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Sioux City Police Warn Of Deed Scam

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department has been made aware of a solicitation going on in the Siouxland area.  Several residents have received notices offering the resident to obtain a copy of their deed and other information on the home for a $83 fee.  The Better Business Bureau is aware of the practice and gives the company an "F" rating.  Sioux City Police say copies of your deed can be obtained from the Woodbury County Recorder's office for only fifty cents per page.  Sioux City Police are asking residents to be cautious of the solicitation. 

 

Grassley Concerned EPA Will Slow Down Ethanol Expansion

(Des Moines) -- Senator Chuck Grassley says he is concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard may deter any future expansion in the ethanol industry, and in particular, new cellulosic ethanol plants like the one that started production in Emmetsburg, Iowa earlier this week.  "Project Liberty" is a joint venture between South Dakota based ethanol company POET and a firm from the Netherlands.  It is a new type of ethanol facility capable of producing up to 25 million gallons of ethanol from bio-mass products like corn cobs and corn stalks, rather than from the grain.  Grassley says the E-P-A is wantintg to reduce the amount of ethanol to be produced, and will ultimately hurt the industy.

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Marshalltown Veteran Erroneously Presented Silver Star Medal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Tom Harkin says a Vietnam veteran was erroneously presented with a Silver Star medal after the Marshalltown man provided inaccurate documentation to the lawmaker's staff.
   Harkin said in a statement Friday that the medal presented to 64-year-old Dennis William Myers in June was not earned through service. He said the Navy recently provided Myers' records to his office.
     Military records show Myers served in the Navy in August 1968 and July 1972. But there are no records he received the Silver Star medal, one of the nation's highest military honors.
     Military groups questioned the documentation Myers submitted to Harkin's office. Myers defended his record and said the paperwork came from a private California business that issues certificates for under $10.
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Jury Finds Cop Killer Guilty

 CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Rockwell City police officer last year.
     The  jury returned the verdict Friday in the case of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Jurors reached a consensus after less than two hours of deliberations in the trial.
     Authorities say Trott shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house in September 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.
     Trott did not testify during the trial, but jurors heard a taped interview where he expressed no regret in shooting a law enforcement officer.
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Red Oak Couple Threatens Deputies

 RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - A man and a woman have been accused of threatening to kill three Montgomery County sheriff's deputies in southwest Iowa.
     The Daily Nonpareil reports 25-year-old Mike Andrew Lawson of Red Oak and 24-year-old Justine Sheree Powers of College Springs were arrested Thursday on three counts each of threat of terrorism. Their attorneys did not respond immediately to messages left Friday.
     Authorities say Lawson and Powers threatened the deputies on August 29th, though additional information has not been released. A criminal complaint says the pair also told one deputy they would blow up his house and hurt his family.
     Lawson and Powers remain at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for both is set for September 15th.

 

Police Break Up Prosititution Ring At Casino

 BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they have arrested a dozen people in connection to a prostitution sting at the Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf.
     The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the arrests were made Wednesday and Thursday. They involved several agencies working in a joint undercover operation targeting prostitution in the area.
      Officers posted advertisements on websites popular with individuals who engage in prostitution. Authorities say the suspects responded to the ads and met with undercover officers at the casino hotel.
     An Isle of Capri spokeswoman says authorities requested their help for the sting and the casino volunteered a few rooms.
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Friday Afternoon News, September 5

Senator Grassley Critical Of President Obama's Foreign Policy

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says President Obama is placing America in danger over his ineffective action with foreign terrorists groups such as ISIS. 

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Grassley made the comments during an interview Thursday with KLEM news.  He is equally critical of President Obama regarding the illegal immigrant issue.  President Obama has mentioned on a few occassions that he may use his executive powers to grant amnesty to the millions of people who entered our nation illegally.  Grassley says if that happens, it would be a violation of the president's Constitutional powers.

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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Killing Police Officer

 CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Rockwell City police officer last year.
     The  jury returned the verdict Friday in the case of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Jurors reached a consensus after less than two of deliberations in the trial.
     Authorities say Trott shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house in September 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.
     Trott did not testify during the trial, but jurors heard a taped interview where he expressed no regret in shooting a law enforcement officer.
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Regents President Defends ISU Research On His Farm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says a study by Iowa State University on cattle performance at one of his confinements will be beneficial to all beef producers.
     ISU researchers have been working with Rastetter's company, Summit Farms LLC, since 2011 to study whether cattle grow bigger and healthier with less feed when they stand on rubber mats instead of concrete slats.
     Preliminary findings published last year suggested the mats may be beneficial but were inconclusive, and more detailed data are expected to be available in coming months.
     Its general manager says Summit Farms is waiting for the findings before deciding whether to install more rubber mats for the 8,000 cattle that it feeds. Rastetter says the results will be made public, helping all producers make similar decisions.

 

Supreme Court Says Iowa Law Students Need To Take Bar Exam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says law students in Iowa should continue to take the bar exam before being admitted to practice law in the state.
     Chief Justice Mark Cady issued an order Friday saying the court will take no further action on the recommendation from the Iowa State Bar Association, which had suggested changes in admission procedures for lawyers.
     The association, whose membership includes about 90 percent of the state's lawyers, suggested Iowa do away with the bar exam for graduates of the University of Iowa and Drake University law schools who wish to practice in Iowa.
     Currently Wisconsin is the only other state that offers the so-called diploma privilege.
     Guy Cook, past president of the ISBA, who has promoted the idea, did not immediately respond to a message.

 

Missouri River Runoff On The Rise

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The amount of water released into the Missouri River is increasing after August runoff was the third highest in more than a century.
     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says boosting releases from four lower dams will prepare the reservoir system for next year's anticipated runoff and reduce flood risks. 
     Water management chief Jody Farhat says that while the releases are higher than normal for this time of year, the water is expected to remain in the channel unless there is significant additional rain.
     The corps says the excess water will allow the corps to extend the navigation season by 10 days, ending Dec. 10. The higher releases also will benefit winter hydropower generation and reduce the risks to water intakes when ice forms.

 

 

    

 

 


 

   

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