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Law clears way for new Buchanan Co. Jail

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Governor Chet Culver signed a bill to help clear the way for a new Buchanan County jail.

Voters approved bonds for the new jail in 2007. But construction bids came back higher than the approved bonds, putting the porject in jeopardy.

On Monday, Culver signed a new law allowing counties, including Buchanan County, to pay that higher cost while not issuing more than the approved bonds. It's something cities and schools have been able to do for years.

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