Friday Afternoon News, June 28
Le Mars Farmers Market To Begin On July 3rd
(Le Mars)--Next Wednesday, July 3rd, local growers will have the opportunity to sell their onions, radishes, sweet corn, and other home-grown produce at the start of the Le Mars Farmers' Market. The Olsen Cultural Event Center serves as the local market site. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, says Iowa farmers' markets hold national a prominent position.
Northey says farmers' markets are beneficial, not only for our community's economy, but they also serve as an opportunity for people to learn more about agriculture and where their food comes from.
In addition, Iowa's Ag Secretary says farmers' markets provide an education for consumers.
USDA Plantings Report To Hold Steady
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers will come through with the predicted corn crop despite the Midwest's wet spring that delayed planting.
Some states - including Michigan, Nebraska and Texas - planted more corn than expected, which will make up for the loss in Iowa, the nation's leading corn producer.
Friday's annual acreage report is based on farmer surveys, and surprised farmers, analysts and commodities traders. Many expected the number of corn acres planted to fall by about 2 million acres.
The report says farmers planted 97.4 million acres and will harvest 89.1 million acres. Earlier predictions were 97.3 million acres planted and 89.5 million acres harvested.
Corn prices fell rapidly as the report was released, because it indicated more corn than expected would be available on the market.
Supreme Court Rules On Drunk Driver Case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the drunken driving conviction of a northwest Iowa man, saying a police stop based on an anonymous tip violated the man's
constitutional protection against improper searches.
The case is about Rock Valley businessman Leon Kooima's 2010 arrest after a charity golf event in Okoboji. A man who knew him called police to anonymously report an intoxicated driver.
The split court decided 4 to 3 that the tip lacked specific information that the caller knew Kooima was drunk.
The court says evidence gathered after the stop, including a field sobriety test and a breath test that showed he was intoxicated, cannot be used against him if he is tried again.
Supreme Court Says Nursing Homes Can File Medicaid Expenses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's decision to let nursing homes in the state file certain costs for Medicaid reimbursement expenses.
The court's decision Friday affirms an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals that says nine long-term facilities can be reimbursed for Medicaid costs that include expenses incurred for services that use Medicare for payment. The services at issue were prescription drugs, X-rays and lab work.
The state Department of Human Services had argued these Medicare costs in Medicaid reimbursement expenses would result in "double-counting." The facilities shot back that DHS regulations require the inclusion of these costs.
The agency's director eventually said the costs would not be allowed in the expense reports. A district court agreed, but the appeals court reversed it.
Des Moines Man Arrested For Calling 911 And Making Threats
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man has been accused of calling 911 dozens of times and threatening to shoot and kill people.
Des Moines police say Jack Scott made the phone calls Thursday morning. He is accused of telling dispatchers that his girlfriend was dead and decaying.
Officers went to Scott's apartment to investigate. A police report says officers could hear Scott on the phone with dispatchers when they arrived.
Scott is accused of threatening officers as he was handcuffed. He has been charged with obstruction of emergency communications. Records do not list an attorney.