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Insiders 7/7/19: Iowa’s Efforts to Attract Workers, Why One Family Moved From Portland to Pella

DES MOINES, Iowa — There are more job openings than unemployed people in Iowa, so that means the state is trying to convince people who already live here to gain new skills or others who don’t live here to move. One man who left Portland for Pella shows what’s possible. The Iowa Business Council puts together what it calls “Iowa’s Competitive Dashboard” of the business landscape. They discuss why they believe Iowa is an attractive place to work. What is […]

DES MOINES, Iowa — There are more job openings than unemployed people in Iowa, so that means the state is trying to convince people who already live here to gain new skills or others who don’t live here to move. One man who left Portland for Pella shows what’s possible.



The Iowa Business Council puts together what it calls "Iowa's Competitive Dashboard" of the business landscape. They discuss why they believe Iowa is an attractive place to work.



What is it like for those new residents who decide to come to Iowa? One new resident talks about how Iowans have treated his family and what the state needs to do better to get more people to move here.



On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Education is scheduled to recommend to the administrative rules review committee that school buses have seat belts. It’s been a process to do this. Channel 13 showed what Des Moines was doing back in November of 2017.



Between smartwatches and smartphones, Generation Z is the technology generation. On the Quick Six, find out what they’ll want before they take a job.




Source: Insiders 7/7/19: Iowa’s Efforts to Attract Workers, Why One Family Moved From Portland to Pella

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Congressman King Blames Triple Homicide on Lax Immigration Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa –Triple murder suspect Marvin Escobar-Orellana claims that he defended himself from 29 year- old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez after she had killed her children, 11 year-old daughter Grecia and five year-old Ever. Police say ballistics and witness testimony both show he killed all three. According to immigration documents this would be the third time Escobar-Orellana has been in the country illegally. Iowa Congressman Steve King has blamed the deaths on U.S. immigration policy. “A mother, an 11 year-old girl, […]

DES MOINES, Iowa --Triple murder suspect Marvin Escobar-Orellana claims that he defended himself from 29 year- old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez after she had killed her children, 11 year-old daughter Grecia and five year-old Ever. Police say ballistics and witness testimony both show he killed all three.


According to immigration documents this would be the third time Escobar-Orellana has been in the country illegally. Iowa Congressman Steve King has blamed the deaths on U.S. immigration policy.


“A mother, an 11 year-old girl, and a five year-old boy would be alive today if we didn't have sanctuary policies and if we enforced immigration laws evenly and steadily across the board,” said King.


Congressman King also said “There are thousands of graves across this countryside that are there because we didn’t enforce immigration law. If they are unlawfully present in America, and we enforce the law, they are not there to kill Americans or any of God’s children that would exist here in the United States.”


While researches say it's a fact that undocumented immigrants in this country have committed violent crimes, it's more complicated than that. Michael Light, a sociology professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied the crime rate among undocumented immigrants using data collected in Texas.


“What you can do then with that data is calculate the crime rate for native-born Texans, undocumented Texans, and then legal immigrants.  In general, what they find is undocumented immigrants tend to have lower rates of crime compared to native born Texans and this is true for violent crimes such as homicide and it's also true for property crimes such as larceny,” said Light.


Light offers an analogy. He says it's a statistical fact that women have committed less violent crimes than men, but women still commit nearly 1,000 homicides per year.


“That same logic holds that if there weren't women then obviously these homicides wouldn't have occurred. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that we remove women, then the violent crime rate would be the violent crime rate amongst men which would be substantially higher. In other words, even though nearly 1,000 homicides in a year, give or take, that doesn't mean that removing them would make us safer, in fact it's the exact opposite,” says light.


Light says there are two theories as to why the rate of crime is lower among undocumented immigrants. One, is that the threat of being deported is more of a deterrent than the threat of jail time. The other is that those who come to the United States aren't the types of people prone to violence.


“People are doing it for economic opportunities or educational opportunities for them or their families. Those types of qualities, things like motivation, hard work, those things aren’t highly correlated with having a high crime prone disposition,” said Light.


Source: Congressman King Blames Triple Homicide on Lax Immigration Laws

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Presidential Candidate Julián Castro to Tour Flood Damage in Western Iowa

IOWA — Julián Castro will tour areas impacted by recent flooding in western Iowa, as part of his upcoming campaign stops in the state. Castro will be in Council Bluffs Sunday at 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet event at Barley’s Bar. On Monday, Castro will be in Red Oak for a meet-and-greet event at the Bridge Coffeehouse. That event begins at 8:30 a.m. He will also tour areas impacted by recent flooding along the Missouri River and meet with residents who […]

IOWA — Julián Castro will tour areas impacted by recent flooding in western Iowa, as part of his upcoming campaign stops in the state.


