President Barack Obama continues his bus tour across Iowa Tuesday. He kicked off a three-day, seven city tour of the state on Monday with an appearance in Council Bluffs. The president attacked what he calls a "do-nothing Congress" and Mitt Romney at the same time. The president also looked at drought-stricken farm fields near Missouri Valley and later he made an unscheduled stop at the Iowa State Fair.
Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, paid a visit to the Iowa State Fair. Protestors did their best to interrupt the Republican candidate. One had to be dragged away by police. Ryan took shots at President Obama, accusing him of trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients.
A California developer says he's close to signing two national firms to move into several floors of Sioux City's Badgerow Building. Bruce DeBolt of Mako One Corporation says one is a multi-national IP transit provider who operates global fiber networks and data centers of their own. He hopes the first tenant will move in September of next year.
Two fires that broke out minutes apart had Sioux City's firefighters and paramedics stretched thin. A local fire department spokesperson says it's an issue heating up across the country due to budget cuts that have caused many to become "minimally staffed." When Siouxland Paramedics workers are stretched, they have standby crews and mutual aid. They can also use a text alert system in a major emergency.
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