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Saturday Afternoon News, April 26

Sioux City Police To Collect Expired, Unused, And Unneeded Medications

(Sioux City) -- People wanting to dispose of expired, unused, or unneeded prescription medications can do so this afternoon until 2:00 p.m. at one of six collection sites in Sioux City.  The Sioux City Police has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the spring National Prescription Drug take back program.  Expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidential poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  The program is a free service. The six collection sites include: the downtown Walgreens store at 100 Pierce Street, the Sunnybrook Target store at 5775 Sunnybrook Drive, Southern Hills Hy-Vee at 4500 Sergeant Road, West side Fareway located at 4040 War Eagle Drive, the Wal-mart at 3101 Floyd Blvd.,and the Hamilton Hy-Vee at 2827 Hamilton Blvd.


Records Of Medicaid Patients Mailed To Wrong Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say personal information from more than 800 Medicaid clients was accidentally mailed to the wrong health clinic.
     Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, a division of the state Department of Human Services, says Friday the error occurred during the mailing process. Patient listings were mailed in February.
     The listings include the patient's name, phone numbers, state identification and type of enrolled program.
     Iowa Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer says the listings were destroyed, and there's a low probability the information was compromised.
     Iowa Medicaid Enterprise says it plans to stop mailing patient listings to providers beginning in May. Providers will be required to download the listings from a secure web portal.


Des Moines Man Charged With Sexual Abuse At Daycare Center

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 49-year-old Des Moines man charged with sexually abusing children at an in-home daycare run by his wife has struck a deal with prosecutors.
      David Glenn Smith this week entered an Alford plea to five counts of indecent contact with a child.
     An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit guilt, but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict them.  
     Smith will be sentenced on June 13.
     Police learned of the alleged abuse after one of the children told a parent, and an investigation revealed that several had either been abused or witnessed abuse. 
     The day care has been shut down. Smith's wife has not been charged, and police say they don't believe she was aware of any abuse.


Dead Bills Will Be Introduced Again Next Session

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With Iowa lawmakers expecting to adjourn within days, some are already looking forward to next year and the chance to renew efforts to pass legislation that failed this session.
     That includes several high profile bills, including proposals to toughen penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors and prohibit the use of webcams or teleconferencing as a means of dispensing abortion-inducing drugs to patients in remote locations.
     A bill that used tax breaks and other enticements to encourage broadband Internet expansion in rural area also likely will come up again. The House surprisingly rejected that bill last week.
     The Legislature that convenes next January could look decidedly different, as it will follow the November general election. Republicans currently hold a majority in the House, and Democrats control the Senate.


Frozen Turkeys Spilled On Iowa Highway

  DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - An overturned semitrailer sent 40,000 pounds of frozen turkey across U.S. 61 south of Dubuque.
     The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
     The 41-year-old truck driver from Decatur, Ga., told police that he swerved to avoid a deer, struck a guardrail and overturned the truck and trailer.
     The driver was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. He was cited for failure to maintain control.   
     Dubuque police Capt. Russ Stecklein says all the turkey had to be taken by dump trucks and tossed in a local landfill.


Eastern Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty To Fatal Crash

   DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A 24-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded not guilty to a charge in a fatal crash earlier this month.
     Alex Hannan entered the plea Wednesday in Dubuque District Court. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 22.
     The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says Hannan was driving on an onramp to U.S. 20 near Farley, Iowa, in the pre-dawn hours of April 6 when he struck and killed 21-year-old Dawson Besler, of Epworth. Besler was walking in the roadway when he was hit. 
     Hannan was arrested on a charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated.
     Hannan was released from Dubuque County Jail after paying $1,000 of a $10,000 bond. No other charges related to the crash have been filed against Hannan.


Dubuque Industrial Accident Claims Life Of Man

   DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A worker at a concrete plant in Dubuque has died in an industrial accident.
      The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says in a written release that the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was caught in industrial equipment around 5:15 p.m. Friday at Jackson Concrete Pumping near the Dubuque Regional Airport.
     The sheriff's office, firefighters and the county medical investigator's office were called to the scene of the accident, now being investigated by officials.
     The sheriff's office says it plans to release the worker's name and more details later Saturday.



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