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Saturday News, September 8

Romney Speaks At Orange City

(Orange City) -- Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 3000 people during a political rally held Friday at Northwestern College in Orange City.  Romney says the job report issued Friday morning is disappointing and he pointed out President Obama's faults.
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The Republican presidential candidate told the crowd that he knows how to get 12 million American jobs.  During the address, Romney spoke about how he helped finance the company Staples, which brought a round of applause.  Staples has a marketing center based in Orange City.

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Romney was speaking to a friendly gathering, of which the vast majority are republicans.  Kent Pruismann a Sioux County cattle producer from Rock Valley says he liked the five points that Romney discussed.

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Dave Binder of Sioux City had a similar position of Romney's speech.

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Branstad Believes Independents Will Vote For Romney

(Orange City) -- Iowa is split nearly right down the middle in terms of presidential candidates.  Governor Terry Branstad attended the Mitt Romney rally at Orange City on Friday, and he says many Iowans that voted for President Obama four years ago, are disappointed, and that is why he thinks they may vote for Mitt Romney this coming election.

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The governor believes the growing debt may in fact play a large role in how people will vote in November.

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Branstad says Romney's choice for vice president, Congressman Ryan of Wisconsin will also help voters swing to the republican side.

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Vilsack and King Ready For 2nd Round of Debates

(Orange City) -- Round two of the the King and Vilsack debates will take place this afternoon from the Clay County Fairgrounds at Spencer.  The two candidates are vying for the Congressional seat of the new Iowa fourth district.  The first debate was held Thursday evening from a radio station's studio in Des Moines.  King was at the Romney rally in Orange City, and he says the first debate wasn't really a debate.

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The debate is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Clay County Events Center.

 

Le Mars Police Office and Canine Partner Place First in Competition

(Sioux City) -- Le Mars Police officer Mark Reed and his canine patrol partner, Pike, placed first in the recent United States Police Canine Association region 21 certification and field trials that was held in Sioux City.  Reed and his dog, were able to capture top honors in the obedience and criminal apprehension division.  Nearly 25 teams participated in the event.

 

Girl Scout Leader Charged In Theft

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A former Girl Scout leader in Centerville has been charged with stealing over $12,000 from her troop.
The Daily Iowegian (http://bit.ly/UyrRnd ) says 30-year-old Heather Benjamin, of Centerville, is charged with first-degree theft. According to the criminal complaint, Benjamin used the
troop's bank account as her personal account between October 2011 and the end of August. Police say she made over 150 transactions at restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs.
The newspaper says the troop held two sales since last fall, raising over $17,000 from selling cookies, nuts and magazines.
There is no attorney listed for Benjamin on the online court system. Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 19 in Appanoose County District Court.

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon news, Sept 7

(Orange City) -- Republican presidential nominee, Governor Mitt Romney addressed five key points of interest during his political rally held today at Orange City on the campus of Northwestern College.  More than 3,000 people crowded inside the gym to hear Romney.  Almost immediately, Romney spoke about President Obama's failures. 

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Romney zeroed in on the jobs report that was issued this morning, saying it is  disappointing. He acknowledged there is a lot of bad news, but he predicts that America will come roaring back.   He told the 3,000 plus crowd that he knows how to get the private sector to create 12 million new jobs, and he says millions of jobs can be created in the energy sector and he wants to take full advantage of America's resources for energy.

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Romney says America needs to take advantage of the Keystone pipeline from Canada.  He says it means turning the Gulf of Mexico back on for more drilling.  Romney also says he would issue more permits for oil exploration.

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Romney says we also need to use more natural gas, saying it is our "ace in the hole."

The Republican candidate also focused on job skills for workers.  He says he will champion small businesses by reducing taxes and regulations, and he will take advantage of trade opportunities and punish those nations that don't follow the rules involving trade.  Romney concluded his 23 minute speech by telling the enthusiastic crowd he knows what it takes to get people jobs and how to reduce the ever-growing debt.  He reminded the gathering of the $16 trillion dollar debt and pointed to a student holding a sign about the new debt

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Mason Says She Has Second Thoughts About Beer Contract

JOHNSON, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason says in hindsight, she probably wouldn't renew a contract with Anheuser-Busch because of the backlash.
Mason says she's not sure it's worth the revenue. During a taping on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program on Friday, Mason says she'd probably reconsider, and more than likely not even do it.
Iowa and Anheuser-Busch have a new four-year agreement that allows the beer company to use Iowa's Tigerhawk logo on its posters, beer cups and T-shirts. Critics say it conflicts with the
university's efforts to curb students' binge drinking.
Recently, the logo appeared on posters advertising drink specials in Iowa City, a move not approved by the university.
Mason says the posters were removed, but the damage was already done.

 

Fire At Cornell College

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - A school spokesman says firefighters have put out a fire that damaged a classroom building at Cornell College in the eastern Iowa city of Mount Vernon.
College spokesman Jamie Kelly said a few firefighters were still on the scene Friday morning, checking for hot spots. Police say a lightning strike started the blaze just after 3:30 a.m., and several nearby fire departments were called for help. No injuries have been reported.
Kelly says no one was in College Hall when it was struck. He says a bell cupola atop the building was destroyed, and there was some fire damage in the attic. Kelly says the building was built in
1857.
Cornell College's website says Cornell is a private, liberal arts school with an enrollment of nearly 1,200.

 

 

 

 

   

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