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Friday Afternoon News, April 16th


Partners For Patriots Helps Disabled Veterans

(Le Mars) — Jason Carroll is an Army veteran from Remsen that suffers from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as from depression, and anxiety issues. However, Carroll has help to relieve those conditions. His help is in the form of a black Labrador dog with the name of Delta. Carroll obtained his dog through the non-profit organization called “Partners for

Carroll, and his dog Delta, will be at the T-C-C Verizon store today located at the intersection of Business Highway 75 and Highway 3 to inform people about the program Partners for Patriots.

Carroll says he has had Delta for seven months, and his dog is always at his side. He explains how his dog helps relieve him from having any anxiety and PTSD symptoms.

The disabled veteran says the dogs used for Partners for Patriots are based in northwest Iowa.

Carroll says suicide is all too common for veterans, and he hopes to be able to call more attention to veterans with mental health issues through his efforts of the Partners for Patriots.

The Army veteran and his dog will be at the T-C-C Verizon store today between noon and 2:00 p.m. for a hog dog feed fund raiser.




Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.7 % in March

(Des Moines, IA) — The unemployment rate in Iowa held steady at three-point-seven percent in March. February’s jobless rate was revised from three-point-six percent. Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend said the good news is Iowa added 15-thousand-100 jobs in March, which indicates we
continue to recover from the pandemic. The number of working Iowans increased by 32-hundred last month while the number of unemployed inched up by 200.
Construction led all sectors in March with 75-hundred jobs gained. The national unemployment rate was six percent last month.




Iowa Department of Health Confirms First Case of Brazilian COVID Variant

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Public Health is confirming the state’s first case of the Brazilian COVID-19 variant. The case was detected in Johnson County and local health officials are monitoring the patient. Anyone
who has been in close contact with the infected person is asked to isolate.
Researchers are trying to learn about the characteristics of the Brazilian strain including any potential impact on vaccine effectiveness. The U-K variant is believed to be the fastest growing strain in Iowa.




Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Deadly Shooting

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating a fatal shooting on the city’s northeast side. Officers called to a report of shots fired Thursday night found a 26-year-old man in a driveway with multiple gunshot wounds. First responders tried to save him but the victim died at the scene. A caller reported seeing people running from the area and fleeing a
vehicle. Investigators say shell casings were located in the backyard and garage. It is believed to be a targeted incident. The victim hasn’t been identified.




Man Sentenced to 5 Years For University of Dubuque Gun Threat

(Dubuque, IA) — The sentence is five years in prison for a man who threatened to shoot his girlfriend and her roommate in a University of Dubuque residence hall. Twenty-eight-year-old Demetrius Woods-McKissick reached a plea deal with
prosecutors in connection with the October incident. Woods-McKissick was facing eight charges including intimidation with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault with strangulation. The criminal complaint says Woods-McKissick held the woman against her and at some point choked her. Prosecutors
say surveillance video shows him going to the room with what appeared to be a gun.