That’s despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a rule to increase production of ethanol to be blended with gasoline through 2016, a decision that could reverberate in Iowa’s crucial presidential caucuses. While some candidates have supported higher levels of renewable fuels, conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz call the government’s longtime support for ethanol “corporate welfare.”
The decision doesn’t necessarily mean a higher percentage of ethanol in an individual driver’s tank, and isn’t likely to have much effect on gas prices. But it does mean there will a higher supply of the home-grown fuel overall.]]>
The bill would put an end to the cycle of temporary extensions and threatened shutdowns of transportation programs that have bedeviled Congress for the past seven years, making it difficult for states to plan long-term projects.
But the bill falls short of the money the Obama administration says is needed to keep traffic congestion from worsening, and it puts off the difficult decision of how to pay for transportation programs in a way that’s sustainable in the long term.
Passage of the bill is expected by Friday, when authority to process aid payments to states expires.]]>
Calling her time in the military one of her “greatest honors,” Ernst announced Tuesday that she had retired from the role.
In a statement, she said she was focusing on her work as a senator and spending time with her family.
A lieutenant colonel, Ernst served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Iowa Army National Guard. Ernst served as company commander in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Her retirement was effective Nov. 30.
Ernst is currently serving her first term in the U.S. Senate. She was elected in 2014 after a campaign that emphasized her military experience.]]>
Born August 25, 1944, in Illinois, he was the son of Marvin Engles and Julia McKinnley Chockley. On February 14, 1967, he married Rosellen “Rosie” Shore in Colchester, Illinois.
Jim worked in plant operations in the power house for J.I. Case Company for 28 years.
He was a member of the Gospel Group at New Hope Christian Church, where he sang and played the guitar. He enjoyed fishing, animals, socializing, loved the Lord and reading his bible.
Survivors include his wife, Rosellen “Rosie”; three adopted sons, Jose (Elizabeth) Cañas of Burlington, Gholam Eslami of Burlington, Gilbert Gipson of Virginia; two sister-in-laws, Darlene Chockley of Rushville, IL and Lennie Chockley of Lake City, SC.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The funeral service for Mr. Chockley will be 1:00 PM Thursday, December 3, 2015, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastors John Mitchell and Charles Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the New Hope Christian Church.
Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.
Delma M. Phillips, 88, of Burlington, died at 8:42 am Monday, November 30, 2015, at the Danville Care Center in Danville.
Born May 24, 1927, on a farm near Bible Grove, MO, she was the daughter of Steward John and Mamie Hunt Bradley. On May 8, 1948, she married Nolan L. Phillips in Kirksville, Missouri. Nolan died on October 4, 2003.
Delma was a member of the Church of Christ and was very active in the church. She graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1944. She attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, MO, and taught in Scotland County, MO, schools.
She liked singing, reading, gardening, canning & freezing produce from the garden, babysitting and cooking for family members and friends. She adored her grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah (Dan) Roe of Bristol, VA and Peggy (Jon) Rhodes of New London, IA; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Hazel Bradley of Colorado; five nieces and one nephew.
Besides her husband Nolan, she was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lavena Dunn; two brothers, Basil and Vansil Bradley; and son-in-law, David Nickell.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec, 3, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Prugh’s Chapel, 317 N. 4th St. Private burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established for In Search of the Lord’s Way, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, OK, 73083.
Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements with cremation services entrusted to the care of Prugh-Thielen Crematory. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Delma’s obituary at email@example.com
Donald Eugene Tisor, age 77, a lifelong resident of Oakville, died Sunday morning, November 29, 2015, at the Morning Sun Care Center in Morning Sun. The son of Norvil and Gussie Waddell Tisor, he was born on October 5, 1938 in Oakville. He married Carol Lynn Mosher on March 25, 1964 in Oakville. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.
Donald operated a sawmill and tree service in Oakville. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and mushrooming.
