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Congressman King says Trump’s ‘base’ growing ‘uneasy’

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April 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says he’s concerned that President Trump picked a “pro-immigration” economist to head his “Council of Economic Advisors.”  “People are policy,” King says, “so whenever I see those kind of appointments come in place, I do get concerned about it.”

King, though, says he has “some level of comfort” because of what Trump said during the campaign, plus King is a fan of Trump’s attorney general. Jeff Sessions and King were staunch opponents of immigration reform efforts during the Obama AND Bush Administrations. “But I am not at the level of being happy with so far of what Donald Trump has done,” King says. “He’s done some good things, but DACA and DAPA still exist.”

King opposes the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” as well as Obama’s decision to table deportation orders for the parents of American citizens. “And I’ve told the president this: ‘Every day you don’t address this, it gets harder and harder to do,'” King says. If Trump WERE to try granting legal status to people who came into the country illegally, King warns Trump’s support would slump in the countryside.

“I wouldn’t say that is the case today. His base is starting to get uneasy because they haven’t seen this movement on DACA and on DAPA…They are not quite confident yet on the wall, but the messages are clear out of the White House: ‘We’ll build the wall.’ King says. “…I look at the ‘to do’ list that comes out of the campaign promises of Donald Trump…and there are quite a few check marks behind that. There are a few to go or he will lose his base and think that’s an important message for the president to receive.”

And King says he’s trying to “whip” up support among House conservatives who opposed the initial plan to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare. King made his comments Thursday afternoon during taping of this week’s episode of “Iowa Press.” It will air tonight (Friday night) at 7:30 on Iowa Public Television.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 14th 2017

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April 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers are seeking to eliminate a tax on utilities that has long funded energy and environmental research at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. A draft plan proposes ending in 2022 an assessment on utilities that raises about $5 million annually for the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. One Democratic senator says he fears the centers will go away when their funding dries up.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — One of three men charged in the death of a 29-year-old man last summer has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. The Quad-City Times reports that 34-year-old Durell Parks Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to willful injury resulting in serious injury in the Aug. 18 fatal stabbing of Romane Nunn Sr. in a Davenport park. Parks had originally been charged with first-degree murder. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced May 24.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a police officer and two bystanders pulled a man who slipped and fell into the Cedar River in northeastern Iowa from the water. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier report that the rescue happened Thursday near the Ice House Museum in Cedar Falls. Officials say he was unconscious when the officer and two others pulled him from the water. He was taken to a hospital, and his condition was not known Thursday afternoon.

Hospital helicopter forced to land in Hamilton County after hitting bird

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A Life Flight medical helicopter made an emergency landing north of Stratford shortly after 2 a-m today (Thursday) after notifying the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office of a problem. The crew members stated that they had struck a bird while in flight. A windshield was broken out as a result with all crew members escaping injury. The helicopter landed in a farm field. The helicopter is owned by Unity Point Health Trinity Regional Medical Center out of Fort Dodge. The crew was returning to Fort Dodge after transferring a patient to Iowa City.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa passes bill requiring voter ID; heads to governor

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that will require identification at the polls and reduce the number of early voting days. The Senate approved the bill 28-21 Thursday. The House approved it earlier this month. It now heads to Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has indicated he supports requiring ID to vote.

The legislation would require people to show acceptable identification at the polls beginning in 2019. The state must provide identification to people who need it. Another provision will reduce early voting before a general election from 40 days to 29 days. It also eliminates a straight party voting option.

Republicans say the measure will maintain voter integrity, though there’s no evidence of widespread fraudulent voting in Iowa. Democrats say the legislation will suppress voter turnout and is unnecessary amid budget constraints.

Atlantic man arrested on FTA warrant Wednesday

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report they arrested a man wanted on a warrant, Wednesday. 19-year old Ethan Erlacher, of Atlantic, was arrested on the Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on an original charge of OWI. Erlacher was booked into the Cass County Jail following his arrest.

Iowa governor signs wide-ranging gun bill into law

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision. Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1.

Democrats and gun safety advocates expressed concern over the stand-your-ground provision, which will allow people to use deadly force anywhere if they felt a risk to their life or safety. They say it will lead to racial tensions and increase gun violence.

Republicans say the bill will expand Second Amendment rights in the state. The bill will also allow a person with a weapons permit to bring a concealed handgun into the state Capitol. Minors under 14 will be able to use handguns with parental or guardian supervision.

Union County Sheriff’s report

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, today (Thursday), report the arrest Wednesday night, of a Lorimor man. 57-year old Tommy Allen Green was arrested at around 9:30-p.m. at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a Union County warrant for failure to appear.  Green was being held in the Union County Jail on $300 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office said also, no injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday afternoon, between Afton and Thayer. Authorities say 80-year old Larry Lee Schlapia, of Creston, was traveling north on Highway 169 when he came upon a tractor pulling a planter, that was stopped at the intersection with Highway 34.

Schlapia told deputies he misjudged the distance between his vehicle and the planter, because he had recently left an eye doctor and his vision was not yet fully adjusted. His 2008 Mercury Marquis struck the 2016 John Deere Great Plains planter, causing $600 damage to the implement and $2,500 damage to the car. The 2011 John Deere tractor, driven by 68-year old Larry Brown, of Afton, was not damaged.

Dangerous dog giving you the eye? Avoid a bite and pretend you’re a tree

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

As the weather warms and Iowans spend more time outdoors, many of us will be crossing paths with more canines. This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Pam Wiese, spokeswoman for the Humane Society in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says even the friendliest of dogs can snap. “Depending on the situation, your extremely happy, sweet, I-love-everybody dog can be set up for failure,” Wiese says. “You can put him in a situation he’s never experienced before where he’s terrified or maybe he feels like he needs to protect you or somebody else, so you don’t always know.”

Always ask the owner’s permission before you pet a dog and do so carefully, she says. Dogs will use their body language to tell you how they feel by the position of their ears, mouth, eyes and tail. All dogs have teeth, Wiese reminds, and all dogs can bite. “If a dog runs away from you, don’t chase it,” Wiese says. “If a dog is in a corner, oftentimes we back dogs into corners, we don’t mean to, but we do, and if he feels like he has nowhere to flee, if it’s fight or flight, he may choose to fight and bite.”

Wiese says the most important message is, if you are approached by an angry or dangerous dog, don’t run. Pretend you’re a tree. “Stand perfectly still. Don’t make eye contact with the dog. Keep your arms down by your sides,” Wiese says. “Don’t make any moves that would prompt the dog to chase or that could be seen as aggression.”

One group that’s especially concerned about dog bites is postal employees. Last year, there were more than 67-hundred recorded dog attacks nationwide on letter carriers. That’s up 200 from the previous year.

(Radio Iowa)

Underwood man arrested for excessive poking (assault charge) Thu. morning

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A domestic incident in Underwood late Wednesday night resulted in the arrest early this (Thursday) morning of a man on an assault charge. Authorities in Pottawattamie County say a Deputy was called to a home in Underwood at around 11:15-p.m., Wednesday. After arriving, he spoke with a 38-year old woman who said her boyfriend, 46-year old Robert Lee Robinson, Jr., of Underwood, had “poked her really hard,” in the face.

Robinson was subsequently taken into custody for Domestic Assault with Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/13/2017

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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