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Noon Newscast 9.4.19

Woodbury County Jail

A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the July death of a man injured in a car crash.  

Thirty-eight-year-old Darrick Toel, of Le Mars, pleaded not guilty in Woodbury County District Court to charges of vehicular homicide and operating while intoxicated.   

Toel was the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a tree on the evening of July 1.

His passenger, 37-year-old Ryan Toel of Struble, was injured and died two days later.

An Iowa agency is keeping secret a list of about two dozen former criminal offenders who were improperly granted credentials to work for private security firms.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety denied an open records request seeking  the identities of those individuals whose security cards were recently revoked.

The move came after the discovery that the department granted 5,800 private security employees credentials to work in Iowa without undergoing mandatory federal criminal background checks.

The department has for a year worked to retroactively complete those checks.

Officials say about two dozen security cards have been revoked.

Governor Kim Reynolds says because of Hurricane Dorian an announcement about ethanol by President Trump has been pushed back.  

On Twitter last week the President promised his administration would come up with a plan to boost ethanol.

The move came after outrage over more than 30 waivers given to oil refineries. 

Reynolds talked to Vice President Mike Pence last week and he also promised to talk about the issue with the president.

The Renewable Fuels Association reports 2,500 jobs were cut because of reduced production or ethanol plant closures.

A facility in Merrill was temporarily shut down in early August.

Union Pacific says it expects to haul less freight in the second half of the year than previously predicted.

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad says the volume of cars, construction materials, grain and imported goods it will haul in the second half of the year will likely fall by four to six percent.

Credit Union Pacific

Union Pacific has been working to streamline operations and reduce costs, so it should be able to at least partly offset the decline.

The volume of freight Union Pacific and other railroads haul hints at the health of the overall economy.

A recent study by the University of Iowa found many rural Iowans may not be receiving care that meets an accrediting group’s standards.

The study found that 40 percent of rural Iowans diagnosed with breast, lung and colorectal cancers were being treated in hospitals not accredited by the Commission on Cancer.   

The commission, which is part of the American College of Surgeons, recognizes programs that provide high-quality care to cancer patients.

Health officials at the University of Iowa say rural cancer patients who are at a non-accredited hospital could consider getting a second opinion.