Castro will be in Council Bluffs Sunday at 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet event at Barley’s Bar.


On Monday, Castro will be in Red Oak for a meet-and-greet event at the Bridge Coffeehouse. That event begins at 8:30 a.m.


He will also tour areas impacted by recent flooding along the Missouri River and meet with residents who were affected. Castro will then meet residents at a local coffee shop around 11 a.m., before heading to Bartlett to tour the ongoing flood damage and recovery.



Source: Presidential Candidate Julián Castro to Tour Flood Damage in Western Iowa

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Cat Has Leg Amputated After Someone Tied Firecrackers to Her Front Paw

***Warning: The images and details in this story may be upsetting for some readers.*** PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A cat named Pickles is recovering after someone tied firecrackers to her left paw with rubber bands. According to Humane Animal Rescue, she was brought in by good Samaritans over the weekend. Her leg was severely infected and infested with maggots. “There wasn’t really any paw left. What was still there was barely hanging on by the rubber bands,” said Jamie Wilson, Director […]

***Warning: The images and details in this story may be upsetting for some readers.***


PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A cat named Pickles is recovering after someone tied firecrackers to her left paw with rubber bands.


According to Humane Animal Rescue, she was brought in by good Samaritans over the weekend.


Her leg was severely infected and infested with maggots.


“There wasn’t really any paw left. What was still there was barely hanging on by the rubber bands,” said Jamie Wilson, Director of Medical Business. “Her bone was exposed and she was severely dehydrated.”


Due to the extent of Pickles’ injury, vets decided it was best to amputate her entire leg.


The shelter said the surgery went well and she will eventually be put up for adoption.



Source: Cat Has Leg Amputated After Someone Tied Firecrackers to Her Front Paw

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Sens. Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar Make Their Cases to Iowans

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential candidates and former prosecutors Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar made their case to caucus-goers at the Independence Day Picnic on Wednesday. This come a week after the first Democratic debates, in which both senators said they had “breakout moments.” A poll by Suffolk University/USA TODAY showed Harris rose in the ranks after the debate to second place, trailing behind Joe Biden. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. “I […]

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Presidential candidates and former prosecutors Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar made their case to caucus-goers at the Independence Day Picnic on Wednesday.


This come a week after the first Democratic debates, in which both senators said they had "breakout moments."


A poll by Suffolk University/USA TODAY showed Harris rose in the ranks after the debate to second place, trailing behind Joe Biden. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


“I think the only poll that really matters is on Election Day but the fact that we are seeing momentum growing across the country is something I’m very proud of," Harris said.


Despite a consistent lead by Biden, some voters at the event said they are looking for a fresh face.


"My thoughts are we need someone younger, someone who can make it through not only this 4 years but the next 4 years so we don’t have to start over," said West Des Moines voter, Dev Tharp.


Both candidates recognized they still have work to do in convincing Iowans they are the best candidate for the job, but expressed confidence in their ability to do so.


"I am someone that can will. I am the candidate that has won in the reddest of red districts," Klobuchar said about her performance in her home state,  Minnesota, in the 2018 midterm elections.


While the two candidates brought different messages to the table, they both ramped up their rhetoric on unseating President Trump.


Harris called on her experience as a prosecutor -- citing taking on pharmaceutical companies, banks and more -- promising voters she will take on the president with the same approach.


"I know predators. And we have a predator living in the White House," she said.


Klobuchar described the president as divisive and asked voters to be mindful of that.


"You know we are better than that as a nation. As we look at the Fourth of July week, think about the freedom of our democracy," she said.


Their Trump talk seemed to resonate with Democratic voters, as some said that is one of their top priorities.


"We are interested in seeing a candidate who can defeat Donald Trump," voter John Hample said.


Hample said it will need to be someone who is more moderate and can appeal to the masses.


Whether or not that could be Klobuchar or Harris is something time will tell.


“We’ve got a long time left so you just gotta sit back watch the show, listen to people and make the decision as the time goes," Tharp said.


