Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame reopens in new spot
ARNOLDS PARK — The Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s hundreds of inductee exhibits have been moved to a new and bigger space in Arnolds Park.
They can be found now in the same building that houses the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum. Both museums are part of the entertainment complex in the park.
The Hall of Fame had been in the Roof Garden, an open-air complex next to the amusement park. The Roof Garden was demolished and is being rebuilt as part of the multimillion-dollar Restore the Park campaign.
The new Hall of Fame museum has three times more space than the old version for the photos, videos and memorabilia from bands, musicians and radio personalities.
King challenger drops committee chairmanship, focuses on race
DES MOINES — A Republican state senator who is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve King for the GOP nomination in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District says he’s stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Sen. Randy Feenstra said Wednesday he wants to spend more time on his congressional campaign.
The committee has been at the center of significant tax legislation since Republicans regained the majority in 2016. Feenstra says he’s asked to be involved next year in drafting tax policy, just not as committee chairman.
He’s in his third Senate term.
Feenstra, a former candy company sales manager, is among several people expected to seek the GOP nomination. He opposes abortion rights, supports expansion of gun rights and backs voter identification efforts.
King’s son Jeff King has called Feenstra’s run misguided political opportunism.
Bar owners sue city, officials, saying club unfairly targeted
DES MOINES — The owners of a Des Moines bar in the city’s East Village are suing the city and various officials, saying their bar has been unfairly targeted for closure.
Brothers George and Cornelius Qualley, owners of Lime Lounge, have filed two lawsuits. One seeks to block the city’s attempt to close the club, asking a judge to nullify Des Moines’ ordinance that requires bars to obtain a conditional-use permit to secure a liquor license.
The second lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution, defamation, libel and conspiracy and seeks $12.5 million in damages.
The Qualleys allege the bar is being targeted for playing hip hop music. Its conditional-use permit was revoked in 2016 after noise violations. It remains open while it fights that revocation.
The defamation lawsuit centers on a pair of January shootings that took place near the bar. The Qualleys dispute police statements that both shootings followed disputes inside the bar.