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Iowa / Pop Up Labs Help Nurses Make Projects to Help Patients
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:26:09 PM »
Pop Up Labs Help Nurses Make Projects to Help Patients

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nurses at a Des Moines hospital are coming up with creations to help their patients. Ideas are coming to life inside a Blank Children’s Hospital lounge. “This is my 3D mold,” explained UnityPoint Health PICU Neonatal Transport Nurse Brittany Hruska as she showed a project she is working on. She started researching and creating earmuffs for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit a couple years ago. “In the NICU, we have a lot of noise […]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nurses at a Des Moines hospital are coming up with creations to help their patients.


Ideas are coming to life inside a Blank Children's Hospital lounge. “This is my 3D mold," explained UnityPoint Health PICU Neonatal Transport Nurse Brittany Hruska as she showed a project she is working on. She started researching and creating earmuffs for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit a couple years ago.


"In the NICU, we have a lot of noise that we can't eliminate between the ventilators and just talking that happens. There's been tons of research on how damaging it is to babies. It's bad for their growth, development. It's bad for their brains," said Hruska.


A pop-up lab at Blank Children’s Hospital through a company called Maker Health helped her improve her invention. "Before I was hand cutting these. They would take me about an hour to make a set of them. Nurse maker helped me learn how to do computer aided design software and we 3D printed molds and they helped me find liquid foam, so now I can make lots of these pretty quickly."


UnityPoint Health hosted several pop-up labs throughout the summer. Nurses brought their projects. Maker Health provided resources to perfect them.


UnityPoint Health Maker Nurse Champion Alisha Tompkins said, “I always knew nurses were very, very smart and had several ideas, but it's just having those resources and the ability to make it reality. That's what Maker Nurse is helping us do."


About a dozen projects are currently in the works, including a communication board for Spanish-speaking patients. Other projects improve patient care and even nurse’s workflow. "We made this medication tray to put underneath the computer. It will just slide out and they can prepare their meds there," said Tompkins as she showed a project.


Hruska's earmuffs are almost ready. She's working with the quality improvement and the research and ethics committees to make sure the earmuffs are safe for babies. "I just know the babies need it, and I'm really excited to get these to the babies. I think it's exciting I can make them,” she said.


The earmuffs will cost less than a dollar per set to make.


Source: Pop Up Labs Help Nurses Make Projects to Help Patients

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Iowa / Kamala Harris Nabs Endorsement From Iowa Power Couple
« on: August 20, 2019, 05:42:39 PM »
Kamala Harris Nabs Endorsement From Iowa Power Couple

DES MOINES, Iowa — The influential Iowa political couple Sue and Bob Dvorsky announced their endorsement on Saturday of California Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The endorsement comes just hours before Harris speaks at the Iowa State Fair and midway through her first statewide bus trip across Iowa. The couple has been influential for decades in Johnson County, a liberal stronghold that’s home to the University of Iowa and one of the state’s most important counties for Democrats. “I think she’s […]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The influential Iowa political couple Sue and Bob Dvorsky announced their endorsement on Saturday of California Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.


The endorsement comes just hours before Harris speaks at the Iowa State Fair and midway through her first statewide bus trip across Iowa.


The couple has been influential for decades in Johnson County, a liberal stronghold that's home to the University of Iowa and one of the state's most important counties for Democrats.


"I think she's the one -- the one who is best equipped to bring together the coalitions and bring together our base," Sue Dvorsky told CNN in an interview. "Before you begin to reach out to those folks who are undecided, you have to energize your own base. Our base is young, female, they're people of color and they live all across the country. ... She is the person who can excite that."


Political endorsements make for good headlines for campaigns, especially in the middle of a busy weekend where nearly all the candidates are in Iowa.


But the Dvorsky endorsement may matter less for the immediate headline than what the couple could offer -- organizational guidance in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.


Bob Dvorsky is a former state senator and his wife, Sue, served as Iowa Democratic Party Chair. Sue Dvorsky is well-known in Democratic circles for her knowledge of the state caucus process and is considered a key influencer in the delegate-rich precincts of Johnson County.


The Dvorskys were early backers of Barack Obama in 2007, helping him win the Iowa caucuses, in an upset over then-front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sue Dvorsky went on to serve as the Johnson County co-chair for the Obama campaign.


