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.
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.
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.