Monday News, November 2
Car-Train Accident Interrupts Morning Commute
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars early morning commute was interrupted when at about 7:40 a.m. a car hit a C-N train at the Business highway 75 and 12th Street Southwest intersection and rail crossing, near the Hy-Vee supermarket. The Le Mars Police Department is investigating the accident, but the driver says he did not see the train, or the crossing lights. The car was heading west, and the train was traveling south when the accident happened. There was no injuries related to the accident. The car hit the engine of the train. The train was pulling several tankers full of ethanol fuel, but Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the collision was between the vehicle and the train's locomotive, therefore there were no rail cars that had been ruptured or affected by the collision. The train is blocking several of the city's intersection crossings stretching from 1st Avenue southwest past the 12th Street southwest crossing. Traffic has been diverted to 18th Street southwest and Lincoln street. C-N railroad officials must inspect the train and the track before the train can move. It is expected the train will remain still for the next hour.
Congressman Steve King Holds Annual Pheasant Hunt At "Hole-In-The-Wall
(Akron) -- Pheasant hunting season started this weekend and Republican Congressman Steve King held his annual pheasant hunt at the "Hole in the Wall" near Akron. The Congressman says the hunt is to gather friends, have fun, and honor Sioux City native, Colonel Bud Day.
King reflected on the times he would hunt pheasants with the former Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor recipient.
Leading up to last week, Congressman King was endorsing fellow Republican Florida Congressman Daniel Webster as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. However, when the final votes were cast, King voted for Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. King explains the actions from last week that occurred inside the capitol building.
King says that Webster and Ryan chose not vote for the speaker position, so King then voted for Ryan in order to show a sign up unified support. King says he respects Paul Ryan, and believes he will be able to work with the new speaker.
Presidential Hopefuls Participate In Weekend Hunt
(Akron) -- Four presidential candidates, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindahl, and Mike Huckabee all attended the weekend pheasant hunt, but Steve King says he isn't ready to make an endorsement of any of the four, or other republican presidential hopefuls. He says the four have become good friends with the Congressman, and he likes different aspects from each of the four candidates.
King says when he comes to a conviction of the candidates he will then make an endorsement.
In addition to the four presidential candidates, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan and former Congressional members Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota and Tom Tancredo of Colorado also enjoyed pheasant hunting with King.
April Trial Set For Synthetic Marijuana Death
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An April trial has been scheduled for an 18-year-old in the drug death of a Sioux City high school student.
Online court records say Rose Mouw has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and delivery of a controlled substance. Mouw is accused of selling synthetic marijuana to West High School senior Austin McCloud. He died in April after smoking the drug.
Mouw's trial is set to begin on April 26.
Branstad's Plan To Privatize Medicare Comes Under More Scrutiny
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad's effort to privatize Iowa's Medicaid program continues to move forward, though critics are raising questions about the projected cost savings, how contracts have been awarded and just how this will impact patients.
On Tuesday a legislative oversight committee will hold the first of two scheduled hearings to review the privatization plans.
Branstad says the move to private management will mean more streamlined service at a lower cost, but some involved in the Medicaid system and patients are questioning whether they will still get the care they need.
Iowa's Medicaid program provides care to poor children, families and disabled people, as well as some low-income adults. It is funded with $4.2 billion in state and federal dollars.