Thursday News, October 1
Gehlen Catholic To Celebrate Homecoming On Friday
(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, with coronation to begin at 12:00 noon, and the Homecoming parade to start at 1:45 p.m. Lisa Niebuhr, Gehlen's Development Director, explains Friday's schedule.
Niebuhr says this marks the third year for Gehlen and Spalding Catholic to celebrate Homecoming. She says the chosen theme is Jay-rasic Park, featuring dinosaurs. The Gehlen Homecoming parade will start on 6th Street Northeast and then follow Central Avenue north to the 8th Street Blvd. KLEM radio will be broadcasting the parade on Friday afternoon.
Catholic Blogger To Speak At Gehlen
(Le Mars) -- A popular Catholic writer, speaker and blogger, will speak to Gehlen Catholic high school students on Monday, October 5th, at 2:15 p.m. in the Ronald Fox Memorial Gymnasium.
Mark Shea, is a “…A double-jump convert: raised more or less as an agnostic pagan, became a non-denominational Evangelical in 1979, and entered the Catholic Church in 1987.”
Mr. Shea is an award-winning columnist, contributing a daily blog to Patheos, a twice-weekly blog and his "Connecting the Dots" column to the National Catholic Register, as well as numerous articles in many other magazines.
Beyond print, Mr. Shea has made many radio and TV appearances. In addition, he travels around the country and world addressing fun and interesting topics.
When not writing or speaking, Mr. Shea is a devoted individual. Mr. Shea is friend of the Catherine of Siena Institute promoting their work.
Grassley Delays Nominee To State Department
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he is delaying another one of President Barack Obama's nominees to the State Department to protest what he calls the administration's continued failure to respond to inquiries about the department's use of private emails and other questions.
Grassley said Wednesday he is holding up the nomination of Brian J. Egan as legal adviser. Egan is the 22nd Obama nominee delayed by Grassley in a dispute over private emails used by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other department employees.
Grassley also has questions about State's use of a special program that allowed Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest aides, to hold two private jobs while she worked for the State Department.
Feenstra Endorses Cruz For President
(Hull) -- Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull has announced he is endorsing Presidential candidate U-S Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Feenstra, originally had thrown his support behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, until Walker recently dropped out of the presidential race. Feenstra says "Senator Cruz is an inspirational leader that has the ability to bring people together around a bold vision." The Sioux County Republican says he believes Senator Cruz is the leader this country needs as we work together to address the pressing social, economic, and foreign policy issues facing our nation.
Ron Paul Campaign Aides Trial Delayed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has delayed trial for three former Ron Paul campaign aides charged with secretly paying off a former Iowa lawmaker in exchange for an endorsement before the 2012 presidential caucuses.
U.S. District Judge John Jarvey ruled Wednesday the trial of Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari would be delayed until Oct. 13. Trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in Des Moines.
The three former top officials in Paul's campaign for the Republican nomination were indicted by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty in August.
They're charged with conspiring to pay former state Sen. Kent Sorenson $73,000 in campaign funds in exchange for his defection from Michele Bachmann's campaign. Prosecutors say they lied about the payments on federal disclosure forms to hide them from the public.
Ohio Governor Ramping Up Iowa Campaign
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - John Kasich is ramping up his campaigning in Iowa, touting both his fiscal record - and his dance moves.
The Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful appeared in Davenport Wednesday, where he spoke to more than 100 people at a town hall style meeting. Kasich stressed his record in Ohio and in Congress, where he served for 18 years.
Compared with his competitors, Kasich has spent very little time in the leadoff caucus state. But with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker out of the race, Kasich and others are increasing their visits. Wednesday's visit was Kasich's second within a week, but only his fifth this year.
Kasich talked about balancing budgets and boasted about a recent video of him dancing at an event that was posted on YouTube.
Hog Virus May Have Started From Bags
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal agriculture officials say the virus that killed more than 8 million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014 likely came into the United States on reusable tote bags used in international trade.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also said Wednesday that the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus closely matched one found in China in 2012.
The virus killed nearly 10 percent of the nation's hog population, reducing pork supplies and causing record prices last year.
Investigators determined the woven, plastic-fiber bags were the most logical source of entry into the country.
The bags carry between 1,000 pounds and 3,000 pounds of bulk items from foreign countries, including soybeans, pet food and feed. They often were not cleaned between uses.
New policies have since changed how animal feed products are handled.