Tuesday Afternoon News, June 25
King Disappointed House of Representatives Voted Down Farm Bill
(Washington) -- The U-S House of Representatives voted down the Farm Bill legislation last week. Now farmers across the nation are wondering what it may mean to agricultural policies. Iowa fourth district republican Congressman Steve King told KLEM news he hopes he can visit with many of his colleagues and urge them to change their minds.
King says he will also visit with Congressman Colin Peterson of Minnesota, who serves as the ranking minority member on the House Agriculture Committee to see if other Democrats can be persuaded to vote for the farm bill. King says he is not willing to give up, but he doesn't expect anything to happen before the July 4th holiday recess. He says one major reason for some of the republicans to have voted down the measure was due to the increase in food stamp assistance programs.
King says one way or another the food stamp program needs to be reformed. He says Congress only gets that opportunity every five years when the farm legislation is up for renewal. King doubts whether there can ever be a time when production agricultural policy can be separated from food nutritional assistance programs.
Sioux City Group Seeking Site For Park
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City group is seeking another site to build a city park after the planned spot was sold as part of a $120 million casino project.
A committee is considering at least two sites after the city sold land that had been designated for the $6.8 million Cone Park.
The estate of Ruth Cone has committed about $2.4 million to the planned park, which is expected to include a water feature, amphitheater and ice skating rink.
Because that land was sold for use in a proposed casino, the committee is considering other property.
Council member Rhonda Capron says a downtown location is preferred.
Cone's funding stipulates the money be used for a park but doesn't specify a location.
She died in 1981.
New Hartford Residents May Be Inundated With More Rain
NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials say a small northeast Iowa town that ordered its residents to evacuate because of flooding from a creek could be inundated with more rain.
The National Weather Service says the town of New Hartford is along a path in northern Iowa that may experience showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon into the overnight hours. A flash
flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning.
Meteorologist Kevin Skow says between 2 and 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from the systems moving through the area. Any rain that falls over the town will flow back into Beaver Creek because the ground is saturated.
Emergency officials went door to door Tuesday, warning the town's 500-plus residents about the dangers posed by the creek, which flooded the town in 2008.
Des Moines Polices Officers Disciplined For Auto Crashes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say three officers involved in two separate crashes have been found at fault and disciplined.
The first crash happened April 7 at a four-way stop sign. In that case, officers Phil Terrones and Brandon Holtan were headed to a shots-fired report. Neither fully stopped at the signs and
The other crash came April 27 when officer Mitchell Cameron was responding to assist another officer and ran a red light. Police say he hit another vehicle broadside.
Police say the officers have been disciplined but they declined to be specific because the matter is a personnel issue.
In general, Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax say crashes of patrol cars in which officers are at fault usually result in suspensions.
Girl Scouts Trying To Increase Membership and Attendance At Camps
DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of Girl Scouts supporters exchanged ideas about how to boost attendance at a camp near Danville in southeast Iowa.
About 40 Girl Scouts leaders and volunteers met Monday evening to discuss options for attracting more girls to Camp L-Kee-Ta.
Cheryl Noller, of the local council, says attendance has been falling, and this year only 913 girls plan to attend the camp. That's down from 1,519 who attended last year.
The problem mirrors a national trend of declining membership in Girl Scouts amid contentious debates about efforts to close camps.
At Camp L-Kee-Ta, Heather Dale of Galesburg, Ill., argued word of mouth was the best way to increase attendance as girls described their experiences.
Others backed better promotion through the media and social networks.