all needed resources to bear on the Lake Delhi dam breach and will be working with the local officials in Monticello, Hopkinton and other affected communities and will assist and support them throughout the recovery and rebuilding process,” Culver said, according to KCRG.

Monticello residents were urged late Saturday to limit use of their sanitary sewers after flood waters shut down the city's water treatment plant, according to CNN affiliate KGAN.

Floodwaters overwhelmed a business owner's shop Saturday in Monticello, KCRG reported.

“I got everything I wanted out. There’s some stuff in there yet, but you can’t take it all,” Jay Iben told KCRG.

The city of Cascade, about 40 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids, has built a sand levee on Buchanan street to stop the rushing waters, according to KCRG.

The Red Cross was seeking residents who left their homes due to flood waters, KGAN reported.

Residents in northeastern Iowa were fleeing their homes Saturday as a dam burst, sending waves of water gushing through the landscape and spurring warnings to downriver communities, according to CNN affiliates.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver issued a Disaster Declaration for the counties of Delaware and Jones as flood waters raged through small cities along the Maquoketa River.

The Lake Delhi dam, about 45 miles north of Cedar Rapids, failed as a result of record flooding  - "a very unusually high amount this season," according to Jim Flansburg, communications director for Culver.

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July 4th, 2010
10:21 PM ET

Horses stampede at parade kills 1

An Independence Day parade in Iowa descended into chaos when two horses went out of control and took their wagon with them, running into crowds of celebrants and leaving more than 20 people injured, according to authorities.

A woman injured in the incident died Sunday evening, police said.

It happened at the Bellevue Heritage Day Celebration Parade in Bellevue, Iowa, on the state's eastern border with Illinois. Fire Chief Chris Rowling said two horses pulling a wagon went out of control along the parade route, running with the wagon for about six blocks and hitting numerous children and adults.

A total of 24 people were taken to hospitals in the area with injuries that ranged from abrasions to fractures to collapsed lungs, he said.

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