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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 27th


Le Mars Girls Basketball Team Win Opening Round At State Tournament

(Des Moines) — Congratulations to the Le Mars Community Lady Bulldogs as they upset the #2 ranked and previously undefeated Lewis Central Lady Titans. The final score was 52 to 43. Le Mars will now play in the 4A Girls State Semi-
finals scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.  Denny Callahan will have more details about the Le Mars Lady Bulldog win during his sports report.  As a result of the Le Mars victory, and the fact they will play again on Thursday, school officials have announced there will not be any classes in session for Thursday.  KLEM radio will broadcast live the Le Mars Lady Bulldogs semi-final game.



Democratic Governor Candidate John Norris Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) — There are seven candidates seeking the nomination for governor from the Democratic party. One of those candidates made an appearance in Le Mars Tuesday morning. John Norris says his background with political experience
separates him from the others seeking the nomination for governor.

Norris says he would be able to make a difference on his first day in office.
The Democratic contender says he wants to rebuild rural Iowa.

Norris informed the dozen people gathered at Lally’s Restaurant to visit with him that his first priority as governor would be to dismantle the privatization of the Medicaid program.

The Democratic governor candidate says the problems with the privatization of Medicaid is destroying the quality of life for many Iowans.

Norris says he also wants to give attention to labor unions and increase education funding for secondary schools and community colleges, four-year colleges, and state universities.



Northey Is Finally Confirmed By Senate

(Washington) — It has been a long wait, but Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has finally been confirmed by the U-S Senate to begin his work as the Under Secretary for the U-S Department of Agriculture. Northey appeared before
the Senate Agriculture Committee for the confirmation hearing back in October. However, Texas Senator Ted Cruz had placed a hold on Northey’s confirmation vote.  Bill Northey will serve as the Deputy Secretary overseeing the risk management,
farm programs, and conservation. Several Iowa commodity and farm organizations, have issued news releases applauding the U-S Senate for confirming Northey.
Northey has served as the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture for the past eleven years.



U-S News and World Report Ranks Iowa As “Best State”

(Washington) — U-S News and World Report magazine has announced its listing of “Best States” with Iowa topping that list. The news magazine looks at health care, education, job opportunities, and quality of life as part of its ranking criteria.    U-S Senator Chuck Grassley, a republican, says he is proud of the state of Iowa and proud of Iowa’s ranking. He says he would like to see two words featured on Iowa license plates that describe the state.

Minnesota placed second, and finishing at the bottom of the list were Louisiana and Mississippi.



Grassley Says The Nation Has A Mental Health Issue, Not A Gun Problem Issue

(Washington) — The latest mass shootings involving school children at a Florida High School have prompted a nation-wide emotional and controversial debate over the sale and use of guns. Many people are turning to Congress and other government officials to do something to reduce the number and frequency of mass shootings. Grassley told reporters during his news conference that the nation faces a mental health problem rather than a gun control problem.

Speaking to reporters during his weekly news conference, Grassley says there are some things that can and should be done by the federal government in order to reduce mass shootings.

Grassley says if these programs would have been implemented it may have prevented the shooting in Florida, as well as the Baptist Church in Texas.