In the 2016 cycle, the Dvorskys supported Hillary Clinton.


Sue Dvorsky said she's met with most of the 2020 Democrats and that she's known former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner, for years.


"It is hard to overstate our personal affection for that man," she said.


But when asked about the belief that Biden is the person who can best defeat President Donald Trump, Dvorsky said she would not "make my choice based on fear."


"I will not be driven by this man's (Trump) fear, I will not!" she said. "He is banking on us being afraid. I will be damned if I make my choice based on him. We're the Democratic party, for god's sake, and we will not be driven to our knees by this man's attempt to villainize our neighbors."


"He doesn't scare me. He doesn't scare her. We elect who we elect."


Harris has renewed her focus on Iowa, rolling out a six-figure ad buy on Thursday. The ad, airing on television and in digital media, is running as Harris crosses the state in what her campaign is calling a river-to-river, multi-city trip across Iowa.



Source: Kamala Harris Nabs Endorsement From Iowa Power Couple

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17 Presidential Candidates Talking ‘Gun Safety’ in Des Moines Saturday

DES MOINES, Iowa — Seventeen presidential candidates are scheduled to talk gun safety in downtown Des Moines on Saturday. The event was organized by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. The groups are advocating for gun regulation after previous mass shootings throughout the country. The event starts at 8 a.m. at the Iowa Events Center. At the forum, the 2020 presidential candidates will talk about their plans to address gun violence. The following candidates are […]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Seventeen presidential candidates are scheduled to talk gun safety in downtown Des Moines on Saturday.


The event was organized by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. The groups are advocating for gun regulation after previous mass shootings throughout the country.


The event starts at 8 a.m. at the Iowa Events Center. At the forum, the 2020 presidential candidates will talk about their plans to address gun violence. The following candidates are slated to speak at the following times.



  • U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, at 8:05 a.m.

  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock at 8:35 a.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, at 9 a.m.

  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9:25 a.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, at 9:50 a.m.

  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at 10:15 a.m.

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at 11:05 a.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, at 11:30 a.m.

  • Former New York City Mayor and Everytown founder Michael Bloomberg at noon

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden at 12:20 p.m.

  • Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, via video message at 12:50 p.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, at 12:55 p.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, at 1:50 p.m.

  • U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, at 2:15 p.m.

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at 2:35 p.m.

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at 3 p.m.

  • U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, at 3:25 p.m.

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 3:50 p.m.



Source: 17 Presidential Candidates Talking ‘Gun Safety’ in Des Moines Saturday

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Trump Downplays Talk of a Recession After his Economic Advisers Say Growing Fears are Unfounded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump said he is “prepared for everything” but that “most economists” don’t think a recession is on the horizon as growing fears of a slowdown persist. “We are doing tremendously well,” the President told reporters on a tarmac in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington. “Consumers are rich, tax cut loaded up with money. I saw Walmart numbers through the roof, better than any poll,” he said. The comments come […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump said he is “prepared for everything” but that “most economists” don’t think a recession is on the horizon as growing fears of a slowdown persist.


“We are doing tremendously well,” the President told reporters on a tarmac in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington. “Consumers are rich, tax cut loaded up with money. I saw Walmart numbers through the roof, better than any poll,” he said.


The comments come amid concerns of a global economic slowdown that could potentially threaten Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. The economy has been an important talking point for the President, who often invokes its growth as a way to boost his administration’s popularity. Though the US economy, for now, remains on stable ground, five of the world’s biggest economies are at risk of a recession, and a week of whiplash on Wall Street spiked fears the US economy could be dragged down too.


Trump conceded on Sunday that economies across the world are “not doing well like we are doing, the rest of the world, if you look at Germany, if you look at European Union, frankly, look at the UK, look at a lot of the countries, they are not doing well.” Trump added that “most economists actually say we are not going to have a recession.”


Trump said the US has options on how to handle a recession, but that it would happen only if he had no choice but to take on China.


“If I wanted to make a bad deal and settle on China, the market would go up. But it wouldn’t be the right thing to do,” he explained. “I’m just not ready to make a deal, China would like to make a deal, I’m not ready.”


Trump economic advisers say US not cusp of recession


Two top White House economic advisers on Sunday brushed off fears of a brewing global recession, instead boasting about the state of the US economy under Trump.


