THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE IS BACK IN THE HEADLINES IN HOUSTON COUNTY. THE HOUSTON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION VOTED DOWN A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BAN FRAC SAND MINING IN THE COUNTY AFTER A FOUR HOUR MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT. SEVEN MONTHS AGO, THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS NARROWLY FAILED TO PASS ON A BAN ON THE PRACTICE. THE GROUP THAT BROUGHT THE ORDINANCE TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION PLANS TO BRING THE SAME ORDINANCE TO THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD DESPITE THE LACK OF A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION.
Corn and politics. They’re two big things Iowa is known for. But one person is saying presidential candidates don’t need to focus so much energy on states like Iowa. For more than 40 years, it’s been a tradition for Iowans to be able to say they’ve met presidential candidates face-to-face. But National Republican Chairman Reince Priebus says spending less time on the early states wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In an article in the National Journal, he says Iowans shouldn’t get too comfortable with their first in the nation status. Others argue against this chairman’s opinion. They say that not starting in Iowa would turn the primary process into one that’s all about money.
A judge is upholding an Iowa law that requires the boards of corporations and labor unions to approve any money they spend to influence elections. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled Monday the board-approval requirement does not violate the right to free association or illegally restrain speech. He says the requirement ensures the integrity of the political system by letting the public know the spending is backed by the group and not “just an individual with access” to its bank account. Iowa lawmakers passed the requirement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that corporations and unions can spend money directly from their own treasuries to influence campaigns. Pratt’s ruling dismisses a long running lawsuit filed by the Iowa Right to Life Committee, which argued the requirement was unconstitutional.
IOWA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER, PAYING OFF THEIR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS. M-J DOLAN OF THE IOWA ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES SAYS A NEW STUDY SHOWS IOWA HAD THE 9TH HIGHEST STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT RATE IN THE NATION IN 2013, COMPARED TO 6TH IN 2012. SHE CREDITS MORE SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT.
THE STUDY FINDS THOSE WHO BORROW THE LEAST, HAVE THE HIGHEST DEFAULT RATES.
WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH IS HOSTING ITS FIRST FLU SHOT CLINIC TODAY. IT WILL BE HELD FROM NOON UNTIL SIX AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. THE COST IS 35 PER SHOT AND 40 DOLLARS FOR THE FLU MIST.
AN ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY TONIGHT. LIBRARY DIRECTOR LORRAINE BOROWSKI.
THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT SIX-30 AT THE LIBRARY MEZZANINE