Source: Sens. Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar Make Their Cases to Iowans

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Sen. Ernst Calls President’s Tweets Racist, Rep. Steve King Criticizes Her, Ernst Responds by Criticizing Media

DES MOINES, Iowa — What began with President Donald Trump tweeting what Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, called racist; continued with Iowa Representative Steve King, a 4th District Republican from Kiron, tweeting criticism about Ernst’s response, now has Ernst sending out a statement in response to King’s criticism that criticizes the media’s attention to the incidents. Friday, President Trump sent a series of tweets concerning four Democratic women of color serving in the U.S. House. The tweets […]

DES MOINES, Iowa — What began with President Donald Trump tweeting what Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, called racist; continued with Iowa Representative Steve King, a 4th District Republican from Kiron, tweeting criticism about Ernst’s response, now has Ernst sending out a statement in response to King’s criticism that criticizes the media’s attention to the incidents.


Friday, President Trump sent a series of tweets concerning four Democratic women of color serving in the U.S. House. The tweets included this: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came…”


Monday, when Channel 13 news asked Senator Ernst’s office for comment, the office responded with this statement: “This isn’t constructive; we should stay focused on debating the issues and the radical policy agenda they’re pushing.”


Ernst later had an exchange with reporters in Washington, D.C. and when asked if President’s Trumps tweets were racist, Ernst responded, “Uh, yeah. They’re American citizens.”


Congressmen King responded Tuesday with this tweet:





When asked Tuesday for a response to King’s criticism, Ernst’s office sent out this statement which didn’t mention that criticism but instead focused on the media: “For the last two and a half years, many in the national media have been working overtime to destroy this president and divide Republicans and I’m not going to play along. Those folks don’t focus on the jobs being created, the record economic growth, and the measures President Trump has taken to keep our country safe. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m going to spend my time working with the president to combat the radical socialist agenda and stand up for America against people who want to tear it down.”


Senator Ernst also reaffirmed to national media that she still supports the president’s policies. 


 


Source: Sen. Ernst Calls President’s Tweets Racist, Rep. Steve King Criticizes Her, Ernst Responds by Criticizing Media

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Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Talks Immigration Policy in Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar discussed immigration policy while campaigning in Oskaloosa Tuesday. Klobuchar said the humanitarian crisis must be addressed. But she said nothing will be done until America sees the immigration issue as an economic crisis. “We don’t have workers in our fields and in our factories and our nursing homes and our hospitals. We have situations where we have people who study in medical schools and they do really, really well and they want to […]

OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar discussed immigration policy while campaigning in Oskaloosa Tuesday.


Klobuchar said the humanitarian crisis must be addressed. But she said nothing will be done until America sees the immigration issue as an economic crisis.


"We don't have workers in our fields and in our factories and our nursing homes and our hospitals. We have situations where we have people who study in medical schools and they do really, really well and they want to stay in America, but we force them back to their home country,” said Klobuchar.


Klobuchar spent nearly an hour meeting with Iowans at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa. She says the immigration problems in the U.S. are too big to be boiled down to one topic or one border. She points to programs she helped start in her home state of Minnesota that extend visas for immigrants who take jobs in careers and locations of need.


Klobuchar said the most important thing for America in the 2020 election is to choose a leader they don't have to be ashamed of.


“You want to have someone who governs with integrity so that teachers who are here today can talk to their kids and say 'this is a president.' You may not always agree with the president, but this is what the president said today. This is what happened today. Time and time again, you have to wake up in the morning and read one of his mean tweets and read of these things where he has gone after people of color or gone after immigrants or gone after people in his own party because they don't agree with him,” said Klobuchar.


Klobuchar will attend the West Des Moines Democrats picnic at Legion Park on Wednesday.



Source: Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Talks Immigration Policy in Oskaloosa

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Iowa / Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 99
« on: July 17, 2019, 06:27:21 PM »
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 99

Justice John Paul Stevens, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 in the wake of Watergate and stepped down almost 35 years later as a leader for the liberal side of the bench, has died. He was 99. Stevens, known as a soft spoken Midwesterner with a searing intellect, died on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Supreme Court. Stevens was born in the South Side of Chicago in 1920 and graduated from […]

Justice John Paul Stevens, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 in the wake of Watergate and stepped down almost 35 years later as a leader for the liberal side of the bench, has died. He was 99.


Stevens, known as a soft spoken Midwesterner with a searing intellect, died on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.