“No, I don’t see a recession. And let me add just one theme … Just one theme. We’re doing pretty darn well, in my judgment. Let’s not be afraid of optimism,” Larry Kudlow, the White House’s chief economic adviser, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press.” In a separate appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Kudlow told host Dana Perino that he didn’t see a recession “at all.”


White House trade adviser Peter Navarro similarly brushed off concerns of an impending recession, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that the yield curve — a critical economic indicator related to US Treasury bonds that, when inverted, often precedes recessions — was not “technically” inverted last week.


Since Trump took office, the stock market has reached record highs and unemployment has stayed at a historic low. But any number of factors could set off a US downturn, including Trump’s trade policy, a weakening global economy, the waning effects of the 2017 tax cuts or even a risk of deflation.


Trump on Sunday wrote on Twitter that the US economy is “the best in the world,” claiming also that it’s “Poised for big growth after trade deals are completed.”


Earlier Sunday, the two officials sought to draw positive attention to the US economy, with Navarro telling Tapper, “What we see now is foreign capital coming to the best game on the globe, which is the Trump economy. It’s going into our stock market.”


Kudlow also looked to refocus attention on economic gains under Trump, saying on NBC, “We had some blockbuster retail sales, consumer numbers towards the back end of last week. Really blockbuster numbers.”


He said despite the worries about a volatile stock market, “most economists on Wall Street towards the end of the week had been marking up their forecasts for the third and fourth quarter. That echoes our view.”


Source: Trump Downplays Talk of a Recession After his Economic Advisers Say Growing Fears are Unfounded

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Presidential Candidates Flocking to Iowa State Fair to Connect with Caucus Crowd

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nineteen presidential candidates are scheduled to make appearances on the first weekend of the annual Iowa State Fair. State Historical Society State Curator Leo Landis said candidates have been coming to the state fair for decades. “Candidates know that if they get our electoral vote they have a good opportunity to win the presidency. So, since the 1930s it’s been a place to campaign,” Landis said. The first president to make an appearance was Dwight D. […]

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nineteen presidential candidates are scheduled to make appearances on the first weekend of the annual Iowa State Fair.


State Historical Society State Curator Leo Landis said candidates have been coming to the state fair for decades.


“Candidates know that if they get our electoral vote they have a good opportunity to win the presidency. So, since the 1930s it’s been a place to campaign,” Landis said.


The first president to make an appearance was Dwight D. Eisenhower back in 1954.


Landis said in 1976 presidential candidate Jimmy Carter was the first to use the Iowa State Fair as a platform to campaign.


1976 was the first election cycle for Iowa to have both the Democratic and Republican caucus.


“Some candidates whether it be Barack Obama in 2007 he just comes and shows that he is a real person and visits with his wife and daughters and they do bumper cars. They play midway games. When candidate Trump was here in 2015, he has the helicopter rides just outside the fairgrounds,” Landis said.


Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt said, “This gives them huge national attention to try and build credibility and the ever crucial poll numbers.”


You can listen to candidates at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the following times:



  • Friday August 9th:

    • 9:00 a.m. Democrat Julian Castro

    • 10:30 a.m. Democrat Andrew Yang

    • 12:00 p.m. Democrat John Delaney

    • 1:30 p.m. Democrat Marianne Williamson

    • 2:15 p.m. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard



  • Saturday August 10th:

    • 9:00 a.m. Democrat Jay Inslee

    • 10:30 a.m. Democrat Kamala Harris

    • 11:15 a.m. Democrat Tim Ryan

    • 12:45 p.m. Democrat Amy Klobuchar

    • 1:30 p.m. Democrat Joe Sestak

    • 2:15 p.m. Democrat Kristen Gillibrand

    • 3:00 p.m. Democrat John Hickenlooper

    • 3:45 p.m. Democrat Elizabeth Warren

    • 4:30 p.m. Democrat Cory Booker



  • Sunday August 11th:

    • 11:15 a.m. Republican Bill Weld

    • 1:30 p.m. Democrat Tom Steyer

    • 3:00 p.m. Democrat Michael Bennet

    • 3:45 p.m. Independent seeking Democrat nomination Bernie Sanders

    • 4:30 p.m. Democrat Bill de Blasio





Source: Presidential Candidates Flocking to Iowa State Fair to Connect with Caucus Crowd

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Cause of Death was Suicide by Hanging, Medical Examiner Says

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday. Hours later, Epstein’s attorneys said they will conduct their own investigation into the circumstances of his death. The medical examiner’s determination came almost a week after the multimillionaire was found in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex […]

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday.


