REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN RALLIED THE GOP FAITHFUL WITH A QUICK TRIP INTO SIOUX CITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. RYAN GAVE A 12 MINUTE SPEECH TO AN OUTDOOR CROWD OF AROUND 600 PEOPLE AT BEV'S ON THE RIVER.
THE WISCONSIN CONGRESSMAN STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STATE IN THIS ELECTION SAYING IOWA COULD DECIDE WHO OUR NEXT PRESIDENT IS:
RYAN TOOK PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO TASK FOR DISTORTING GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY'S RECORD INSTEAD OF LAYING OUT AN AGENDA FOR AN OBAMA SECOND TERM:
RYAN SAYS DESPITE WHAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE, A SECOND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD INCREASE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESS AND LIMIT JOB CREATION:
RYAN WAS INTRODUCED BY LT. GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS. SOME OF THOS ATTENDING WAITED NEARLY THREE HOURS TO HEAR RYAN, AND WERE ENTERTAINED WITH A FREE CONCERT BY COUNTRY STAR MARK WILLS.
The family of George McGovern says they're blessed that the former U.S. senator lived a "long, successful and productive life," and that he refused to slow down even as he reached age 90.
The family released a statement soon after McGovern's Sunday morning death. Many of McGovern's relatives have been by his side since he went into hospice care Monday. His daughter Ann McGovern this week told The Associated Press that being with her father as he neared death was a beautiful and mysterious experience.
The family notes Sunday that McGovern had continued his advocacy work for the hungry. Despite his family's suggestion that he lighten his schedule, he continued to give speeches, write and advise past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer.
Former U.S. senator and Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole says millions of children are able to eat thanks to the work of McGovern. Dole and McGovern joined together to create an international food for education and child nutrition program, for which they shared the 2008 World Food Prize.
In his statement, Dole says 31 million children participate in the school lunch program. He called McGovern a "humble, compassionate and caring man" who looked out for the people who needed a helping hand.
Dole says McGovern's efforts at fighting hunger extended far and wide, and the world "is a better place because of his generous spirit."
Gasoline prices have finally begun their seasonal slide.
The national average retail price has fallen for ten straight days and is now $3.74 per gallon. That's 13 cents below the fall peak of $3.87 reached on Sept. 14, although still higher than ever for this time of year.
Here in Sioux City the prices are much lower. One northside gas station was at $3.19 a gallon Friday afternoon, with other nearby outlets at $3.21 a gallon. They may go even lower.
Tom Kloza, chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, predicts drops of 5 cents to 15 cents per week for the next three weeks.
Gasoline prices typically decline in the fall as refiners switch to cheaper fuel blends and drivers take a break from road trips.