PM News 10.21.19: Tri-State Governors Talk about Ethanol, Mayor Pete Moves Up and More

Oct 21, 2019

TRI-STATE GOVERNOR CONFERENCE
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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota say they believe President Donald Trump still supports Midwest farmers. 

All three were in Siouxland for the Tri-State Governor Conference held in Dakota Dunes.

Some ethanol industry advocates are frustrated about a proposal the EPA released last week to account for lost demand for renewable fuels because of small refinery waivers. 

At a news conference following a meeting in South Dakota, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said President Trump is committed to the rule that requires a certain amount of renewable fuels be blended into gasoline.

I mean he’s committed. Every time I’ve talked to him in the oval office, he’s committed to adhering to the rule, and so we just need EPA to follow through with it.

Reynolds says President Trump and members of his cabinet have visited Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota several times and are constantly talking to farmers. The other two governors agreed that Trump is listening and working hard for farmers.

Today, the Sioux City Council will consider assisting an urban revitalization area on the northside of town.

This afternoon’s meeting agenda includes developers who plan to ask the city to help with financial assistance in building roads and infrastructure of the Northbrook development.

It’s located south of 28th Street.

The council is also to take another step toward repealing the bit bull ban in Sioux City.

Last week, council members voted 4 to 1 to remove the ban passed in 2008.

Two more votes need to be done before the repeal become official.

A new poll shows a three-way race is shaping up in the Iowa Caucuses.

The Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg has surged in a new poll by Suffolk University and USA TODAY.

The poll with likely Iowa Causes goers put Former Vice President Joe Biden on top with 18%.  He’s virtually tied with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who has 17%.  Buttigieg is now third with 13%.

A poll by the same group in saw polar differences.    

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT PETE BUTTIGIEG
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Biden led Warren by double digits and Buttigieg trailed with only 6% support.

Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren says she'll release details on how she'd pay for her "Medicare for All" plan in "the next few weeks."

The Massachusetts senator came under criticism from her opponents during last week's Democratic primary debate for refusing to say whether her plan would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for expanding Medicare to the entire nation.

ELIZABETH WARREN AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY IN DES MOINES, IA
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Warren made her comments at a campaign stop in central Iowa last night.

Democratic rival Bernie Sanders has acknowledged that his plan to expand Medicare to everyone would require higher taxes on the middle class while eliminating most health care expenses for the public.

Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy.

Key lawmakers said they're hopeful a recent uptick in state tax collections could help them reduce the burden on farmers and homeowners who have complained for years about rising property tax bills.

Lawmakers will get a better idea about the state's financial situation Thursday when the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meets to update its revenue estimates. Lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts rely on the board's projections to determine how much money they'll have available in the coming year.

Six of South Dakota's Sioux tribes have received $4.2 million in funding from the federal government for public safety programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the awards Friday in a series of press releases. The funding is part of $273.4 million the DOJ is awarding to tribal programs nationally.

South Dakota tribes receiving funds are: The Cheyenne River Tribe in Eagle Butte, which is getting $450,000; the Santee Tribe at Flandreau received $716,968; the Ogala Tribe at Pine Ridge got $738,871; the Rosebud Sioux Tribe received $1,508,794; the Yankton Tribe got $326,356; and the Standing Rock tribe received $500,000. That tribe is based in Fort Yates, North Dakota but includes land in South Dakota.

The trial of a Nebraska woman charged with stabbing a Sioux City woman to death has been pushed back.

Twenty-one-year-old Melissa Carmargo-Flores of Dakota City is accused of killing 24-year-old Kenia Alvarez-Flores in April of last year.

Her trial is now scheduled for March.    

Investigators say Camargo-Flores admitted to the crime.  She told them she had been involved with the victim’s boyfriend.

A man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he beat a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church.

Webster County court records say 36-year-old Joshua Pendleton entered pleas Monday to charges of robbery and first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 10.

Officers sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge on Oct. 2 found the Rev. Allen Henderson lying unresponsive outside. Henderson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  

Police say security footage shows a man who officers identified as Pendleton trying to get into the building. Police say Pendleton later acknowledged to investigators that he had fought with a man at the church.

The 64-year-old Henderson was senior pastor at St. Paul and had served as a chaplain to area first responders.

A new arson charge has been filed against a volunteer firefighter already facing trial in northwest Iowa.

Buena Vista County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack is charged with arson and burglary.

His attorney declined to comment today.

Mack is accused of setting a fire in September of 2017 that gutted three buildings in downtown Newell, where he lives.

Mack is awaiting trial next month in Sac County, where he and two others are accused of setting a corncrib fire in August, just outside of Nemaha.

No one was injured in either blaze.

Part of the case against a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because an officer failed to properly read him his Miranda rights.

Prosecutors have agreed to exclude at trial some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera made to police.

Court documents filed by prosecutors acknowledge the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera was incomplete because the officer didn’t inform Rivera that anything he said could be used against him in court.

His trail, which already has faced delays is scheduled to start in Woodbury County District Court in February.

The Iowa DNR responded to two water emergencies over the weekend.

On Saturday, a dive team discovered the body of a Nebraska man who died after his kayak capsized in the Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge in Harrison County a day earlier.

And, yesterday, a father and son were rescued after their boat took on water in Monona County.  They were duck hunting at the Tieville Bend Wildlife Management Area when it happened.

Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is not with the team and won't play in the Cornhuskers' home game against Indiana on Saturday.  

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Coach Scott Frost announced Washington's status Monday, stopping short of calling it a suspension. Frost said he didn't see Washington being part of the team's plans in the "immediate future."

Frost said Washington's absence is not related to child  pornography charges he faces in California. 

Frost said Washington has not practiced since the Huskers' loss at Minnesota on Oct. 12. The Huskers were idle this past Saturday.

An Iowa State study has found that two out of five young adults have a substance use disorder.

The study was published in the Journal of American College Health. It surveyed more than 3,200 young adults both in college and not in college and found more than 40 percent had at least one substance use disorder within the past year.

Iowa State Psychology Professor Brooke Arterberry says researchers also discovered just one in every 100 college students with the disorder are able to quit. She says that’s because many young people are not seeking treatment.

If you think about the idea that students are not seeking treatment or that help or support, then it's going to be harder for them to remit.

Substances included in the study were alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and prescription drugs.