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Q: If you bail someone out of jail is this money ever returned to you?

A: An explanation from Black’s Law Dictionary: “You are not going to be able to get your money back until after either the defendant has been acquitted or the charge(s) against them have been dropped. In the event that the individual is found guilty, your bail money will go towards the court fees. Unfortunately, if this happens you will not be able to get your money back.” If he or she has charges dropped or is found not guilty, “if you were able to pay the court directly, you should have no trouble receiving a refund for the amount you paid. However, if you decided to, or had to, use a bail bondman, chances are pretty good that you only paid anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the total bail amount. This amount is considered the bondsman’s fee and you will not get any of your money back.”

Q: Regarding the movie “American Sniper”: What happened to the person who killed Chris Kyle?

A: Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed by Marine Corps veteran Eddie Routh in 2013. Routh, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, was found guilty of the murders in 2015 and is serving life without parole in a Texas prison.

Q: What is the date of the next celebration for Relay for Life for cancer survivors they host yearly?

A: The next Black Hawk County Relay for Life will be June 15 at Hawkeye Community College.

Q: What is the definition of socially disadvantage as related to The Courier’s Business of the Year award?

A: We are following the Small Business Administration definition: Under federal law, socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identification as members of groups without regard to their individual qualities.

Q: I just saw “Guardians of the Galaxy Part II.” Kurt Russell, 66, had a two-minute part. How did they make him look like he was in his 20s?

A: Evidently it was both good makeup and movie magic. According to a recent Washington Post piece, “It involved two actors, some deft makeup and the cutting-edge ability to build a composite face.”

Q: Is the Iowa Lottery going to offer another $100,000 game?

A: According to lottery officials, “The lotto game called ‘Iowa’s $100,000 Cash Game’ ended in January 2014, and the Iowa Lottery has since offered other lotto games that also cost $1 per play. The newest $1 game will begin sales on Sunday. Called Lotto America, it has a throwback name to the first multi-state lotto game that became known for big jackpots in the United States. Players in today’s version of Lotto America will choose five numbers from a pool of 52 and another number, called the Star Ball, from a pool of 10 Players who match all six numbers selected in a drawing will win the game’s jackpot. The first Lotto America drawing will be on Wednesday, Nov. 15.”

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