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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 14th


County Auditor Says Remember The Deadlines If Wanting To Vote By Absentee Ballot

(Le Mars) — Election day is just 20 days away, and whether it is for convenience sake, or due to the COVID-19 virus, there have been numerous requests for absentee ballots. Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman says already, more than 5,200 absentee ballots have been requested in Plymouth County. Feldman says there are a few things to remember when wanting to request an absentee ballot.

Feldman says all absentee ballots need to be returned to the county auditor’s office by the conclusion of election day.

The Plymouth County auditor says when requesting an absentee ballot, it is important that all the information be completely filled, otherwise you will not receive an absentee ballot.

Feldman tells of the required information needed on the request form in order to receive an absentee ballot.

All 13 voting precincts within the county will be open during the general election, and the polls will be open on Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.




Senator Ernst Asks Questions Of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett

(Washington) — U-S Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa had the opportunity on Tuesday to question Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing. Ernst began by asking Barrett if
she would like to take some time to further clarify any of her answers from questions from other senators.

Ernst asked Barrett about some rulings that she had judged early in her court career dealing with the Waters of the United States ruling, and the interpretation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. Ernst says many Iowa farmers were impacted by the ruling. Ernst says often times federal government agencies can over-step their authority, and impose restrictions and rulings that were never intended by Congress.

Ernst then asked the Supreme Court nominee about the rulings dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency with regards to renewable fuels production and the waivers that were granted to many petroleum refineries.

Senator Ernst says as a result of the actions of the courts, 67 other petroleum refineries then filed for waivers to blending ethanol into gasoline. Ernst asked for Barrett’s thoughts when a government agency goes beyond what Congress had approved?




Donald Trump Junior Rallies Supporters Ahead of Father’s Des Moines Rally

(Des Moines, IA) — Donald Trump, Junior rallied around 150 supporters on the steps of the Iowa Capitol Tuesday before his father’s campaign event tonight (Wednesday) at the Des Moines Airport. President Trump’s son touted the strength of U-S economy before the coronavirus pandemic and the
appointments of conservative judges. He urged everyone to get out and vote and claimed that “Donald Trump delivered for the American people.” Few people at the rally were wearing face coverings. President Trump’s rally at the airport is expected to draw a large crowd less than two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19. The group MoveOn-dot-org hired a plane to fly
over the rally site with a sign that reads “Trump and Ernst want to take your healthcare.”




Report Suggests Iowa’s Childhood Obesity Rate Improving Slightly

(Princeton, NJ) –– A national report on childhood obesity shows Iowa’s kids improving slightly compared to other states and versus last year’s Iowa numbers. Jamie Bussel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says the overall findings for children between the ages of ten and 17 haven’t changed much,
which is discouraging. One-in-seven kids or about 15 percent have obesity.
Iowa’s childhood obesity rate on this report is at 15-point-three compared to 16-point-four percent one year ago. This year’s national average is 15-and- a-half percent, just two-tenths of a point above Iowa’s rate. Bussel says rates are much higher among kids of color, African American, Latino, Native American children as compared to their white and Asian counterparts. The
worst ranking state is Kentucky with 23-point-eight percent while Utah is tops this year with a rate of nine-point-six percent.




One Wounded, Four Arrested After Shooting in Carroll

(Carroll, IA) – – Four people are in custody after a shooting early this morning (Wednesday) in Carroll. Police Chief Brad Burke says one male victim was transported to St. Anthony Regional Hospital and later transferred to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Burke says
they are working through an A-T-F warrant to identify the shooter. Officers say two women arrested were involved in argument while displaying guns last week at the same location. That incident led to a lockdown of an elementary school.




Iowa State Patrol Releasing Pink Patch For Breast Cancer Awareness

(Sioux City, IA) — The Iowa State Patrol is releasing a commemorative pink patch for breast cancer awareness month in October. The Pink Patch Project is a nationwide effort by law enforcement. State Trooper John Farley says this is the first the Iowa State Patrol has a pink patch, and there’s also one that is black and pink. They cost ten dollars each and the proceeds will
to go Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa. Farley says the Iowa State Patrol is committed to the safety of all Iowans and it’s not just on the roads.  To obtain a pink breast cancer patch simply go to the website: www.iowatroopers.com