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Tuesday Afternoon News, September 22nd


Farming Ranks As The Most Dangerous Occupation

(Le Mars) — Farming ranks as one of the most dangerous occupations when you look at the number of serious injuries and deaths per every 100,000 people.
This week is National Farm Safety Week and Chuck Schwab is the farm safety specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Schwab says not only is farming one of the most dangerous jobs, it towers over anything else in comparison including mining, construction, and manufacturing jobs.

Schwab says there is no other occupation that even comes close to the numbers of deaths and injuries presented in farming and agriculture.

Schwab says one of the reasons for the high death rate is because of the wide age range with those associated with farming. He says it is not uncommon to hear of young children all the way up to elderly senior citizens fall victim to death or a serious injury from a farming related accident.

The Iowa State University Farm Safety Specialist says with older people involved in accidents tend to not have as quick as reaction time, or they may be slower, and also may lose their balance easier. All this week, we will continue this series of reports examining farm safety.




Grassley and Ernst Support Senate GOP Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

(Washington, DC) — Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst support the G-O-P’s plan to move forward with a vote on President Trump’s U-S Supreme Court nominee. Both Iowa Republicans serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ernst said there is much to consider over the coming days and she will carry out her duty to evaluate the nominee. Grassley had a role in refusing to consider President Obama’s 2016 nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy eight months before the election. But he now says voters elected a Republican
president in 2016 and expanded their majority in the Senate in 2018 – and that gives Republican every right to act on Trump’s nominee. The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party said it’s hypocritical for Republicans to rush to fill Ginsburg’s seat on the court after failing to consider Obama’s nominee in 2016.




New Iowa Polls Shows Tie Between President Trump and Joe Biden

(Des Moines, IA) – – A new Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” shows the presidential race in Iowa is a dead heat. Forty-seven percent of the likely Iowa voters surveyed said they will vote to re-elect President Trump and 47 percent said they will vote for Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Just three percent said they were undecided and the rest said they’d vote for a third party candidate. The poll shows Trump has a 21-point advantage among male voters in Iowa while Biden has a 20- point lead among women. The survey was conducted before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.




Armed Man Shot By Law Enforcement in Eastern Iowa

(Wyoming, IA) — An eastern Iowa man is hospitalized after being by shot by an Iowa state trooper and Delaware County sheriff’s deputy. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the Jones County Sheriff’s Office received a firearms complaint Monday night near Hale. Responding officers say 51-year-
old James Bartram of Wyoming waived a gun and a deputy and state trooper shot him in the upper torso. Bartram was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His current condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported. The Iowa D-C-I is taking over the case.




Suspicious Deaths in Iowa City Believed to Be Murder-Suicide

(Iowa City, IA) — Police in Iowa City say the suspicious deaths of two people last week were the result of a murder-suicide. Officers doing a welfare check for concerned family members last Tuesday saw the body of Latoya Smith lying on the bathroom floor. Police also found the body of Floyd Rush when they got inside the locked the home. Investigators determined that Rush shot Smith several times before turning the gun on himself. They were both dead at the scene. No one was else was in the home at the time of their deaths.




Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy Makes Arrest On Outstanding Warrants From Traffic Stop

(Le Mars) — A Plymouth County Deputy made a traffic stop on September 18th that later turned into a drug arrest. The incident happened at about 7:40 a.m. near the intersection of county roads C-16 and K-18 due to an unsafe pass. As a result of the traffic stop, it was learned that the owner and driver of the vehicle had active warrants from Plymouth County for possession
of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 59-year old Kevin Horn of rural Akron was arrested on the warrants. Upon investigation, the deputy located additional methamphetamine and more drug paraphernalia. Horn was taken to the Plymouth County Jail. In addition to the warrants, he was also charged
with possession of a controlled substance of methamphetamine on the first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Horn was held in jail until he could see a judge.