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Friday Afternoon News, September 5

Senator Grassley Critical Of President Obama's Foreign Policy

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says President Obama is placing America in danger over his ineffective action with foreign terrorists groups such as ISIS. 

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Grassley made the comments during an interview Thursday with KLEM news.  He is equally critical of President Obama regarding the illegal immigrant issue.  President Obama has mentioned on a few occassions that he may use his executive powers to grant amnesty to the millions of people who entered our nation illegally.  Grassley says if that happens, it would be a violation of the president's Constitutional powers.

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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Killing Police Officer

 CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Rockwell City police officer last year.
     The  jury returned the verdict Friday in the case of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Jurors reached a consensus after less than two of deliberations in the trial.
     Authorities say Trott shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house in September 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.
     Trott did not testify during the trial, but jurors heard a taped interview where he expressed no regret in shooting a law enforcement officer.


Regents President Defends ISU Research On His Farm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says a study by Iowa State University on cattle performance at one of his confinements will be beneficial to all beef producers.
     ISU researchers have been working with Rastetter's company, Summit Farms LLC, since 2011 to study whether cattle grow bigger and healthier with less feed when they stand on rubber mats instead of concrete slats.
     Preliminary findings published last year suggested the mats may be beneficial but were inconclusive, and more detailed data are expected to be available in coming months.
     Its general manager says Summit Farms is waiting for the findings before deciding whether to install more rubber mats for the 8,000 cattle that it feeds. Rastetter says the results will be made public, helping all producers make similar decisions.


Supreme Court Says Iowa Law Students Need To Take Bar Exam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says law students in Iowa should continue to take the bar exam before being admitted to practice law in the state.
     Chief Justice Mark Cady issued an order Friday saying the court will take no further action on the recommendation from the Iowa State Bar Association, which had suggested changes in admission procedures for lawyers.
     The association, whose membership includes about 90 percent of the state's lawyers, suggested Iowa do away with the bar exam for graduates of the University of Iowa and Drake University law schools who wish to practice in Iowa.
     Currently Wisconsin is the only other state that offers the so-called diploma privilege.
     Guy Cook, past president of the ISBA, who has promoted the idea, did not immediately respond to a message.


Missouri River Runoff On The Rise

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The amount of water released into the Missouri River is increasing after August runoff was the third highest in more than a century.
     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says boosting releases from four lower dams will prepare the reservoir system for next year's anticipated runoff and reduce flood risks. 
     Water management chief Jody Farhat says that while the releases are higher than normal for this time of year, the water is expected to remain in the channel unless there is significant additional rain.
     The corps says the excess water will allow the corps to extend the navigation season by 10 days, ending Dec. 10. The higher releases also will benefit winter hydropower generation and reduce the risks to water intakes when ice forms.








Friday News, September 5

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Car Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department responded to a car fire Thursday evening.  Shortly before 8:00 p.m. the Hinton Fire Department was notified of a car that had caught on fire while traveling on Highway 75.  The car was heading northbound at the time of the fire.  Fire officials were on the scene for approximately forty minutes.


Grassley Says Senate Will Focus On One Issue During Short Session

(Des Moines) -- Congress will soon be returning to Washington D.C. for what will be a short session before they recess again.  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa told KLEM news today, he expects the Senate to focus its attention on only one item.

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Grassley says Democratic Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has scheduled on the calendar for an early dismissal.  Grassley believes the Democrats are worried about the approaching election, and feel they need additional time to campaign.

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Storm Lake Woman Charged With Child Endangerment

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Storm Lake police have arrested a woman who they say played a game with her children that deprived them of oxygen. 
      31-year-old Jennifer Cordova was charged with two counts of child endangerment on Thursday. Police say she played a "pass out game" with her 13- and 7-year-old sons. They say she pushed on the 13-year-old's chest until he passed out. The 7-year-old wasn't injured. 
     It's unclear if the older child was hospitalized. 
     Cordova was released from the Buena Vista County Jail on $2,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.


Heroin Overdoses Increase In Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say the number of fatal heroin overdoses more than doubled in the state last year. 
     The Iowa Department of Public Health says 20 people died in 2013. That's up from eight in 2012. There were about one to four heroin deaths a year prior to 2008.
     An Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement director says Iowa's heroin problem seems to be worse in the eastern part of the state. He says those areas are closer to Chicago suppliers.
     The department didn't say who the victims were or where they died.
     An addiction-treatment specialist says the national increase in heroin use correlates to a rise in the abuse of prescription painkillers.

Woman Files Lawsuit Over Isolation In Juvenile Home

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was kept in an isolation cell at a state juvenile home for a total of 280 days.
     Court records show 20-year-old Jessica Turner of Okoboji filed the lawsuit in August. It names the state of Iowa, as well as officials at the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Juvenile Home.
     Turner claims the state violated her constitutional rights and violated laws and regulations on the use of isolation at the Toledo facility. She says she spend "numerous consecutive weeks" in isolation.
     Turner is seeking unspecified damages.  The home closed in January after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers. Records show the state has not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.


Attorneys Rest Case In Cop Killing Trial

 CLARION, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer last year.
     Both sides rested their cases Thursday in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Closing arguments will be delivered Friday morning.
     Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2013 death of 37-year-old officer Jamie Buenting. He has pleaded not guilty.
     Authorities say Trott shot Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault on his mother. He later surrendered.
    Prosecutors rested their case in the morning. The defense did not call any witnesses, and Trott did not testify.


Iowa Ranks 12th For Adult Obesity

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says Iowa had the nation's 12th highest adult obesity rate in 2013.
     The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 31.3 percent of adults in Iowa were obese last year.
     Nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South.
     Mississippi and West Virginia tied for the top rate, at 35.1 percent. Colorado's 21.3 percent was the nation's lowest.
     Iowa's obesity rate was higher than all of its neighboring states.





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