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Clovis says VA care scandal a foreshadowing of care under the ACA

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man who has served in the Air Force, worked in the Pentagon, has been involved in the business industry, and currently serves as a college professor – along with being a radio talk show host – is hoping all that experience will translate into a seat the U.S. Senate.

Sam Clovis

Sam Clovis

64-year old Sam Clovis, an Iowa Republican candidate for the U-S Senate seat being left vacant by the retirement of Tom Harkin, is a Constitutional conservative and Professor at Morningside College in Sioux City. He’s one of five Republicans who hope to win the June 3rd Primary and square off against Democrat Bruce Braley, a congressman from Waterloo.

In a debate televised this past Thursday, Clovis described himself as the only candidate with national security experience, and he touted his current role as an economics professor. He said in an interview with KJAN News, the recent debate was an eye opener for many people and gave a boost to his campaign.

Clovis has campaigned on three main issues: Tax reform, a balanced budget amendment and the elimination of baseline budgeting. Clovis is a 25-year veteran of the Air Force. His brother is also a veteran. He says he’s upset about a report that described chronic wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital and found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost or forgotten.” He the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) or “Obamacare” is part of the problem.

Clovis said the VA issue hits home for himself and his brother, and he would like to see a “Fundamental reform” of the VA, the current level of service of which he says is “Really a microcosm and a view into the future of what we’re probably going to expect under the Affordable Care Act.” Clovis said the ACA is the hot topic he hears about from Iowans, along with related discussion about how to “Fix this Obamacare thing.”

Clovis says as much as he’d like for Obamacare to be repealed, it likely won’t happen when the next Congress is in session. He says the door remains open however for reform of the current system. He says they should take a concentrated effort at repealing portions of the health care bill, not the whole thing.

With regard to the VA scandal, the VA and independent investigators with the Office of Inspector General are still in the process of uncovering problems at dozens of other VA facilities around the country while some lawmakers are calling for criminal probes. On Friday, Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shenseki resigned from his post. Before the news came out about Shinseki’s resignation, Clovis said he hoped the man wouldn’t quit. He wanted him instead, to “Stay and stew in his own juices.”  He says Shenseki is not as closely compelled to respond to congressional criticism by retiring.

Iowa road work peaks, federal funding in question

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Summer is peak road construction time in Iowa and work is underway on dozens of projects, but questions about whether federal money will continue to flow has state officials concerned. The federal highway fund gets most of its money from federal fuel taxes but revenue has fallen in recent years as motorists drive less and cars become more efficient, reducing the amount of fuel needed.

Congress in recent years has transferred billions of dollars from the general fund to keep road projects going. The highway fund needs a $10 billion infusion to remain solvent this year and $8 billion to get it through next year. Money is needed by July or federal reimbursements to states will be cut back, forcing states to come up with money or curtail construction projects.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 5/31/14

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News & funeral report, Sat. 5/31/2014

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Red Oak woman arrested for Probation violation

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak report the arrest on Friday afternoon of a local woman wanted on an active warrant. Officers with the Red Oak Police Department with assistance from deputies with the  Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, arrested 27-year-old Megan Reynolds, of Red Oak.

Reynolds, who was taken into custody at 1401 Eastern Avenue, was wanted for allegedly violating the terms of her probation. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., May 31st 2014

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will end greyhound dog racing in Council Bluffs by 2016. Branstad’s office said the governor signed the bill Friday along with more than a dozen other bills.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from the Des Moines River. The Des Moines Fire Department says the body was recovered yesterday afternoon after a woman spotted it south of the Center Street Dam. A water emergency team used a boat to recover the body. Des Moines police later identified the body as 24-year old Sachin Rayappa of Des Moines. He had been reported missing Tuesday.

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the theft of farm and construction equipment. The Sioux City Journal reports Michael Block of Sibley entered his written plea Thursday in Osceola County District Court. He faces seven counts of first-degree theft, 10 counts of second-degree theft and one count each of third- and fourth-degree theft.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short Junior shot 6-under 66 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. Calcavecchia, third last year at the Wakonda Club, had three straight birdies on the back nine for his best start of the season. Short birdied the 18th hole to join Calcavecchia atop the leaderboard.

(Updated 6:50-a.m.) Shooting suspect at large in Montgomery County

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May 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in southwest Iowa are on the lookout for a man suspected in a shooting incident early this (Saturday) morning, in Red Oak. According to Red Oak Police, 34-year-old Raphael Baptista is suspected of shooting 36-year old Clyde Ziegler several times. The incident happened at 407 4th Street at around 12:15-a.m.  Ziegler was flown by medical helicopter to an Omaha hospital, where he was reported to be in critical condition.

