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Spencer High School Evacuated For Bomb Threat

 SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the Spencer Iowa high school evacuated after a bomb threat has been declared safe.
     The Spencer Police Department says students at Spencer High School were taken back to the school Wednesday afternoon then dismissed for the day.
     A written bomb threat was found Wednesday morning on one of the school's interior walls. Officials say they took the threat seriously and transported students to an undisclosed location.
     Officer Kyle Van Otterloo says officers checked around the school and found no explosive devices inside.
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Iowa Man Arrested By Secret Service Agents For Having Weapons Near White House

   WASHINGTON (AP) - An Iowa man is being held on a weapons charge after Secret Service officers say they found a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House.
     The Secret Service says R.J. Kapheim, 41, was arrested on a charge of having an unregistered firearm.
     Kapheim, from Davenport was arrested after he approached uniformed officers along 15th Street just before 1 p.m. Wednesday and explained that someone in Iowa told him to drive to the White House. He later showed them to his car parked nearby and let officers search the vehicle. The agency reports they found the rifle, ammunition and a 6-inch knife in the truck of his 2013 Volkswagen Passat.
     It was unclear if Kapheim has a lawyer.

 

Grassley Pays Tribute To Harkin


WASHINGTON  (AP) - Sen. Chuck Grassley has offered an emotional farewell to longtime colleague Tom Harkin, who is retiring after three decades in the Senate. 
     Grassley spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday. The Republican Grassley and Democratic Harkin have served from Iowa together since the mid-1980s. 
     Grassley noted that Wednesday was Harkin's 75th birthday.  He praised Harkin for working on behalf of people with disabilities and for championing causes like education and the environment. 
     Grassley said he and Harkin "looked out for the millions of Americans who choose to work and earn a living in rural America." He said they always worked together for Iowa.

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     Grassley admitted the two Iowa Senators were at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but never-the-less they worked together for the good of the state of Iowa.

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     Republican Joni Ernst won the hotly contested race for Harkin's vacated Senate seat, meaning Iowa will soon have two Republican senators for the first time in decades.

 

Cold Weather And Snow May Prevent Livestock Producers From Applying Manure

(Undated) -- A later harvest and colder temperatures have caused some issues for livestock producers who would like to fertilize fields with manure. Iowa State University Extension Agronomist, Joel DeJong, says northwest Iowa livestock confinement barns have millions of gallons of liquid manure waiting for applicators to inject into the soil.

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Applying manure on the top of the ground raises more concerns about runoff and pollution.

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Iowa Pork Producers Association spokesman, Ron Berkenholz, doesn’t see it being a problem for producers.

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The state rules that prevent producers from spreading manure on frozen ground with the start of winter were instituted in 2010.

 

Council Bluffs Boy Charged With Arson For Setting Fire To School

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Council Bluffs Community School District says a 14-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree arson in connection to a high school fire. 
     District officials said Wednesday that two boys were involved in the Tuesday incident at Abraham Lincoln High School. They say authorities interviewed a 15-year-old boy but he hasn't been charged. 
     No injuries were reported after sprinklers extinguished a football tackling dummy in the school field house. Students were evacuated for about 10 minutes while firefighters helped vent smoke. 
     Fire officials haven't released the suspects' identities.

 

Pharmacy Board Tables Decision Regarding Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will wait until a January meeting to consider recommending changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it could be used to treat medical conditions.
     The board met Wednesday and decided to table a proposal that members recommend a change to the current law. 
     Currently, marijuana is classified under state law as both a Schedule I drug, meaning it is has no medical use, and as a Schedule II drug, which has medicinal value. Advocates want the drug to be placed only in the Schedule II category. 
     The board recommended that the Legislature make such a change to state law in 2010, but no action was taken.
     Lawmakers this year approved legislation that allows the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

 


 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, November 19

Brokerage Collapse Lawsuit

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge is ordering a trial to determine whether U.S. Bank broke the law in its handling of customer funds of a brokerage that collapsed after a 20-year fraud scheme.
     U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled Wednesday that jurors will decide federal regulators' claims related to the bank's relationship with now-defunct Peregrine Financial Group.
     The founder of the Cedar Falls-based brokerage, Russell Wasendorf, is in prison after admitting to a $215 million fraud. Regulators are seeking $36 million in restitution from the bank.
     The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission contends U.S. Bank violated rules that require financial institutions to segregate customer accounts.
     The agency contends U.S. Bank accepted customer funds as security on loans it made to Wasendorf, and allowed him to transfer customer funds to pay other expenses.

 

Pharmacy Board Tables Vote On Marijuana

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will wait until a January meeting to consider recommending changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it could be used to treat medical conditions.
     The board met Wednesday and decided to table a proposal that members recommend a change to the current law.
     Currently, marijuana is classified under state law as both a Schedule I drug, meaning it is has no medical use, and as a Schedule II drug, which has medicinal value. Advocates want the drug to be placed only in the Schedule II category.
     The board recommended that the Legislature make such a change to state law in 2010, but no action was taken.
     Lawmakers this year approved legislation that allows the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

 

Car Hits Boy

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 9-year-old boy has suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car in Council Bluffs.
     Council Bluffs Police Department Sgt. Jason Bailey says Joshua McNutt was hit Wednesday morning at an intersection. Witnesses told police the boy was walking the intersection while a signal instructed him not to cross.
     Bailey says Joshua was hit at a low speed and had minor injuries to his knees from falling. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
     The driver of the car will not be charged.

 

Investigation Into School Hazing Incident

 GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) - School officials have issued an apology to victims of a 2011 hazing incident at a Greenfield high school.
     The apology came as part of a settlement Tuesday from the incident in the high school's wrestling room.
     Two students were originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse, but the charges were reduced to first-degree harassment. According to online court documents, the students pleaded guilty to the harassment charges.
     The apology by Nodaway Valley Community School District was issued by superintendent Casey Berlau. He said in the statement that the district wants to apologize to the victims and their families for the assault that occurred while they were in the wrestling program.
     Berlau said the district is making efforts to ensure another incident will not occur.

 

 

    
 

 
 

   

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