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Thursday Afternoon News, January 3rd


State Legislature Needs To Make Rules On Hemp Production

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa legislators must create rules to regulate hemp production in the state now that Congress has legalized the crop. Many Iowa farmers are eager to start planting. Hemp comes from the same plant as
marijuana but doesn’t contain THC, the compound that causes a high. Hemp is used in clothing, textiles, building materials, paper and food. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa attorney general and state agriculture officials will meet this month to discuss regulations.



Man Sentenced To Jail After Threatening Council Bluffs Mayor

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs man accused of threatening the city’s mayor and other city employees has pleaded guilty again and been sentenced to jail.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that 33-year-old Chase Points was given 30 days in jail, a suspended two-year prison sentence and a year of probation.
He also was ordered to obtain drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations.
He’d pleaded guilty on Dec. 12 to harassment but changed his mind later that day. Pottawattamie County court records say he pleaded guilty again last week and was sentenced.
Court records say Points left a handwritten note Oct. 3 on Mayor Matt Walsh’s desk that said, “God is going to cut you down.” The records also say Points threatened a worker at City Hall on Sept. 27.
Walsh has said Points told him he’s homeless, going through hard times and can’t find work.




For Profit College Reaches Settlement Agreement With States Attorney General

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Chicago-area for-profit college has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forego collecting about $493 million in student debt owed by 179,529 students.

Career Education Corp., of Schaumburg, Illinois, agreed to a settlement with attorneys general from 48 states and the District of Columbia to close an investigation that began in 2014.

New York reached an earlier agreement. California is considering
joining the settlement.

The average student debt relief will be about $2,750.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says $1.4 million owed by 715 Iowa students who took online courses will not be collected.

Miller says the agreement will end what he termed deceptive practices, including misrepresenting total cost and transferability of credits.

The company denies allegations of wrongdoing and says it will work “to demonstrate the quality of our institutions and our commitment to students.”