Thursday Afternoon News, May 2
Le Mars Observes National Day of Prayer
(Le Mars) -- Today (Thursday) marks the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, a time, as Sheila La Breche says was a day set aside to have the nation come together to pray together on common issues of concern.
The local coordinator says this year's theme has seven points for which people will be participating in prayer.
Although the Le Mars Convention Center is open all day for people to stop by and participate, the main event will take place this evening.
Sioux City Police Officer Honored
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City police officer is being lauded for quick thinking that helped him survive after a routine traffic stop turned into a dangerous shooting.
Sioux City police Chief Doug Young called officer Kevin McCormick's response to the incident "exactly what we want people to do."
After the 35-year-old McCormick stopped a car Monday, the driver jumped out and fired eight shots into his squad car.
Although McCormick was hit in the head, he sought cover behind the dashboard, threw his car into reverse and called a police dispatcher.
McCormick was released from a hospital Tuesday and could return to work as soon as Friday.
Police are offering a $15,000 reward for 21-year-old Jamal Dean, who was identified as the shooter.
Flags To Be Flown At Half Mass For Viet Nam Veteran
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of an Iowa sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War and whose remains were recently
A report from the Department of Defense says Donald McGrane, of Waverly, was part of a four person Navy crew on a helicopter mission in North Vietnam that was shot down and crashed in 1967.
The Defense Department announced this week that it had identified remains of the four victims.
The sailors will be buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
In Iowa, the flags will be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Legislature Expected To Go Extra Weeks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Daily payments for Iowa lawmakers are set to end Friday, but the legislative session is far from over.
With no resolution yet on major policy issues like education, property taxes, health care or the overall budget plan, legislators are expected back next week to try and work out a deal.
Just how long it could take is unclear. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, says lawmakers will be in the state Capitol for as long as it takes.
But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says he thinks they have a "real shot" to wrap up the session next week.
Two years ago the session lasted until June 30, in part due to conflict over whether Iowa Medicaid funds could be used for some abortions.