Stevens was born in the South Side of Chicago in 1920 and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1941, and Northwestern Law School in 1947. In interviews, he shied away from questions concerning his legacy and always maintained that his ideology hadn’t shifted during his years on the court.


On the bench, always with his trademark bow tie peaking over his judicial robes, Stevens would often wait until the latter half of an argument, lean forward with a polite, “May I ask” and then launch a razor sharp question cutting to the core of an advocate’s case.


He retired in 2010 at 90 years old, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to nominate Justice Elena Kagan, then 50, to take his place.


This story is breaking and being updated.


Source: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 99

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Iowa / New Poll Shows Kamala Harris is Surging in Iowa
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:20:27 AM »
New Poll Shows Kamala Harris is Surging in Iowa

IOWA — California Senator Kamala Harris is surging both nationally and in Iowa, according to two new polls released Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field in the early caucus state in a poll taken after last week’s debates from Suffolk University and USA Today, with 24% support. But Biden is followed by Harris (16%) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (13%). In a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll conducted in early June, Biden was also at 24% support among […]

IOWA -- California Senator Kamala Harris is surging both nationally and in Iowa, according to two new polls released Tuesday.


Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field in the early caucus state in a poll taken after last week's debates from Suffolk University and USA Today, with 24% support. But Biden is followed by Harris (16%) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (13%).


In a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll conducted in early June, Biden was also at 24% support among likely caucusgoers, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 16%, Warren at 15%, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14%, and Harris at 7%. CNN on Tuesday released a national poll conducted with SSRS finding Harris increasing in her share of the vote, while Biden loses support.


But Suffolk's new poll suggests a decrease in support for Sanders and Buttigieg, at 9% and 6%, respectively. These differences could be because the polls weren't conducted by the same pollster and sponsor, but it's more likely that Harris is experiencing a bump in support after her performance in last week's debates, while Buttigieg and Sanders saw slight decreases.


And Quinnipiac's new national poll reflects that bump for Harris, with an increase from 7% in its early June poll to 20% support after the debates. Unlike in Iowa, Biden lost support nationally, down from 30% to 22%. Sanders also decreased slightly (from 19% to 13%), while Warren held steady.


Among those likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa who watched both nights of the debate, half said Harris did "better than expected," followed by former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (29%) and Buttigieg (22%).


On the other side, those who watched both nights said Biden did "worse than expected" (41%), as did Sanders (23%), and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke (16%).


Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents nationally, 47% said Harris did the best job in the debates while 16% said author Marianne Williamson did the worst, followed by 15% for Biden, according to Quinnipiac.


These results don't necessarily reflect solid preferences among Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa, with 60% of likely Democratic attendees saying they might change their mind on who to vote for before the caucuses.


Those who didn't choose Biden as their first or second choice said it was because they didn't have enough information/hadn't made up their mind (15%) or because of his age (15%).


As other polls have found nationally, health care is the most important issue that would affect vote (29%) followed by climate change (18%). Similarly, when asked to rate the importance of a nominee's support for certain issues, taxing the very wealthy comes out on top (64% call it very important), followed by Medicare for all (57%). Fewer prioritized impeaching President Donald Trump (41% very important), free higher education (39%) or breaking up big tech companies (26%).


Three-in-five likely Democratic caucus participants said it was more important to nominate a candidate who can defeat Trump over someone who reflects their priorities (34% preferred a candidate who reflects their priorities), another finding similar to the national population.


Regardless of how they intend to vote, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents nationally think Biden would be the best leader and has the best chance of beating Trump in the Quinnipiac poll. But the proportion who think Biden would be the best leader is down from 44% in April to 26% now.


When asked which candidate had the best policy ideas, Warren won out with 31%.


The USA Today/Suffolk University poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa was conducted by telephone June 28 through July 1 among a random sample of 500 likely caucus participants. Results among the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


The Quinnipiac University poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents was conducted by telephone June 28 through July 1 among a random sample of 554 registered voters. Results among the Democratic sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.0 percentage points.



Source: New Poll Shows Kamala Harris is Surging in Iowa

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Iowa / $100 Million Lost Island Theme Park Planned for Waterloo
« on: July 17, 2019, 12:26:26 AM »
$100 Million Lost Island Theme Park Planned for Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa water park is getting ready for a major expansion. On Monday, owners of the popular Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo announced plans to build a $100 million theme park adjacent to their current attractions. State “rise” funds, city money and private investments will help fund the project. Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks, with the park opening in 2022.

WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa water park is getting ready for a major expansion.


