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Thursday News, October 10th

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Vehicle Versus Bicycle Accident 

(Le Mars) — Emergency rescue personnel responded to an accident this morning involving a vehicle striking a bicycle. The accident happened at about 7:38 a.m. near the intersection of Central Avenue and 4th Street SW.
A small boy, on his way to school, was hit by a pick-up truck. The victim was conscious and talking with firefighters as he was being treated for his injuries. The victim was transported by the Le Mars Ambulance to the Floyd Valley Healthcare. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance Services, and the Le Mars Police Department responded to the accident. The incident is being investigated by the Le Mars Police Department.

 

 

Transportation Department Opens Highway 75 and C-70 Intersection

(Le Mars) — The Iowa Department of Transportation and Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department have announced the opening of the intersection located at county road C-70 and Highway 75. The contractor opened the intersection last evening. However, because the Highway 75 construction project has yet to be completed, the intersection is restricted to right hand turns only onto Highway 75 and northbound Highway 75 will be able to
turn onto county road C-70.

 

 

Appeals Court Grants Sioux City Human Rights Commission Permission To Sue Landlords Over Rental Discrimination

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Court of Appeals says the Sioux City Human Rights Commission may sue the owners of rental properties for housing discrimination for rejecting renters with disabilities who asked to keep companion animals in their homes.
In a decision filed Wednesday, a three-judge panel concluded the
city and its civil rights commission have standing to sue for violations of the law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
The city first sued James W. Boyd Revocable Trust and its trustees James Boyd and Jennifer Boyle in March 2017, claiming they violated the law by denying reasonable accommodation of a disability. The city seeks a court order to stop the practice, civil penalties and punitive damages.
The city says applicants for rentals were told that no animals were allowed in 2014 and again in 2016.
A judge dismissed the lawsuit in March 2018, finding the commission was not an “aggrieved person” eligible to sue under Iowa law.
The appeals court judges applied the federal discrimination law
definition, which allows a local civil rights commission to directly
litigate discrimination concerns.
They sent the case back to district court for trial.

 

 

Vice President Pence Visits Iowa

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says he is working with the White House counsel’s office to release transcripts of his own calls with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Pence says the phone conversations help exonerate President Donald Trump of any wrongdoing.
Pence was asked about releasing his transcripts and told reporters, “I’d have no objection to that.” He spoke after an event in Waukee, Iowa, where he addressed supporters about the president’s trade policy.
Pence says he “never discussed the issue of the Bidens” with
Zelenskiy. He again defended the president, insisting that a “plain reading”
of the rough transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukranian leader shows “there was no quid pro quo.”

 

 

Grassley Says Only Washington D.C. Is Talking About Impeachment

(Washington) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says our nation’s capital is the only place where impeachment of the President is being discussed. Grassley, a Republican says he doesn’t hear that message when he visits Iowa.

Grassley says Washington D.C. doesn’t live in the real world. He says there only concern is politics.

Grassley spoke to reporters during his weekly news conference held this morning. When asked if the impeachment proceedings will delay action in the House regarding the pending U-S Mexico and Canada trade agreement, Grassley says he believes the important trade agreement will be acted upon in the
near future.

Grassley says time is running out, and he hopes the Democratic controlled House doesn’t forget about passing the trade agreement.

The Iowa Senator also commented about his grandson, Pat Grassley, being selected as the Speaker of the House for the Iowa legislature.

 

 

Des Moines Police Investigating Found Decomposed Body As A Homicide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines as a homicide.
Television station KCCI reports that the police received a tip
Tuesday that led investigators to a wooded area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the case is being treated as a homicide, noting that the body had been “cleverly concealed” and that the person did not appear to die of natural causes. He did not share other details of how the person died.
Police says the body was likely in the area for a few months.
Officials have not determined the person’s race, gender or age.

 

 

Cedar Rapids To Construct Flood Gate To Protect Downtown From Flooding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines as a homicide.
Television station KCCI reports that the police received a tip
Tuesday that led investigators to a wooded area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the case is being treated as a homicide, noting that the body had been “cleverly concealed” and that the person did not appear to die of natural causes. He did not share other details of how the person died.
Police says the body was likely in the area for a few months.
Officials have not determined the person’s race, gender or age.