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Friday News, July 18

One Neunaber Autopsy Complete

(LeMars)- The investigation into the deaths of Donald and Esther Neunaber continues. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office continues to gather information into the circumstances surrounding their deaths. The state medical examiner has officially determined that Esther's cause of death was a homicide. The final results of Donald's autopsy has yet to be determined. Toxicology testing and additional processing is being done. the sheriff's office has transported the vehicle that Jonathon Neunaber was driving when he was arrested in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to the DCI lab in Des Moines for processing yesterday and then to Plymouth County where it is being held. Jon Neunaber is still being held at the Plymouth County Correctional facility on a material witness warrant under no bond. He has still not been charged with a crime.

 

Akron Firefitghers resond to Haybales on fire

(Akron)- The Akron Fire Department respnded to a fire call half of a mile Noth of Highway 3 on Fawn Ave yesterday around 2:50 pm. The cause of the fire was when someone was burning trash it caught the grass around it on fire. The fire spread into 7 to 8 round hay bales. The fire department was on scene for approximently one hour. The Lemars Fire Department was called to assist with the fire but was called off while they were in route.

 

One Arrested On Bulgsra;y Charges

(LeMars)- On July 15 Plymouth County Sheriff's arrested Richard Seger, 33 of Fort Dodge on a warrent issued from Plymouth County for burglary 3rd degree, a class D felony, and theft 3rd degree which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Seger was held on $5,000 bond.

 

No One Injuried In A One Vehicle Accident

(Rock Valley)-On July 16 at around 5:20 pm the Sioux County Sheriff's office invetigated a one car accident 2 miles southeast of Rock Valley. Micah Kats, age 17 of Rock Valley, was deiving a 2002 Ford Explorer northbound on Fig Ave when he lost control, entered the west ditch and rolled his vehichle. Kats was not injured in the accident, but was however cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. 

 

Supreme Court Ruling Expected Today

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to reinstate a class-action lawsuit claiming the Iowa executive branch has systematically discriminated against black job applicants.
     Current and former black applicants contend that state agencies have favored whites in decisions on who to interview and hire for decades. Their case is based on statistics that suggest blacks received fewer interviews and jobs than whites at some agencies and social science research contending that Americans subtly favor whites over blacks.
     A judge dismissed the case two years ago, finding the plaintiffs didn't prove their case.
     The high court's ruling is scheduled to be released Friday. Justices have taken 10 months to deliberate after oral arguments, which is unusually long and suggests there may be deep divisions on the court.

 

Casino Revenue Down Across The State


(DesMoines)- The report for the end of the latest fiscal year shows a drop in the revenue generated by the 18 state casinos. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission report shows a drop of almost 78 million dollars -- marking the second year in a row that revenue was off -- for a total of just under 1.4 BILLION dollars. Iowa Gaming Association president, Wes Ehrecke, says weather was one factor for the drop off.


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He says competition from outside the state also had an impact.


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He says the uncertainty has people spending less of their discretionary income on entertainment as they spend more on food, clothing, shelter and other priorities. Ehrecke says he is not concerned about the drop, as he says there are new facilities in the works that should give the industry a boost.


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He says the socioeconomic report conducted for the Racing and Gaming Commission and released earlier this year had positive news for the industry.


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Ehrecke says the casinos will still continue to be an important part of the state's economy.


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Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood were the only two state—licensed facilities to see an increase in gross revenue.

 

Harkin Critical Of Branstad's Comments


(Washington)-Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is chiding Iowa's governor over the situation with thousands of Central American children entering the U-S illegally and unaccompanied via the border with Mexico. Republican Governor Branstad has said he has empathy for the children but he does not want any of them coming to Iowa. Harkin, a Democrat, says he's disappointed with Branstad's decision.


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The mayor of Davenport is offering to create a refuge for some of the children. Mayor Bill Gluba says he's working with hospitals, churches and other groups to make a haven for the refuges in the Mississippi River town. Harkin applauds Gluba's effort.


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The federal government has placed some 200 of the immigrant children with families in Nebraska, but that state's governor says no one in state government was told where or with whom. Governor Branstad was trying to prevent a similar move in Iowa, but Harkin says that's the wrong attitude.


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Harkin notes a contrast between Branstad and another Iowa Republican.


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Since October, some 57-thousand children have come across the U-S border with Mexico illegally from nations like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Harkin says Iowa should welcome the children, saying, "that's in keeping with our history in Iowa."

 

RAGBRAI Participants Adviced To Drink Up

(Des Moines)-Participants in next week's annual bike ride across Iowa are being urged to drink up. Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says her agency conducted a study on hydration during RAGBRAI last year and found water isn't always readily available, so bicyclists should carry their own.


