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Saturday News, August 4th


Tim Gannon To Visit Woodbury County Fair

(Moville) — The Democratic candidate seeking the position of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture will be attending the Woodbury County Fair at Moville on Sunday afternoon. Tim Gannon, has scheduled to visit the Woodbury County Fair between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Following the fair visit, Gannon, who is a former
USDA official under former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, will hold a meet and greet session with Woodbury County Democrats at the Woodbury County Democratic Headquarters at 833 Gordon Drive in Sioux City. He is scheduled to be at Sioux City between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Gannon wants to reduce
the rural population loss in Iowa’s rural communities, improve soil health and water quality, and put more money in farmer’s pockets.



Ernst Ask E-P-A Acting Director To Restore Lost Ethanol Gallons

(Washington) — Iowa legislators are pushing for upholding the law when it comes to federal ethanol requirements.
At the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst pressed Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and to act on the nearly
2.25 billion gallons of ethanol waived by the EPA.
Ernst says this has destroyed ethanol demand leading to lost income for Iowa farmers.
When asked, Wheeler says the RFS should be implemented with the original intent of Congress. He adds waivers were included in that intent and there were no provisions for reallocating lost gallons.   Wheeler points out the EPA has been sued twice, and lost twice, for not granting enough waivers.
The Iowa Republican U-S Senator asked Wheeler if there is a plan in place to replace the lost gallons of ethanol due to the waivers granted to oil refineries?



King Uncertain If A Quick Trade Deal Can Be Reached 

(Sgt Bluff) — Iowa’s 4th District Republican Congressman Steve King says he hopes the trade dispute between the U-S and several countries can be resolved sooner than later. King says he’s not optimistic that anything will be resolved soon though.

King says separate agreements may have to be crafted with Canada and Mexico.

The Republican Congressman says China presents a different series of problems, particularly to Iowa and the 4th Congressional District.

King says there’s another issue with China adding to the dispute.

King says the Trump Administration’s recent decision to make up producer losses will help for now, but he wants to see the trade battle end as quickly as possible.



Shooting Occurs Near Ottumwa School

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) – Police in southeastern Iowa say one person is dead and another injured following a shootout with officers that sent a nearby elementary school into lockdown.
The Ottumwa Courier reports that the shootout happened after police received a report around 1:40 p.m. of people with guns outside near Liberty Elementary.
Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says that when officers arrived, the suspects and officers exchanged gunfire. The shooting left one suspect dead.
McAndrew says another suspect was taken to a local hospital with “very serious injuries.” He says another person was arrested and a fourth suspect is still on the run and being sought. Police believe that person is armed and dangerous and urged residents in the area to stay inside their homes.
Police say no one else was injured. Students and staff at Liberty
Elementary were taken to a shelter inside the school guarded by police and remained there until late Friday afternoon.



Des Moines Police Believe They Found Vehicle Involved With Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say they’ve found a sport utility vehicle believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed 56-year-old bicyclist.
Police say the red SUV was found Wednesday abandoned and hidden in a rural area east of Mitchellville. It has been impounded by Des Moines police.
An arrest warrant has been issued charging Anthony McGilvrey with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death.
Police believe McGilvrey was driving the SUV rental the morning of July 28 in Des Moines when it hit the bicyclist, identified as Darrel Ford.
Investigators say Ford crossed into an intersection against a red light when he was hit.



West Nile Virus Claims One Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say Iowa’s first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred.
The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that the victim was 81 or older and lived in central Iowa. Another infected man age 61 to 80 who lives in Palo Alto County has recovered from the illness.
The department says 12 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and two died.
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or
experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.
The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.



Iowa State Fair Offers “Something For Everyone”

(Des Moines) — The Iowa State Fair begins on Thursday, August 9th and continues for eleven days through Sunday, August 19th. This year’s slogan for the Iowa State Fair is “Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair.” Gary Slater is the manager of the Iowa State Fair and says the state fair has something to offer for everyone.

Several national magazines and renowned newspapers such as the New York Times have listed the Iowa State Fair as a top summer destination. Slater explains why the Iowa State Fair is considered so special.

The Iowa State Fair has been fortunate to renovate and preserve many of its historical buildings, thanks in a large part due to the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Slater says this year the grandstand is being remodeled.

Slater says there is still time to get discount admission tickets to this year’s Iowa State Fair.