Saturday, May 30, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) Des Moines Police are investigating a shooting Friday afternoon in the 2100 block of Forest Avenue. WHO-TV reports two female family members were arguing when a man grabbed a gun from a woman who was holding it, and fired three shots at the other woman. No one was injured. The woman who was shot at drove her kids home, then returned and called police.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa legislative leaders say they have reached a tentative budget agreement that could enable them to adjourn within days. KCCI-TV reports that Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said Friday they had reached an understanding. They declined to provide details on the overall spending level or on individual items, saying that information would be released next week.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to two new cases of avian flu in Wright and Sac counties.  The Wright County case is a pullet farm with 400,000 birds, and the Sac County facility is a Turkey farm with 42,000 birds.

AMES (IRN) – The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence to be based at Iowa State University. Its primary goal will be to focus on two branches of forensics, pattern evidence, which includes fingerprints and bullet marks, and digital evidence, including data from cell phones and computers.

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – Corn and soybean prices continue to fall from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that the average price received by farmers for corn during April in Iowa was $3.74 per bushel, $1.02 lower than April 2014. The April 2015 average price for soybeans, at $9.58 per bushel, was $4.72 lower than the April 2014 price.