Hours later, Epstein’s attorneys said they will conduct their own investigation into the circumstances of his death.


The medical examiner’s determination came almost a week after the multimillionaire was found in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex trafficking ring. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.


The autopsy was performed Sunday, the chief medical examiner’s office said in a statement at the time, but its findings were pending further information. A private pathologist also observed the autopsy, the statement said, calling it “routine practice.”


The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the autopsy showed Epstein “sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones.”


Both the FBI and the Justice Department’s Inspector General are investigating the circumstances around the accused sex trafficker’s death.


Epstein’s lawyers said they are not satisfied with the medical examiner’s conclusions and urged more scrutiny of the jail.


“No one should die in jail. And no one, not Mr. Epstein who was presumed innocent and had violated no prison disciplinary rule, and not anyone should be imprisoned under the harsh, even medieval conditions at the MCC where Mr. Epstein spent his final hours,” they said. “His safety was the responsibility of the MCC. It is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols.”


US Attorney General William Barr said earlier this week that there were “serious irregularities” at the facility where Epstein was held.


Epstein was placed on suicide watch following an incident last month at the jail. But in late July, after he was given daily psychological assessments, he was taken off suicide watch and returned to the special housing unit, according to a person briefed on the matter.


Two prison staff members guarding Epstein’s unit failed to check on him that night for about three hours, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the investigation.


Officials have cautioned to CNN that they don’t know what the staff members were doing during that time and are still trying to pin that down.


Guards are supposed to check on detainees in the special housing unit every 30 minutes, a source with knowledge of Epstein’s time at the prison previously told CNN.


It’s protocol for detainees coming off suicide watch not to be placed alone in a cell, the source said, and Epstein initially had a cellmate in the special housing unit. But that person was removed for unknown reasons.


CNN previously reported that of the two officers responsible for monitoring Epstein that night, one was not currently a detention guard but was temporarily assigned to the post, per a person briefed on the matter. The guard, a man not identified by officials, had previously been trained as a corrections officer but moved to another position.


In their statement Friday, Epstein’s attorneys said they may take legal action to “view the pivotal videos — if they exist as they should — of the area proximate to Mr. Epstein’s cell during the time period leading to his death.”


Federal Bureau of Prisons rules allow people who work in other prison jobs, such as teachers or cooks, to be trained to fill in at posts normally held by regular guards.


Both guards were working overtime shifts but it’s unclear whether that was mandatory. One person familiar with the matter said both employees had volunteered. Union officials say the overtime was mandatory.


The two guards aren’t talking to investigators and have hired lawyers, people briefed on the matter have told CNN.


Source: Jeffrey Epstein’s Cause of Death was Suicide by Hanging, Medical Examiner Says

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Iowa / Biden Talks Gun Control, Immigration at Town Hall
« on: August 18, 2019, 10:06:14 AM »
Biden Talks Gun Control, Immigration at Town Hall

DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential candidate Joe Biden took a break from touring the Iowa State Fair to speak at the Asian and Latino Coalition town hall Thursday evening. The former vice president took aim at President Trump for the Mississippi ICE raids, as well as his rhetoric around immigration. Biden defended the Latino community and said that immigrants are the backbone of America. “The reason we are the nation we are is because of immigrants,” he said. “What does […]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Presidential candidate Joe Biden took a break from touring the Iowa State Fair to speak at the Asian and Latino Coalition town hall Thursday evening.


The former vice president took aim at President Trump for the Mississippi ICE raids, as well as his rhetoric around immigration. Biden defended the Latino community and said that immigrants are the backbone of America.


"The reason we are the nation we are is because of immigrants," he said. "What does it matter what continent their family comes from?"


Biden called the ICE raids "simply wrong," and said the country needs to stop tearing apart families.


"What are we doing? What are we doing? There are U.S. born children wondering if they’ll ever see their parents again," he said.


He spoke to a crowd of about 100 people about a variety of topics, but immigration was a big part of the conversation. Biden suggested that Trump's past language about the "invasion" of immigrants inspired the El Paso shooter.


