Iowa News

Iowa hospitals prepare to handle Ebola cases
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitals and doctors' offices in Iowa are preparing for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state. The Des Moines Register reports clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based West Africa. And area hospitals are practicing using protective equipment that would be needed to treat an Ebola patient. Doctor Daniel Gervich with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines says the risk of an Ebola patient here is extremely low, but it's important to have a plan in place. Hospitals will have to be ready to isolate patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola — such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea — while testing is done.

Sen. Warren campaigns for Braley in Senate race
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senator Elizabeth Warren focused on stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a campaign stop in Iowa Sunday, but some liberal activists in the state that holds the first presidential caucus of 2016 made it clear they want her to run for the White House. Warren, a popular Democratic campaign surrogate who focuses on economic inequality, campaigned for Braley in Iowa City and Des Moines. Her vigorous speech drew huge applause from several hundred supporters gathered at the Hotel Fort Des Moines Sunday afternoon. Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. The seat is viewed as crucial as Republicans seek to gain six seats and achieve a Senate majority.

Idle Iowa beef plant prepares to reopen this month
TAMA, Iowa (AP) — A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004. The plant has undergone a $48.6 million renovation to prepare to process about 1,100 cattle a day. If the business is successful serving food service, retail and international customers, production could double eventually. The plant could eventually employ more than 600 workers. To qualify for $4 million in state tax credits, 120 of the workers will have to earn at least $15.42 an hour. CEO Jeffrey Johnson says the company has already received more than 1,000 applications to work at the plant.

Police arrest Iowa teen after girl's death
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old Waterloo man is facing charges after police found a 17-year-old girl dead Sunday with a gunshot wound to her head. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the shooting was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in Waterloo. Officers found 17-year-old Jazzmine Rembert in the basement with a gunshot wound. Few details were released about the circumstances of the shooting. An autopsy is planned Monday. Police arrested an 18-year-old on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon and selling weapons.

New report criticizes Iowa stun gun policies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate. The Des Moines Register obtained a new report that identifies several deficiencies in the stun gun policies. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic conducted the study after questions were raised about stun gun use in lawsuits and previous stories. Last year, two people died after being stunned by officers during confrontations. State lawmakers considered requiring stun gun training and policies on their use but failed to pass a law.

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