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Monday News, April 1st


Fatal Stabbing Trial Delayed Until Fall

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska resident accused of stabbing to death a woman in Sioux City has had her trial set for the fall.
The trial of Melissa Camargo-Flores, of Dakota City, Nebraska, had been scheduled to begin Feb. 19, but a judge last month granted her attorneys’ request for a dely. The Sioux City Journal reports that on Friday, the judge set the new trial date for Oct. 22.
Camargo-Flores has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the April. 8 killing of 24-year-old Kenia Alvarez-Flores in Sioux City. Court documents say Camargo-Flores admitted stabbing Alvarez-Flores. Camargo-Flores told investigators she’d been involved in a relationship with the victim’s boyfriend.
Authorities say the two women were not related.



Man Arrested In California After Accused Of Killing Girl Friend’s Parents

DOUGLAS, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa man has been arrested in California on suspicion of fatally shooting the parents of his former live-in girlfriend at their home in southeast Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol says 36-year-old Brindar Jangir was
arrested Saturday near San Diego as he tried to re-enter the United States from Mexico. Jangir is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the March 23 homicides in Douglas, Nebraska.
Authorities say Jangir used a stolen shotgun to kill Randal and
Annette Grimes.
The affidavit says Randal and Annette Grimes were the parents of a woman Jangir was living with in Sioux City, Iowa, until she moved out March 12. The affidavit says she told officers Jangir threatened to kill her and her parents if she ever left him.



Iowa Legislature Has Not Yet Addressed State’s Flooding Issues

(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



Grassley Says Army Corps Of Engineers Should Have Flood Control As First Priority

(Malvern) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the Army Corps of Engineers should give flood control a higher priority in its management plan for the Missouri River. Grassley spoke with a crowd of farmers and others from the agriculture industry at a town hall in Malvern late Friday afternoon.

Grassley says the dams along with Missouri River were funded by a 1944 federal law called the Flood Control Act.

Grassley spent Friday touring flood damage in southwest Iowa with USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig.



Omaha Re-evaluating Flood Control Measures

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials in the Omaha area are reevaluating the city’s flood-control measures, shortly after heavy rains caused dozens of counties and cities in the state to declare a state of emergency.
John Winkler is the general manager of the Papio-Missouri River
Natural Resources District. He tells the Omaha World-Herald that a flash flood event caused by heavy rain in the Papillion Creek Basin is Omaha’s biggest flooding vulnerability.
The NRD will finish updating its watershed management plan this
spring. The plan examines development plans, meteorological data and funding available for projects.
The NRD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other groups are also beginning a comprehensive risk analysis for Omaha. The three-year study is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Flooding concerns come after state officials say recent rains caused nearly $1.4 billion in losses and damage.



Survey Shows Solid Economic Uptick For Business Supply Managers 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says a March survey of business supply managers is signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states.
The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit its highest level since August, 58.2, compared with 57.9 in February. The January figure was 56.0.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says even stronger growth was hampered by international trade disputes and the global economic slowdown.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth.
A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.



Iowa House Looking To Expand 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.