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O'Malley, Judge urge Iowans to vote for progressives at 2nd annual Corn Feed

The second annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed featured speeches from Democratic Iowa congressional candidates, an appearance from former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and, obviously, corn.

About 300 people gathered at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in downtown Des Moines on Sunday to support progressive causes and hear from Democratic would-be officials.

Progress Iowa, a nonpartisan state activist organization, hosted the event as a fundraiser to highlight progressive candidates down the ticket.

Matt Sinovic, the executive director of Progress Iowa, said the organization is nonpartisan, and they welcome Independents, Democrats and Republicans who support liberal policies.

Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/08/28/omalley-judge-urge-iowans-vote-progressives-2nd-annual-corn-feed/89510126/

O'Malley in Iowa: Donald Trump's a racist

Just a day after Donald Trump was at the Iowa State Fairgrounds calling on African-Americans to vote for him, Democrat Martin O’Malley told a gathering of Democrats in Des Moines that the GOP nominee’s a racist.

“It’s time to put this racist bully in his place and a tough woman in hers, the White House,” former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said Sunday, referring to Trump and Hillary Clinton. He was wrapping up the program at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed at the Simon Estes Amphitheatre in Des Moines.

O’Malley brought up news reports about a 1973 Justice Department lawsuit over racial discrimination against Trump and his father, Fred Trump. O’Malley said Trump “redlined his apartments just like he redlined his campaign.”

O’Malley said in an interview that Trump’s overtures to African-Americans perhaps signal a recognition that most Americans “don’t care for that sort of hateful and racist language” that Trump has promoted.

Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich/2016/08/28/martin-omalley-calls-donald-trump-racist-iowa-corn-feed/89518158/

Iraqi immigrant sues Coppell ISD after kids kicked out of school 6 times over boundary dispute

After his children were denied admission to Coppell ISD in early August for the sixth time in five years, Ismail Alabudi's patience ran out.

Alabudi, an Iraqi immigrant, filed suit against Coppell ISD last week, accusing the school district of repeatedly denying his children access to education — sometimes for multiple weeks — over a boundary dispute.

"There's no property dispute here," said Alabudi's attorney, Ramon Rodriguez. "They've spent an inordinate amount of resources sufficient to indicate what their motivations are, which are to keep those kids out of the district."

Alabudi's suit, filed Tuesday in Dallas district court, also alleges that school employees have inspected his home with police and monitored his movements to try to prove he doesn't live within district lines, even though he says he has repeatedly provided evidence that he does.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20160828-iraqi-immigrant-sues-coppell-isd-after-kids-kicked-out-of-school-6-times-over-boundary-dispute.ece

Follow-up: Hospitalized Texas Woman's University volleyball players had changes to fitness testing

More details have been released about the fitness testing for Texas Woman's University volleyball players in the days before eight were hospitalized and diagnosed with rhabomyolysis.

On Friday, the university outlined the training regimen and changes made to the player's fitness test.

The team of 18 began its pre-season on Aug. 15. Instead of holding the fitness testing the first day the team reported back, it was spread out over the first week, the university said.

Athletes were also given a number of reps to complete in a time frame as a way to give the players a goal to reach. In past years, they were given a time limit to complete as many reps as possible.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/denton-county/20160829-hospitalized-texas-woman-s-university-volleyball-players-had-changes-to-fitness-testing.ece

Edinburg Consolidated ISD files suit in bus camera case

EDINBURG — Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District filed a lawsuit against a company tied to the school board president’s brother for failing to provide services for which the district paid.

ECISD is seeking $810,000 in damages from Kiwix Technology Services, a California-based company that employed Obie Salinas. Salinas is the brother of school board president Oscar Salinas.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, indicates Obie Salinas can be served with the lawsuit because Kiwix employs Salinas as its chief marketing officer for the Texas region and he transacts business in the state.

Salinas previously told The Monitor he left the company about two years ago — before the district contracted the company’s services. His name still appears on the company’s website.


