Monday Afternoon News, July 8
Plymouth County Law Enforcement Officials To Train At Clark School
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Department along with other law enforcement agencies will be conducting an active shooter training on Tuesday at the Clark Elementary School located at 201 2nd Avenue Northwest in Le Mars. The training session will start at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. This notice is to notify residents living in the area that if you see officers in the vicinity, that it is only a training exercise.
Granville Fire Department To Hold Raffle For Fund Raising Campaign
(Granville) -- Granville Fire Fighters are trying to raise money for a new fire station, and they are doing it with a community raffle. Steve Christiansen is a member of the Granville Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance crew, and talks about the goal.
Christiansen says the winning raffle tickets will be selected on the evening of Saturday, July 20th.
The Granville Fire Department is selling raffle tickets at $100 each, and Christiansen says they have several nice prizes to be presented to the winners.
Christiansen says the people around Granville have been supportive of the fund raising efforts.
Lt. Governor Reynolds Speaks About Speeding Episode
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says the Iowa Department of Public Safety is reviewing the governor's scheduling in the wake of a speeding incident.
Reynolds says Monday that she and Gov. Terry Branstad want to obey state speed limits. Reynolds says she was not aware that a state SUV carrying her and the governor on April 26 was going 84
mph because she was working in the backseat.
Reynolds says the schedule is under review to make sure enough time is provided between events. But she declined to blame tight scheduling for any speeding in the past.
A state police investigator reported the speeding incident, but a trooper who caught up to the SUV let it go after realizing it was an officer driving the governor.
Branstad Vetoes Nursing Care Bills
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed a plan to increase the number of ombudsmen that advocate for seniors in Iowa nursing homes.
The legislation would have increased the number of long-term care ombudsmen in the state from eight to ten.
Branstad says he is vetoing the new positions because the Iowa Department of Aging is in the middle of a redesign.
Branstad also vetoed legislation that would have required nursing homes to use any additional Medicaid money received next year to provide pay raises for some caregivers. Branstad says the
state lacks the ability to check to see if homes are complying with such a requirement.
Branstad Says He Has Cash On Hand For Another Campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he has cash on hand and staff in place for a potential re-election run in 2014.
Branstad announced Monday that he has $2 million in his campaign account and has made several campaign hires. The Republican governor has not formally announced if he will seek a sixth term in
Branstad's campaign committee has hired former staffer Jake Ketzner to serve as campaign manager. Ketzner ran Rep. Steve King's 2012 campaign.
Also joining Branstad's political team are staffer Jimmy Centers, who will be communications director, and Phil Valenziano, a staffer for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, who will serve
as political director.
On the Democratic side, Des Moines Sen. Jack Hatch is exploring a run and state Rep. Tyler Olson, of Cedar Rapids, is considering a bid.
Nine Iowa Counties Report Cyclospora
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An intestinal illness that causes diarrhea lasting an average of nearly two months has been identified in nine Iowa counties.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has identified 22 cases of cyclospora infections.
People are infected by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected human feces. Illness is caused by a parasite. Watery diarrhea, severe tiredness, and nausea are common symptoms and usually begin within a week.
Most of those now ill began to notice symptoms in June.
Linn County has the most cases with 10. Others are reported in Benton, Des Moines, Fayette, Mills, O'Brien, Polk, Van Buren, and Webster counties.
Other Midwest states also have cases including Nebraska.
Health officials recommend washing fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly although no specific source has been identified yet.
Pedestrian Hit By Train
FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - A train has struck and killed a person walking along tracks in Fairfield.
The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1dbcc4T ) the BNSF train hit the pedestrian about 6:10 p.m. Saturday.
BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the death occurred far from any designated crossing.
The victim's name hasn't been released.