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Judge Hoffmeyer Remembers State Sup. Court Justice Mark Cady, Oil Worse than Previously Thought

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady died suddenly last Friday. Cady's family announced the death of the 66-year-old chief justice following a heart attack at his family home in Fort Dodge.

Duane Hoffmeyer is the chief of the third judicial district in Iowa and hears cases at the Woodbury County Courthouse.  Hoffmeyer says he was shocked when he found out about Cady’s death.

“We were just, all of the chief judges were in Des Moines on Wednesday, at a judicial council meeting, which is all of the chief judges, the eight judicial districts, the court of appeals and he chairs the meeting.  

Hoffmeyer says Cady worked hard to make sure issues like racial bias and mental illness were understood by judges, and he worked to make the Iowa court system the best that it could be.

Cady will be commemorated at a public service on the Drake University campus at 10:00 on Wednesday morning.  

A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday.

A North Dakota environmental scientist said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated by state regulators to have affected about 209,100 square feet of land near Edinburg. State regulators had said the leak affected only about 22,500 square feet of land.

The cause of the spill is still unknown. An affected portion of the pipe has been sent to a third-party laboratory for inspection, as required by federal regulators.

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