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When Tipping Was Illegal in Iowa, And How A U.S. President Broke That Law

Waiters in the state’s restaurants predicted unsatisfactory service for patrons starting in July 1915 after a new law was passed by the 36th General Assembly of Iowa. The Anti-Tipping Law came into effect on July 5 and promised a misdemeanor for employees of hotels, restaurants, barber shops or transportation establishments who accepted tips. Both the giver and the receiver were subject to arrest, a 10-day jail term and a fine of not less than $5 or more than $25. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager.

A rail tank car at the Fire Service Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

As Ethanol Production Grows, So Do Spills In Midwest

An ethanol spill occurs every two days on average in the Midwest, the worst of which result in contamination of water supplies, major fish kills, loss of life and millions of dollars of damage.

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The IowaWatch Connection, a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program airs on participating stations across Iowa:

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Republicans ready to take Statehouse control with an agendaWhen the Iowa Legislature gavels into session in January, Republicans will make up the majority in both the House and Senate. We talk with the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House to learn their plans. Listen to the program at this link. Learn more about the IowaWatch Connection and our previous programs at this link.

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Tax Code Shakeup In Republicans’ 2017 Iowa Legislative Session Agenda

When the Iowa Legislature gavels into session in January, Republicans will make up the majority in both the House and Senate. We talk with the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House to learn their plans in this IowaWatch Connection report and visit with Democrats the following week.

Drawing of fireman titled “American Fireman, Always Ready.”

Dollar-a-Call Boys Get New Truck: Iowa History

“Fire! Fire!”

Arlo Everling, a guest at the Saylor Hotel in Harlan, Iowa, staggered from his second floor room at 1:30 a.m. on February 21, 1949. Nearly overcome with smoke, he raised the alarm. Twenty other guests were routed from their beds as smoke filled the rooms.

Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager.

Typical travel trunks

Matilda Fletcher Defies Baggage-Smashers: Iowa History

“Baggage, Baggage-smashing, and Baggage-Smashers”

A Kansas newspaper ran a lengthy story about the disastrous experiences of train passengers entrusting their bags to railroad baggage handlers in the late 1800s. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager. She is the author of four non-fiction books for young people. Double Victory was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” and The Industrial Revolution for Kids was selected for “Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.” Her most recent book, Women in Blue traces the evolution of women in policing.