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DNR investigating fall at an eastern IA Recreation Area

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June 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say DNR law enforcement Conservation Officers were notifed at around 3:40-p.m. Saturday, that a man had fallen from a bluff at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. The incident happened at Horseshoe Bluff, when a group of three men were hiking in an area off of the designated path, which was closed to hikers.

The man who fell has been identified as 23-year old Andrew Freiburger, of Dubuque. He was conscious after the fall of approximately 40 – 50 feet, in an area of heavy vegetation, trees and rocks. Freiburger was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say it appears likely that alcohol contributed to this fall.

The incident remains under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, 6/5/17

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June 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:45 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s medical marijuana oil program will start in weeks, but obtaining the medicine will be difficult and manufacturers said it’s unclear if the state’s effort will be viable. Although the cannabis oil program approved by lawmakers will begin July 1, there is no immediate supplier of the oil in Iowa. Manufacturers in other states also question whether enough people will enroll in the limited program. Last week, a state forecast estimated 6,022 people will enroll in Iowa’s new program.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Junior high students in a city in Iowa have given homemade fidget quilts to dementia patients in a local hospice. The Courier reports that more than 25 Holmes Junior High students made 10 brightly-colored, multi-textured quilts for UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital patients with dementia who have trouble keeping their hands still. Each square of the quilt has a different activity, such as a button, a metal snap, something to tie or fasten.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified the 22-year-old woman who was fatally wounded in a weekend shooting in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Mikaela Bond, who was also known as Mikaela Hill, died early Saturday. Police said Bond had three young children who were home with her when the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Kim Weaver is dropping her bid for a rematch against U.S. Rep. Steve King. The Des Moines Register reports Weaver announced Saturday she is ending her campaign. Weaver says she is concerned about her mother’s ongoing health problems and threats she has received for her safety.

Medical marijuana businesses unsure about future in Iowa

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June 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Following the limited expansion of a medical marijuana program, businesses say Iowa has a lot to learn to create a sustainable in-state program.

The program is set to start July 1, but businesses are concerned it’s too limited to attract enough patients. Because there is no legal way to get cannabis oil until companies began manufacturing it in Iowa in December 2018, some also worry that people who could benefit will be out of luck.

A nonpartisan analysis predicts 6,022 patients with qualifying conditions will enroll in the program. Cannabis distributors say that might not be enough.

The program could be expanded if the Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board recommends changes. However, the application process for that board hasn’t started and there is no public timeline for its approval.

Iowa students make quilts for dementia patients to play with

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June 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Junior high students have made homemade fidget quilts to give to dementia patients in an Iowa hospice.

The Courier reports that more than 25 Holmes Junior High students made 10 brightly-colored, multi-textured quilts for UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital patients with dementia who have trouble keeping their hands still. Each square of the quilt has an activity, such as a button, a metal snap, something to tie or fasten.

Hospice unit development coordinator Joyce Coil asked her friend Maxine Barrows, a teacher at the school, last fall if students would be interested in making the quilts.

Coil had noticed that dementia patients’ tendency to play with buttons or zippers was frustrating for both the patients and their caretakers as they ended up taking off their own clothing or taking things apart.

Take Back Bridgewater forum set for Wednesday

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June 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Organizers with non-profit “Take Back Bridgewater, IA” group have announced a Public Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 7th,  from 7-until 9-p.m. , at the Bridgewater Activity Center (Old Elementary School).  Iowa House District 20 Representative Clel Baudler, Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater, Adair County Attorney Clint Hight, Bridgewater Mayor Steve Frese and Bridgewater City Council members have accepted an invitation to attend.  Senator Jake Chapman said he would do his best to be in attendance.

Organizers say they “Have heard many requests to continue the discussion on what citizens can do to assist with stopping the drug and related criminal activity in and around Bridgewater.”  In the continued discussions, organizers determined the need to bring in people they feel can answer question and address related concerns.

Baudler has invited ALL Adair County and Cass County Mayors to be in attendance.  He will share information that is pertinent to addressing the groups’ concerns and relate it how it would be beneficial to all area small towns.  “Take back Bridgewater, IA” was formed in February, after someone spray painted the word “Meth” on a County road rock pile, with an arrow pointed toward the community.

Fatal farming accident in Pottawattamie County

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June 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An 84-year old man raking hay in a field east of Oakland died Saturday morning, after his tractor came into contact with a dry washout on the land. The tractor flipped over, pinning Charles Pierce, of Oakland, underneath.  The accident happened just before 10-a.m., Saturday.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, 6/4/17

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June 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:35 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump’s budget. The proposed cuts come as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of falling income. The Trump administration says the proposed cuts help fulfill a campaign promise to balance the federal budget.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Faculty and other long-term employees at Iowa’s three public universities won’t have as long to phase out their retirement under a new proposal before the Iowa Board of Regents. The Press-Citizen reports that older employees who have worked at least 15 years in the system are currently allowed to phase out their retirement over five years. The regents are looking to shorten that to two years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a woman found dead in Des Moines after reports of a shooting Saturday morning. Police say 36-year-old Mary Dudley, of Des Moines, was killed. Police in Ames arrested 50-year-old Harold Dudley, also of Des Moines, and transferred him back to Des Moines on Saturday. Police did not provide any details of the shooting or the relationship between the victim and suspect.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating an overnight shooting that killed a Waterloo woman. The Courier reports that police were called to a home just before 3 a.m. Saturday. Officers who first arrived found a woman with a gunshot wound. She was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police say another adult and three children were inside the home at the time of the shooting. No arrests had been reported by midday Saturday.

Iowa Christian right cool to Trump as Pence rallies GOP base

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June 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is trying to solidify the Republican base in Iowa, where some conservatives are cool to President Donald Trump and party leaders say he’s being undermined from within. Headlining Sen. Joni Ernst’s annual summer fundraiser, Pence will promote steady job numbers under Trump, who campaigned last year on promises of economic growth.

But it’s Pence’s boss who has more work to do to satisfy Iowa’s disproportionately influential Christian right, despite carrying Iowa in the 2016 election after Democrat Barack Obama won here in 2008 and 2012.

The vast majority of Iowa Republicans approve of the job Trump is doing. However, some emerging Republican national prospects have accepted invitations from party leaders this year to visit Iowa, host of the leadoff presidential nominating caucuses.

Farmers decry Trump plans to cut agriculture subsides

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June 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump’s budget.

The proposed cuts come as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of falling income. They could particularly affect farm states such as Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska that helped Trump win the November election.

One proposal would cut the federal crop insurance program by $28 billion over 10 years. Programs that provide crop subsidies would lose $9 billion. But Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa farmer, says the crop insurance cuts won’t make it through Congress.

The Trump administration says the proposed cuts help fulfill a campaign promise to balance the federal budget.

Shots fired incident in Council Bluffs Sat. morning

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June 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department responded early Saturday morning to a report of shots fired at 2113 Avenue H. The call came in at around 3:12-a.m. Upon arrival officers surrounded the house and secured the area. Officers called out all of the occupants of the house and were given permission by the resident to search the house.

No suspects were located. There were no injuries reported. No weapon was recovered. Officers are still working to determine the suspect.