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Saturday News, May 4

King Decides Against Running For U.S. Senate

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King has made a decision with regards to the U.S. Senate race, but the decision is perhaps different than many would have thought.  King, the 4th District Congressman has announced he will not seek the position of U.S. Senate.  Now, that King has passed on the opportunity and other Republicans that were mentioned as possible contenders, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Congressman Tom Latham have also passed on running, the question now becomes, who will be the Republican candidate to face Democratic challenger Bruce Braley?  Braley, announced his candidacy in February, and has since captured the endorsements of Senator Tom Harkin, Former Congressman Leonard Boswell, Attorney General Tom Miller, and State Treasurer Micheal Fitzgerald.  Sources predict the race could be a spendy $25 million dollars.  Braley has already secured over a million dollars for the Senate campaign.


Jamal Dean Captured In Texas

(Sioux City) -- The manhunt is over for the Sioux City Police Department.  Jamal Dean, the man accused of shooting Sioux City Police officer Kevin McCormick has been taken into custody by U-S Marshalls.  Dean was apprehended in Texas.  The 22 year old man is being charged with attempted murder for shooting at Officer McCormick during a traffic stop on April 29th.  McCormick stopped a car that Dean was a passenger in when Dean stepped out of the car and fired upon the officer.  McCormick was treated for a gunshot wound to his head and has been released from a local hospital.


Father Testifies In Iowa Teen's Murder Trial

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - The father of a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his mother says he thought his son was joking about the death.
William Crooks testified Friday in Wright County District Court during Noah Crook's trial for the March 2012 death of Gretchen Crooks.
Noah Crooks faces charges of first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He was 13 at the time of the death and is being tried as a youthful offender.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports William Crooks said his wife was the disciplinarian of the family, and his son had a loving but sometimes stormy relationship with her.
William Crooks said he thought his son was joking when he texted him on the night of the shooting and said he accidentally killed the woman.


Missing Cousin Funeral

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A funeral is scheduled this weekend for one of two cousins abducted in Evansdale and later found dead.     The service for Elizabeth Collins is scheduled to begin 11 a.m.
Saturday at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. The funeral will be open to the public.
Television station KWWL reports the funeral service is being held now because the state medical examiner had been conducting an autopsy on Elizabeth and her cousin, Lyric Cook.
The cousins went missing in July after riding their bikes by Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Hunters found their bodies in a wooded area in December.
A private funeral service for Lyric was held last month. Minor construction has begun on a permanent memorial near where the girls were last seen alive.


Power Plant Explosion

MONTPELIER, Iowa (AP) - The Muscatine County sheriff's office says there was an explosion at a power plant near Montpelier.
The Quad-City Times reports the Friday morning explosion in a
boiler at the Central Iowa Power Cooperative plant prompted an
evacuation of the plant.
A fire was confined to a boiler room.
No one was injured and workers were later allowed to return to
their jobs.
The plant is near the Mississippi River. Central Iowa Power
Cooperative is based in Cedar Rapids.


Friday Afternoon News, May 3

Volunteers Help "Then Feed Just One" Prepare Meals For Honduras

(Le Mars) -- The Hunger Relief Program, "Then Feed Just One" is happening now at Gehlen Catholic School.  Volunteers comprising of Gehlen students, staff and faculty, Opportunities Unlimited, and others from businesses and the community have gathered to assemble meal packets.  Dick Sievert, the Director for the organization, "Then Feed Just One" explains what is included in those meals.
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Sievert says over the eleven years of existence, Gehlen has produced well over one and a half million meals.  The director of the hunger relief organization says all told, with other schools, churches, and others contributing, more than ten million meals have been created and sent to Honduras.  Sievert says the program got started from a medical mission to Honduras, when a woman after being treated for her medical ailments told the doctor she was disappointed.
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Sievert says it was shortly there after that he was able to organize efforts to distribute food to the starving children of Honduras. 
In a study by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, 29 percent of the children living in Honduras will be affected by stunting, or when the brain doesn't have an opportunity to fully develop due to malnutrition.  Officials say they hope to create and pack up to 120,000 to 130,000 meals during today's activity.


