Wednesday News, October 10
King and Vilsack Debate for the Fifth Time
(Sioux City) -- 4th District Congressional Candidates Steve King and Christie Vilsack faced off in a fifth debate last evening at Morningside College in Sioux City. The tone was set when a panel of journalists from KCAU-TV and the Sioux City Journal started by asking Vilsack how she could successfully represent the 4th District since she had only lived her since May of 2011 and 60 percent of her campaign money was from out of state.
Congressman King responded by saying he's from the district and will continue to live her after the election.
The two candidates disagreed over healthcare with King promising to work to repeal "Obamacare", and Vilsack supporting the President's health care plan.
One question on supporting voter ID from a viewer asked Vilsack to begin with a Yes or No answer, but she declined to answer that way.
King countered with a comparison to a recent South American election:
The two covered some of the same ground they've debated in their four previous meetings, discussing the Farm Bill, immigration and gun rights. Last night's debate was sponsored by The Sioux City Journal and the A-B-C T-V affiliates in Sioux City and Des Moines. The two candidates are scheduled to debate two more times, once at Carroll, and the other time at Mason City.
Floyd Valley Hospital To Host Well Aware Health Fair Today
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital along with Wells' Enterprises is hosting "Well Aware" Health Fair. It is scheduled for today from 2:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and it will be held on the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center. Kari Daale, Education Assistant and Health and Wellness Coordinator for Floyd Valley Hospital says there will be over 50 exhibitors at this year's health fair.
Daale says the local health fair is a good time to get your annual flu shot.
The Floyd Valley official says this will be the tenth year for the "Well Aware Health Fair". She says in the past up to 800 people have attended the health fair. Weather permitting, the Mercy Air Care helicopter is scheduled to make an appearance.
Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Crack Cocaine
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old Iowan has been given 80 months in federal prison for two more drug convictions.
Federal prosecutors say Roscoe Perry, of Sioux City, pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine and conspiracy. Perry admitted selling cocaine from October 2011 through February this year.
Prosecutors say Perry traveled to Omaha, Neb., to obtain the crack cocaine he sold in Sioux City.
Perry had been convicted in November 2006 in U.S. District Court
in Nebraska for selling crack.
Perry must serve eight years of supervised release after he leaves prison.
Father Doesn't Want Children To See Mom In Prison
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A father has appealed an Iowa judge's ruling that requires him to travel across the country to take his two children to visit their mother while she serves prison time for
Michael Roberts said Tuesday his attorney appealed the ruling last week.
Judge Nancy Whittenburg ordered Roberts last month to take his children from California to visit Tracey Richter at the women's prison in Mitchellville three times while she appeals her
conviction. The judge says Roberts also cannot move back to his native Australia until then.
Whittenburg says the 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl have a positive history with Richter. She says the visits will help them bring closure to events that ended with Richter being convicted in
the 2001 execution-style death of neighbor Dustin Wehde in Early.
Harvest Now Three-Fourths Completed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as they work to get drought-damage crops out of the fields as cooler weather arrives.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 76 percent of the corn has been harvested, which is a month ahead of normal. Eighty percent of the soybeans are in from the fields, which is two weeks
ahead of normal.
The USDA says in Tuesday's report that the corn condition is 47 percent poor or very poor, 33 percent fair and 20 percent in good or excellent shape. Soybeans are 31 percent poor or very poor, 37
percent fair and 32 percent in good or excellent condition.
The statewide average rainfall was .05 inches. It's the 20th week of the past 22 with below normal precipitation.
Moville Field Fire
MOVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a grass fire spread onto a farmstead and damaged an abandoned house in northwest Iowa.
Crews and firetrucks from four departments responded to the fire, which officials say began about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the edge of cornfield along County Highway D12 about five miles north of
The fire was fed by dried grass as it spread onto the farmstead and damaged the house.
No injuries have been reported.
Moville Assistant Fire Chief Deron Fredrickson says firefighters had the blaze under control by 5 p.m.
Judge Denies Zoning Challenge For "Field of Dreams"
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has decided not to block a Dyersville zoning change needed to allow commercial use of the "Field of Dreams" movie site.
Douglas Henry represented the city at a court hearing on the issue last month. He told the Telegraph Herald that Judge Thomas Bitter denied the writ petition on Tuesday. The writ would have let Bitter consider overturning the council's Aug. 6 rezoning.
A group of area residents who oppose development at the "Field of Dreams" movie site filed the petition on Sept. 4.
A Chicago-based development group plans to transform the Dyersville landmark into All-Star Ballpark Heaven, a 24-field youth baseball and softball tournament complex.
Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs says he's investing in the project.
MidAmerican Gets Approval To Raise Rates
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa regulators have approved a settlement on MidAmerican Energy's plans to increase electric rates to cover rising costs.
The Iowa Utilities Board says Tuesday the deal allows MidAmerican to increase annual revenue by $38.7 million, or 4 percent, in 2012. The utility temporarily raised rates in March.
For 2013, the increase will raise $37.3 million, for a total two-year increase of 6.7 percent.
Customers now pay about $2.33 more monthly due to the March increase, which will remain for the rest of the year. In 2013, average bills will go up another $1.30.
Regulators say the increase in "reasonable" and less than what the company likely would have received in a traditional rate case.
MidAmerican, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Neb., is Iowa's largest utility with 770,000 customers.