"A president’s words matter and they matter a great deal," he said. "In both clear language and in code this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation."


A woman in the audience asked Biden about what he will do about gun violence. He didn't go into details of policy ideas but said change will happen.


"The fact of the matter is that your generation understands better than anybody and that's why it's gonna change, it's gonna change," Biden said. "You're the best-educated, the most open, the most inclusive generation in American history, and you've decided no more. I promise you, I promise you it's gonna change."


 



Source: Biden Talks Gun Control, Immigration at Town Hall

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Health Officials Say Kids’ Health Documents Should be Updated Before School Starts

DES MOINES, Iowa – Many central Iowa schools begin school in one week, which means students need to have updated vaccine records and physicals. Polk County Department of Health Public Information Officer Nola Aigner said it is important for children to have updated health documents. “This is what prevents diseases that are prevented by vaccines. When we are vaccinated, not only does it keep our children healthy, it keeps our school healthy it keeps our community healthy,” Aigner said. In […]

DES MOINES, Iowa – Many central Iowa schools begin school in one week, which means students need to have updated vaccine records and physicals.


Polk County Department of Health Public Information Officer Nola Aigner said it is important for children to have updated health documents.


“This is what prevents diseases that are prevented by vaccines. When we are vaccinated, not only does it keep our children healthy, it keeps our school healthy it keeps our community healthy,” Aigner said.


In 2017, a law was passed requiring all incoming seventh and 12th grade students to get a meningitis vaccine before the first day of school.


Other vaccines depending on a child’s age that they need to have include: polio, measles, hepatitis B, varicella, meningococcal and tetanus.


Aigner said the Polk County Health Department has a program called ‘vaccines for children’ for students who do not have health insurance. They can receive free vaccines and pay a $12 office fee.


“We give kids every type of vaccine. So, we give them the MMR, measles, mumps, rubella, the chicken pox vaccine, we give them the T-Dap vaccine. All of those basic vaccines that they need that are required to go back to school,” Aigner said.


Aigner said to call ahead at make an appointment for your child. The number is 515-286-3798.


Another location offering free physicals, vaccines, vision screenings and more is a partnership between Des Moines Public Schools and Primary Health Care.


On August 19th DMPS students who do not have health insurance or qualify for Medicaid can receive an examination.


PHC Director of Operations Nation Simpson said, “There is a wide range. Really anything that a student would need through their well-child appointments throughout the year.”


DMPS students can go to either Hoover High School or Central Campus on August 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The Iowa Clinic is providing free sports physicals for Harding Middle School students on August 21st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and for Callanan Middle School students on August 22nd from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Every school district has different health requirements, so call your child's school and ask what is needed.


Religious and medical exemptions need to file the correct paperwork in order to qualify.


The American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization say that vaccines are safe and are the best way to prevent these diseases.


Source: Health Officials Say Kids’ Health Documents Should be Updated Before School Starts

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Steve Bullock Talks Gun Policy Changes from the Perspective of a Gun Owner

IOWA STATE FAIR  —  Montana Governor Steve Bullock says he has lots of friends in the 2020 presidential race, and he looks forward to defeating them all. On Thursday he sat down with Political Director Dave Price to talk about the changes he, as a gun owner, wants to see in America’s gun laws.

IOWA STATE FAIR  --  Montana Governor Steve Bullock says he has lots of friends in the 2020 presidential race, and he looks forward to defeating them all.


On Thursday he sat down with Political Director Dave Price to talk about the changes he, as a gun owner, wants to see in America's gun laws.



Source: Steve Bullock Talks Gun Policy Changes from the Perspective of a Gun Owner

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Iowa / Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ‘OK’ After Plane Crash in Tennessee
« on: August 17, 2019, 10:16:43 AM »
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ‘OK’ After Plane Crash in Tennessee

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their child were on a plane that crashed in Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, according to Mike Davis, with JR Motorsports. Earnhardt Jr.’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said Dale and his family are all safe but were taken to the hospital for an evaluation. “I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has […]

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their child were on a plane that crashed in Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, according to Mike Davis, with JR Motorsports.


Earnhardt Jr.'s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said Dale and his family are all safe but were taken to the hospital for an evaluation.


"I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding."


Airport Manager Dan Cogan told WJHL the private plane ran off the end of the runway at Elizabethton Airport and caught fire.