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The study also found while most riders understood the importance of drinking plenty of water, they weren't aware of the signs of dehydration.


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 Quinlisk also notes that salt and minerals lost through sweating can be replaced with re-hydration fluids designed for athletes. Salt can also be replaced with foods like salted crackers and minerals like potassium can be replaced by eating fruits, especially bananas. RAGBRAI begins Sunday in Rock Valley and ends Saturday, July 26 in Guttenberg.

   

Thursday News, July 17

Water To Be Shut Off

(LeMars)- The contractor working for the City Water Department installing the new water main for the future new water tower and booster station will be connecting to the water main on 200th and 5th Ave SE by the Pippet Addition. The water will be shut off at K-49 and 200th St. The only area off will be the Pippet addition. This is schedueled for Friday July 18 from noon to 4 pm.

 

Opponents To Horse Racing Amendment To Travel State

(Sioux City)-Gambling opponents have launched a campaign against a Nebraska ballot measure that would allow betting on old horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots.
The group Gambling with the Good Life is traveling the state in hopes of defeating the November ballot proposal.If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would clear the way for the video terminals at licensed race tracks in at least six Nebraska cities.
Atokad Park of South Sioux City is in the process of being relicensed by  the state, and would be one of those locations. Supporters say the machines will help the state’s struggling horse-racing industry.
Pat Loontjer of Gambling with the Good Life says the machines run as fast as regular casino slots and can be just as addictive.Nebraska voters rejected two proposals to allow casino gambling in 2004, and a measure to authorize video keno was defeated in 2006.

 

King Says Congress Still Discussing Undocumented Children

(Washington)- Iowa Congressman Steve King says members of Congress arecontinuing to discuss how to handle the influx of undocumented children across the southern border of the United States. King, a Republican, places the blame on the lack of response to the issue with the Obama administration.


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King says the Obama administration has made it difficult to return anyone who has illegally entered the country back to their own nation.


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King says a report that 38 children have been returned to Honduras. King thinks the administration is just gesturing or posing. Reports say more than 57-thousand undocumented, unaccompanied children have crossed the U-S border with Mexico since last October.

 

Iowans Not Infavor Of Sales Tax On Internet Purchases

(Des Moines)- The National Taxpayers Union and a D-C based think-tank are touting a new survey which finds a majority of Iowans are opposed to paying sales taxes on internet purchases.


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That's Andrew Moyland (MOY-land) of the R Street Institute. Moyland was at the Iowa capitol today (Wednesday) to discuss the survey with legislative staff and representatives from Iowa business groups. Moyland suggests candidates for all offices should be wary of allowing states to collect internet sales taxes, including prospective presidential candidates like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio who've been campaigning in Iowa. There may soon be a vote in the U.S. Senate on a bill that would give states greater authority to collect sales taxes on internet sales.


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Moyland praised Chuck Grassley, Iowa's Republican senator, for opposing what's called The Marketplace Fairness Act that would give states broader authority to collect sales taxes on internet purchases. Others who support the legislation say Main Street businesses see more and more people who come in, look over the merchandise, then go online to make the purchase -- escaping the sales taxes they'd pay if they bought the product in the store. Moyland rejects that argument.


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According to a University of Tennesse estimate, 88 million dollars in sales taxes that were legally due to the State of Iowa were NOT collected on internet purchases made in 2012. Moyland argues that "pales in comparison" to the sales taxes the State of Iowa fails to collect because the state sales tax is not charged on all services.

 

List Of Voters Who May Have Died Sent To Counties

(Des Moines)- The Iowa Secretary of State's office has sent a list out to the 99 county auditors with the names of voters who may've died but are still on the voting rolls. Chance McElhaney, spokesman for the Secretary of State, says they found one-thousand-234 names after cross-checking a federal list called the Social Security Death Index.


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He says the county auditors regularly update their voter registration lists, but can miss some names.

 

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McElhaney says they first did this cross check in 2012 and found it was helpful to the auditors and they decided to do it again. The number of names on the list ranges from 100 in Wright County to none in Wayne County. McElhaney says he's not sure why there is such a big difference in the numbers in each county, but it may be due to the county's work in already updating their voter list.


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  McElhaney says the voters on the list aren't automatically removed by the counties.


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He says they ask them to analyze it and not just take these people off the list before doing a little research to see if they are actually dead. What happens if your name is on the list and the report of your death is greatly exaggerated?


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McElhaney says all of the people on the list have not had any recent voting activity, so these are not cases of numbers that were stolen and used by someone else. Plymouth County has 8, Sioux County has 2 and Woodbury County has 15 names on this list.

   

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