Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

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Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says until the U.S. House votes on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, she’s not convinced there’s a case.

Reynolds is an honorary state chairwoman of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Reynolds says the House should focus on issues such as a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she won’t yet weigh in on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Reynolds says she’s waiting for the U.S. House of Representatives to specify the charges against the president.

Really until they take a vote and I know what they’re accusing him of, I don’t think there’s anything there. So there are procedures they have to follow and I’m not sure that’s been followed yet so right now I’m not going to weigh in because what are the charges they’re accusing him of?

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has not yet seen a document outlining how the Trump Administration may address farmers’ fury over ethanol waivers granted to oil refineries.

Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting President Trump is expected to sign-off on the deal Friday and make the details public next week. Reynolds was in the Oval Office a month ago, arguing for a policy that will increase federal biofuel production and blending requirements. The oil industry has been pressing for concessions that would alter what Reynolds and others discussed with Trump.

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Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer will speak in two campaign events on Wednesday.

Steyer has been notable for his extended quest to impeach President Donald Trump, and he is now making his first campaign stops in Northwest Iowa.

At 9 a.m., Steyer will speak at Hardline Coffee Co, 611 Fifth St., in Sioux City, and at 12:45 p.m. at Better Day Coffee, in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The governor has announced the State of Iowa’s last fiscal year ended with a surplus of nearly $290 million.

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Ethanol producers and farmers are hoping for an agreement that will require some refineries to use more ethanol to make up for the waivers granted by the Trump administration. 

Governor Kim Reynolds says President Trump verbally agreed to a fix for his decision to exempt 31 refineries from blending ethanol into gasoline.  Reynolds hopes the President will make the announcement in Iowa. Ethanol producers and farmers are hoping for an agreement that will require some refineries to use more ethanol to make up for the waivers granted by the Trump administration. 

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Governor Kim Reynolds says she’ll take President Trump “at his word” after he verbally agreed to a fix for his decision to exempt 31 refineries from blending ethanol into gasoline.

But Reynolds says she hasn’t talked to Trump since their meeting in Washington DC last week. She was asked if the president would announce an agreement in Iowa.

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A second Siouxland area ethanol plant is shutting down. The first was Plymouth Energy in Merrill, and now Sioux Center-based Siouxland Energy,  a farmer-owned cooperative, has also stopped operations. The closures at both Iowa ethanol plants are temporary.   A written statement blames the Trump Administration’s waivers so ethanol doesn’t have to be blended in gasoline produced at what the board said were “many large oil refineries.” 

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A Texas health and human services official has been named the new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services today.  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Kelly Kennedy Garcia to head the department that oversees the state's Medicaid program, mental health centers, and child welfare services.

Garcia is now the deputy executive commissioner at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Garcia previously managed the Texas Medicaid program and once served as a senior adviser to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed a new Iowa Department of Human Services director a couple of months after she abruptly ousted Jerry Foxhoven from the position.

Kelly Kennedy Garcia is scheduled to start leading the state’s biggest agency November first. She’s currently a deputy executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Garcia has also worked for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which studies whether state agencies should be abolished, and for former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry.

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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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It looks like virtual caucuses won’t be happening next year in Iowa. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is scrapping the process that would have allowed participants to caucus with their phones. The decision comes following recommendations from the Democratic National Committee. State party chair Troy Price says they take the DNC’s concerns over hacking seriously. 

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It looks like virtual caucuses won’t be happening next year in Iowa. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is scrapping the process that would have allowed participants to caucus with their phones. The decision comes following recommendations from the Democratic National Committee. State party chair Troy Price says they take the DNC’s concerns over hacking seriously. 

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The Democratic National Committee recommends Iowa scrap its plans for telephone-based virtual caucuses next year, citing security concerns. 

they had asked the state party to make Iowa’s first-in-the-nation’s caucuses more accessible.

The caucuses are regularly criticized for not being inclusive.

And the Iowa Democratic Party came up with a plan in February to give participants the opportunity to make decisions via phone.

Troy Price is the state party chair. 

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Local law enforcement is warning state and federal officials that meth is increasingly an issue in rural Iowa. Prosecutors, investigators, and officers met with Governor Kim Reynolds and White House Drug Czar Jim Carroll on Thursday. 

Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens [STEVEN BAY-yenz] told them the drug trade is changing in rural communities.

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It looks like longtime Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott is running for reelection. Scott made the announcement today. Scott has been mayor of Sioux City for 14 years. Former ESL teacher Maria Rundquist, who teaches Northeast Community College and runs a translation business, is the only other mayoral candidate who has filed so far. 