Northey Says No To U.S. Senate Bid

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has laid to rest any talk about running for U-S Senator.  In a facebook posting, Northey says he consulted with family and friends and decided against throwing his name in as a Republican candidate.  Northey, along with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds had both been mentioned as possible candidates seeking the position being vacated by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.  Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley has announced he would be seeking the position of U-S Senator.  Braley has been able to pick up some key Democratic endorsements including Senator Harkin, Former Congressman Leonard Boswell, State Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.  No one from the Republican side has announced their intention to run, although it is widely speculated that Iowa Congressman Steve King may do so.  As of today, King still has not officially announced his intentions, saying only he is still considering it.


Gas Leak Now Contained

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have contained a ruptured propane line in eastern Iowa, and an evacuation of the area has been lifted.
Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver says crews stopped the flow from the line's breach point around 3 a.m. Friday. Crews later assessed the rural area near Monticello and determined it was safe.
Power crews then restored power to the area and evacuated residents were allowed back into their homes. The company that owns the line is working to repair the damage.
The rupture on the 12-inch line occurred Wednesday. A farmer on a tractor struck the above ground pipeline, causing the line to spew gas. An unusual spring snowstorm delayed crews and equipment from arriving on scene to repair the line.
Monticello is about 40 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids.

Former Manager Of Kosher Meat Packing Facility Faces Trial

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former manager at an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse is set to appear in federal court after being extradited from Israel.
Hosam Amara has been indicted on charges of harboring people in the country illegally. He fought extradition from Israel, where he fled after a 2008 immigration raid at the former Agriprocessors
Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says he has been returned to Iowa, and he'll appear Friday in Cedar Rapids for an initial hearing and arraignment.
Prosecutors say Amara fled after federal agents arrested nearly 400 Agriprocessors workers on charges that they were in the country illegally. Amara was arrested in Israel on March 31, 2011.
Former Agriprocessors Vice President Shalom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years in prison on financial fraud charges following the raid.


Dog Bites Nose Off Of Woman

MADRID, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman whose nose was severely injured by an attacking dog says her husband bit the animal to make it stop its assault.
Caren and Laine Henry says that a 50-pound Labrador mix ran out of a yard near Laine's father's home in rural Madrid (MAD'-rihd) on Sunday to attack the couple while they were walking their pet
Caren Henry says the dog bit her abdomen and right thigh, scratched at her eyes, then clamped onto her nose, tearing it off.  She says her husband was bit on an arm when he tried to help her.
Caren Henry says Laine "finally had to bite the dog in its nose, and it let loose."
The county doesn't have a vicious-dog ordinance.


Lesbian Birth Certificate

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says the state health department must list the names of both spouses in a same-sex relationship on a child's birth certificate.
The court ruled Friday that the department must include the name of the non-birthing spouse in a lesbian marriage as a legal parent to any child born during the union.
Justices say that a state law that allowed only the "name of the husband" to appear on the birth certificate violates the equal protection clause in the Iowa Constitution.
The ruling is a victory for Heather and Melissa Gartner of Des Moines, who sued after the department listed only Heather as a parent of their daughter in 2009.
The couple married after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2009.


Iowa's "Best Burger" Found In Mediapolis

MEDIAPOLIS, Iowa (AP) - An entry from the southeast corner of Iowa has been named best burger in the state.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council announced the 2013 winner
Thursday. It is the Angus Black Crown Burger from 61 Chop House Grille in Mediapolis.
The half-pound broiled beef patty is cooked to medium and is topped with a beer-cheese sauce, a black pepper-flavored Colby-Jack cheese and apple-wood-smoked bacon. That stack of flavors is
sandwiched between layers of a buttery egg bun.
The cattle groups say the restaurant beat 348 other entrants. Judges rated the 10 finalists on taste, appearance and proper serving temperature.
Last year's winner was Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids.



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