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Illegal Parking Fines Have Doubled For Iowa State vs. Iowa Football Game

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Football fans intending to drive to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames for Saturday’s game between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa face a bigger parking challenge than usual: Fines for illegal parking have been doubled.
The city passed an ordinance earlier this year to raise the fine to
$40 from $20 for illegal parking from 6 a.m. to midnight on game days.
Geoff Huff with the Ames Police Department says most lots near the stadium charge $20 to park, so people were paying the same in fines to park illegally and closer to the stadium than paying to park legally elsewhere.
Huff says police project around 150,000 people will be in and around the stadium Saturday, compared with an estimated 80,000 in the area for the game two years ago. He says the increase will come in part because ESPN’s College GameDay production and crew have come to town.

 

 

Reynolds, Grassley, and Ernst Meet With Trump To Discuss Ethanol

(Washington) — Governor Kim Reynolds met with the president Thursday to talk about ethanol policy.
Reynolds Tweeted that she “appreciated the opportunity to meet with Trump at the White House to discuss the importance of ethanol to rural America!” She used an exclamation point at the end of that sentence, then concluded by saying she’ll “never stop fighting for” ethanol. A month ago, Trump gave the green light to waivers so oil refineries do not have to blend as much
ethanol into gasoline. Reynolds has said Trump did not fully understand the negative impact that would have on the ethanol industry. On Friday morning, Bloomberg News reported President Trump has revealed Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, South Dakota U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike
Rounds, and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (SASS) were part of a “big meeting” at the White House about ethanol. No word as to the result of that meeting.
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Army Corps Of Engineers To Lower Water Releases At Gavins Point Dam, But Only For A Few Days

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water to be released into the lower Missouri River will change in the coming days to accommodate recent heavy rains in the Upper Plains.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release Friday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will be reduced to 65,000 cubic feet per second on Saturday and down to 60,000 cubic feet per second on Sunday.
The Corps says that reduction will last no longer than three days
before releases are incrementally increased by 5,000 cubic feet per second, per a day going up to 80,000 cubic feet per second.
The Corps says it hopes that briefly lowering releases may curtail
possible flooding on the Missouri River between Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha.

 

 

Attorneys General Divided On How To Solve Opioid Issue

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.
The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.
Exactly why this is so is unclear, and some of those involved
suggested it can’t necessarily be explained by the way the Republicans have long been seen as the business-friendly party and the Democrats are sometimes more hostile to corporate America.
Some of the attention has focused on the role played by Luther
Strange, a Republican former Alabama attorney general who has been working for members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma.

 

 

Des Moines Homeless Man Shot By Police

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a man at a Des Moines homeless encampment has been shot after trying to evade officers and then threatening one of them with a knife.
The shooting happened early Friday afternoon near the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Bridge over the Raccoon River.
Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says officers were responding to complaints about the homeless camp when a 26-year-old man there refused to cooperate with officers, then jumped into the river. Police say he later emerged from the river, ran back to the camp and armed himself first with a shovel, then a machete-style knife.
Police say he advanced on an officer, refusing commands to drop the knife, and was shot in the upper torso.
Police have not released the man’s name, but say he underwent
surgery and is expected to survive. Police also have not released the names of the officers involved.

 

 

State Supreme Court Issues Ruling Saying District Courts Have Jurisdiction With Crimes On Indian Reservations That Are Not Connected To Native Americans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says state courts have jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Meskwaki Settlement when the crimes are committed by non-American Indian individuals or against people not members of a tribe.
The court made the ruling Friday in a case involving Jessica Rae
Stanton. She was charged in January at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama by a tribal police officer with trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a no-contact order.
A magistrate dismissed the charges, concluding a federal law passed last year removed state jurisdiction for crimes on the Indian settlement.
The case centers on changing law regarding jurisdiction on tribal
lands.
A 1948 federal law gave state officials jurisdiction on tribal land
for crimes committed by tribal members. However, last December Congress passed a new law repealing the 1948 act, removing state jurisdiction from crimes by tribal members or against tribal members on Indian settlements.
State officials still have jurisdiction for crimes by non-Indians or against non-Indians members on tribal settlements.
The court reinstated Stanton’s charges and sent them back to
district court for a determination of whether she is American Indian and whether any victims are members of a tribe.

 

 

Legal Sports Betting Completes First Month

(Des Moines) — Sunday marks one month since sports gambling was legalized in the state of Iowa, and the administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says things seem to be running smoothly at the state’s casinos.
Brian Ohorilko (Oh-reel-koh) says the commission is happy with the way the casinos have handled things.

He says casino operators have happy with the additional traffic they’re seeing with sports betting.

Ohorilko says people should be patient with their local casino as sports gambling is still in the early stages of being implemented in the state.

One of the big weekends for sports gambling in the state could be this
weekend’s matchup between Iowa and Iowa State on the football field.
Ohorilko says it is also one of the reason casinos wanted to try to have their sportsbook operations going in anticipation of some friendly wagers for this weekend’s game.

Sports betting operations are open for business in 14 of the 19 state licensed casinos. The Diamond Jo Worth casino near Northwood opened their sportsbook operation two weeks ago, with plans to introduce their online and betting apps by the end of the year.