Noon Newscast 8.21.19

Aug 21, 2019


A two-day presidential forum attracted about a dozen candidates to Sioux City’s Orpheum Theatre.

The event focused on Native American issues and was named for activist Frank LaMere who died in June.

Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was the final person to hit the stage.

More than 250 people cheered Sanders as he talked about the need for attention to global warming and sustainability.  

“You have your people, more than any other people in our country can teach us about sustainability.  The native American people did not kill thousands and thousands of buffalo because they always knew that the buffalo gave them life.  You don’t wipe out trees.”

Sanders also talked about the need to strengthen the economy and try to avoid a recession.  

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will “take a look at” multiple ways to prevent gun violence, adding that she has already done a lot toward that goal. But Reynolds did not take a position on any specific gun-related laws.

Some Republican elected officials including Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, say they support the concept of “red flag” laws.

Those can allow police or family members who see warning signs in others to seek a court order temporarily blocking that person from accessing a gun.

Reynolds did not say if she supports this type of law or other gun-related measures.

More Iowans who get their insurance through their employer are on high deductible plans,

That’s according to a recent report by the University of Minnesota.

The annual report studies trends in employer-sponsored insurance.

It found the number of Iowans on a high-deductible plan jumped significantly from 50 percent in 2017 to 57 percent last year.

The national average is 49 percent.  The average deductible for a single person rose by $288 from 2017 to 2018.

The majority of Iowans, nearly 60 percent, get their insurance through employers. This is higher than the national average of 51 percent.