Iowa dairy settles with EPA on alleged violationsINWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Federal officials say a northwest Iowa dairy accused of violating the Clean Water Act will pay a $20,000 civil penalty.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the money settles alleged violations by County Edge Dairy Inc. at its Inwood facility.
EPA officials say a July 2012 inspection showed County Edge Dairy did not possess a certain permit as a large concentrated animal feeding operation. It also did not have adequate waste control facilities.
The inspection revealed that land conditions at the facility resulted in wastewater being discharged into tributaries of Dry Run Creek.
As part of its settlement, County Edge Dairy has certified that it is in compliance with federal law.
A message left for the business was not immediately returned Friday.
Iowa Gov. visits all 99 counties during 2013DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has visited all of Iowa’s 99 counties this year.
The governor announced Friday that a stop in Iowa County completed his effort this year to visit every county. Branstad has pledged to visit every county each year that he is in office.
Branstad traveled to Iowa County for a tour of Whirlpool Corporation in Amana. In a statement, he says that visiting every county is an opportunity to connect with state residents and hear about their needs.
Iowa man accused of harassing 10-year-old girlDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been accused of harassing a 10-year-old girl at a park.
Des Moines police say 20-year-old Edward Eugene Lincoln approached the young girl Thursday and told her he wanted to have sex with her but she was too young.
Lincoln is accused of following the girl as she walked away. A police report says Lincoln did not touch the girl.
The girl, whose parents reported the incident, told police she had seen Lincoln around the park and at an elementary school before and after class.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1bm1jgnhttp://dmreg.co/1bm1jgn ) Lincoln has been charged with third-degree harassment. He remains at the Polk County Jail on a $300 bond. Online records do not list an attorney.
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Toddler with seizures to get medical marijuanaJANESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The parents of a toddler with a seizure disorder have run out of options to help their daughter, so they’re turning to medical marijuana to see if it helps.
Maggie Selmeski began having seizures at 6 weeks old. She continues, at 17 months, to have seizures daily, said her mother, Rachael Selmeski. Doctors say Maggie has infantile spasms, a specific type of seizure disorder. Four anti-seizure medications haven’t worked.
Her parents felt helpless until they saw a CNN documentary about marijuana, “Weed.”
In it, they saw children like Maggie whose seizures were significantly reduced by medical marijuana.
“It just was like a light bulb,” Rachael Selmeski, who is temporarily living with her mother in Janesville, told KWWL television (http://bit.ly/1aoZLnKhttp://bit.ly/1aoZLnK ). “We’re like, ‘Yep, this is what we’ve got to do.’ ”
The family is preparing to move to Colorado to access to medical marijuana, which has low levels of THC, the chemical that makes people high.
“So she won’t be getting high; she won’t be smoking it,” Selmeski told the station. “It’ll just be an oil. I’ll give it to her just like I do any of her other supplements or medications.”
Activists spent $833K on judge retention voteDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Activist organizations spent $833,000 in Iowa last year trying to influence voters deciding whether to keep an Iowa Supreme Court judge, according to a new report that analyzed spending by special-interest groups and political parties.
The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics and Justice at Stake released the report Thursday. In it, they concluded outside influence has turned judicial elections into a special-interest battleground and contributes to the perception that justice is for sale, The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1chiFjChttp://dmreg.co/1chiFjC ) reported.
The researchers tracked spending on advertisements targeted at judicial votes in Iowa and elsewhere.
For example, one TV ad said Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins had imposed gay marriage on Iowa residents and legislated from the bench. That “vote no” spot aired 145 times last year for a cost of $86,000, according to the report, called “The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts.”
Voters opted to keep Wiggins, among the Iowa Supreme Court justices who unanimously ruled in 2009 that the Iowa Constitution makes it unlawful to block same-sex couples from marrying.
Three other justices were up for retention votes in 2010, and all three were ousted. About $1.4 million was spent on influencing voters that year, the report says.
Wiggins, like the three Iowa justices ousted in 2010, refused to raise campaign funds.