Friday Afternoon News, July 5
Authorities Identify Missing Man Who Is Presumed Drowned
(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities have identified the man who is missing and presumed drowned while fishing in Storm Lake. He is 28 year old Jaime Vazquez of Ireton. Search and dive teams are continuing to search the lake for Vazquez after his boat had capsized yesterday afternoon. A second occupant of the boat was rescued by another boat that had been in the immediate area. Vazquez was not wearing a life vest a the time he slipped beneath the water. Plymouth County Search and Dive Team, Sioux county Search and Dive Team and Dennison Fire Department Divers are continuing assisting with the search for Vazquez.
Republican Senate Candidate David Young Tours Northwest Iowa
(Le Mars) -- Senate hopeful, David Young, made a visit to Le Mars this week. Young, a republican candidate from Van Meter, Iowa, is seeking the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. Most recently, and up until the time he had announced his candidacy, Young has served as the chief of staff for Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. Young says his experience as Grassley's chief of staff makes him the candidate of choice.
Young says he has learned a lot from his employer, Senator Grassley, and he says he shares many of Grassley's views, but when it comes time to vote, Young says he speaks for himself.
Young identifies what he sees will be the key issues facing Iowans for the 2014 election.
The Van Meter Republican is one of five announced candidates running for U-S Senate from the republican party.
Supreme Court Orders Connecticut Marketing Company To Pay Iowans
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering a Connecticut-based marketing company to pay roughly $40 million in restitution and fines for duping hundreds of thousands of Iowans into signing up for buying club memberships they did not want.
The court ruled 6-0 on Friday that Vertrue Inc.'s mail, telephone and Internet solicitations violated Iowa's consumer protection laws. Since 1989, the company had enrolled 864,000 Iowans in programs in which they had access to discount goods and services.
Justices said most Iowans were enrolled unwittingly into the programs after they had accepted free gift cards or trial memberships, and were unaware that they had to cancel to avoid
recurring monthly charges.
The ruling is a victory for Attorney General Tom Miller, whose office has spent nearly a decade investigating the company's practices.
Coralville Fireworks Explode Prematurely
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Coralville are blaming a computer glitch for premature explosions that cut short the city's annual Fourth of July show.
The error disrupted the order of the fireworks, sending up multiple bursts at a time. Many were fired at the outset, which shortened the show and disappointed audience members.
Coralville city administrator Kelly Hayworth says officials haven't determined whether the problem came from the computer's hardware or software. The city spends $12,000 a year on its July 4 fireworks, and Hayworth says the problem hasn't previously occurred.
Coralville fire chief Dave Stannard says officials have ruled out human error as a cause. Stannard says despite the mishap, everything was done safely.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident
SAYLORVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Des Moines man has died after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a guard rail on a road that runs over the Saylorville Lake dam.
The Polk County Sheriff's office says 27-year-old Travius Davis was unconscious but breathing when emergency authorities arrived at the scene. The crash was reported around 2 a.m. on Thursday.
Authorities say Davis was flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he was later pronounced dead.
Deputies are still investigating the crash. An autopsy is needed to determine the cause of death.
Pit Bull Dog Attack
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - A Clinton man who was attacked by pit bulls is being released from the hospital Friday.
31-year-old Benjamin Nave prepares to leave the hospital, one of the dogs that attacked him Tuesday evening remains at large.
One dog was shot and killed by police Tuesday night following the attack, but the other dog - which also was shot by police - ran off and has not been found.
Clinton police say they have identified the dogs' owners, but no citations have yet been issued. Clinton Police Captain Tom Bohle says the attack remains under investigation.
Bohle advised anyone who sees the wounded pit bull to contact the Clinton Police Department and to avoid engaging the dog in any way.
Northey Completes Trade Mission Trip To Turkey
(Le Mars) -- Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture recently returned to Iowa following a trade mission to Turkey. Bill Northey traveled to the mid-eastern nation, along with other agricultural representatives from three other states, the USDA, and agricultural business leaders. Northey admits, prior to his travels, he was unfamiliar with the nation of Turkey, and its agriculture.
The Iowa ag official says Turkey sits in an important region for the U-S interests.
Northey says Turkey may have potential to become an important ag trading partner with the United States, but perhaps not so much with grain, but rather manufacturing.
Northey believes Turkey is wanting to expand its agriculture, and is looking at the United States for future trading opportunities.
Northey says as for products from Turkey exported to the United States, he doesn't see a huge impact, other than perhaps with nuts and some fruits.
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