His family includes five children; Krystal Lynn & Don Yotter and Mark Tisor of Wapello, John Tisor and Ray Tisor of Oakville, and Monica Tisor & Paul Marsden of Mediapolis; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and 4 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; 2 brothers, John and Bob; 2 sisters, Margaret and Eula; and a nephew.
The family will meet friends for a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello. Cremation will follow. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015, at 5:00 PM at the Oakville Community Building.
Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.]]>
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis County detectives are investigating the incident that left a 46-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man dead in the residence.
Police were called to the home around 11:15 a.m. Monday after Valley Park School District officials expressed concern that the boy wasn’t in school. The boy answered the door when police arrived.
County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman says the boy was present during the incident, but it’s unclear how much he witnessed. The child is currently in protective custody.
Police aren’t releasing the cause of death for the victims until autopsies are complete. Police are withholding their names pending notification of family members.]]>
That sound clip above is actually NOT the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office’s voice mail.
That’s a scammer, one who has been calling Des Moines County Residents pretending to be a Sheriff’s deputy, and scamming them out of money.
“He’s making calls and advising people that there is a warrant out for their arrest. He advises them that they can post a bond, at which time they decide on whether or not to post that bond, at which time the money is transferred, usually through Western Union…to his account,” explains Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone.
He says that the caller is very convincing and sounds professional.
The scam has been ongoing since last week. Johnstone says that the exact same scammer was conducting the exact same scam in Johnson County earlier this year, and moved his operation to Des Moines County after Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and jail staff members were assigned to continuously call in and harass the scammer until he went away.
Johnstone says that the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office will never demand money over the phone, and to call the Sheriff’s office at their real number: (319) 753-8212, if they’re ever concerned about the legitimacy of a phone call.
Johnstone also says that if you’ve been the victim of this scam, or any other scam, to contact the Sheriff’s department.
The scammer has been traced to a Verison wireless cellular phone, and deputies are working to trace the exact location of the phone with hopes of catching the scammer.]]>
Troy L.Simmons, age 25, of Shelby North Carolina, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on US Route 34 at 160th Avenue in Warren County on November 30th, at 4:00 a.m., in the wrong lane and at a high rate of speed. Andre M. Ilyenko age 28 of Chariton, Iowa headed east toward Simmons’ vehicle swerved to avoid the truck but Simmons’ struck the front passenger side of Ilyenko’s mitsubishi eclipse.
Ilyenko was transported to OSF Hospital in Monmouth with minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Both were wearing their seat-belts at the time of the accident.
Simmons is charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid accident.]]>
“There’s going to be horse drawn carriage rides, craft show, vendor blender… the methodist church will have the festival of trees and the sweet shop. There’s a frozen turkey raffle. Santa and Mrs Claus…the art students from Illini West will be displaying their artwork at the Christian Church, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” event Organizer Casey Yeager explained.
The event kicks off at 5:00 pm with the business open house. The parade sets off at 7:00 pm and will wind through the main streets of LaHarpe.]]>
The Iowa State Patrol says in a news release that 55 year old Clinton Meeker of Donnellson was driving at an unsafe speed southbound in the northbound lane on Iowa Highway 27, and struck a vehicle driven by 49 year old Diana Martinez DeLacruz of Houston, Texas.
The other two vehicles, one driven by 25 year old Douglas Harris of Oskaloosa, and the other by 51 year old Richard Kolosick of Cedar Rapids, were behind DeLacruz and collided with her vehicle after the initial impact.
Meeker and DeLacruz were both killed in the collision. A passenger in the Harris vehicle, 49 year old Lynne Veldhuizen of Oskaloosa, was injured and taken to Keokuk Area Hospital.
The accident is still under investigation.]]>
Branstad says Monday that the state always planned to have between two and four companies running the program. He says that if the state takes the judge’s recommendation, it can continue with three private firms.
Administrative Law Judge Christie Scase recommended Wednesday that Iowa reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare.
Branstad stressed the state has not decided how to proceed. Iowa Department of Administrative Services Director Janet Phipps will review the judge’s decision.
Iowa is set to shift the $4.2 billion Medicaid program to private management starting Jan. 1.]]>