Davis said everyone on the plane, including two pilots, are expected to be OK.











Source: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ‘OK’ After Plane Crash in Tennessee

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Bullock, Biden Making Campaign Stops on Opening Day of Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday marks opening day for the 2019 Iowa State Fair and you can expect all the classics from food on a stick, to exhibits, rides, people watching, as well as a healthy dose of politics. The fair is the perfect place to meet those trying to become president. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and former Vice President Joe Biden will be the first ones to make stops at the best state fair in the nation. The Democrats […]

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thursday marks opening day for the 2019 Iowa State Fair and you can expect all the classics from food on a stick, to exhibits, rides, people watching, as well as a healthy dose of politics.


The fair is the perfect place to meet those trying to become president.


Montana Governor Steve Bullock and former Vice President Joe Biden will be the first ones to make stops at the best state fair in the nation. The Democrats are taking part in the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox later Thursday.


Bullock is scheduled to speak at 12:45 p.m. and Biden will speak after him at 1:00 p.m.


Beto O’Rourke has canceled his Friday Soapbox appearance along with other Iowa campaign events. He’s shifting his focus toward helping his hometown of El Paso, Texas in the wake of the deadly mass shooting there over the weekend.


Fairgoers will also get the chance to participate in our Cast Your Kernel poll to choose which candidate you’re supporting in the 2020 presidential election. Stop by the Channel 13 booth at the Administration Building to make your pick!



Source: Bullock, Biden Making Campaign Stops on Opening Day of Iowa State Fair

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Iowa / Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Campaign
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:15:30 PM »
Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Campaign

One of the many Democratic candidates vying to be President has dropped out of the race. Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issuing a statement Thursday announcing the end of his campaign. “A little over six months ago, I announced my run for President. In almost every aspect, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined. Although, of course, I did imagine a very different conclusion. You know, the people I’ve met across this country take their […]

One of the many Democratic candidates vying to be President has dropped out of the race.


Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issuing a statement Thursday announcing the end of his campaign.


“A little over six months ago, I announced my run for President. In almost every aspect, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined. Although, of course, I did imagine a very different conclusion.


You know, the people I’ve met across this country take their responsibility to choose a President so seriously. In big groups and small, in living rooms and diners and backyards, people shared with me their deepest fears and highest hopes. They want solutions. They want this country moving forward. They’re sick of the chaos and dysfunction of Washington DC and I couldn’t agree with them more. I ran for President because this country is being ripped apart by politics and partisan games while our biggest problems go unsolved. 


Today, I’m ending my campaign for President. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together. Don’t tell me that we can’t figure out how to lower prescription drug costs or tackle climate change. Don’t tell me we have to accept the number of gun deaths or the reduced job prospects of too many Americans. 


I know when people work hard enough to get past their differences, you can make amazing progress. That’s what we did in Colorado and I was so proud to travel the country and tell people that change IS possible when you work together. That’s how Colorado made sure ninety-four percent of our people have health coverage; that’s how we took on the NRA and now have universal background checks; that’s how we went from being 40th in job growth to the number one economy in the country. We worked together. 


I’m also proud of the campaign we ran. I want to thank each of you….The leaders across this country who supported this campaign…those of you who invested financially and the thousands more of you who made investments of your time and energy and ideas. Thank you all so much…. I will always be grateful to our incredible staff who worked their hearts out these last six months. You did great work against long odds. And of course, I have a wonderful circle of friends and colleagues, a remarkable son and an amazing wife. They mean the world to me.


People want to know what comes next for me. I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate. They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought. I’ve been a geologist, a small businessman, a Mayor, a Governor and a candidate for President of the United States. At each step, I’ve always looked forward with hope. And I always will. Thank you.”


Source: Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Campaign

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Iowa / Beto O’Rourke to Skip Iowa Trip, Stay in El Paso
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:34:37 AM »
Beto O’Rourke to Skip Iowa Trip, Stay in El Paso

Beto O’Rourke is skipping a planned trip to Iowa this weekend, as his hometown grieves after the mass shooting here, he told reporters Wednesday. The former Texas congressman will miss the Iowa State Fair, which Democratic presidential contenders will swarm in the coming days. He will also miss the Wing Ding dinner, a major event for state party officials and activists. He told CNN he hasn’t decided when he will return to the campaign trail. He announced his decision to […]

Beto O’Rourke is skipping a planned trip to Iowa this weekend, as his hometown grieves after the mass shooting here, he told reporters Wednesday.


