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Corn growers and ethanol producers are concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed fix for ethanol demand.  The ethanol industry wants the federal government to account for dozens of ethanol exemption waivers it issued to small refineries.

Iowa’s Republican elected officials say they are confident the President is on their side, though the EPA  proposal disappointed many. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says intends to submit comments asking that the legally required number of gallons be met.

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Corn growers and ethanol producers are concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed fix for ethanol demand.  The comment period is still open. The ethanol industry wants the federal government to account for dozens of ethanol exemption waivers it issued to small refineries.

Iowa’s Republican elected officials to say they are confident the President is on their side, though the EPA  proposal disappointed many. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says intends to submit comments asking that the legally required number of gallons be met.

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The struggling farm economy has Congress taking action aimed at preventing a mental health crisis. 

The Senate’s two farmers, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley and Montana Democrat Jon Tester, have introduced a bill to increase mental health services for farmers and ranchers. Grassley says the goal is to prevent suicide—something that exacerbated suffering during the 1980s farm crisis, and that is still a threat to farmers and ranchers.  Grassley’s hopeful rural communities and farmers will be more open to services now.

The pit bull ban in Sioux City is one step closer to ending.     

The city council voted 3 to 2 yesterday to repeal the 11-year-old ban.   

At a public hearing yesterday, former city councilman Jim Rixner, who helped pass the ban, was one of only a couple to speak to keep it.

And if someone is bit, not only will they sue the owner, they will probably find an attorney who said, ‘you had an effective ban on these dogs and you repealed it, therefore you’re liable’.”

OCTOBER 21, 2019
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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. 

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.

Sioux City Journal

A long-time journalist for the Sioux City Journal has passed away at the age of 72 of October 17, 2019.  Lynn Zerschling covered several beats during her 28-year career with the newspaper.  She made an impact on her colleagues and friends like Sioux City Journal Editor Bruce Miller.  Miller says Zerschling worked hard, loved her job and making difference in the community.

Zershling retired in September of 2013, but you could still see her work every Sunday in the “From the Archives” section that recaps historic event in the community during the past 100-plus years.

The lethal injection protocol that was used in 2018 to execute a Nebraska prisoner survived a legal challenge Friday from death penalty opponents who had hoped to overturn it to prevent the state from carrying out capital punishment.

The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with state officials who adopted the new protocol in 2017 to allow the state to resume executions.

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Minnesota and the Dakotas have seen snow and rain in recent weeks that have hampered an already difficult harvest. But much of the Corn Belt has somewhat recovered from heavy rains in the spring and summer, with experts predicting good yields from what did get planted.  

Steve Nicholson, a grains and oilseeds analyst with Rabobank in St. Louis, says that even though many farmers are still struggling, he believes the markets would be a lot more unsettled if a total disaster was looming.

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Sioux City Animal Control confirmed they are investigating a dog bite that may have involved a pit bull, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The news comes on the heels of the Sioux City Council's 4-1 vote on Monday of moving forward a motion that would repeal a controversial, decades-long ban on pit bulls.

Police assisted animal control Wednesday afternoon as they confiscated a dog they believed bit a person in the arm and hand last week. The person was treated at a local hospital.

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