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Q: A young man just came to my door saying DirecTV was merging with Mediacom and I could save money on my bill. Is this legit?

A: No. There is absolutely no merger or acquisition between DirecTV and Mediacom, and Mediacom has not authorized anyone related to DirecTV to go door-to-door on Mediacom’s behalf, the company said. There have been other reports in Iowa communities, including Vinton and Iowa Falls, of someone claiming to represent Mediacom or a satellite provider who was not authorized to sell Mediacom services. Mediacom has reported the incidents to the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s office. Customers should always ask for clear identification from any individual attempting to sell them services door-to-door.

Q: In Waverly, what are they doing on the corner near the Red Fox Inn?

A: Skyline Construction, a contractor for the Bremer Avenue road construction, is using that space currently to deposit excess materials from the construction, according to Bremer Avenue Road Construction project business liaison Paula Stevenson. Skyline made that agreement with a private property owner at that location.

Q: What does Psalm 46 of the Bible say?

A: Here’s the version from the New International Bible:

“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the shields with fire.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Q: Has Vanna White ever been married? Does she have any children?

A: She is divorced and has two children, a son and a daughter.

Q: How many firefighters does the Fire Department of New York City have?

A: About 11,400.

Q: Was there a shooting in Texas last week? We don’t think we saw anything in the paper on this.

A: A gunman with multiple weapons barged into his ex-wife’s Plano home Sept. 10 and shot nine people, killing eight, as they watched the Dallas Cowboys season-opening football game against the New York Giants. Police killed the shooter, identified as Spencer Hight. There was a short item about the incident on page A4 of the Sept. 12 Courier.

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