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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.

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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.

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Young identifies what he sees will be the key issues facing Iowans for the 2014 election.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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The Iowa ag official says Turkey sits in an important region for the U-S interests.

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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.

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Northey believes Turkey is wanting to expand its agriculture, and is looking at the United States for future trading opportunities.

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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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Friday News, July 5

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Two Grass Fires

(Le Mars) --  The Hinton Fire Department had to have its holiday interrupted twice yesterday as it responded to two different grass fires.  The first grass fire was reported at about 5:00 p.m.  The fire was reported at 26797 West Harvest Lane.  The second alarm came in at about 11:00 p.m.  That fire was located at 22807 County Road C-80.  In both cases, fire officials were on the scene for nearly a half an hour.

 

Search Crews Look For Man After Boat Capsized

(Storm Lake) -- Search crews are looking for a 28 year old man from Hawarden after his boat capsized yesterday afternoon at Storm Lake.  The capsized boat had two occupants that had been fishing at the time of the incident.  One of the occupants was rescued by another boat that was in the immediate area.  The missing boater was not wearing a life vest at the time he slipped beneath the water. Search operations are being conducted by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Storm Lake Fire Department, Storm Lake Police Department, and the Buena Vista County Regional Medical Center Paramedics.  Others assisting with the search efforts include: Plymouth County Search and Dive Rescue, Carroll County Search and Dive Rescue, and the Denison Search and Dive Rescue.  As of midnight, search efforts were discontinued due to high winds on the lake.  Recovery operations will resume this morning.  The name of the victim is being withheld until notification of family members.

 

Des Moines Vacant Warehouse Catches Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Des Moines warehouse that caught fire was packed with housing debris, and may contain asbestos and other hazardous materials.
Firefighters arrived at the vacant warehouse shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday. Firefighters wore respirators inside the building.
District Chief Joe Giudicessi says the cause of the fire was unknown. The building has been vacant for several years and has no gas or electric services.
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Man Dies From Go-Cart Accident

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin police say an Iowa man who hit his head after losing control of his go-cart has died.
The accident happened Wednesday about 5:15 p.m. at Alligator Alley Adventures Go-Kart Track in Lake Delton.
Authorities say the 45-year-old lost control of his vehicle and struck a wooden post along the track. Witnesses say there were no other go-carts near him at the time of the crash.
A medical helicopter was called in. But a doctor declared him dead at the scene about 45 minutes after the accident.
The man and his family were visiting Lake Delton from the DeWitt area. His name has not been released.

 

Wellman Residents Need Bottle Water

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) - Residents of a small town just south of Iowa City have been advised to drink bottled water until repairs can be made on a broken water line.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a line burst Thursday in Wellman.
The water is now bypassing the reverse osmosis system used to reduce nitrates. The department says repairs are being made and that the water has to be tested to make sure it's safe.
Officials say that nitrates in drinking water are particularly concerning for infants less than six months old. They also note that boiling the water won't reduce nitrates and isn't a safe alternative to bottled water.

 

Two Businessmen Fighting Federal Fraud Charges

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two businessmen are disputing an indictment alleging they fraudulently qualified for federal contracts meant for disabled veterans' businesses in order to win $23.4 million in construction work in Nebraska and Iowa.
Ram Hingorani and Ronald Waugh pleaded not guilty this week during appearances in federal court in Des Moines to a 32-count indictment that includes charges of fraud and money laundering.
Hingorani's business, Midwest Paving, and another that both men operated, Midwest Contracting, are also charged.
The indictment alleges the men conspired to use Midwest Contracting to win 45 contracts from the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense under the government's program designed to help
small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. The work was done for the VA in Des Moines and Omaha and at Offutt Air Force Base.


Grinnell Doctor Agrees To Stop Treating Patients

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa doctor has agreed to stop treating a version of Lyme disease that many physicians suspect doesn't exist.
Dr. Jeffrey Piccirillo of Grinnell will also pay a $10,000 fine as part of a settlement with the Iowa Board of Medicine.
Piccirillo has gained attention for using powerful antibiotics to treat patients who believed they had "chronic Lyme disease." Patients often attribute their aches and fatigue to the tick-borne bacterial infection, even though standard tests don't detect it in their bodies.
The board said Piccirillo diagnosed and treated people for Lyme disease without proper evidence that they were infected, and used treatments not recognized by national authorities. He also was
accused of engaged in an improper sexual relationship with a female patient.
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Appeals Judge Retires

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Larry Eisenhauer, chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals, has announced his plans to retire.
Eisenhauer will retire effective Sept. 30.
The 66-year-old Eisenhauer has spent 28 years as an Iowa judge and was named chief judge of the appeals court last year.
Eisenhauer, of Ankeny, was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2001. The Kansas native served two years in the U.S. Army before graduating from Drake University Law School in 1974. He practiced
law privately before serving as an associate juvenile judge between 1985 and 1993, when he was elected Polk County District Court judge.
The governor will appoint a replacement from a list of three candidates submitted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission.
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Iowa's Wooded Acres Decline

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's forest service says that tree cover in Iowa is declining for the first time in nearly 40 years.
2013 marks the first time since 1974 that Iowa lost more woodland acres than it has gained.
Wooded space has dropped by roughly 40,000 acres in Iowa.
Officials say the decline is likely because of increased agricultural and urban land usage.
Iowa had an estimated 6.8 million wooded acres before being settled. Just three percent of the state is currently covered by woodlands.
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