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Thursday Afternoon News, Sept 20

Floyd Valley Hospital Adds Two Physical Therapists

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has added two physical therapists to its staff.  Nick Adams and Tarah Colt, both doctors of physical therapy, began their duties this summer.  Adams received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Northwestern College in Orange City.  He received his doctorate degree from Des Moines University.  Adams has special interests in balance rehabilitation and sports injury rehabilitation.  Colt received her bachelors degree in Biology from Briar Cliff.  She, also received her doctorate degree from Des Moines University. Colt has clinical training in orthopedics, traumatic brain injuries including strokes, and sports medicine.  She has special interests in outpatient orthopedics
and sports rehabilitation.


Grassley Says Farm Bill Needs To Pass Before September 30th

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator says some type of a farm legislation needs to pass Congress before September 30th, otherwise, he fears American agricultural policy will revert back to the 1940's.
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Grassley says Congress needs to perform atleast one of three options as it relates to the farm legislation.

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Grassley says the lack of a farm bill may not hurt farmers economically, but it does disrupt their long-term planning.  He says farming involves a lot of long-term planning, and farmers need to know what types of crops can be planted.


Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Federal Loans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rural electric cooperatives operating in Iowa, Nebraska and seven other states are getting federal loan guarantees to improve portions of their power lines and generating
The funding includes a $6.7 million loan guarantee for Nobles Electric Cooperative, which serves customers in northwest Iowa and Minnesota.
Associated Electric Cooperative will get $24.6 million for improvements serving Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma customers.
The Gundy Electric Cooperative, operating in portions of Iowa and Missouri, has been selected for a $5 million loan guarantee.
In Nebraska, the Midwest Electric Corp. gets a loan guarantee of $6.5 million.
Other states served by funded projects include Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Virginia.
Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Dallas Tonsagera announced the $168 million loan program Thursday in Minneapolis at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Dubuque County Changes Policy On Missing Children

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Dubuque County is changing its process for handling missing children.
The county is now using an alert system called, "A Child is Missing."
Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos decided to make the change in his county's policy after the two missing cousins in Black Hawk County weren't found.
Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are still missing after two
Vrotsos says the new system will allow him to send out an automated telephone message to about 1,000 individuals per minute in the immediate area of the missing person.
It can be used when any child, mentally ill, or elderly person disappears.
The current Amber Alert system is only used when a child is in immediate danger and there's specific description of a vehicle or suspect.


Woman Attempts To Kill Baby

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Ohio woman has been arrested on Iowa charges that she tried to kill her baby.
The Centerville (Iowa) Police Department says 23-year-old Kristina Kennedy-Maroney, of Hicksville, Ohio, was arrested on Wednesday. Kennedy-Maroney is in the Appanoose County jail, facing two counts of attempted murder and two counts of child endangerment.
Police say Kennedy-Maroney tried to kill her 5- to 6-month-old child twice in September 2009 when she was living in Centerville.
The Centerville police say Kennedy-Maroney told a Hicksville detective that she held the child's face under water in an apartment bathtub for about three seconds. She says that on a separate occasion she held a pillow over the child's face for about 10 seconds.
Court records don't list the name of her attorney.


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