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Tuesday Afternoon News, May 4th


Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Says EPA’S Waiver Decision Fulfills Biden Campaign Promise

(Johnston, IA) — The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is applauding the E-P-A for rescinding three waivers that had excused Sinclair Oil refineries in Wyoming from the federal requirement to blend ethanol into gasoline. The waivers were granted on the last day of the Trump Administration. I-R-F-A
executive director Monte Shaw says the E-P-A’s decision fits with the law, but just as importantly it matches what candidate Joe Biden said on the campaign trail. Shaw notes that Biden said “he wanted to reign in these refinery exemptions, that they weren’t justified, that we need to follow the law and implement it appropriately.” Shaw says the Biden Administration’s E-P-A
administrator will be in Iowa today (Tuesday) and will tour an ethanol plant.




Federal Jury Convicts Cedar Rapids Man of Robbing, Murdering Drug Dealer

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — A Cedar Rapids man faces at least ten years in federal prison for the May 2014 killing and robbery of his drug dealer. Prosecutors say a jury convicted 48-year-old Matthew Robbins Monday on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit robbery and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in murder. Acting U-S Attorney Sean Berry said, ” Matthew Robbins used a gun to steal drugs and money.
Robbins’s actions resulted in the death of the man he robbed.” He will face a mandatory minimum of ten years and a possible maximum penalty of life in prison at sentencing.




Two Suspects Charged in Fatal Sioux City Shooting

(Sioux City, IA) — Two suspects are charged in connection with a deadly weekend shooting in Sioux City. Investigators say 17-year-old Dwight Evans and 20-year-old Lawrence Canady shot and killed 22-year-old Martez Harrison outside a downtown bar. Police say Canady assaulted Harrison’s girlfriend and
Harrison was shot by Evans while fighting with Canady. Evans and Canady fled the scene but were later arrested. Officers say they recovered a gun and 100 grams of marijuana.