West Nile Virus Returns to Iowa, Joe Biden Campaigns in SIouxland Next Week, 4:32

Jul 12, 2019

Former VP Joe Biden (D)

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will make two stops in Northwest Iowa when he returns to campaign in the Hawkeye state.

Biden, a former vice president, will attend a multi-candidate forum in Des Moines on Monday, and his campaign has slated other stops, including Sioux City and Le Mars on Tuesday.

Iowa officials have reported the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.

The Iowa Public Health Department says the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.

until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production.

The EPA refuses to restore 2.6 billion gallons (9.84 billion liters) of ethanol removed from production through refinery waivers. It's a significant blow to corn farmers and run counter to Trump's promise but many hesitate to blame Trump, known for retaliatory tweets.

U.S. Representative Cindy Axne, a Democrat says Trump isn't taking responsibility for policies that hurt farmers and his administration is good at distancing him from EPA decisions.

Nebraska's corrections director won't have to testify before lawmakers about the state's lethal injection protocol or how prison officials obtained the drugs used in an execution last year.

The Nebraska Supreme Court sided today with the state corrections department, which sought to block a subpoena from the Legislature's Judiciary Committee that would have required corrections director Scott Frakes to answer questions about his department's lethal injection practices.

The Judiciary Committee ordered Frakes to appear at a public hearing last year, months before Nebraska executed its first inmate by lethal injection.