4 of 7 McCaughey septuplets starting college in Hannibal

On Nov. 19, 1997, the McCaughey septuplets entered the world together. On Thursday, four of the seven moved into dorms on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus.

Joel, Nathan, Kelsey and Natalie came to HLGU after their parents, Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey, were offered scholarships in behalf of their newborns to one day come to Hannibal for a college education.

“The school had offered to each one of the kids the same thing. Of course it was their option and we're thankful four of them did choose to come here,” said Kenny during a press conference Thursday afternoon at HLGU.

Two of the septuplets, Alexis and Kenneth, chose to stay close to home and attend Des Moines Area Community College. Brandon has joined the military.

Read more: http://www.hannibal.net/news/20160825/hannibal-lagrange-welcomes-4-of-7-iowa-septuplets

Court uphold Missouri initiative limiting campaign donations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri judge has rejected a challenge to a November ballot proposal seeking to reinstate campaign contribution limits.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled Thursday that the measure's prohibition on contributions to political action committees from state-chartered banks, utilities and foreign corporations does not violate constitutional rights.

She also upheld the measure's prohibition on contributions between political action committees.

Opponents of the initiative had been seeking to knock it off the Nov. 8 ballot.

Read more: http://www.joplinglobe.com/elections/news/court-uphold-missouri-initiative-limiting-campaign-donations/article_fbef7ee2-6ae7-11e6-a220-4f23cb3998a1.html

State auditor wants his rulings to be enforced better

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State Auditor Charlie Janssen may ask state lawmakers to find ways to enforce the findings his office makes after review spending by state agencies.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/2bt57CP ) that currently there is little that Janssen's office can do besides call attention to bad management practices and questionable spending when it is found.

The latest example came earlier this month several problems were found in an audit of Nebraska Brand Committee. The director resigned, but then was offered a new job at the agency with the same pay.

Janssen says auditors often find the same lingering problems when they return to an agency three or four years after the last audit.

Read more: http://www.newspressnow.com/news/state/state-auditor-wants-his-rulings-to-be-enforced-better/article_24dd721e-c8cb-5148-9353-e7adcbb217d5.html

Right-to-work debate puts national spotlight on Missouri governor's race

Missouri’s race for governor this year is among the most watched in the country, drawing massive money and rapt attention from national business and labor interests.

The reason for the attention isn’t a mystery: If Republican nominee Eric Greitens is elected on Nov. 8, Missouri will almost certainly, almost immediately become America’s 27th “right-to-work” state. If he isn’t, it probably won’t.

“For organized labor, it is make-or-break,” said state Rep. Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, a vocal opponent of right-to-work legislation. “If we don’t get (Democratic nominee) Chris Koster elected, Missouri will very quickly be a right-to-work state.”

Daniel P. Mehan, president and chief executive of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a key driver of the right-to-work movement here, agreed. “The country is watching.”

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/right-to-work-debate-puts-national-spotlight-on-missouri-governor/article_dc8ebece-40f7-5062-9e2c-f53b988c0d3a.html

New Missouri law pushes divorce judges to establish equal child custody time

In early 2009, Scott Myers read through his finalized divorce settlement and felt like he had been the victim of a pre-planned robbery.

It wasn’t the child support, or the divvying up of the couple’s possessions. It was about the time he got with his children. It was so sparse, “I felt like a visitor and not a father.”

Although the circuit court judge in St. Charles County consented that day to joint custody of his two young daughters with his former wife, he was not granted equal time with them.

Nothing negative was brought up in court about his parenting, he said. He made it clear to his attorneys he wanted equal custody. Even so, the judge ruled for a fairly typical custody agreement: He would get the children every other weekend and four hours every Tuesday. Their mother would get the rest.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/new-missouri-law-pushes-divorce-judges-to-establish-equal-child/article_91956c76-1725-5c4c-aa6a-bb39584a7c1d.html
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