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Wednesday Afternoon News, August 14th


Local FFA Members Do Well At Iowa State Fair Swine Show

(Des Moines) — A Hinton teen took home the Reserve Championship honors in the FFA Market Swine show held at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Tate Linton, who is about to enter the Hinton Community School as a junior, exhibited a cross-bred Yorkshire hog at the state fair. According to his FFA advisor, Tate Linton performed well at the Plymouth County Fair, but did
not win any trophies. Linton participated in the “FFA Parade of Champions” which was held Saturday evening at the Iowa State Fair. Meanwhile, Kaleb Koerselman of Le Mars won the Reserve Champion Chester White Breed Swine Division.



Governor Reynolds Blocks Attorney General Miller From Joining Lawsuit Against President Trump For Violating Clean Air Act

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has blocked Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining 21 states and six large cities in a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration policy easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
Miller says he sought approval from the governor in June but Reynolds, a Republican and Donald Trump supporter, declined.
Miller, a Democrat, reached an agreement with Reynolds in May requiring him to get her consent before joining such lawsuits. In exchange, Reynolds vetoed a bill lawmakers passed that weakened the attorney general’s powers.
Trump has replaced an Obama administration plan that required states to cut emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants with a rule relaxing the state restrictions.
The federal lawsuit claims the Trump rule violates the federal Clean Air Act.



King Defends Ban On All Abortions

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether “there would be any population of the world left” if not for births due to rape and incest.
Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest.
King said, “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”
The Des Moines Register reports that the Republican added, “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”



Two Year Old Child Dies After Injesting Woman’s Medicines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 2-year-old child died in Des Moines after ingesting a woman’s prescription medications.
A Des Moines police news release says 38-year-old Amanda Leonard-Helum was arrested Tuesday in Waterloo on a warrant for child endangerment causing death. She was taken to Polk County Jail and remained there Wednesday, pending $25,000 bail. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.
Police say Leonard-Helum, of Waterloo, was trying to adopt the little boy, who was a child of her former boyfriend. She’d driven herself and the boy to Des Moines from Waterloo on June 26.
She learned after they arrived that the child had swallowed some of her medications. Police say she decided to monitor him rather than seek medical care. He died overnight. Toxicology reports indicate he died of an overdose of her medicines.



Warren County Supervisors Reject Bids For New Courthouse

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) – Warren County supervisors have rejected construction bids for a new courthouse and jail because they came in millions over budget.
The board decided Tuesday not to award a contract so they can scale back existing plans or start over. The county has spent $2.6 million so far on the project. In August last year voters approved issuing bonds to cover its anticipated cost of $29.9 million. All of the bids were over $37 million.
The county had planned to break ground this month, having already removed most of the former courthouse and jail.
The state had ordered the county to close the jail. Among its problems: failing a state fire marshal’s inspection, inadequate water supplies, inmate escapes, mold, cleanliness. The jail was on the third floor of the Indianola courthouse.



Inmate In Iowa Will Also Serve Time In Nebraska

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) – A man already sentenced to prison for firing at an Iowa sheriff’s deputy during a chase has been given Nebraska prison time as well.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that 29-year-old William Stanfill III was sentenced Tuesday at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion to 30 to 45 years. He’d pleaded guilty in June to attempted assault of an officer and other crimes. Prosecutors dropped nine other charges in exchange.
Authorities say Stanfill fired at a man who’d chased Stanfill after
Stanfill sped through the man’s Bellevue neighborhood on April 24 last year.
Authorities say Stanfill later wounded a man picking up mail just south of Bellevue and the next day shot at officers looking for Stanfill’s car.
Authorities say Stanfill and a woman crashed into a southwest Iowa river later that day while being chased. He was sentenced to 30 years for his Iowa crimes.