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Thursday Afternoon News, October 24

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Sioux City police are investigating a call to the city’s westside yesterday afternoon of shots fired.  Investigators recovered three shell casings at the 2500 block of West 6th Street around 5:15 p.m.  Witnesses gave police a description of a red Cadillac CTS with Iowa plates that left the area.  No one was injured, and it is not known who was the intended target.  Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 258-TIPS (8477)

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14 people were arrested by special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations during an enforcement operation Wednesday at D&D Industries in Madison, Nebraska.

An ICE spokesman says the 14 men were illegal aliens who were administratively arrested on immigration violations.

Eleven of the 14 are from Mexico and the other three are from Guatemala.

They remain in ICE custody pending the disposition of their immigration cases.

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The use of electronic cigarettes and “vaping” products are unsafe at any age, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and Iowa’s governor is exploring her policy options to respond to the problem.

Governor Kim Reynolds and her top staff will meet today (Thursday) to review ideas — including an outright ban on e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges.

The board of health in the state of Washington banned the sale of flavored vaping products last week.

Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York and Rhode Island have all approved some form of an electronic cigarette ban, some of which are being challenged in court.

Reynolds told reporters she’s not afraid to use her executive authority to establish a ban in Iowa.

A recent federal survey found 28 percent of high schoolers admitted to regularly using e-cigarettes.

There have been 41 vaping-related illnesses reported in Iowa.

Reynolds says 34 of those patients had used a vaping cartridge that contained T-H-C, which is an illegal drug.

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Briar Cliff University’s “Haunted Tunnels” open Thursday evening.  The tunnels have a family hour from 6 p.m. til 7 p.m. with lights on and no creatures.  Scares begin and darkness falls inside from 7 til 9 p.m.  The tunnels will be filled with obstacles, scary creatures and the unknown from Thursday night each evening through Halloween.  A small admission fee of $3 will be charged with proceeds going to a student organization.

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Congressman Steve King’s re-election campaign will be hosting his annual General Bud Day Pheasant Hunt this weekend at The Hole ‘N the Wall Lodge near Akron.

The first part of the hunt takes place Saturday morning and the event wraps up Sunday.

General Day, a Sioux City native, was the nation’s most decorated war hero at the time of his death in 2013.

He was a Medal of Honor recipient and also received some 70 military decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and multiple awards of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Day served in World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

He was captured during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner for over five and a half years.

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Area farmers have been dealing with excessive moisture this fall along with harvest delays.

Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist Paul Kassel, who covers 10 counties in northwest Iowa, says drying costs for the corn will be up this year:

He says harvest for corn and soybeans are at least two weeks late.

Kassel says the corn that did get in is looking good but whether farmers will make any money with it is the main question.

Kassel says they did have some good weather for soybean harvest to begin, however about half of those beans have yet to be harvested:

Kassel says producers are hoping for conditions to be like 2009 when they had a lot of rain in October but then had good weather in November that allowed harvest to get completed in late November and early December.

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