The former Texas congressman will miss the Iowa State Fair, which Democratic presidential contenders will swarm in the coming days. He will also miss the Wing Ding dinner, a major event for state party officials and activists.


He told CNN he hasn’t decided when he will return to the campaign trail.


He announced his decision to stay home hours before he will lead a protest as President Donald Trump visits El Paso, where police say the suspect in a shooting that left 22 people dead authored a racist, anti-immigrant document .


O’Rourke repeatedly has said Trump bears responsibility for the shooting because of his history of racist comments.


“He’s trying to intimidate this community, to make us afraid of the border, of immigrants,” O’Rourke told reporters Wednesday morning.


O’Rourke attended a memorial at El Dorado High School on Wednesday morning, where he told students that “it is hard to find another place on the planet that is anything like what we enjoy here.”


“We must remind ourselves and tell the rest of the country that we are safe not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and refugees and asylum-seekers … but that very fact is what makes us strong and successful and safe and secure in the first place,” he said.


O’Rourke did not directly answer a question from CNN about whether the best way to implement new gun control laws is for him to run for the US Senate again, this time against Republican Sen. John Cornyn, rather than running for president.


“No part of me right now is thinking about politics, is thinking about any campaign or election. All of me is with and thinking about this community,” he said.



Source: Beto O’Rourke to Skip Iowa Trip, Stay in El Paso

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Iowa / New 16 Field Softball Complex Coming to Central Iowa
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:17:59 PM »
New 16 Field Softball Complex Coming to Central Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Construction of a new one of a kind softball complex will be starting this fall in Newton. Project Fastpitch softball complex is going to cost $32 million and will be located right next to the Iowa Speedway. Laila Pelds is just one of many softball players in Iowa who has been dreaming of a softball complex like Project Fastpitch. “I’ve been playing softball for a very long time and it’s just such a thrill. The game is […]

NEWTON, Iowa -- Construction of a new one of a kind softball complex will be starting this fall in Newton.


Project Fastpitch softball complex is going to cost $32 million and will be located right next to the Iowa Speedway.


Laila Pelds is just one of many softball players in Iowa who has been dreaming of a softball complex like Project Fastpitch.


“I’ve been playing softball for a very long time and it’s just such a thrill. The game is so intense and so competitive and I just love to compete,” Pelds said.


With its 12 outdoor fields and four indoor fields coaches and players say its a game changer.


“Well weather can’t stop us so even in the case of a storm we can just move everything inside. With our ceiling height and some technology that’s going in that building we don’t have to worry about balls that will hit the roof and we can play every game inside on a shortened schedule and just play longer days,” Coach and Project Fastpitch Director Marty Maynes said.


Maynes said the facility will be the first of its kind in the United States.


"A player from Illinois can come to central Iowa and play in front of a college coach who is sitting in their office in California. We will have live streaming of our games unlike anything that's ever been seen in the sport. It will be close to watching say a college world series game or a major league baseball game," Maynes said.


Maynes said Iowa players have been at a competitive disadvantage due to their summer season, but this new complex will allow players like Pelds to pursue their dreams.


"This opens a whole new door for recruiting for girls in Iowa because traveling to places like California where the really good coaches are is really expensive and some people have the talent to go but they really just can't afford it. It's not cheap. And this complex opens a whole new door for girls and they might get to live their dream of going D1 and going to the next level," Pelds said.


Project Fastpitch plans to break ground later this fall and leaders expect construction will take about a year.


Source: New 16 Field Softball Complex Coming to Central Iowa

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6 Presidential Candidates to Take Part in Des Moines Gun Safety Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three gun advocacy groups are organizing a presidential forum on gun safety this Saturday in Des Moines. Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action announced the forum in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all agreed to take part. Those who attend will learn about each candidate’s plans to address gun […]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three gun advocacy groups are organizing a presidential forum on gun safety this Saturday in Des Moines.


Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action announced the forum in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.


Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all agreed to take part. Those who attend will learn about each candidate's plans to address gun violence in America.


A time and location for the event still haven't been set, but organizers said more details will be released soon.



Source: 6 Presidential Candidates to Take Part in Des Moines Gun Safety Forum

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