(Washington, DC) -- All three Iowa Republicans voted for the House version of a tax reform bill backed by the president. Representatives Steve King, Rod Blum and David Young voted with the majority Thursday. Iowa Democrat Dave Loebsack voted no. The bill now moves on to the U-S Senate where passage will be more difficult. President Trump has asked Congress to advance the first major reform to the tax code in more than 20 years to his desk by the end of the year.
(Sioux City, IA) -- An 18-year-old student at North High School in Sioux City has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing. Mathew John Rilling was supposed to attend the behavior disorder class Wednesday, but refused to go in the room. When the school resource officer confronted him, the officer says Rilling pulled out a knife, opened it and walked toward him. When the officer pulled his taser, he says Rilling threw the knife in his direction, hitting some lockers, then got on the ground so he could be handcuffed.
(Dakota Dunes, SD) -- Saturday is the last day for former workers at Beef Products Incorporated plants to apply for aid from the 10-million dollar Family Support Fund. The fund was set up for the 750 workers who lost their jobs when three plants were closed in 2012. One of those plants was located in Waterloo. B-P-I was a major supplier to fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King -- until an A-B-C Television news report on "lean finely textured beef," also called "pink slime." The company went out of business in less than a year and set up the fund for the workers who lost their jobs from money it won in a suit against the network.
(West Des Moines, IA) -- West Des Moines have given a man, who spent 10 days in jail for a crime he didn't commit, a check for 450-thousand dollars. Matthew Rodrigues says he was arrested only because he was staying at the motel where a woman was sexually assaulted and because he has darker skin, like the suspect. Rodrigues was taken into custody April 29th and held in jail until May 9th. That's when another man, Salvador Junior Pineda, was arrested for the crime. West Des Moines calls this a case of "mistaken identity." Pineda is in prison, serving seven years for the sexual assault.