Saturday News, July 13, 2013
(Le Mars) -- U-S Senator Tom Harkin will be in Le Mars this morning with two objectives. First, the democratic Senator will review the historic preservation of the Wasmer Post #241 American Legion Hall, and Second, it is expected that Harkin will announce the Floyd Valley Hospital will receive a $15 million loan from the U-S Department of Agriculture's Rural Development. Both announcements will take place at the American Legion hall. Harkin was able to secure funds for the Mainstreet historic preservation and renovation. The American Legion was able to obtain a $30,000 federal challenge grant, along with $15,000 from the city of Le Mars, and private donations amounting to $15,000 in order to complete the historic renovation project amounting to $60,000.
(Sioux City) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King says he is upset with President Obama and his administration for breaking the rules and choosing not to enforce many of the laws that were passed by Congress. The Affordable Health Care Act, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare", Immigration...and others, according to King are some of the examples.
Congress is about to act on another immigration bill, and King says Republicans want to secure the border and make tougher immigration rules for those people that enter our nation illegally, but King says in the long run, it may not matter if the Obama administration doesn't enforce the laws that Congress passes.
Will Congress ever draw the line in the sand and force President Obama to administer the rules established by Congress?
King says the lack of action by Congress to demand the President follow the rules is playing into the President's hands.
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A Storm Lake woman has been accused of hitting her teenage son with a vehicle and driving away. Storm Lake police say 33-year-old Esmeralda Vasquez-Espinoza got into an argument with her 17-year-old son Thursday night. Police say at some point, the side of Vasquez-Espinoza's vehicle hit the teenager, who was trying to stop his mother from driving away. The boy was knocked to the ground and Vasquez-Espinoza droveaway. The Sioux City Journal reports the teen was treated at the scene. Vasquez-Espinoza was charged with misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident and not having a driver's license. Police also filed a report with the state Department of Human Services. Records do not list an attorney for Vasquez-Espinoza.
(Sioux Falls) -- Have you ever wondered how hot it can get inside a car? Meterologist Todd Heitkamp of the Sioux Falls National Weather Services conducted an experiment to see if there was any difference in temperatures between a light colored vehicle and a dark colored vehicle. Heitkamp found that darker painted cars will have a higher temperature than lighter colored vehicles, as much as 40 degrees or more than the outside air temperature. The National Weather Official says this should serve as a reminder to people who leave their children or pets in a hot car while they conduct an errand.
Heitkamp's experiment showed within ten minutes, the temperature had climbed to dangerous levels.
During this time of year, we often refer to the heat index, or the combination of actual air temperature along with the humidity levels and conditions. The weather meteorologist says it is important we stay hydrated during these hot summer days with high heat indices.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Iowa has more than doubled in just four days as state and federal public health agencies try to figure out where it's coming from. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the outbreak of cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-spor-EYE'-uh-sis) has sickened 45 Iowans as of Friday. On Monday the department had identified 22 cases. Iowa typically has just one or two cases a year, usually travelers. State health department medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says it's looking like fresh vegetables may be the culprit but theinvestigation continues. Consumers should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of the illness, which causes diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days. Nebraska has 35 confirmed cases.
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - A Johnston-based Iowa Army National Guard unit is returning home from Afghanistan and a homecoming ceremony has been organized to greet them. Sixty soldiers from Headquarters Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion have been gone since August 2012 when they left for training in Texas before departing for Afghanistan. They are returning Saturday and the public is invited to a welcome home ceremony at 1 p.m. at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The unit's mission is to coordinate transportation, maintenance, water purification and distribution, fuel distribution, and other missions as assigned. The unit also was mobilized in June 2006 to Iraq and returned in July 2007.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa man has been accused of stealing multiple firearms from an auction yard. Court documents show 40-year-old Randy Patrie, of Charles City, has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared in federal court Friday. The Charles City Police Department says it found more than 20 firearms in Patrie's home during the July Fourth weekend. Court documents say Patrie told law enforcement officials that he stole the firearms from Gilbert's Sale Yard in rural Floyd. The auction yard reported a burglary in early May. Patrie has a detention hearing scheduled for July 14. Court records do not list an attorney.