KLEM News PM Update January 28, 2011
That's Dr. Bertha Aye, infectious disease specialist at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. She said that the increase is simply because it is the season for the flu. Aye adds that the case increase usually happens sooner.
If you do get the flu, you don't necessarily have to be treated, but if you are a high risk individual Dr. Aye said you should be treated sooner than later.
High risk individuals include: pregnant women, obese individuals, diabetics and those with kidney and liver disease and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr. Bertha Aye says that the one thing that the public should remember is...
Aye says that now is the right time to vaccinate, but keep in mind that the vaccine takes up to 2 weeks to take affect. It is recommended that anyone 6 months and older be immunized.
Gronstal accepts consequences of marriage debate
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says he's willing to accept the reality that his decision to block a debate over same-sex marriage could cost him his leadership post or even his seat in the Legislature.
Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, says people who get involved in politics have to stand for something, and he's made a decision that banning same-sex marriage is a basic denial of rights he can't accept.
He says taking away the rights of gay people today could lead to taking away the rights of other groups in the future, and he won't allow that.
Gronstal made his comments Friday during a taping of Iowa Public Television's ``Iowa Press'' program airing later in the weekend.
2 sought in robbery at Fort Dodge credit union
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Authorities are searching for two people who robbed a credit union in Fort Dodge and escaped in a stolen vehicle.
Police say the pair covered their faces on Thursday morning at the Fort Dodge Family Credit Union. They got away with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured.
A police news release says the two fled in a Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle that was reported stolen earlier Thursday morning. The SUV was soon found, abandoned in an apartment building parking lot.
Capt. Quintin Nelson told The Messengers newspaper that the robbers may have used another vehicle to leave the area.
Police Chief Tim Carmody (CAHR'-muh-dee) said Friday that no one had been arrested yet.
Weather Service issues early look at Iowa flooding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa could be at risk of flooding this spring, but a lot depends on what happens during the rest of the winter.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a flood outlook that shows the risk is ``near to above normal.'' Hydrologist Jeff Zogg says it's vague because Iowa may or may not get a lot of snow between now and mid-March when the spring thaw typically starts.
Current snowfall amounts on the ground range from a trace in extreme southeast Iowa to 20 inches in northern Iowa along the Minnesota border. The statewide seasonal snowfall average for all of last winter was 49 inches, the sixth highest on record.
Iowa was swamped by flooding in 1993 and 2008, and came close last year.
Iowan makes plea deal in killing of family pets
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A southeast Iowa man has made a plea deal that would give him probation for killing the family cat and dog.
The Hawk Eye newspaper says Billy Lee Kracht, of Danville, is pleading guilty to one count of animal torture and one of animal neglect.
In exchange, prosecutors will ask the judge to give the 39-year-old Kracht probation under suspended prison sentences of two years for the torture and one year for the neglect.
The Des Moines County sheriff's office says Kracht told deputies this summer that he got upset when he found the cat out of its cage, so he hanged it. He also admitted fatally injuring the dog by falling on it.
His sentencing is set for Feb. 18.
New firewood labeling rules in effect in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) New rules that went into effect this month require all packaged and bulk firewood sold in Iowa to have a label identifying the state and county where it was harvested.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says in a news release that the rules that went into effect on Jan. 1 are intended to help slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and other damaging pests, such as the gypsy moth and Asian longhorn beetle.
An Emerald Ash Borer infestation was confirmed last year in northeast Iowa's Allamakee County. Extensive surveys and inspections have found no other infestations in the state.
Northey says firewood has been the primary way of transporting the insect. He says consumers should be careful and contact officials if they see firewood without a label.
Rebuilding in Big Ten challenging for bottom 3
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The Big Ten seems a little top heavy to coaches on some of the struggling teams.
Indiana, Michigan and Iowa are the three worst teams in one of the nation's best leagues. The Hoosiers, Wolverines are 2-6 in the Big Ten and the Hawkeyes are last at 1-7, seemingly stuck behind a slew of powerhouse programs led by marquee coaches with well-established roots.
The strength and stability of programs like Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois have made the challenge of cracking the top half of the Big Ten tougher than perhaps any league outside of the Big East.
The top six teams in the Big Ten standings were also in this week's Top 25, from the top-ranked Buckeyes to the 25th-ranked Spartans.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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