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Friday Afternoon News, October 5th


Total Motors Announces October Breast Cancer Campaign

(Le Mars) — October is recognized as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and a local auto dealership is doing its part to call attention to the deadly disease. Total Motors of Le Mars will donate $100 for each vehicle sold during the month of October towards breast cancer research and to individuals adversely affected by breast cancer. Mitch Christofeffel explains why the auto dealership has an interest in the disease.

Each Friday during the month of October, the employees of Total Motors will be wearing pink colored polo shirts to call additional attention and awareness to breast cancer. This marks the second year Total Motors has had a campaign about breast cancer. Christoffel says last year’s efforts were very successful, and they hope to duplicate the effort.

Christoffel says even if people are not looking to replace a vehicle, they can still help just by taking a photo.

Total Motors will continue the campaign throughout the entire month of October.



Free Dental Clinic Set Up At Tyson Events Center

(Sioux City) — The 11th annual Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) free dental clinic is on the western side of the state this year in Sioux City. Dentist Richard Hettinger says all the patients will be treated in the Tyson Events Center.

Doctor Hettinger practices in Sioux City and says they will treat patients on a first-come, first-serve basis.

He says the dentures are something he particularly enjoys making because of the impact they can have.

He says it is important to treat dental issues people have to avoid longer term problems.

Hettinger says they are able to get a lot done in their makeshift dental office.

All of the care is donated.

Hettinger says people already had started lining up Thursday to get in when the doors opened at 6:30 in the morning today (Friday). The free dental clinic continues Saturday from 6:30 a-m until 5 p-m in Sioux City.
This is the second time the free clinic has stopped in Sioux City.



Farm Bureau Health Insurance Plan UnveiledĀ 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Health coverage offered by the Iowa Farm Bureau through a new option approved by the Iowa Legislature will allow people to be turned away if they have pre-existing conditions.
The Des Moines Register reports the farm bureau unveiled details of its health coverage Wednesday, about seven months after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that promises to lower costs by skirting requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
The farm bureau says applicants will be asked if they have been
diagnosed or treated for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, heart problems or mental issues. The organization will be free to reject applicants or charge them more money, unlike standard health insurance offered through an Affordable Care Act exchange.
The farm bureau plans will be sold through insurance agents.



Iowa DOT Announces Plans To Make Highway 30 Four-lane

BLAIRSTOWN, Iowa (AP) – The state Department of Transportation is looking to expand U.S. Highway 30 from two lanes to four on a stretch in eastern Iowa.
KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that the DOT wants to do the work on a 14- mile stretch of highway near Blairstown and Van Horne in Benton County.
Catherine Cutler, a district transportation planner, says the idea has been in the works since the early 2000s.
Culter says it’s the last segment between Cedar Rapids and Ames to become a four-lane highway, and the project is driven by additional capacity needs for passenger cars and semitrailers.
Cutler says expanding the road’s capacity will also improve safety by giving drivers better passing opportunities. The first stages of construction could take place next summer.



Council Bluffs Mayor Is Threaten

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested a Council Bluffs man who is accused of threatening to kill the city’s mayor.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that 33-year-old Chase Points faces
charges of first-degree harassment, assault and disorderly conduct in a place of business. Points was being held without bond Thursday at the Pottawattamie County Jail.
Council Bluffs police say an officer who was sent to Mayor Matt
Walsh’s city hall office on Wednesday heard Points screaming expletives.
A subsequent records check showed Points had an outstanding arrest warrant for harassment and assault at City Hall on Sept. 27, when employees say he got in an employee’s face and left a threatening note on Walsh’s desk. Police say Points posted other threatening messages on Facebook.
Online court records did not list an attorney for Points.