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Iowa early News Headlines: 3-a.m. Monday, 11/14/16

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November 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has called for a single statewide minimum wage rather than a hodgepodge of wages that vary by county, and a new Republican majority in the Legislature could give him a clear path to enact uniform pay rates. That worries some supporters of higher minimum wages who fear the state could couple an insignificant wage increase with a ban on local jurisdictions approving their own higher wages, as four counties have already done.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The West Des Moines police chief who had been accused in a lawsuit of discriminating against three women has resigned. The Des Moines Register reports that West Des Moines City Manager Tom Hadden asked Police Chief Shaun LaDue to resign. City officials wouldn’t say whether the request was linked to the sex discrimination lawsuit or LaDue’s testimony last week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering imposing tougher penalties for violent acts against law enforcement officers following the fatal shootings of two officers earlier this month. Republican State Rep. Ken Rizer tells the Des Moines Register he thinks tougher penalties are needed after the Nov. 2 attacks that killed 24-year-old Urbandale Officer Justin Martin and 38-year-old Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota are investigating a report of shots fired during a weekend protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Morton County sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller says the report of shots fired was received Saturday morning, when about 500 protesters were outside a work yard for the pipeline in Mandan, a community about 50 miles north from an area where hundreds of protesters have been camping in for months. No one was injured in the incident.

Iowa may consider tougher penalties after 2 officers killed

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November 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering imposing tougher penalties for violent acts against law enforcement officers following the fatal shootings of two officers earlier this month. Republican State Rep. Ken Rizer tells the Des Moines Register he thinks tougher penalties are needed after the Nov. 2 attacks that killed 24-year-old Urbandale Officer Justin Martin and 38-year-old Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.

Iowa already has enhanced penalties for assaulting officers. Rizer wants to expand that concept to attempted murder and murder charges. Urbandale Police Chief Ross McCarty says Iowa should consider reinstating the death penalty for police.

But some people don’t think tougher penalties aren’t needed. Rita Bettis with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the killing an officer already receives the harshest sentence possible for first-degree murder.

Branstad considers minimum wage uniformity that worries some

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November 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has called for a single statewide minimum wage, rather than a hodgepodge of wages that vary by county, and a new Republican majority in the Legislature could give him a clear path to enact uniform pay rates. That worries some supporters of higher minimum wages who fear the state could couple an insignificant wage increase with a ban on local jurisdictions approving their own higher wages, as four counties have already done.

More than a dozen states have passed similar so-called pre-emption laws regarding minimum wage. Branstad said in October that a single minimum wage was better because businesses are being negatively affected. Some county officials say any legislation challenging local control must include a meaningful raise to the minimum wage.

Red Oak man arrested for Child Endangerment

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November 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A family altercation Saturday evening, in Red Oak, resulted in a child removed from the home and one person taken into custody. 55-year old Gregory Charles Wade, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 7:40-p.m. for Child Endangerment without injury, an aggravated misdemeanor. Red Oak Police day Wade created a situation which placed his 7-year old grandson at risk of physical harm.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Nov. 13th 2016

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November 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police say a woman found late Friday night with a gunshot wound has died. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the 19-year-old woman was riding in a car when she was shot around 11 p.m. Friday. Police were not releasing the woman’s name Saturday, pending notification of her family members. No arrests had been made by Saturday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa planter and grain cart manufacturer is asking a federal judge to protect it from having to turn over sensitive internal documents in an antitrust lawsuit in which it’s not directly involved. The Des Moines Register reports that Kinze Manufacturing, of Williamsburg, Iowa, filed motions Thursday in the government’s lawsuit intended to block a deal between farm equipment maker John Deere and seed giant Monsanto.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Parking problems have led developers to cut a proposed 14-story apartment building for downtown Iowa City by half. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that plans laid out earlier this year for the 14-story building called for commercial space on the first floor and 72 residential units in the upper floors. On Wednesday, a city board approved a waiver of up to 18 required on-site parking spaces, allowing for only a seven-story building.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman on probation for her role in a staged Sioux City bank robbery is now behind bars. The Sioux City Journal reports that 19-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen, of Holstein, was ordered to spend 30 days in jail. Zevenbergen admitted to smoking marijuana in August and quitting her job for two months _ both violations of her probation.

Iowa farm company seeks to block request for its secrets

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November 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa planter and grain cart manufacturer is asking a federal judge to protect it from having to turn over sensitive internal documents in an antitrust lawsuit in which it’s not directly involved.

The Des Moines Register reports that Kinze Manufacturing, of Williamsburg, Iowa, filed motions Thursday in the government’s lawsuit intended to block a deal between farm equipment maker John Deere and seed giant Monsanto. Kinze says John Deere is trying to access a wide variety of internal documents about Kinze’s business, including marketing strategies, sales data and research and development plans. John Deere served the Iowa company a subpoena last month seeking the documents.

Kinze argues those documents would divulge its most tightly held business secrets and irreparably affect its ability to compete with Deere.

Minor injury accident in northwestern Cass County

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November 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and  Rescue, Marne 1st Responders and Medivac Ambulance were paged to a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening, northeast of Marne, just underneath Interstate 80. The accident happened on 570th Street, at around 4:41-p.m. Two people reportedly suffered what were described as minor injuries.

No other details were immediately available.

Woman on probation for staged bank robbery sent to jail

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November 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman on probation for her role in a staged Sioux City bank robbery is now behind bars. The Sioux City Journal reports 19-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen, of Holstein, was ordered to spend 30 days in jail.

Zevenbergen admitted to smoking marijuana in August and quitting her job for two months — both violations of her probation. District Judge John Ackerman told her Thursday that she would likely go to prison if she violates her probation again.

Zevenbergen and her friend, 19-year-old Angelica Perez, were sentenced in February to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree theft, but had their sentences suspended in May. Prosecutors said Perez entered the bank in disguise and passed Zevenbergen, who was a bank teller, a note demanding cash.

Company: Omaha-to-Chicago bus route ending next year

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November 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Discount bus company Megabus has announced it will make its last trips between Omaha and Chicago early next year. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the five-year-old Omaha-to-Chicago route will end on Jan. 9. The New Jersey-based company says low gas prices have reduced demand for its services. The route also has stops in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Davenport and Iowa City.

Tickets from Omaha to Chicago were priced Friday between $15 and $59 for rides over the next month. Burlington Trailways continues to offer bus service to Chicago from Omaha. Tickets with that line were priced Friday at $75.

Megabus says the route cancellation is part of a wider reorganization of Megabus’ Midwest hub, with job losses in Chicago and cutbacks in some other routes.

Council Bluffs infant death investigation

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November 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the death of an infant. Authorities say at around 4:37-a.m. Saturday, Officers of the Council Bluffs Police Department were dispatched to the 500 Block of 23rd Avenue to assist paramedics with an unresponsive infant in a vehicle on 23rd Avenue. Upon their arrival paramedics were unable to detect vital signs on the infant and began CPR. The infant was rushed to Jennie Edmundson Hospital where efforts to revive the child by emergency staff were unsuccessful and the infant was eventually pronounced dead at the hospital.

Holley Campbell who resides at 3618 Ronald Road in Council Bluffs, told investigators she woke up at around 4-a.m. to check on her two month old son, Donavon Hopkins, only to finding him unresponsive and not breathing. Campbell then loaded Donavon in a car and rushed off for the hospital.

While enroute to the hospital, Campbell experienced mechanical problems with the vehicle. The vehicle became disabled near South 5th Street and 23rd Avenue where she flagged down another motorist for help. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and was being conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.