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KLEM News - August 14, 2011

The Minnesota congresswoman says she'll never apologize for
being a social conservative and says her campaign will focus on her
opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. She says her
religious faith will be the cornerstone of her campaign and she's
finding that Iowans agree with her.
Bachmann reminded the crowd of activists Saturday at the Iowa
straw poll in Ames, Iowa that she was born and raised in Waterloo.
She says everything she needed to know she learned in Iowa. She
says that background gives her a deep understanding of the views of
Iowans, and that's been reinforced by her campaign for the GOP
presidential nomination.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who's been a vocal
critic of Bachmann on the campaign trail, finished third in the
Straw Poll behind Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Ron Paul wins a close 2nd in Iowa Straw Poll

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul has taken second place in
the Iowa Straw Poll, trailing leader Michelle Bachmann by less than
200 ballots.
The Republican presidential candidate on Saturday emphasized his
pro-life and libertarian positions. Paul said the government cannot
play God and make decisions on abortions.
Paul also highlighted his opposition to wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan as well as the PATRIOT Act. He says the United States
cannot defend liberty abroad while denying U.S. citizens their own
The candidate also repeated his call to audit the Federal
Reserve. Paul has been a vocal critic of the institution and of Fed
Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he came to
New Hampshire immediately after launching a presidential bid in
South Carolina for one reason.
He intends to compete for every vote in every state.
He may have a southern drawl and conservative social policies,
but Perry says his presidential strategy won't ignore New Hampshire
or any other place.
The 61-year-old Texas native spoke to New Hampshire voters at a
Saturday evening reception at the home of a state lawmaker. His
wife and children were on hand as he re-stated his pledge to make
the federal government as inconsequential in people's lives as
It was his first visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state,
but he's already scheduled to return in the middle of next week.
Perry finished sixth in Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll just hours
after he announced his candidacy in South Carolina.

Tank at Iowa stores leaks gas into ground

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A leaky tank at a Burlington convenience
store released an estimated 5,000 gallons of gasoline into the
The state Department of Natural Resources says the store
reported the leak from one of its five underground tanks on July 20
but the leak may have started in January.
Upon notification of the leak, the state ordered the store to
remove any remaining gas from the tank.
Contractors looked at the tank Friday to see if it can be fixed.

Man killed in motorcycle crash on I-80 in Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: KJAN-AM,

ANITA, Iowa (AP) - A man has died in a motorcycle crash on
Interstate 80 in western Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol told KJAN-AM that 22-year-old Steven
Henaman, of Plymouth, died early Saturday morning at the scene of
the crash.
The patrol says Henaman lost control of his motorcycle near the
exit for Anita.

State: Inmate at Iowa prison commits suicide

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - An inmate at the Newton Correctional
Facility has died in his cell.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says 30-year-old Leslie
Joseph Richardson's death on Thursday evening he been deemed a
An autopsy has been ordered, but the Corrections Department says
the cause of death will likely be asphyxia due to suffocation
Richard was serving a five-year sentence on drug charge out of
Jasper County. His sentence began in June 2010.

Man held on assault charges at Iowa jail dies

(Information in the following story is from: KICD-AM,

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A man being held in the Cherokee County
jail on assault charges has died.

The sheriff's office told KICD-AM that 20-year-old Daniel Beener committed suicideThursday.
Beener was being held on suspicion of aggravated assault charges
in incidents involving workers at the Cherokee Mental Health
Beener had been in the jail since July, when a judge ordered him
to enroll in a competency program.

Authorities respond to small plane crash in Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

ZOOK SPUR, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are en route to a small plane
crash in the Des Moines River near Zook Spur.
Bob Coffin of the Dallas County sheriff's office told the Des
Moines Register that the crash site is in a remote location and is only accessible by boat or helicopter.
The crash of a small, private plane was reported about 1:20 p.m.
Coffin says the plane took down some high-power transmission

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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