Who Killed Preschool Teacher Alicia Hummel?

In June 2015, 29-year-old Alicia Hummel of Sioux City, Iowa was murdered near a boat ramp at a popular fishing and boating spot outside Vermillion, South Dakota. Her killer has never been found, and the case remains unsolved. About Alicia Hummel Alicia Hummel was born on June 27, 1985 in Sioux City to Lora (Folkers) […]

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In June 2015, 29-year-old Alicia Hummel of Sioux City, Iowa was murdered near a boat ramp at a popular fishing and boating spot outside Vermillion, South Dakota. Her killer has never been found, and the case remains unsolved. About Alicia Hummel Alicia Hummel was born on June 27, 1985 in Sioux City to Lora (Folkers) […]

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Iowa Mulls Closing ‘Porn Reading Rooms’ in Prisons

Prisoners in the state have had legally mandated access to sexually explicit reading materials in designated rooms since 1988. Officials are now considering a 2018 legislative proposal to ban the use of state funds for such purposes.

Iowa’s prisons would shut down so-called “pornography reading rooms” used by inmates under proposed legislation being studied by state officials, reports the Des Moines Register. Iowa prisoners have legally had access to sexually explicit reading materials in designated rooms for nearly three decades since the late Chief U.S. District Judge Harold Vietor upheld findings in 1988 that the state’s prison rules on pornography were unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. The legislative change would adopt a policy used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said Cord Overton, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections. The proposed change was shared last week with the Iowa Board of Corrections for consideration in the 2018 session of the Iowa Legislature, and prison officials believe it would be acceptable to the federal courts, he said.

“The current policy on these materials does not align with the department’s commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of rehabilitation for all incarcerated individuals,” Overton said. The proposed legislation says no funds appropriated or made available to the state Department of Corrections could be used to distribute or make available any commercially published information or material to an inmate “when such information or material is sexually explicit or features nudity.” The department would be allowed to adopt administrative rules to implement the changes.

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Under New Law, Iowa Allows Guns in Capitol; NRA Approves

At least 17 states allow guns in their capitol buildings, and Iowa is about to join them. The NRA is pleased. A spokeswoman said, “In the halls where freedom is celebrated, freedoms should be exercised.”

Iowa is set to become the latest state to allow gun owners to keep firearms at their side while visiting the state Capitol, a move that has raised questions about how security workers would deal with armed visitors, reports the Associated Press. When Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signs the measure Thursday as part of a wide-ranging gun bill, it will mirror similar activity at statehouses around the U.S. in recent years. Under the provision approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, any U.S. resident with a valid weapons permit could bring a concealed handgun into the Iowa Capitol. About 275,000 people in Iowa have such a permit.

At least 17 states allow guns in their Capitols, according to data compiled by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action. Among states that allow guns in their Capitols, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah have no restrictions, while Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wisconsin allow only concealed permit holders to be armed. Missouri and Arkansas enacted Capitol gun provisions this year. “Iowa state lawmakers know it is hypocritical of them to allow carry elsewhere but to ban it in the Capitol building,” said an NRA spokeswoman. “In the halls where freedom is celebrated, freedoms should be exercised.”

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Empty Shotgun Shells Floating Downriver

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]

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Empty Shotgun Shells Floating Downriver

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]

from https://iowacoldcases.org

Empty Shotgun Shells Floating Downriver

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]

Labor Day weekend. Every year. It’s when I close myself off … don’t read emails … don’t pick up my cell phone … don’t check iPhone or Facebook text messages … don’t want to do much of anything except sit staring at a blank screen until sleep once again turns me over to some kind of […]