On Monday, owners of the popular Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo announced plans to build a $100 million theme park adjacent to their current attractions.


State “rise” funds, city money and private investments will help fund the project.


Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks, with the park opening in 2022.


Source: $100 Million Lost Island Theme Park Planned for Waterloo

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Carl Voss Announces Run for At-Large Des Moines City Council Seat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Another candidate announced he is running for the at-large city council seat in Des Moines. Carl Voss threw his hat in the race Monday. Voss has served as an interim council member in the past, but he says now is the time to join full time. Voss said he wants to address clean water, revitalizing neighborhoods, fixing potholes and the sewer system, and improving mental health in our youth. He says he is ready to walk […]

DES MOINES, Iowa — Another candidate announced he is running for the at-large city council seat in Des Moines. Carl Voss threw his hat in the race Monday.


Voss has served as an interim council member in the past, but he says now is the time to join full time.


Voss said he wants to address clean water, revitalizing neighborhoods, fixing potholes and the sewer system, and improving mental health in our youth. He says he is ready to walk neighborhoods to hear from the voters.


“I’ll listen carefully to the constituents, get back to people with their issues and be a part of the mix,” said Voss.


Marco Battaglia has also announced he is running for the at-large seat. The seat has been held by Chris Coleman for the past 20 years. Coleman has not yet said whether he will be running for re-election.


Election Day is November 5.



Source: Carl Voss Announces Run for At-Large Des Moines City Council Seat

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Trump Takes 20 Steps into North Korea, Making History as First Sitting U.S. Leader to Enter Country

NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un on Sunday and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in the country. Trump crossed the low stone curb separating the North and South at 3:45 p.m. local time, making his way alongside a grinning Kim into a country that’s long been a global pariah for its nuclear ambitions and dismal record on human rights. The event, seemingly […]

NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un on Sunday and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in the country.


Trump crossed the low stone curb separating the North and South at 3:45 p.m. local time, making his way alongside a grinning Kim into a country that’s long been a global pariah for its nuclear ambitions and dismal record on human rights.


The event, seemingly spontaneous and broadcast live, took to a new level Trump’s showman instincts and view of diplomacy as a test of interpersonal skills. Afterward, Trump said he agreed with Kim to revive staff-level talks that had collapsed after their last summit in February.


The encounter at the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone — their third in person — came a day after Trump raised the prospect of a border handshake in a tweet and declared he’d have “no problem” stepping into North Korea.


“Would you like me to step across?” Trump asked Kim as they shook hands. “I am OK with it.”


While inside North Korean territory, Trump and Kim shook hands and patted each other’s backs before returning across the border to the South after about a minute.


“I never expected to meet you at this place,” Kim, who appeared overjoyed in the moment, told Trump through an interpreter.


Later, Trump said he was “proud to step over the line” and thanked Kim for the meeting. He invited him to the White House, though later acknowledged such a visit would likely not come soon.


The North Korean leader said he was surprised by Trump’s request to meet, and accepted the offer due to their “excellent relationship” and the significance of meeting at the border.


“I think meeting here, two countries that have a hostile past, we are showcasing to the world that we have a new present and we have a positive meeting going forward,” he said.


After the historic handshake, the two men met inside the Freedom House at the DMZ for just under an hour — a more substantial session than Trump previewed earlier when he said his encounter with Kim would amount to little more than a handshake.


The moment marks a milepost in the United States’ fraught history with North Korea, but what it means beyond a display of friendship wasn’t immediately clear.


The North Korean government praised Trump’s “historic” meeting and handshake with Kim as an “amazing event” in the country’s first acknowledgment of the talks at Panmunjom, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Sunday.


Kim said that it was the “good personal relations with Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible,” according to KCNA.


The North Korean government went on to explain how the “bold” decision by Kim and Trump created “an unprecedented trust between the two countries which had been antagonizing each other with deep rooted hostility,” KCNA reported.


There did not appear to be any new commitments made in Trump’s 50-minute meeting with Kim beyond an agreement to restart talks. And Trump himself said afterward he was in no rush to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.


Still, the meeting and historic border crossing have broken a stalemate in the talks that hasn’t broken since Trump walked out of his last meeting with Kim in Vietnam four months ago.


Trump said negotiating teams would begin meeting in a matter of weeks.


The US team will be led by the current US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, Trump said. Turning to Biegun, Trump wished him luck.