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Bob Scott announced today that he will make another run for mayor of Sioux City.

Scott will have served 15 years as mayor of Sioux City as of 2020.  So far, there is one other mayoral candidate.  Former ESL teacher Maria Rundquist, an instructor for Northeast Community College who runs a translation business, is the only other mayoral candidate besides Scott who has filed nomination papers so far, according to the Sioux City Clerk's Office.

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4thDistrict Congressman Steve King’s remarks today to a conservative group in Urbandale about abortion and rape are being denounced by state and national leaders.  They call to mind controversial comments King made last year about western civilization.

King was talking to the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale about his anti-abortion heartbeat bill which makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

Then King asked what the population would look like if those exceptions were made through history.

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Governor Kim Reynolds says the state is working to fix issues that cause the state to be hit with a nearly two million dollar fine.  That federal fine was for errors in distributing food assistance.

The USDA cited the state for having a higher error rate than the national average, which was first reported by WOI-TV in Des Moines. The state was found to be overpaying benefits much more often than it was underpaying them.

Reynolds says she still doesn’t know why the state had a high error rate.

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Iowa’s senior senator has some harsh words for the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s because of its decision to release many small oil refineries from their obligations to blend ethanol into gasoline. 

The past few days have dealt multiple blows to corn farmers: on Friday, EPA granted 31 so-called “hardship” waivers. And Monday, a prediction from the Agriculture Department showed declining demand for corn because ethanol production is down. 

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Tran Walker has been found guilty of the stabbing deaths of his ex-girlfriend and a friend, according to the Sioux City Journal.

District Judge Tod Deck announced his verdict this afternoon in Woodbury County District Court after weighing the evidence for two months. 

Nineteen-year-old Walker of Sioux City was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the Jan. 28, 2018, stabbing deaths of 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan, and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr., 18, both of Sioux City. Walker faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

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A Sioux City plastic surgeon facing action by the Iowa Medical Board says he expects to be vindicated.

The board alleges Dr. Adam Smith failed to provide appropriate care to 17 patients from December 2014 to September of 2017. 

“I have done my best for my whole time in Siouxland here to provide the best care I can for patients.”

A hearing on the allegations is scheduled for October.

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The former head of the Iowa Department of Human Services says he was asked to resign his position after refusing a request from Governor Kim Reynolds.   Jerry Foxhoven says the governor asked him to continue paying the salary of a woman moving from his department to the governor's office.

Foxhoven says he didn’t approve paying the salary of Elizabeth Matney, because he believed she was already being paid by the state for her new position. Foxhoven says he was fired two days after that decision. 

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The former head of the Iowa Department of Human Services who was unexpectedly asked to resign by the governor says he had objected to a request from the governor just before being fired.  Governor Kim Reynolds asked Jerry Foxhoven to continue paying the salary of a woman moving from his department to the governor's office.  Foxhoven says he declined to approve paying the salary of Elizabeth Matney.  She left DHS on May 17 to accept a job as Reynolds' adviser on health policy.

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The former head of the Iowa department of human services Jerry Foxhoven says he has been discussing his resignation with authorities, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Iowa State Auditor, says the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  

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The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven says he has discussed his resignation with authorities, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Iowa State Auditor, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Foxhoven says Gov. Kim Reynolds asked him to resign publicly without explaining why last month.

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Democratic lawmakers in the Iowa House and Senate are calling for an investigation of why Republican Governor Kim Reynolds asked a former state agency director to resign.

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Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature are calling for hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds' refusal to discuss why she demanded the resignation of former Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven.

Senate and House Government Oversight Committee Democrats today called for hearings on Foxhoven's sudden departure last month and want him to appear to explain what happened.

Sen. Tony Bisignano says a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation to be made public.

 

 

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is being asked to explain her reasons for asking the head of the state department of human services to resign recently.  Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking former DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven to resign. 

Democratic Sen. Tony Bisignano pays a 2017 state law requires the state to explain the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation.  Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

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It a very hot and humid day in Siouxland and most of Iowa is under an excessive heat warning, where temperatures will reach in the 90s and heat index values could be as high as 110 degrees.

The National Weather Service says the heat warning is for the southern two-thirds of the state under Highway 20. 

Many areas are reporting damage after powerful thunderstorms blew through southeastern South Dakota early Wednesday morning.

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Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is declining to directly answer whether he thinks President Donald Trump's comments toward four minority women in the U.S. House were racist.

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