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Monday Afternoon News, February 22nd


Following Sunday’s Snowfall Iowa Will See Melting Today

(Des Moines) — Up to nine inches of snow fell on parts of southwestern Iowa on Sunday, but there will be plenty of melting today (Monday) as temperatures climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s. It’s been a month of bitter cold with Sioux City breaking records dating from the 1930s, with two days at 28-degrees below zero. Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff , at the National Weather Service, says more extreme cold is unlikely.

Last week’s negative temperatures came from what’s called a trough, a dip in the jet stream that allowed arctic air from Canada to move into the central United States and as far south as Texas.

The forecast calls for high temperatures all week to remain above freezing, though tomorrow (Tuesday) may be the warmest day of the week. The Weather Service warns any snow that melts on roads today will likely refreeze quickly tonight once the sun goes down, producing icy spots and potentially hazardous travel.




Grassley Disappointed In President Biden’s Executive Orders That Have Meant Loss Of Jobs

(Washington) — President Joe Biden has been the president for a month, and already he has signed more than 50 Executive Orders, many of which have rescinded those Executive Orders that were implemented under President Trump’s administration. During his weekly news conference with Iowa media on Monday,
Republican U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says he is disappointed with Biden for taking actions that have meant the loss of thousands of jobs.

Grassley pointed to the stopping of the XL Keystone Pipeline as an example of lost jobs through the stroke of a pen by President Biden.

Grassley says he is concerned that Biden may eliminate even more jobs, at a time when because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more jobs need to be created.




Grassley Says He Approves Of Merrick Garland As Next Attorney General

(Washington) — Confirmation hearings began today (Monday) for President Biden’s nominee for the Attorney General position, Merrick Garland. It was Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa who help blocked Garland from becoming a U-S Supreme
Court nominee, by then president Barrack Obama. At the time, Grassley was the chairman of the U-S Senate Judiciary Committee.  So, what are Grassley’s thoughts today of Garland as the possible next Attorney General?

Grassley serves as the ranking minority party member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.




Grassley Says He Will Announce His Intentions In Autumn Whether He Will Seek Another Term As U-S Senator

(Washington) — Republicans across the state are anxiously awaiting to hear from U-S Senator Chuck Grassley as to his intentions for the future. Will the seven-term Republican run again for an eighth term for the U-S Senate, or will he choose to step aside and retire following the conclusion of his current term? During his weekly news conference held Monday with Iowa reporters, Grassley didn’t indicate a decision, but informed the media that he would decide and make an announcement sometime during the autumn months.

Grassley is currently 87 years old. If he chooses to seek another term, and wins, he will be 94 years old at the conclusion of the term. So far, State Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City has announced he is seeking to run for the U-S Senate seat currently held by Grassley. Should Senator Grassley decide to not seek another term, several other prominent Republican names have been mentioned as possible candidates, including Grassley’s grandson, Pat Grassley, the current Speaker of the Iowa House. Other names include former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and USDA Under Secretary, Bill Northey, as well as Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. Other
Republican names may enter the conversation as time progresses. As for the Democrats, Congresswoman Cindy Axne has hinted that she may pursue a run for the U-S Senate position.




Governor Reynolds Comments On EPA’s Reaction To Refinery Waivers

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds has released a statement following the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will defend the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling on small refinery exemptions:  Reynolds says “The small refinery exemption waivers have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard for far too long, diminishing demand for ethanol and biofuels. Today’s announcement by the EPA in defense of the Tenth Circuit Court’s decision to rein in these waivers is a victory for Iowa farmers, our renewable fuels industry, and our rural economy. It is an encouraging sign from the Biden Administration on renewable fuel policy, but we cannot let up until the 10th Circuit’s ruling is fully upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.”




Congressional Democrats Take First Step Toward Possible Changing Iowa Election Results

(Washington, DC) — Congressional Democrats are taking the first step toward possibly changing the outcome of last November’s vote in Iowa’s Second District. The House Administration Committee met Friday to lay the ground rules for reviewing Marianette Miller-Meeks’ victory at the polls. She won the race against Democrat Rita Hart by just six votes. Hart has alleged uncounted votes would have given her the victory. Miller-Meeks has been sworn-in and is serving. Republicans in Congress are urging them not to override the will of Iowa voters.




Davenport School Board Meeting To Focus On School Resource Officers

(Davenport, IA) — It isn’t clear if a vote will be taken, but tonight’s (Monday’s) meeting of the Davenport School Board will include a discussion of the role of school resource officers. Many districts around the country have removed police officers from school campuses. Board members plan to meet with city leaders about the situation before the regular meeting. Then, the board is scheduled to discuss multiple topics – including next year’s academic schedule. Start dates for the 2021-2022 school year and the hours of instruction are on the agenda.




Despite Continuing Troubles, Restaurant Owners Are Still Hopeful For A Comeback

(Des Moines, IA) — Four more Iowa restaurants are on the auction block this week, but that doesn’t mean industry leaders are ready to give up. They say they are hopeful for a comeback as more people get COVID-19 vaccines. Iowa Restaurant Association President and C-E-O Jessica Dunker says the state is projected to have fewer closures by percentage than a lot of states. That still means 15-to-20 percent will never open again. Dunker says she thinks there will be an explosion of business for Iowa restaurants when more people are vaccinated and they are more comfortable about going out to eat again.




Former Counselor Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Victim, Having His Baby

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation charges have been filed against a 30-year-old former counselor at a residential treatment facility in Cedar Rapids. Danielle Hook was arrested last July. She submitted a written guilty plea last week, but she’s going to have to do that again due to legal problems with the wording. The Iowa Department of Human Services and juvenile court officials discovered an improper sexual relationship between Hook at a 14-year-old boy living at Four Oaks Family and Children Services where she was working as a youth counselor. Hook was fired but was later found to be living with the juvenile. She gave birth to a child which has been connected by a D-N-A test to the boy.