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26, Mar 2015 - Madison, IA Lawmakers’ frustration over new prison problems growing
DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers are expressing frustration at the lack of cooperation from state agencies in determining why new problems continue to arise at a $132 million maximum security prison that sits empty 15 months after it was scheduled to open. News that the Department of Corrections had to shut off water in the prison because of the potential of freezing fueled another round of questions ...
26, Mar 2015 - Madison, IA This project needs to be concluded
The problems that have prevented a new prison from opening in Fort Madison are quickly turning the situation into one of the more notorious fiascos involving state tax money in recent Iowa history.
25, Mar 2015 - Madison, IA Sprinkler System at New Prison Shut Off
FORT MADISON, Iowa — The new Fort Madison prison is having problems with another part of the facility. First it was problems with the geothermal system and the smoke evacuation system. Now the Department of Corrections says the sprinkler system at the prison has been shut off. The department says it will remain turned off […]
25, Mar 2015 - Madison, IA No opening date for problem-plagued new Ft. Madison prison
State lawmakers in Iowa are still asking questions about the problem-plagued new prison in Fort Madison, which was supposed to open more than a year ago.
24, Mar 2015 - With gay marriage on hold, Alabama judge OKs lesbian divorce
BIRMINGHAM | Same-sex marriage is on hold in Alabama, but the state now has lesbian divorce. A judge in Huntsville allowed two women to legally end their marriage Thursday, a year after refusing their request. Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall granted a divorce sought by Shrie Michelle Richmond and Kirsten Allysse Richmond, who wed in Dubuque, Iowa, in November 2012. The women asked for ...
24, Mar 2015 - Jefferson, IA Prisoner at Ft. Madison dies
Robert Ray Padget, an inmate assigned to the Iowa State Penitentiary Hospice Care Unit, died March 17, 2015 at approximately 11:55 P.M. Padget died of natural causes from dementia. Padget was 79 years old and serving a life sentence for Kidnapping First Degree from Jefferson County. This sentence began on December 14, 1979.
24, Mar 2015 - Story, IA More Questions than Answers After Fort Madison Prison Hearing
DES MOINES, Iowa – More than a year after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, the facility remains unopened and construction costs continue to rise. Thursday morning, a house oversight committee brought in Department of Administrative Service Director Janet Phipps to address the situation. Phipps told the committee the delay is currently due to a failed ...
24, Mar 2015 - Story, IA Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Quad-City Times. Feb. 13, 2015. Drop the prison blame game Gov. Terry Branstad beamed as Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds snipped the ribbon on a new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. That was Nov. 1, 2013. Fifteen months later, the prison remains unopened. Costs are out of control. A geothermal ...
22, Mar 2015 - Madison, IA Troubled Fort Madison prison now has worries about frozen pipes
Janet Phipps Burkhead, director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, acknowledged she was unaware of the problem with the frigid pipes.                
11, Nov 2014 - Madison, IA NEW INFORMATION: Judge sentences woman to 25 years in kidnapping
A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado woman who kidnapped her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home and left him outside in freezing temperatures in Iowa to 25 years in prison.
09, Oct 2014 - Madison, IA Problems At Fort Madison Prison
The Iowa Department of Corrections is disclosing more design problems at the state's new but empty $132 million maximum-security prison.
09, Oct 2014 - Madison, IA New Fort Madison Prison Closer to Opening
FORT MADISON, Iowa — After months of delays, the Iowa Department of Corrections thinks it has solved all of the problems at the new state prison in Fort Madison. The $132 million prison was supposed to open in March. That was delayed because of problems with the geothermal heating system at the facility. It was delayed again because of problems with the smoke control system. The Department of ...
09, Oct 2014 - Madison, IA Iowa's new prison also had flaws in smoke system
The Iowa Department of Corrections is disclosing more construction problems at the new $132 million maximum-security prison, which has been delayed for months.
04, Apr 2014 - New Iowa prison nearly ready for prisoners
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison is nearly ready to house prisoners.
04, Apr 2014 - Des Moines, IA New Iowa prison nearly ready for prisoners - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison is nearly ready to house prisoners. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports ( http://bit.ly/1gQR6zi ) prison officials expect to move into the new facility sometime in the next few weeks once the State Fire Marshal approves.
03, Apr 2014 - Madison County bans firearms from courthouse
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Madison County have banned firearms from the courthouse following a gun scare in the building. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the ban. Madison County was the last of 16 counties in its judicial district to enact ...
02, Apr 2014 - UConn makes itself at home in NCAA win at Garden
NEW YORK -- Playing with the swagger of a home team on a neutral court, the Connecticut Huskies turned back the Iowa State Cyclones 81-76 on Friday night in the semifinals of the NCAA East Regional at Madison Square Garden, their "home-away-from-home." UConn (29-8), the seventh seed, faces the winner of Virginia-Michigan State on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four. With a large legion of fans ...
01, Apr 2014 - Fort Madison, IA Fort Madison shooting suspects pleaded guilty in court Friday
Two Burlington, Iowa natives are in court Friday in connection with a shooting in Fort Madison.
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