 


Confirmation came after back-and-forth

Trump arrived to the border zone about an hour after he confirmed he would meet with Kim, and used an observation platform to peer into the North.


Standing alongside his South Korean counterpart, he appeared somber as he listened to a US military official, who pointed at landmarks in the distance.


“It used to be very, very dangerous,” Trump said, citing his briefing. “After our first summit, the danger went away.”


Even with history in the air, Trump did not avoid criticizing the media, claiming he wasn’t given credit for improving relations with Pyongyang.


“When they say there’s been no difference, there’s been a tremendous difference,” he griped. “I say that for the press, they have no appreciation for what is being done, none.”


The meeting along the fenced and barbed wire-topped border came after a morning of back-and-forth over whether the brief greeting would transpire after Trump on Saturday issued a public invitation for a handshake.


On Sunday morning, Trump framed the question of whether he’d actually meet Kim as a matter of logistics, indicating both sides were sorting arrangements to make the handshake happen.


 


Such a meeting was once unthinkable

The prospect of a US president stepping over the world’s most heavily fortified border into North Korea would once be unthinkable. But it’s in keeping with Trump’s deeply personal style of diplomacy and his flair for orchestrating drama around those efforts.


Still, some diplomats even in Trump’s own administration were caught off guard when he tweeted the invitation for Kim to meet Saturday while attending the final day of the G20 summit.


Trump’s last meeting with Kim collapsed when the two sides could not agree on terms exchanging sanctions relief for relinquishing North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. And the two sides have made little progress since.


After Trump’s first summit with Kim, a year ago in Singapore, there appeared to be progress in thawing relations. North Korea released some imprisoned Americans and returned the remains of some soldiers who’d been killed in the Korean War.


For a period, North Korea also suspended its provocative missile tests. But in the past month they have resumed testing short range missiles, though have not yet conducted nuclear or intermediate- or long-range missile tests.


“I’m not sure what it is that President Trump is trying to accomplish, because while all this engagement has gone on, there has been no decline in the stockpile of North Korean nuclear weapons or missiles,” said Joseph Yun, a former US special representative for North Korea under Trump and now a CNN analyst.


Trump says he’s in no rush and claims to have already seen results — both enough, in his view, for another meeting.


“If you’re in a rush, you get yourself in trouble,” he said during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before his DMZ visit on Sunday.


 


Other presidents have gone to the DMZ — without Kim

Sunday was not the first attempt Trump made to get to the DMZ, the heavily guarded stretch that has divided the Korean Peninsula for three-quarters of a century. He was foiled by weather last time around, in 2017. Always highly attuned to optics, Trump wasn’t likely to pass up the opportunity to stare into the North from the observation platform.


Other presidents have made the same journey — all peering into the North through binoculars — but none have actually met the despotic leaders who rule it.


Nor has any sitting US president stepped across into the North.



Source: Trump Takes 20 Steps into North Korea, Making History as First Sitting U.S. Leader to Enter Country

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Iowa / 2 Injured in Crash Involving Semis, U-Haul on Interstate 80
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:02:10 PM »
2 Injured in Crash Involving Semis, U-Haul on Interstate 80

POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — Two people were injured in a crash involving two semi trucks and a U-Haul truck on Interstate 80 Sunday evening. The crash happened just before 5 p.m. at the 191 milemarker near the Malcom exit on I-80 eastbound. The Iowa State Patrol said one of the semis caught fire as a result of the crash. According to the Iowa State Patrol, there were no fatalities but two people were injured. The severity of their injuries is […]

POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa -- Two people were injured in a crash involving two semi trucks and a U-Haul truck on Interstate 80 Sunday evening.


The crash happened just before 5 p.m. at the 191 milemarker near the Malcom exit on I-80 eastbound. The Iowa State Patrol said one of the semis caught fire as a result of the crash.


According to the Iowa State Patrol, there were no fatalities but two people were injured. The severity of their injuries is unknown.


At one point, a portion of the interstate was closed and traffic was backed up for seven to ten miles. The interstate has since reopened.


The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Source: 2 Injured in Crash Involving Semis, U-Haul on Interstate 80

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Insiders 6/30/19: Reparations for Slave Descendants, Chuck Grassley Discusses Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa — Should the federal government in some way pay descendants of slaves several generations later to help make up for the financial disadvantage that endured because of slavery? Abena Imhotep, who ran for lieutenant governor as a Libertarian, joins Insiders to discuss the idea of reparations. Prakash Kopparapu is the chair of the Iowa Latino & Asian Coalition. The coalition has already hosted many of the Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa. The growing organization looks to expand […]

DES MOINES, Iowa — Should the federal government in some way pay descendants of slaves several generations later to help make up for the financial disadvantage that endured because of slavery?


