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AP-US-IOWA-STATE-BOAT-ACCIDENT

2 Iowa State crew died for the first time on the water

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Two members of the Iowa State University crew club were participating in their first training on the water when they drowned in March after their boat capsized in high winds, according to reports. recently published survey results. The pandemic had kept the club afloat for 18 months and investigators concluded in information released Wednesday that team members’ enthusiasm for a chance to return likely clouded their judgment on safety. The Ames Tribune reports that Yaakov Ben-David, 20, and Derek Nanni, 19, died in the capsizing on Little Wall Lake, about 20 miles north of the university campus in Ames. Three other members reached the shore, two of them with the help of passers-by.

REDISTRICTING-IOWA

New maps of Iowa would move congressional women to new districts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Cindy Axne and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks would be pushed into the same congressional district according to the latest redistribution maps. The proposal released Thursday by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency would also keep the Democratic counties of Johnson and Linn in separate districts, contrary to a previous plan rejected by Republicans earlier in the month. The Iowa legislature is scheduled to meet in special session next Thursday to consider the cards. If the second set of cards is rejected, the LSA will have 35 days to draw a third set of cards, which could be amended with the Republican majority leading this process.

BANKERS SURVEY

Strong economic growth continues in rural areas of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of rural bankers in 10 plains and western states suggests strong economic growth continues in the region. The region’s overall economic index improved in October to 66.1 from the already high 62.5 in September. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the region was benefiting from strong grain prices, persistently low interest rates and growing agricultural exports. Goss said demand for workers is high, but companies are struggling to find people to hire. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were interviewed.

MONKS HOMICIDE

Des Moines man charged with murder in death of Omaha woman

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a Des Moines man charged with murder in the shooting death of an Omaha woman at a Des Moines bar. Police on Wednesday charged Wichang Gach Chawech, 33, with first degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the October 10 shooting at the High Dive Bar. Two people were injured in the shooting and on Tuesday Nyamal Deng, 26, died in a hospital. A 27-year-old man was treated for his injury and released from hospital. Chawech was held at Polk County Jail. The death was the eighth homicide in Des Moines this year.

AP-US- MEDICAID-AUDIT-IOWA

Auditor: Privatized Medicaid in Iowa illegally denies treatment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state audit found that Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system illegally denied service or care to program beneficiaries, and the two private insurance companies running the system have violated the terms of their contracts with the state. Auditor Rob Sand released his investigation report on Wednesday, which looked at cases from 2013 to 2019. He says his investigators have seen a massive increase in denials of illegal care as part of the Medicaid privatization. Iowa Medicaid Director Elizabeth Matney dismissed the report’s findings, arguing that Sand was making an “apples-to-oranges comparison” that misrepresented the current program.

DEERE CONTRACT

Judge limits strikers’ conduct at Deere Iowa plant

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A judge has issued a temporary restraining order limiting the conduct of striking workers at the Deere & Co. plant in Davenport. The injunction issued on Wednesday says that only four picketers can be found near the factory gates at Davenport Works, it prohibits the use of chairs and barrel fires by picketers and prohibits them from harassing people entering and exiting factory. Deere spokeswoman Jen Hartmann said the company has sought the injunction to maintain a safe environment for those entering the plant and for picketers. The strike began on October 14 after union members overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract. The union has three days to respond to court with its compliance plan.

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