King defends abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptions
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether “there would be any population of the world left” if not for births due to rape and incest.
Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest.
King said, “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”
The Des Moines Register reports that the Republican added, “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”
A King spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
TRUMP ENERGY PLAN-IOWA
Iowa governor stops state from challenging Trump coal rule
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has blocked Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining 21 states and six large cities in a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration policy easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
Miller says he sought approval from the governor in July but Reynolds, a Republican and Donald Trump supporter, declined.
Miller, a Democrat, reached an agreement with Reynolds in May requiring him to get her consent before joining such lawsuits. In exchange, Reynolds vetoed a bill lawmakers passed that weakened the attorney general’s powers.
Trump has replaced an Obama administration plan that required states to cut emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants with a rule relaxing the state restrictions.
The federal lawsuit claims the Trump rule violates the federal Clean Air Act.
Reynolds’ office didn’t immediately reply to a message.
Iowa inmate dies after battle with chronic illness
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prison officials say an inmate has died from complications of a chronic illness.
The Iowa Department of Corrections says in a news release that 54-year-old David Gene Lewis Jr. died Tuesday afternoon in a hospice room of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, where he had been housed due to the unnamed illness.
Lewis had been serving a five-year sentence for third-degree burglary from Linn County. His incarceration began January.
FATAL HOUSE FIRE-IOWA
Officials: 2 die in eastern Iowa house fire
(Information from: KWQC-TV, http://www.kwqc.com)
FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa say two people have died in a house fire.
Television station KWQC reports the fire broke out Wednesday morning in a home in Fruitland, which is about 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) southwest of Muscatine.
Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the north side of the home. Officials say two people died in the fire. The victims’ identities had not been released by Wednesday evening.
Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control within half an hour. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire..
EXOTIC PET HOARDING
Dozens of exotic pets, many dead, found in Ames apartment
(Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in central Iowa say they have seized more than three dozen exotic pets and found another 60-plus dead in an Ames apartment.
Ames Animal Control and Shelter officials tell the Des Moines Register that it’s one of the worst animal-hoarding cases they’ve seen. Among the animals found Tuesday were fish, various lizards, chinchillas, parakeets, cockatiels, small rodents, frogs and snakes.
Animal control supervisor Ron Edwards says the smell of animal waste and decaying carcasses in the apartment was overwhelming. Workers found 41 live animals and more than 60 dead. Edwards says many of the animals had no access to food or water, and some of the live animals were sharing containers with dead ones.
It was unclear whether any charges are pending.
The shelter is closed until Thursday while staff process and care for the animals.
UNPAID EMPLOYMENT TAXES
Iowa doctor pleads guilty to not paying employment taxes
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Bettendorf doctor has pleaded guilty to failing to pay nearly $500,000 in employment taxes for employees at businesses he owns.
Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 66-year-old Nirander Kumar, of Bettendorf, pleaded guilty Monday. Investigators say Kumar withheld, but didn’t pay, employment taxes for part of 2014. In all, Kumar admitted to willfully failing to pay about $187,000 in employment taxes withheld from Jai Mata Lakshmi employees, more than $234,000 of withheld from Bettendorf Pediatric employees’ pay, and more than $39,000 withheld from employees of Funky Desi, in Moline, Illinois.
Kumar faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 19.