Abena Imhotep, who ran for lieutenant governor as a Libertarian, joins Insiders to discuss the idea of reparations.



Prakash Kopparapu is the chair of the Iowa Latino & Asian Coalition. The coalition has already hosted many of the Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa. The growing organization looks to expand diversity in the political discussion and has a big decision to make.



From time to time, we like to get a peek inside the thought process of Iowans trying to pick a favorite candidate. A University of Iowa graduate student who wants to be a social worker and a Johnston man who supported Bernie Sanders last time shares how they're thinking about 2020.



See why Sen. Chuck Grassley thinks President Trump just made a big move that could help a lot of Iowans, and hear why Grassley isn't so thrilled with the state of Illinois.



On the Insiders Quick Six, Channel 13 political director Dave Price discusses what we learned from the first presidential debates.




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Iowa / What to Know About the ICE Raids Scheduled for This Weekend
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:16:30 AM »
What to Know About the ICE Raids Scheduled for This Weekend

UNITED STATES — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to move forward with an operation targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump, according to a US official. ICE, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is charged, in part, with deporting undocumented immigrants. A senior immigration official told CNN that the details of the ICE operation, currently slated to start on Sunday, will be largely the same as the one postponed […]

UNITED STATES — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to move forward with an operation targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump, according to a US official.


ICE, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is charged, in part, with deporting undocumented immigrants. A senior immigration official told CNN that the details of the ICE operation, currently slated to start on Sunday, will be largely the same as the one postponed last month.


The New York Times first reported on the upcoming raids, saying they are expected to take place in at least 10 cities. The raids will occur “over multiple days” and will include “collateral” deportations in which “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.”


 


Who is targeted and why


The migrant families expected to be targeted recently arrived to the US.


In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to local ICE offices by March to comply with the orders.


The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, according to a senior immigration official.


Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation’s immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations and those cases are being expedited to try to process the families in under a year.


Then-acting ICE director Mark Morgan said last month that ICE had worked closely with the Justice Department on the family expedited docket and that the “results were very disappointing,” claiming that some families haven’t attended their immigration hearings.


 


Where the raids are expected to take place


The senior immigration official tells CNN that the operation is expected to target some 2,000 family members with court orders of removal and take place over several days in 10 cities across the nation — Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.


The city of New Orleans said on Twitter that it confirmed with ICE that “immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend” in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by tropical storm Barry.


 


What happens to those who are arrested?


There are additional legal steps that migrants could take in the event that they’re arrested, therefore it’s unlikely that all those targeted would be immediately deported.


In some cases, for example, an individual may be ordered removed because he/she didn’t show up to their immigration court hearing. If the reason the individual didn’t appear is because they weren’t provided notice of the date, time and place of their immigration hearing, that individual could file a motion to reopen their case.


Others could file a motion to reopen if conditions have deteriorated in their home country since the date they were ordered deported.


 


Trump has so far deported fewer people than Obama


According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, 256,085 people were deported in fiscal year 2018, up from 226,119 removals in fiscal year 2017.


That’s still significantly less than the number of people deported during fiscal year 2012, when the Obama administration deported more than 400,000 people.


Staffing limitations and budget constraints generally limit how many people the US can detain and deport — and how quickly that process happens. While the Trump administration has said it still focuses on criminals, there was an uptick in the number of people arrested by ICE without criminal records. Crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor.


In Trump’s first year, ICE arrested 109,000 criminals and 46,000 people without criminal records — a 171% increase in the number of non-criminal individuals arrested compared to 2016.


CNN first reported in May that the administration had been considering deporting migrant families with court-ordered removals in an attempt to “send a message” to smugglers, according to a senior administration official.


As part of the consideration, the administration had been looking at an operation rolled out in the late years of Obama’s presidency — and revived in Trump’s first year in office — that also targeted families.


In 2017, ICE apprehended 650 individuals during a four-day operation, dubbed Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve, which targeted families and unaccompanied children. According to the agency, it was the second iteration of the operation which had also taken place at the start of 2016 following an uptick in families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally.


Similar to the upcoming ICE operation, all individuals had court-ordered removals.


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