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Thursday Afternoon News, April 26th


Alzheimer’s Association To Host Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser

(Le Mars) — Alzheimer’s Disease ranks as one of this nation’s deadliest diseases, and this evening at the Willow Creek Golf Club the Alzheimer’s Association will hold its annual “Wine and Chocolate” fund raiser event.
Jill Madsen, the Development Specialist with Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Iowa chapter talks about tonight’s event.

Madsen says often times people associate the dementia depriving Alzheimer’s Disease with elderly people, but the Alzheimer’s representative says the sixth deadliest disease can strike anyone, and at any age.

Madsen says although researchers are learning more about Alzheimers each day, as of yet, there still remains no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Wine and Chocolate fundraiser event will feature several different types of wine for participant’s consumption, along with different types of chocolate.

Tonight’s event scheduled at the Willow Creek Golf Club is sold out, but Madsen says if you have an interest in donating money to the Alzheimer’s Association, you can simply contact the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater
Iowa chapter.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.



Governor Reynolds Signs Concussion Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill requiring schools to adopt return-to-play rules for students who may have concussions.
The Republican governor signed the bill on Thursday. The new law received bipartisan support from both legislative chambers.
Schools will be required to adopt medical review protocols. Those
protocols were first developed in 2013 by the associations that oversee high school athletics in Iowa. Most schools already followed the protocols, but they have been optional until now.
Legal liability will be limited for schools that choose to have a
health care provider present at games. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says the law is expected to result in “minimal” costs for schools.



Des Moines Man Surrenders To Police After Shooting At Them

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say a man surrendered after firing a pistol at an officer, who fired back.
Police say no one was injured in the exchange, which occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday toward the end of a pursuit on northbound Interstate 35. The chase began a few minutes earlier, when officers spotted a vehicle believed
driven by a man thought to be suicidal.
Officers deployed stop sticks that disabled the vehicle. Police say
the man fired as his vehicle slowed, and a Des Moines officer returned the fire. He’s been identified as a 13-year veteran of the department, Dustin Wing.
The man surrendered after a short standoff and was hospitalized for observation. His name hasn’t been released.



Ethics Board Fails To Update Website

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A board that enforces Iowa’s government ethics laws hasn’t been following a rule that requires its meeting minutes to be available online.
An administrative rule says minutes of Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board meetings will be “available for viewing” on its website, but the board hasn’t posted any since its November 2016 meeting. That means citizens who want to easily review actions taken by the board since then are
out of luck.  Board director Megan Tooker says the agency is no longer able to update its website and is building a new one, which it expects to launch in the next few weeks.
Tooker said the same thing in early January, when she explained why an upcoming meeting date hadn’t been posted. She explained then that the board was waiting to launch the site until after a Jan. 19 campaign finance filing deadline.



Questions Surround Proposed Move Of State Finance Authority

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Newly released records are raising questions about the planned $17 million move of an Iowa agency that was led by an official abruptly fired by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The Des Moines Register reports that former Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison requested in February to relocate the authority from state-owned offices to a long-term lease in another building. Jamison had said the current building was in poor condition and unable to meet long-term
needs.Records indicate the state Executive Council wasn’t informed that a third-party recommended the agency stay put, which would save about $6 million.
State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is reviewing if the council has
the authority to rescind its decision.
Reynolds fired Jamison in March for “credible allegations of sexual harassment.” Jamison didn’t return the newspaper’s requests for comment.