Biden To Speak On Rural Health During Le Mars Visit
(Le Mars) — Former Vice President, and now Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has announced he will make a campaign stop in Le Mars.
The event is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, July 16th, at 3:00 p.m.
Campain officials say the meeting will be held at the Floyd Valley Healthcare with the main topic to focus on rural health care.
Biden will spend much of the coming week talking about his approach to health care.
On Monday, Biden is unveiling a plan that would add a “public option” to the 2010 health care overhaul known as “Obamacare,” with expanded coverage paid for by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Biden’s almost singular focus on former President Barack Obama’s health care law has been on
display recently in early voting states.
Biden hopes his positioning as Obamacare’s chief defender helps him on several fronts. It’s a reminder of his close work alongside Obama, who remains popular among Democratic voters. And it could reinforce Biden’s pitch as a sensible centrist.
Biden’s proposal was outlined by advisers ahead of its release. It’s anchored by a “Medicare-like” plan that any American could buy on Affordable Care Act exchanges.
A check with local Democratic party officials, and it is believed this will be Biden’s first visit to the “Ice Cream Capital of the World” during his three times of running for president.
AARP To Host Presidential Forums
(Des Moines) — A-A-R-P and The Des Moines Register are sponsoring forums in five Iowa cities featuring 19 Democratic presidential candidates this week.
A-A-R-P state director Brad Anderson says each candidate will have 25-minutes on stage.
The candidates will answer questions from the audiences of A-A-R-P members as well as from moderators Kathie Obradovich of The Des Moines Register and Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson.
According to Anderson, research indicates one out of every five people who attend the 2020 Caucuses will b an A-A-R-P member.
The first forum is scheduled Monday in Des Moines. Tuesday’s forum is in Davenport. Wednesday’s is in Cedar Rapids. The forums resume Friday with an event in Sioux City, then the final forum is Saturday in Council Bluffs. Go to www.radioiowa.com to find out which candidates are appearing in which cities and how you may listen to their conversations.
Three-Vehicle Accident Reported Saturday On Highway 75
(Hinton) — A three vehicle accident happened Saturday at around the lunch hour on Highway 75 between Sioux City and Hinton inside the construction zone where traffic is down to two-lanes. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the accident, but a traffic report has yet to be issued. Still no word if there were any injuries, and the names involved with the accident have yet to
be released. That accident backed up traffic on Highway 75 for nearly an hour.
Judge Rules Man Still Needs Psychiatric Treatment
DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska judge has found that a South Sioux City man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing his wife continues to need psychiatric treatment.
The Sioux City Journal reports that a judge on Friday relied on a
psychologist’s report filed in June saying 42-year-old Bei Sheng Chen will remain a danger for the foreseeable future and needs continued treatment at the Lincoln Regional Center.
Authorities say Chen shot 33-year-old Mei Huang on Sept. 6, 2017, in the parking lot of the South Sioux City police station. She died hours later at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital.
Chen was found not responsible by reason of insanity and acquitted in May 2018 of first-degree murder and other counts. Evidence showed that Chen was having delusions that his wife was the devil and was going to harm him when he shot her.
Law Enforcement Officials Investigate Deaths Of Three Northern Iowans
BANCROFT, Iowa (AP) – North-central Iowa law enforcement officials say three people have been found dead in Bancroft.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a news release that the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call Friday morning reporting two people found dead in a Bancroft home.
Bancroft police officers who were first to arrive at the home also
found a third person there dead.
Police have released no other details, including the names of the
dead or how they died. Officials have only said there is no on-going threat to the public.
Officials say the names of the victims and more details will be
released following notification of the victims’ family members and the completion of autopsies.
Cass County Sheriff’s Officials Investigate Shooting Death
GRISWOLD, Iowa (AP) – Law enforcement officials in southwestern Iowa are investigating the shooting death of man.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that the
shooting happened around 7 p.m. Thursday, when officers were called for a report of a shooting.
Officials say 22-year-old Chase Jones, of Atlantic, was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been scheduled Saturday at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Des Moines. The shooting remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
12 Year Old Dies After Being Thrown From Vehicle During An Off-road Event
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 12-year-old boy died after being thrown from an off-road vehicle he was riding in that rolled over.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Jackson County Sheriff’s office is investigating the Saturday afternoon crash in a rural area outside Bellevue, Iowa, that happened during a gathering of off-road vehicles.
Authorities say the boy from Clinton, Iowa, was riding in a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 15-year-old when the crash happened. The 12-year-old was ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath it. Three other occupants of
the vehicle were not hurt.
West Nile Virus Detected In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported the state’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.
The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in
Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.
Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department’s medical director and Pedati
says that until the state’s first hard frost, being outside means there’s a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or
experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.
State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. More information about the virus is available online.
Emergency Officials To Meet At Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Emergency response planners will gather in Omaha next month to work on improving the way they plan for disasters.
The Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring the conference from Aug. 8-10 for the region that includes Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
The conference will feature a tabletop exercise for participants to
work through the emergency response process.
More details about the conference are available online .
Floyd County Fair Recovering After Tornado Damaged Grounds
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Floyd County fair will move forward this week despite damage to several buildings from a tornado that passed through the area earlier this year.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the fair is ready to begin as planned on Wednesday, and only a few modifications are needed because of the storm damage. A tornado destroyed five buildings on the fairgrounds in May and damaged several others, but the main livestock and grandstand buildings remained intact.
Fair Board President Amy Staudt says organizers and volunteers have been working hard to get ready.
Some of the buildings that were destroyed housed chicken and rabbits, so those animals will only come to the fair for the day to compete and then go home.
Tents are also being used to help fill some gaps.