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Thursday News, January 28

Gun Permits On The Rise In Nationally And In Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- Gun permits have been on the rise nationally and locally.  Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says ever since the Iowa legislature modified the laws in 2011, people have been requesting a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  Van Otterloo says more than 4000 permits have been granted in Plymouth County.

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Van Otterloo says the fee to obtain a gun permit for five years is $50, plus for an additional five dollars, Plymouth County will issue a copy of the permit and have it laminated.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says gun permit applicants need to pass a background check, plus they need to fill out a questionnaire.

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Van Otterloo says following the application process, you then need to complete some hand gun training.

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Van Otterloo says for Veterans, often times the training they received while serving this nation is sufficient for the application process.  He says only the county sheriff of your residing county can approve the gun permit.

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Once you have your hand gun permit, Van Otterloo says there are some restrictions as to where you can carry your hand gun.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says of the more than 4000 permits issued in Plymouth County the ratio would be close to 60 percent males and 40 percent females have the gun permits.

 

 

 

Northwest Iowa Pork Producers Honored As "Master Pork Producers"

(Des Moines) -- Three pork producers from northwest Iowa have been honored as a Iowa "Master Pork Producer".  Tom and Kathy Langel of Le Mars, Leon Puhrmann of Paullina, and Marv and Helene Rietema of Sioux Center were all honored last evening at a banquet held in Des Moines.

 

 

 

 

New Privatization Medicaid Program May Not Offer A Venue For Complaints

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A report that makes recommendations on how Iowa should handle its Medicaid program under private care also highlights confusion over how recipients will be able to voice complaints.
Deanna Clingan-Fischer is state long-term care ombudsman, a position designed to help respond to complaints from people who receive long-term care in Iowa. Clingan-Fischer spoke to lawmakers Wednesday about a report released in December that recommends an independent system for overseeing such complaints from Medicaid recipients.
Iowa is scheduled to turn over its $4.2 billion Medicaid program to three private companies on March 1st. The report makes recommendations like adding representatives who assist Medicaid recipients with challenges to claims or service.
Lawmakers in the Senate Human Resources Committee expressed concern that such an independent system won't be in place by March 1.

 

 

 

State Lawmakers Considering A Bill That Would End The Lives Of The Terminally Ill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would allow terminally ill people to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.
Bills in the Senate and the House would allow a terminally ill but mentally capable person to self-administer medication that ends his or her life. Supporters of the legislation spoke Wednesday at the Capitol.
The legislation mirrors a law in Oregon, and a handful of other states have passed similar measures. It would allow doctors and health care institutions to opt out.
It's unclear how much support the bill would get in the Republican-controlled House. Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City who helped sponsor one of the bills, says the legislation focuses on the dying individual and not on family or a medical insurer.

 

 

 

Caucus Night Weather Forecast

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Snow appears headed toward Iowa early next week, but people gathering for the presidential caucuses likely won't be hindered as the wintry weather is expected to hit following the event.
Mindy Beerends, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines, says there could be rain and a little snow during the caucuses, set to begin at 7 p.m. Monday, but early projections show no accumulating snow until early Tuesday.
Weather is always an unpredictable factor of the caucuses, which typically draw hundreds of thousands of Iowa voters to precinct gatherings to choose presidential candidates and conduct political party business.
The bigger problem could be for the many campaign staffers and reporters in Iowa who want to leave after the caucuses. They could find their exit complicated by steadier snow Tuesday.

 

 

 

Man Throws Tomatoes At Trump

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been arrested on charges that he threw tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa.
Hayley Bruce, a University of Iowa spokeswoman, says 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Alemao was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after officers say they saw him throwing two tomatoes toward Trump during a speech. It wasn't clear whether the tomatoes hit anyone.
Secret Service and University of Iowa police officers arrested Alemao, and he was booked into the Johnson County Jail.
Court records don't indicate whether Alemao has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Johnson County Jail officials say Alemao was released Wednesday morning without bond.




   

Wednesday Afternoon News, January 27

Iowa National Guard Leader Delivers "Condition Of The Guard" Speech To Legislature

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of the Iowa National Guard says nearly 1,700 positions have been opened up to women this year following a federal policy change.
Major General Timothy Orr told the Iowa General Assembly on Wednesday the spots became available after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in late 2015 that women in the U.S. armed forces may serve in any position, including combat roles.
Orr announced the development during his annual "Condition of the Guard" address at the Capitol. The speech included the latest figures on active duty and training. The guard currently has 15 soldiers and airmen deployed around the world.
Orr also noted Kosovo will open the first-ever foreign consulate office in Iowa.  It is scheduled to open Friday in downtown Des Moines.

 

 

 

Work Release Inmate Escapes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Corrections Department says a 26-year-old inmate has been listed as escaped from the work release facility in Sioux City.
The department says Jacob Petty didn't return Tuesday from an outpatient treatment program.
In October 2008 Petty began serving a 10-year sentence for robbery in Woodbury County. He was transferred to work release on Oct. 8 last year.

 

 

 

Carson Is The Latest Republican Presidential Candidate To Speak At Dordt College

(Sioux Center) -- Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is scheduled to speak at Dordt College Campus Center on Saturday afternoon, two days before the Iowa Caucuses.  Carson will speak at 3:00 p.m.  Dr. Carson represents the fifth republican presidential candidate within the last month to utilize Dordt College as the host site for a political rally.  Carson follows Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Bush who is scheduled to be at Dordt College on Friday evening.  Steve Kelly, a junior business administration and finance major from Hartland, Wisconsin, who also serves as the president of the Student Symposium and launched a College Republicans club on campus says, "when a candidate visits just days before the caucuses, it reflects the importance of this area of the state.

 

 

 

 

University Of Iowa Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a male track coach who alleged he was passed over for a job because administrators wanted a woman.
Mike Scott applied for assistant track coach when the position became open in 2012. An internal email from June 2013 surfaced that indicated head coach Layne Anderson rewrote the position's job description to attract more female candidates after earlier searches failed.
The settlement agreement pays Scott's attorneys nearly $81,000 and Scott $20,000 for past wages and $97,222 to settle all claims.
Scott's attorneys say his goal was to expose sex discrimination in college athletics.
The university didn't immediately respond but the agreement says there's no admission of discrimination.
Scott is now an assistant coach at Missouri State University.

 

 

 

 

Man Arrested After Throwing Tomatoes At Donald Trump

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been arrested on charges that he threw tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa.
Hayley Bruce, a University of Iowa spokeswoman, says 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Alemao was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after officers say they saw him throwing two tomatoes toward Trump during a speech. It wasn't clear whether the tomatoes hit anyone.
Secret Service and University of Iowa police officers arrested Alemao, and he was booked into the Johnson County Jail.
Court records don't indicate whether Alemao has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Johnson County Jail officials say Alemao was released Wednesday morning without bond.

 

 

 

Pipeline Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state appeals court says a northeast Iowa farmer may pursue a breach of contract lawsuit against a natural gas pipeline company and seek damages for decreased crop productivity on the ground above the pipeline.
Roger Tiemessen farms land rented from his parents near New Hampton. He seeks compensation for poor crops in areas above Alliance Pipeline's high pressure natural gas line. 
He filed the lawsuit in 2013 but a judge dismissed it in 2014 saying he had no cause of action against Alliance and instead he should negotiate lower rental rates from his parents.
The Iowa Court of Appeals said Wednesday Tiemessen presented enough questions about crop damage in the area of the pipes to present to a jury. 
The pipeline's attorneys didn't immediately respond to a message.

 

 

 

 

 


 








 

   

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