Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R)

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It looks like the dispute over ethanol waivers will go one a little longer than expected. Governor Kim Reynolds says due to the natural disaster caused by hurricane Dorian, the Trump Administration’s announcement about ethanol has been delayed.

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A man who burned four children’s books from the Orange City Library last year was found guilty of criminal mischief today Sioux County District Court.  Paul Dorr was fined $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court costs. 

Last October,  Dorr recorded himself on video publicly burning four children’s library books that have lesbian, gay and bisexual themes --- mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. In a written statement, Dorr said he burned the books to exercise his freedom of speech and faith. 

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An Ocheyedan man who burned four L-G-B-T-Q themed children’s library books last year has been ordered to pay a fine for his criminal mischief charge.  Paul Dorr was sentenced in Sioux County District Court today (Tuesday). He was ordered to pay $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court fees. The fine is the minimum amount for his charge. In October, Dorr recorded himself on video burning four children’s library books with lesbian, gay and bisexual themes. It was mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. 

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Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called today for government oversight hearings on the reasons for the resignation of former Iowa DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven.   Gov. Kim Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking him to resign. Sen. Tony Bisignano said a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation to be made public. Reynolds has declined to explain why Foxhoven was asked to resign last month. 

Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

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The Iowa Department of Human Services will pay an additional $386 million to two insurance companies that will provide Medicaid services for the 2020 fiscal year. DHS says the rates include changes made by the Iowa Legislature, which account for about 2 percent of the increase. Last year the agency approved a $344 million increase over the previous year.

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Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was questioned on the witness stand in a crowded Polk County courtroom today (Friday). Branstad was asked why he called for Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey to resign after taking office in 2011.

Godfrey claims it was because he is gay, but Branstad disputed that saying he supports advances in gay rights. Godfrey’s attorney, Paige Fiedler (FID-ler), asked Branstad about his actions as governor.

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A northwest Iowa city discharging untreated wastewater into the Little Sioux River has contracted with a manure hauler to stop the releases. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the hauler is pumping wastewater from the city of Quimby’s lift station into a tanker and transporting it across the river into the city’s lagoon.

State environmental officials estimate at least 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was going into the river each day from a city sewer line break.

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USDA forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. But, that’s not necessarily good for farmers.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over. Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.

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USDA forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. But, that’s not necessarily good for farmers.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over. Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.

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The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says it has set up a hotline for people to call in and report clergy abuse. The office says 8 trained advocates will take down information from survivors. The office also has 10 alternates to answer calls.

Tim Lennon is a Sioux City native with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He’s been asking for this.

(0603lennon   0:12) We understand that because most victims never come forward, there needs to be easy access for them to report some of these crimes.