Monday Afternoon News, September 17
Orange City Competing For "Prettiest Place"
(Des Moines) -- Orange City, Iowa is one of seven Iowa communities competing for the title of "Prettiest Painted Places in America." The contest is sponsored by Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings. The other Iowa communities vying for the title include: Adams County, Albia, Decorah, Greater Des Moines, Grinnell, and Pella. Over the next few weeks, the Iowa communities will compete against nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research, and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places" will be revealed in mid-October.
Predicted Frost Should Not Harm Crops
(Le Mars) -- The weather forecast calls for some patchy frost that may occur this evening. Iowa State University crops specialist, Joel DeJong says the crops have matured to the point that a light frost perhaps would not do any damage. DeJong says the corn is of full maturity, and soybeans have begun turning color. He says once soybeans turn yellow and lose their leaves, frost usually doesn't hurt the yield potential. DeJong warns gardeners may want to consider covering their sensitive plants.
Missing Missouri Man Found Near Onawa
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A missing Missouri man has been found by some hunters in western Iowa.
Authorities say 36-year-old Daniel Stockwell, of Meadville, Mo., was found Sunday morning near the Missouri River, west of Onawa.
He'd last been seen walking at the Whiting Marina on Wednesday.
Stockwell was taken to a hospital for observation.
Branstad Comments On BPI Lawsuit Against ABC News
(Des Moines) -- During his weekly news conference, Governor Terry Branstad was asked to comment on the Beef Products, Incorporated lawsuit against ABC News and ABC Network.
Branstad says the lawsuit filed by meat processor B-P-I will be hard to win, but it's a legal fight worth waging.
B-P-I is suing A-B-C and others for repeated use of a derogatory term to describe the company's lean, finely-textured beef.
Branstad says there "ought to be consequences" for broadcasting "inaccurate" information about lean, finely-textured beef.
An A-B-C vice president has said the lawsuit is "without merit" and said the company will "contest it vigorously." According to court documents, B-P-I lost 80 percent of its business in a month because of the negative publicity and closed three of its four plants, including one in Waterloo where 220 people were employed. Iowa's governor suggests lean, finely-textured beef could make a comeback on the market.
Most legal experts say for B-P-I's defamation lawsuit to succeed, the company will have to prove the defendants intended to cause harm with their reports.
Vice President Candidates In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Both vice presidential candidates will spend their afternoon in Iowa, with Democrat Joe Biden in Burlington and Republican Paul Ryan in Des Moines.
Biden will speak Monday afternoon at the Port of Burlington in the Mississippi River town as he begins a two-day trip to Iowa. He'll hold events Tuesday in Ottumwa and Grinnell.
Ryan will hold a Monday afternoon event at a downtown Des Moines hotel. That's a change from earlier plans to hold an outdoor rally at the downtown Simon Estes Amphitheater.
The stops continue a string of visits to Iowa by the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Iowa is one of about six battleground states that likely will decide whether Democratic President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins the Nov. 6 presidential election.