Baptista is described as being a Hispanic male, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing 170-to-180 pounds. he has black hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion. Authorities say it appears he suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand. Area hospitals have been put on alert to notify authorities of anyone coming in with suspicious wounds, especially to their hand or hands. Baptista is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his location should contact Red Oak Police at 712-623-6500, or call 9-1-1.

Multiple law enforcement converged on Red Oak during a search for the suspect, including deputies from Cass County, an aircraft from the Omaha Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol. The Red Oak K-9 unit was also deployed in an attempt to locate Baptista.

At around 2-a.m., Montgomery County Emergency Management issued a Code Red Alert to residents at the request of Red Oak Police, urging residents to remain in their homes as a possibly armed suspect was at large. Red Oak Police gave the all clear to any immediate threat in or around the Red Oak area just before 5-a.m.

Former Glenwood H.S. teacher arrested on sexual exploitation charge

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May 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Mills County say a former Glenwood High School Teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual exploitation by a school employee and supplying alcohol to a minor. According to Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen, 38-year old Russell Crouch, a social studies and communications teacher who resigned May 21st, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who attended Glenwood High School and of supplying alcohol to another student.

Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray has said earlier, that Crouch was the subject of an internal school district investigation, which was subsequently suspended and turned over to law enforcement. Embray had indicated it was a personnel matter involving an alleged situation was brought to the attention of administrators on May 16th. Crouch was placed in paid administrative leave May 19th, two days before he resigned.

If convicted on the Aggravated Misdemeanor sexual exploitation charge, Crouch would be required to register as a sex offender. He may also have to serve up to two years in prison and pay a fine of $6,250. Supplying alcohol to a minor is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a minimum fine of $500. Crouch’s bond was set at $3,000.

Branstad OKs bill ending Council Bluffs dog races

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May 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will end greyhound dog racing in Council Bluffs by 2016. Branstad’s office said the governor signed the bill Friday along with more than a dozen other bills.

The measure will end greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but allow dog owners to continue operating a track in Dubuque. It requires casinos that have long-subsidized the dog racing tracks to pay $72 million. That will pay for a retirement fund for dog owners and breeders and help the Iowa Greyhound Association negotiate a lease for the Dubuque track.

Branstad signed five bills publicly Friday, including legislation that legalizes the use of cannabis oil to treat severe epilepsy.

(Update 5/31) I-80 Accident near Marne was allegedly an attempt at murder

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May 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Cass County have released additional details about an accident that occurred Friday morning in a construction zone on Interstate 80 westbound near the Marne exit. According to a press release from Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, the driver of a minivan - 33-year old Bruce S. Bingle, Jr., of Hamilton, OH, and his 29-year old wife, Brandy Bingle, also of Hamilton, OH, were injured when the 2005 Chevy Venture mini-van crashed into two unoccupied pickups (a 2014 Chev Silverado and a 2001 Ford F-250), that were parked in a construction zone. The State Patrol says Bruce Bingle did not merge to the left and continued into the construction area, hitting barrel barricades before crashing into the two parked pickups. Officials say he was wearing a seat belt, while his wife was not. The accident happened at around 7:19-a.m.

Feistner says the Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene shortly thereafter and found the couple outside the vehicle, both having sustained bodily injuries from the vehicle accident. Construction worker(s) were on scene and while rendering aid to Brandy Bingle, were informed by her, that her husband allegedly intentionally driven into the barricades and equipment in the construction zone in an apparent attempt to kill them both.

The full extent of the injuries to both individuals is unknown at this time, however Brandy Bingle appeared to have suffered broken bones, lacerations to the body and bruising. Bruce Bingle was first transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic,  and became combative with law enforcement and medical staff during the transport and while at the hospital. A Cass County DRE Officer (drug recognition expert) arrived at CCMH and performed drug tests of the driver and obtained a urine sample for further testing.

Bruce S. Bingle, Jr. was transported by Life Flight to UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska. Brandy Bingle was transported by ambulance to UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska. The Iowa State Patrol later obtained a search warrant for the purposes of examining the vehicle for collision investigation. No criminal charges have been filed at this time. The matter remains under further investigation.

Marne, Atlantic and Walnut Fire and Rescue, Cass County Emergency Management, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County Attorney all provided assistance to the Iowa State Patrol.