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Saturday News June, 28

B-17 On Display At Museum

Sioux City--One of the famed Flying Fortresses from World War Two is flying over Sioux City this weekend. The B-17 bomber is on display and available for flights at the MidAmerican Museum of Aviation and Transportation. Pilot George Daubner says it's one of very few of the planes still flying.

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He says the B-17 was one of the first metal planes with a unique wing design that gave it functional strength and durability.

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Even with the durability of the plane, the 10-man crew faced dangers from anti-aircraft guns and the German air force.

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Hawarden resident and World War Two B-17 pilot, Paul Gambaina took a special flight on the plane. It was his first flight on a B-17 in 70 years after he was shot down on a mission over Europe. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war.

Judge Puts Hold On Federal Case Against Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has placed on hold a federal lawsuit filed against Governor Terry Branstad and five of his staff members by Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey. The court says Godfrey's lawsuit in state court should be allowed to proceed first.
     Godfrey, who is gay, alleges he was discriminated against based on his sexual orientation and defamed by Branstad and staff.
     Godfrey was appointed by Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in 2009 but asked to resign after Branstad took office in 2011. Godfrey declined and Branstad cut his pay by $39,000.
     Judge James Gritzner says in his ruling published Friday important state issues must be decided in the case requiring it to be tried in state court first.
     He preserves the federal lawsuit if the state case doesn't provide adequate relief.


Heavy Rainfall Gives Pefect Conditions For Mosqitoes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Standing water from repeated downpours in much of Iowa and Nebraska has created the perfect conditions for an onslaught of mosquitoes, but health officials say disease-carrying ones are not yet out in full force.
     Doctor Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, says mosquitoes that carry diseases like the West Nile Virus enjoy small stagnant puddles of water. The constant rain has actually prevented those conditions.
     Still, it has been ideal for nuisance mosquitoes known for their annoying bites. Kenneth Holscher, an entomology professor at Iowa State University, says more of these mosquitoes have been recorded in Iowa compared to this time last year. But it's too early to tell what that could mean.
     For now, officials in Iowa and Nebraska recommend people wear insect repellent.

Leaking Pipe Near Lake

DEXTER, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a leaking pipe has caused wastewater to discharge near Diamondhead Lake in Dallas County.
     The state Department of Natural Resources says wastewater from a sanitary sewer line began bubbling up Friday morning from an underground pipe on the west side of Diamondhead Lake.
     Officials believe the pipeline leak occurred after the installation of a power pole. Wastewater is discharging about 300 feet from the lake but has not reached the water.
     The Diamondhead Lake Sanitary District expects the discharge to be ongoing until at least Saturday. Residents are being encouraged to avoid swimming and wading near the area.


Election Season Slows Senate Voting

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.
     With Senate control at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories during the campaign. Even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen's rights and more could be scuttled.
     The Senate's masters of process are finding a variety of ways to shut down debate.
     For one, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now is requiring an elusive 60-vote supermajority to deal with amendments to spending bills, instead of the usual simple majority. That step makes it much more difficult to put politically sensitive matters into contention.


Friday Afternoon News, June 27

Plymouth County Farm Bureau Donates Money To Round Barn Agriculture Exhibit

(Le Mars) – The Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization recently issued a grant of $4,750 to the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee to be used for the agriculture education exhibit “a ROUND the farm in the BARN” to be located in the famous round barn during the upcoming Plymouth County Fair, scheduled for July 23-27.  The grant was based upon the objectives of the exhibit to educate consumers about the importance of agriculture.

Paul Jacobson, Vice President of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Division, says “The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is extremely grateful to the Plymouth County Farm Bureau organization for allowing us to receive this grant. This funding will secure the success of the agriculture education exhibit that will be on display during the upcoming Plymouth County Fair,” said Jacobson.

Jason Schoenrock, president of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau says “We are excited to be a partner of this project. The Plymouth County Farm Bureau believes it is important to advise people of the agricultural industry, and we are glad the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and the Plymouth County Fair Board are utilizing the famous round barn for an agricultural exhibit.”

Des Moines Developer Owes Millions To City


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A architect and developer owes Des Moines more than $1 million for loans he received for projects officials have lauded for spurring development in the East Village area.  Kirk Blunck is long overdue for repaying loans he received in the late 1990s on the Teachout and Hohberger buildings.  The city gave Blunck a $300,000 loan for restoration of the Teachout Building and $400,000 for the Hohberger Building. The Teachout loan was due in 2008 and the Hohberger loan in 2009. Interest has been accruing since then.  Blunck has paid $17,500 on the Teachout loan and nothing on the other loan.  Blunck wants the city to change the loans' terms.  Residents also have had to vacate a Blunck-owned apartment building after inspections noted problems.



State Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Blind Student

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a leading chiropractic college must make accommodations to allow a blind student to pursue a degree.  The court ruled 5-2 on Friday that Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport must readmit Aaron Cannon and allow him to use an assistant to interpret X-rays and other medical images.  The college had argued that accommodation wasn't feasible, and that vision was a requirement for a degree because reading X-rays is critical for the profession.  But Justice Daryl Hecht found that Cannon's accommodation was reasonable, noting that blind students had previously graduated from Palmer. He noted that 20 percent or more of chiropractors do not have the ability to take radiographs in their office.  Dissenting Justice Thomas Waterman said the decision "elevates political correctness over common sense."


Herky Statue Damaged

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Another Herky statue has been damaged in Iowa City.  The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports damage to the Organic Herky statue was noted Friday morning.  Joshua Schamberger, who heads the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it appears the damage was due to someone jumping on the statue's back. That caused both its ankles to crack.Schamberger says the damage was likely accidental and won't be reported as vandalism. The group will reach out to artists about repairing the statue.  The cracked ankles follow more severe damage to the Reflections of U Herky in May. That statue, on the north side of the University of Iowa Pentacrest, was removed for repairs but has since been returned.  Herky, the hawk, is the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes.


Dubuque Arson Sentence

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A 46-year-old Dubuque man accused of setting a gas pump ablaze outside a convenience store has been given two years in prison.  The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says Richard Huffman was sentenced on Tuesday. Huffman pleaded guilty to a lesser arson charge after making a deal with prosecutors. The judge suspended a $625 fine.  Witnesses say that in December, Hoffman removed a nozzle from a pump at the store, sprayed fuel on the pump and set it aflame. Police say Huffman reported that he set the fire because the Earth has "too much pollution." Police also say Huffman was at the police station hours earlier asking to be arrested and admitted to the psychiatric ward at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.









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