Wednesday Afternoon News, August 26
Clovis Leaves Perry Campaign To Join With Trump
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Former talk radio host Sam Clovis wasn't without a Republican presidential campaign for long.
Clovis quit his role as Rick Perry's Iowa director on Monday. On Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced at an event in Dubuque that Clovis would serve as his national co-chairman and policy adviser.
Clovis, of Hinton, has worked as an economics professor at Morningside College in Sioux City and has hosted a conservative talk show out of Sioux City. Last year, he ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer after losing the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Trump, a real estate mogul and entertainer, has been leading in national polls of Republicans.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Rolls Out Rural Economic Plan In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Iowa rolling out her plan for rural America. It includes more money for programs that help new farmers and increase access to fresh food.
The Democratic presidential candidate is coming out with the agenda Wednesday in the leadoff caucus state. In it, Clinton promises to boost rural economic investment, increase agricultural production, promote clean energy and enhance access to health care and education.
This, in a state where about 36 percent of the population lives in rural areas.
Clinton is interrupting a vacation in the Hamptons in New York with a Midwestern campaign swing.
Black Hawk County Says No To Wind Turbines
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Black Hawk County will retain its status of having no industrial wind turbines after county officials rejected a plan to erect three of the structures.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Board of Adjustment declined a request Tuesday for a special permit and setback variance for Optimum Renewables to install the tall structures in the county.
Opponents of the project said it could possibly harm residents' health, reduce property values and potentially endanger eagles and other wildlife.
Attorney Adam Van Dike for Optimum Renewables says there isn't any evidence to support any negative health issues for humans or livestock. He says the threat to eagles and birds was overstated.
Van Dike said the project would have generated $2.3 million in property taxes over 30 years.
Former Iowa State Trooper Pleas Guilty To Possessing Child Porn
GARNER, Iowa (AP) - A retired Iowa State trooper is scheduled to be sentenced in October for possessing child pornography.
Court documents say 66-year-old David Hubbard, of Garner, last week pleaded guilty to one count in Hancock County District Court. He'd been charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a minor. His sentencing is set for Oct. 20.
Investigators say Hubbard possessed two photographs and one video, each involving a minor, in November 2013.
The patrol says Hubbard retired in 2004 after nearly 30 years with the department.
Man Convicted Of Murder
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 54-year-old Iowa man has been convicted in the April 2013 death of a woman he shot nearly two years earlier.
A Pottawattamie County jury found Craig Finney guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder.
He was convicted of shooting 48-year-old Patricia Harker, his former girlfriend, on June 17, 2011, during an incident at Harker's home in Minden. She survived, and Finney later pleaded guilty to attempted murder. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Harker died on April 25, 2013. Prosecutors then filed first-degree murder charges against Finney, saying Harker died from complications caused by the gunshot wound.
The jury convicted Finney on the lesser charge of second-degree murder. He faces up to 50 years in prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 6.
University Of Iowa Interviewing Presidential Finalists
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The president of a private liberal arts college in Ohio is a finalist to be the next University of Iowa president.
The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday announced that Marvin Krislov, the president of Oberlin College since 2007, will visit campus Thursday for interviews.
Krislov is the first out of four finalists who are expected to visit the university in the coming days. The regents are expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week.
At Oberlin, Krislov leads a selective, four-year college of 2,900 students that also includes a prominent music conservatory.
Krislov previously worked as a vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, where he defended the school's admissions policies and oversaw a major NCAA investigation into its men's basketball program.