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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.

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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.

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Will Congress ever draw the line in the sand and force President Obama to administer the rules established by Congress?

 

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King says the lack of action by Congress to demand the President follow the rules is playing into the President's hands.

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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.

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Heitkamp's experiment showed within ten minutes, the temperature had climbed to dangerous levels.

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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.

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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.

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon News, July 12

Woodbury County Supervisor Chairman At Odds With Sheriff

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors chairman doesn't think on-duty sheriff's deputies should be allowed to attend their children's sporting events.
Board chairman Larry Clausen said in a memo Thursday that the policy constitutes "a blatant misuse" of tax dollars.
But Sheriff Dave Drew said four sheriffs have let deputies attend family events during their one-hour lunches and can, as part of community policing, attend their kids' sporting events so long as the deputies leave if called away.
The sheriff and Clausen have been arguing about Drew's efforts to expand the department's reserve deputies program.


Farmers Finding Weeds Becoming Resistant To Popular Herbicides

(Le Mars) -- Due to the popularity and extended use of glyphosate herbicides, commonly known by its brand name of "Roundup" some farmers are finding weeds that are resistant to the once effective herbicide.  Iowa State University extension crops specialist, Joel DeJong says many farmers are now turning to pre-emergence herbicides as a means to combat a possible weed problem.

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DeJong says farmers have also taken the steps to reduce the rates of pre-emergence herbicides which has helped the problem.

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DeJong says for many farmers the solution is taking a step back in order to move forward.  He says farmers are looking at herbicides that they may have used perhaps ten years ago.

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Iowa State University Extension along with many of the farm commodity organizations are trying to educate farmers on how best to manage weeds and the likelihood of weeds that built up a resistance to herbicides.

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Supreme Court Stands By Early Ruling On "Too Attractive" Case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is standing by its earlier ruling that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he found her too attractive and worried he would try to start an affair.
The court ruled Friday that bosses can fire employees they see as a threat to their marriages, even if the subordinates have not engaged in flirtatious behavior. The court says such firings are not unlawful sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.
It's the same outcome the court reached in December, when justices dismissed a lawsuit by Melissa Nelson against Fort Dodge dentist James Knight. After a barrage of criticism for the ruling,
Nelson's attorney asked for reconsideration and the all-male court took the rare step of withdrawing the opinion.

 

Intestinal Virus Spreads Across Iowa And Nebraska

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 the investigation 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 reported 23 confirmed cases.

 

Gas Main Break

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're evacuating people in a residential area of Urbandale following reports of a gas main break.
Urbandale police spokesman Officer Randy Peterson says the break in the Des Moines suburb was reported Friday morning. About a quarter mile is being evacuated between Douglas Parkway and Hickman Road.
Officers are going door-to-door to notify residents. A code red alarm has also sent automated phone messages to residents.
No injuries have been reported.

 

Burglary Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say officers fired seven shots and hit a suspect three times after responding to a home invasion over the July Fourth weekend.
Sgt. Jason Halifax told The Des Moines Register on Friday that 57-year-old Larry Hawkins died from a shot that struck him in the chest.
Police responded July 5 to a home invasion call.
Hawkins and another man, 52-year-old Michael Eugene Walker, are suspected of breaking into a home, beating the occupants and threatening them with guns. Police say Hawkins refused to
relinquish his weapon and pointed it at officers. Hawkins did not fire any shots at police.
Walker was taken into custody unharmed. He is charged with first-degree burglary, assault causing injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.


Body Found In Water

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have removed the body of a woman from the Mississippi River in Davenport.
Davenport police say the woman was pulled Friday morning 200 yards downstream from the Crescent Bridge.
The Quad-City Times reports a bicyclist reported seeing the body. Police have not disclosed whether they suspect foul play.
The woman's identity has not been released.

 



 



 



 

   

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