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Saturday Afternoon News, March 30th


State House Of Representatives Pass Expanded Medical Marijuana Bill

(Des Moines) — Republican House Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars says state house members have been busy this past week with expanding the medical marijuana law.

Jeneary says the legislature passed some safe-guard provisions with regards to the expanded medical marijuana bill.

Jeneary says the expanded provisions of the state’s medical marijuana bill does not mean that recreational use of marijuana will be allowed.



Iowa House Passes “Logan’s Law” Allowing For Organ Donors To Indicate Wishes On Hunting And Fishing Licenses

(Des Moines) — Iowa legislators are scrambling to pass several bills before the general session concludes. Next Friday, April 5th legislators will face the second funnel deadline. State Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars says he was pleased to see Logan’s Law pass through the House this week.
Jeneary says the bill will allow people to indicate if they want to be an organ donor on their hunting and fishing licenses. Jeneary explains the background story of Logan’s Law.

Jeneary says he was proud to vote for the bill, and calls it a good bill.



Legislature Hasn’t Yet Discussed Flooding Situation During Formal Debate

(Des Moines) — No doubt the flooding of southwest Iowa has garnered a lot of media attention within the past couple of weeks. KLEM news asked State House Representative Dr. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars whether some programs may have to see budget reductions in order to have sufficient funds for flood



Peosta Dairy Farm Responsible For Manure Runoff

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – State environment officials say a fish kill in
northeastern Iowa was caused by farm manure runoff.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says in a news release that it is investigating the Dubuque County fish kill near Peosta.
Investigators say more than 200 fish were killed by the runoff, which they traced to Lawler Dairy farm in Peosta.
The agency says the farm applied liquid manure to a nearby field, and melting snow and rain caused it to run off into an unnamed creek that leads to the Little Maquoketa River.
Officials say charges are pending against the dairy.



Man Faces September Trial Date For Locking His Eight Year Old In Basement

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa man accused of abusing and locking his 8-year-old son in a space under the basement stairs will go to trial in September.
Television station KCCI reports that Alex Shadlow’s kidnapping trial has been moved to the Dickinson County Courthouse due to pre-trial publicity.
Authorities say the boy was locked up for at least 9 hours a day last summer in a space under the basement stairs at the couple’s Ackley home.
Authorities say the couple withheld food from him and made him endure dog bites. He slept on concrete and had no access to a bathroom.
Shadlow’s fiance, 40-year-old Traci Tyler, was tried on similar charges last month. She is still waiting for a verdict.



Observatory Being Built At Wilton

WILTON, Iowa (AP) – Students and volunteers in a small eastern Iowa city are working together to construct a $90,000 observatory.
The Muscatine Journal reports that volunteers in Wilton this week began assembling the observatory’s shell and installing instruments. The project is expected to be completed in May.
Resident Grant Harkness came up with the idea to build the observatory.
He says his two young sons have always wanted to learn more about space.
The community helped raise the funds for the project after the Wilton Community School District Board approved the plan.
Harkness says the observatory will be available for students from
kindergarten through 12th grade. The space will include a command center where students will be able to control the telescope and gather data.