Tuesday Afternoon News, November 24
Sioux City Man To Plead Insanity Defense To Stabbing Incident
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A defense lawyer says a Sioux City man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend plans to use an insanity or diminished-capacity defense.
Attorney Mike Williams last week filed notice with the court for his client Isack Abdinur. The 35-year-old Abdinur has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the June stabbing of 43-year-old Cornelia Stead in her Sioux City apartment. Police say the two were romantic partners.
Abdinur already has been evaluated by a defense psychologist and is awaiting an examination by a prosecution expert. His trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26.
Law Enforcement Agencies Talk With Sioux City Native American Community
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An activist is urging Sioux City and Woodbury County officials to open an alcohol treatment center for Native Americans.
Frank LaMere told officials at a forum Monday that a facility could help lower the disproportionate number of Native Americans arrested for public intoxication in Sioux City.
The city did have a Native American Alcohol Treatment Program that was funded by the Indian Health Service before it closed in 2005.
The meeting was a follow-up to a September round-table discussion that focused on what community leaders say is a growing problem of alcoholism and homelessness in Sioux City.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young said that a ban on single-can beer sales, which had been previously discussed to curb public intoxication, would not be possible because the state of Iowa regulates liquor sales.
General Mills Request Cage-Free Eggs By 2025
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - General Mills has set a deadline for its conversion to all cage-free eggs by 2025.
The Minnesota-based company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July.
But it updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish the 10-year time frame.
Josh Balk, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, it's a further sign that major food manufacturers recognize consumers are turning against the idea of confining food animals to cages.
McDonald's, which buys two billion eggs a year, set a goal in September to buy all cage-free eggs in 10 years. Other companies going cage-free include Burger King and Starbucks.
Review Shows School District Had Tax Levy Error
SHEFFIELD, Iowa (AP) - West Fork School District officials are planning to cut property tax collections after a review found the northern Iowa district had been collecting too much money.
A tax levy error caused the district to collect nearly $340,000 too much since 2013 from property taxpayers. Superintendent Darrin Strike said Monday the error stemmed from entering a state default code for the levy while preparing the budget.
The firm Piper Jaffray discovered during an external review that the district's voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy was assessed at a rate of 33 cents more than allowed.
The school district will reduce the levy over the next two years to collect about $340,000 less from property taxpayers.