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Thursday Afternoon News, August 27

Fiorina Campaigns In Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop in Le Mars this morning. More than 100 people were interested in hearing from the former Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard computer company.  Fiorina answered questions from the gathering about veterans affairs, small businesses remaining competitive against larger corporations, immigration and securing our borders, education issues, and ISIS.  Fiorina says every problem that is facing America is self-inflicted, and it can be solved.  She advocates for a smaller government bureaucracies. Fiorina says she has been having great discussions with potential Iowa voters.

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China was brought up during the discussion with the gathering at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor, and Fiorina offered an expanded explanation to reporters as to how this nation should treat the Chinese.

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Fiorina was asked if voters can trust her since under her direction of the computer company, Hewlett-Packard made thousands of layoffs.

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Fiorina says many in Washington are not being held accountable for the actions that have taken place, and she says that needs to change.
The former computer company executive also addressed the tragic events in Virginia with the shooting of the television crew, saying it is a sad and tragic event.  She says, too many politicians tend to "politicize" tragedies.

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Dennis Baldwin Named To Iowa 4-H Hall Of Fame

(Des Moines) -- A Plymouth County 4-H Volunteer was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a recognition ceremony held during the Iowa State Fair.

For more than 25 years Dennis Baldwin has assisted with the Plymouth County 4-H sheep show.  In July of 1988,

Dennis’s son Chad showed lambs in his first sheep show.  This began a long association with

the Plymouth County Fair and the sheep department.  Within a few years, Baldwin was asked

to join the sheep committee and the rest is history.
In 1999, Dennis was nominated to a term on the 4-H & Youth Committee and ended up serving 9

years.  He also took part in the Food Stand Sub-committee and helped renovate it in 2005 to

give it a new look and make it more efficient.  Baldwin was also instrumental in

fundraising to erect the Clock Tower that sits on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  A 4-H

Family cookbook was published and sold to raise the funds and then construct the tower.
Baldwin was elected to the Plymouth County Fair board.  He enjoyed his six years of service

and received the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2004 and “Fairman of the Year” award in 2005.
In February of 2011, Baldwin took over the duties of sheep superintendent.  He led the

sheep committee for the past four years.  In the late 1990’s – early 2000’s, the sheep show

reached its peak with over 300 lambs and 50 exhibitors. 
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H

members and the overall 4-H program, said Ann Schoenrock, County Program and Youth

Coordinator.  Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or

fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth

council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and

Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement,

commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.

 

 

 

University Of Iowa To Interview Second Finalist Candidate For President's Position

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says an administrator at Tulane University

is the second finalist being considered to become president of the school.

The UI announced Thursday that Michael Bernstein, senior vice president for academic

affairs at the private New Orleans university, was among four finalists and would visit the

Iowa City campus Friday.

Earlier, the university announced Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College in

Ohio, was a finalist.

Two other finalists will be named soon, and the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to

choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week.

Bernstein has a doctorate in economics from Yale University, where he also received

masters and bachelor's degrees.

He has held his current position since 2007 and for 20 years worked at the University

of California-San Diego.

 

 

 

 

Former Lawmaker Accused Of Providing Inside Information To Insurance Company

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former lawmaker is accused of providing inside information to one

company seeking Iowa Medicaid business before helping another develop a winning bid.

Renee Schulte's actions are being cited by two companies who claim the high-stakes

bidding process was unfair.

Schulte said Thursday she acted "above board," denying she provided anyone with

confidential information or that she had an ethical conflict.

The Department of Human Services selected four companies to manage the $4.2 billion

Medicaid program.  Three losing bidders are challenging that decision.

Centene alleges Schulte told its lobbyists in 2014 that a DHS official who later

evaluated the proposals felt negatively toward the company. At the time, Schulte was a DHS

contract worker.

Aetna claims Schulte's subsequent consulting work for winning vendor WellCare is a

conflict. WellCare denies that.

 

 

 

 

   

Thursday News, August 27

Grassley Answers Questions At Le Mars Town Hall Meeting

(Le Mars) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley was in Le Mars on Wednesday afternoon to answer questions from constituents during a town hall meeting held at the Floyd Valley Hospital.  Grassley addressed issues relating to trade agreements, immigration, ethanol, the national debt, Iranian nuclear arms agreement, defunding planned parenthood, and the solvency of Social Security.  But a few people expressed their concern and displeasure with Grassley about being fed up with Washington politics.  One individual said that what was being discussed at Wednesday's town hall meeting doesn't matter, because Grassley and other elected officials in Washington D.C. would do what ever they wanted, and they don't ever listen to their constituents.  Grassley responded, "why do you think I come here then?"   Another individual spoke up to say the reason Donald Trump is doing well in the presidential polls is because people are tired of the partisan politics stalemate that is seen in Washington.  The first individual mentioned his displeasure for "professional career politicians" making reference to Grassley having been in the U-S Senate for 36 years and is again seeking re-election. The individual said he favors term limits. Grassley, again, defended his tenure position in the Senate by informing the individual that during the mid-1990's when the issue was brought up to the Senate for a vote, that Grassley had voted for term limits.  Grassley says that was the only time the issue came before the Senate chamber.  Following his town hall meeting Grassley met with local media representatives and addressed the issue of constituent discontent.

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Grassley says it is absolutely necessary for him to hold town hall meetings to better understand what is on the minds of the people he represents.  And what issue will Grassley remember from the Le Mars town hall meeting?

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Plymouth County World War II Veterans Receive Medals

(Le Mars) -- Just prior to his town hall meeting, Senator Grassley presented Victory medals to two Plymouth County World War II veterans.  Robert Taylor of Westfield and John Hart of Le Mars received the medals for their work in the military.  Upon receiving their medals, the gathering showed their appreciation for their service, by giving both veterans a standing ovation.  John Hart served two years in the U-S Navy in the Pacific region as a petty officer, quarter master.  He tells of his emotions upon receiving the medal.

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One of Hart's memories from the second World War was witnessing the Japanese surrender.

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The 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender just occurred a couple of weeks ago.  Hart says he still from time to time reflect back on the historical date.  Hart says his other memory from his time in the Navy was when he received his orders indicating his time in the Navy was completed.

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Robert Taylor of Westfield and John Hart of Le Mars receive "Victory Medals" from U-S Senator Chuck Grassley on Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Insurance Companies To Raise Rates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's top insurance regulator has approved rate increases for several health providers in the state.
Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday that he approved increases on individual insurance plans provided by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Coventry Health Care and Gundersen Health Insurance. The changes go into effect in January.
Rate increases include between 17.6 percent and 28.7 percent on average for plans by Wellmark, 19.8 percent on average for plans by Coventry and 9.4 percent on average for plans by Gundersen.
Some residents who attended a hearing earlier this year on the proposed increases criticized it. Officials for at least two of the providers say the increases were needed because of unexpected health care costs.

 

 

 

 

USDA Says Farmers Will See Fewer Profits In Year Ahead

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income.
The abundance of grain leftover from last year's crop and this year's anticipated harvest of the third-largest corn crop and second-largest soybean crop on record have kept prices below the cost of production.
The USDA said in a report Tuesday net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, the lowest in nine years.
Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart says farmers are using savings to get by.
Others are borrowing more, but while farm debt is rising, the USDA says it is not yet at worrisome levels.


   

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