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Iowa Democrats Prefer Hillary, But Sanders Gaining in KBUR/Monmouth College Poll

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton holds a more than 3 to 1 advantage over her closest competitor, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in a KBUR-AM, Burlington, IA, and Monmouth College (IL) Midwest Matters poll of 1,000 likely caucus goers. Clinton has the support of 63% of Democrats in Iowa compared with 20% for Sanders. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is at 5%, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is at 3% and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee is at 1%. Another 8% of respondents are undecided. “The results of the poll fit in pretty well with what the rest of the polls are showing,” said Robin Johnson, host of “Talking Politics” on KBUR and part-time lecturer at Monmouth College, “In that Hillary Clinton has a sizable lead in Iowa. Continue Reading

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Police: Don’t Carry Gun-Shaped Cellphone Case

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in Sioux City are urging people not to use a cellphone case that looks like a gun, saying the device could be confused for the real thing. Police Chief Doug Young tells the Sioux City Journal that the case could put people who carry it in danger. The case is designed to hold a smartphone in what would be the barrel of a handgun. It includes a pistol handle and trigger guard. Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew says the phone case looks like a real gun if it’s tucked into a waistband or pocket to hide the phone and show only the handle. Continue Reading

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Walker, Bush in the Lead Among Iowa Republican Voters in KBUR/Monmouth College Poll

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker maintains a lead among likely Iowa caucus attendees, middle age voters, and most music listeners. All of that is according to a new poll conducted by KBUR and Monmouth College Midwest Matters. Walker polled at 18% of poll respondents, six points ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 12%. Several candidates were at or near the 10% level, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 10%, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (9%), and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (8%). Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was next at 7%. Continue Reading

State Patroller Transferred Following Investigation

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of three veteran Iowa State Patrol officials who were on leave during an internal investigation has been transferred to a new job. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Maj. Todd Misel is no longer in charge of field operations for the patrol. Instead, he has been moved into a position in the commissioner’s office overseeing the department’s compliance with national law enforcement accreditation standards. Misel and two other patrol officials were placed on paid leave in April while the department investigated whether they mishandled a state contract to purchase handguns. Continue Reading

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Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal Nationwide Following Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. Continue Reading

Ernst “Concerned” With New Hostage Ransom Policy

U-S Senator Joni Ernst says she is “deeply, deeply concerned” about the direction the president is going in allowing U-S families to offer private ransom payments for relatives kidnapped overseas. “I do not believe families should be negotiating with terrorists,” Ernst says. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says the president is sending a mix message. The federal government will continue its policy of not making ransom payments, but president signed an executive order creating a new office to deal with hostage families, including the facilitation of communications with terrorist groups that could theoretically be used to organize ransom payments. “I don’t agree with what the president is doing, and I think he puts a number of these families at great peril by encouraging them to do so,” according to Ernst. Continue Reading

Marathon Bombing Victims Say Tsarnaev Abused His American Freedom

Several victims of the Boston Marathon attack have chastised bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for coming to the United States as an immigrant, enjoying the benefits of living here and then attacking U.S. citizens. An older sister of a slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer addressed Tsarnaev on Wednesday during his sentencing hearing. He is due to be formally sentenced to death by a judge. Jennifer Rogers called Tsarnaev a “leech abusing the privilege of American freedom.” She says Tsarnaev “spit in the face of the American dream.” Continue Reading

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Arrested for Assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was arrested on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles Monday afternoon, where his son is on the football team. Campus police say he was arrested at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon shortly after 12:30 p.m. Diddy’s real name is Sean Combs. No one was seriously injured and campus police are investigating. Officials did not identify the victim of the assault, or say what led to it. The deadly weapon was identified as a kettlebell, which is used by athletes in weight training. Continue Reading

Supreme Court Overturns Synthetic Drug Conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court says people accused of selling synthetic drugs can’t be convicted unless prosecutors show they knew the substance was prohibited by law. The justices ruled Thursday in favor of Stephen McFadden, a New York City man convicted of supplying bath salts to a store in Virginia. Law enforcement officials consider bath salts part of a new wave of synthetic drugs that are designed to produce a high but have slight chemical modifications that keep them off state and federal banned drug lists. An appeals court ruled it was enough for a jury to find McFadden intended the bath salts for human consumption. McFadden argued that the government had to prove he knew the bath salts were similar in both chemical structure and effect to a controlled substance. Continue Reading