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President Obama To Visit Sioux City Today

(Sioux City) -- President Barack Obama will be making a campaign stop at Sioux City this evening.  Obama is scheduled to visit Morningside College and deliver a speech at 6:30 p.m.  The president will appear at the Hilker Campus Mall which is in the center of Morningside College Campus.  Tickets to the event were distributed Friday morning. Officials say all the tickets are gone.  Our sister station, KSCJ 1360 will be streaming the audio via their website at


Linn Grove Man Convicted Of Felony Gun Possession

(Sioux City) -- A Linn Grove man, who twice was convicted of felony crimes, has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, which is a federal crime.  57 year old Terry Wirkus was convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a one year term.  Investigators obtained a search warrant for Wirkus' residence after a report from an individual indicating Wirkus had sent threatening phone calls and texts messages.  The caller also revealed that Wirkus was in possession of a .22 caliber rifle.  On July 1 of 2011, a search warrant was executed at Wirkus' home, and law enforcement officials discovered a repeating rifle hanging on the wall, along with some ammunition.


Algae Found In Iowa Lakes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning that warm weather and high water temperatures could lead to blue-green algae in Iowa lakes.
The DNR says the algae grows quickly in warm, shallow and undisturbed water, which has become increasingly common during the hot, dry summer.
Although it's called blue-green algae, water where the algae exist can appear pea-green or reddish-brown.
People exposed to the water can develop irritated skin and rashes. It can be more dangerous if the water is swallowed, including the possibility of headaches, nausea, liver injuries and
respiratory problems.
The DNR recommends that people not swim or boat in areas where the water is discolored and to keep their pets out of such water.
People should rinse off if they come in contact with such water.


Grassley Investigates Bank Employee Firing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is looking into the firing of an Iowa worker by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime in 1963 in the wake of new employment guidelines.
The Iowa Republican says he's inquiring into the enforcement of federal regulations that are meant to protect consumers from financial fraud not to "target employees who might have committed
petty crimes that are decades-old."
Grassley's staff has also contacted Wells Fargo for information on how the bank is implementing the rules.
Sixty-eight-year-old Richard Eggers was fired in July for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine at a Laundromat in Carlisle. He was convicted of operating a coin-changing machine by false means.


Woman Pleads Guilty Of Stealing Lottery Tickets

KANAWHA, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to stealing lottery tickets.
The Globe Gazette in Mason City reports Kimberly Bates of Kanawha (keh-NAH'-wuh) pleaded guilty to second-degree theft in Hancock County District Court this week. Prosecutors say an
additional charge of lottery forgery or fraud will be dismissed.
Sentencing is October 23rd.
Bates and Tammy Kraft, also of Kanawha, were charged with stealing lottery tickets from a local convenience store, where they worked.
Kraft's trial is pending.


Farm Bureau Delegates Discuss Drought

(Des Moines) -- The summer drought was the topic of conversation with delegates attending
the Iowa Farm Bureau's summer policy conference that wrapped up on Friday.  Iowa Farm Bureau
president Craig Hill says what a difference a year can make.  He says last year the delegates were focused on the flooding of the Missouri River in western Iowa, and this year the drought took center stage.  Iowa Farm Bureau Federation delegates gather each year to discuss and set policies that impact not only Iowa agriculture, but all Iowans.  Mark Bohner serves as the district director for six counties located in northwest Iowa.  He says stray voltage is a concern among livestock producers of northwest Iowa.

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The Farm Bureau official says stray voltage can affect any operation, but perhaps it is noticed more with dairy farms.

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