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Thursday Afternoon News, February 6th


Plymouth County Democratic Caucus Announce Results

(Le Mars) — Nearly 600 people with the Democratic party from Plymouth County participated in Monday evening’s Iowa Caucus. The results from Plymouth County were similar to the state’s results with South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg taking first place. Mark Sturgeon serves as the Plymouth County Democratic party chair.

The entire state final results shows a virtual tie between Buttigieg and Sanders, and Sturgeon says upon the first alignment, there was a close race between the front runners in Plymouth County.

As for the long delay and technical problems encountered the night of the Iowa Caucus, Sturgeon says he was concerned something may happened when he tried using the app during the days leading up to the caucus, and encountered problems.

Sturgeon says although political operatives and national news media were blaming Iowa Democrats for the problems encountered from Monday evening’s Iowa Caucus count delay, he says it is not the Democrats fault.

The Plymouth County Democratic party chair isn’t sure whether Iowa will be able to retain its “first-in-the-nation” status after the confusion and nearly day-long delay.

Sturgeon admits to having an unpopular opinion when it comes to the Iowa Caucus. He says he would rather see the state adopt a primary vote for the selection of presidential candidates.

The presidential candidates have now moved on to New Hampshire who has the first in the nation primary election scheduled for next week.



No Charges To Be Filed From Iowa State – Iowa Football Game

AMES, Iowa (AP) – University leaders have determined there’s not enough evidence to pursue any charges stemming from allegations that University of Iowa marching band members were targets of abuse during last season’s football game at Iowa State University. Members of the Hawkeye Marching Band allege that they were subjected to racial slurs and other verbal abuse, and
sexual harassment during the Sept. 14 contest. Iowa Board of Regents President Mike Richards said in a news release Wednesday that the two universities’ presidents, lawyers and police chiefs had discussed the investigation and decided not to seek charges.



Judge Will Not Allow Internet Searches To Be Admitted As Evidence In Murder Trial

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A judge won’t let evidence of internet searches be used in the trial of a Manchester man accused of killing a high school girl in Cedar Rapids more than 40 years ago. Jerry Burns is charged with killing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko. Court documents say investigators
found under Burns’ username a browsing history that included stories involving assault, rape, strangulation, murder and other violent acts. The Telegraph Herald reports that the judge ruled that the timing of the internet activity – conducted at least 38 years after the slaying – was prejudicial and would harm Burns’ right to a fair trial.



One Person Dead – Two Others Injured Following Sioux City House Fire

(Sioux City) — One man has died and two others were injured in a house fire Thursday morning on Sioux City’s westside.
Sioux City Fire Rescue units found heavy smoke coming from the residence at 1819 West 1st Street when they arrived around 7:45 a.m.
The occupants of the main floor safely escaped and told responders that the fire was in the basement.
That’s where firefighters found the three adult victims, two men and one woman.
All three victims were taken to MercyOne Hospital in critical condition and one man succumbed to his injuries.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.



Construction Worker Dies After Falling From Scaffolding 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a construction worker died Thursday after falling from scaffolding while working on an interstate bridge just north of Des Moines. First responders found the 56-year-old man was unresponsive with a head injury. He’d fallen about 30 feet while working on an Interstate 35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River. Authorities say he
died later at a hospital. His name hasn’t been released. Authorities say he worked for Cramer and Associates in Grimes.



Amazon To Move Into Des Moines Suburb 

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) – The online retailer Amazon says it will be moving into a new warehouse in the Des Moines suburb of Bondurant. The Seattle-based company said Thursday it plans to hire 1,000 people for its fulfillment center. A smaller operation is being opened in Grimes, about 15 miles southwest of Bondurant. Local, state and company officials had tried to keep Amazon’s involvement in what was called Project Bluejay a secret. In November the Bondurant City Council approved six years of tax incentives for the project. Bondurant also agreed to improve the area infrastructure.