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Friday Afternoon News, August 31st


Lt. Governor Adam Greg Says Iowa Is Doing Well, But Improvements Can Be Made

(Le Mars) — Iowa’s Lt. Governor Adam Gregg spoke with KLEM radio during an exclusive interview held Friday morning. The Lt. Governor says he, and Governor Kim Reynolds are pleased with the #1 state ranking as declared by the U-S World and News Report, along with the record low unemployment rate for Iowa.
He says those messages should carry the Reynolds-Gregg campaign through to the general election.

Greg says Iowa’s low unemployment rate is both a curse and a blessing.



Traffic Official Says Labor Day Weekend Is A Deadly Holiday

(Des Moines) — The chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, Patrick Hoye (rhymes with ‘toy’), is hoping this holiday weekend is a lot safer for motorists in Iowa than it was in 2017.

Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer and this weekend is typically one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to Hoye, too many motorists get behind the wheel after celebrating the holiday with alcohol.

Police in Iowa are taking part in a national campaign that involves an increase in law enforcement officers on roadways through this coming Monday. Among other things, they’ll be looking for impaired drivers, so Hoye is encouraging Iowans to plan ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the 2016 Labor Day weekend, there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide with 36- percent involving drivers who were drunk.



White Supremacists Group Using Robo-callsĀ 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have confirmed that recorded phone calls citing the slaying of an Iowa college student are being used to promote white supremacist views, but there’s apparently little officials can do. A spokesman for the Iowa attorney general’s office says prosecutors have no authority because there’s no apparent effort to deceive anyone for commercial purposes. It’s unclear how many of the robocalls have been made since beginning Tuesday, two days after Mollie Tibbetts’ funeral.