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KLEM News Update January 30, 2011

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The 2010 Chamber Business of the Year is Good Samaritan Society - Le Mars.  The 2010 Citizen of the Year is Mayor Dick Kirchoff.


Man found dead in car submerged in Iowa creek

SPRAGUEVILLE, Iowa (AP) A man has been found dead in a car submerged in a creek west of Spragueville.

The car was found under the Deep Creek Bridge about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Jackson County sheriff's office says the driver of the car was dead inside. His name was not released.

The sheriff's office is it appears the car crashed on the bridge and went into the creek. Investigators are trying to determine when that crash happened. No foul play is suspected.

Iowa snowmobiler dies after crashing into tree

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com )

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) The driver of a snowmobile has died after crashing into a tree on the shore of East Lake.

The Des Moines Register reports that, according to Spirit Lake police, the driver hit the tree about 11 p.m. Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name has not been released.

Fire breaks out at West Des Moines apartments

(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Firefighters are battling a blaze at a Wes Des Moines apartment complex.

KCCI-TV reports the three-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in one of the upper floors at Sun Prairie Apartments. Smoke could be seen for miles.

Messages left for the fire chief and at the apartment complex office weren't immediately returned.

Hidden webcam found in restroom at Iowa store

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com )

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police say a miniature webcam has been found hidden in an employee restroom at a Des Moines grocery store.

A police report obtained by the Des Moines Register says the camera was attached to a light fixture above a toilet in the restroom designated for female workers at a Dahl's Foods store. It was discovered by an employee.

Police say the webcam appeared to be in operation and may have been transmitting video when it was found.

Store officials had no comment Saturday on the case.

Ex-worker sues Iowa county over alleged harassment

(Information in the following story is from: KIMT-TV, http://www.kimt.com )

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) A paralegal is suing Floyd County over alleged sexual harassment by the former county attorney.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by Theresa Farmer, cited by KIMT-TV, says county supervisors and others in authority failed to act on her repeated reports of sexual harassment by Jesse Marzen. Marzen lost his job as county attorney in 2010 after the high court suspended his law license. The court said he broke the rules when he had a sexual relationship with a client before he was elected in November 2006.

Farmer's lawsuit says Marzen touched her, made sexual comments and posted inappropriate things on the walls of his office.

Farmer was fired by Marzen in 2009.

The number for the Floyd County attorney's office rang unanswered Saturday. No number was listed for Marzen.

Iowa regents audit UIHC unit over billing issues

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/ )

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Regents has been auditing a unit within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after reports of billing errors and inconsistencies in following patient privacy laws.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the problems are related to a new electronic records-keeping system that was implemented in 2009.

Another UIHC unit, the Heart and Vascular Center, was audited last year after problems with the same system. That audit found $11 million worth of services were not billed to patients.

The latest audit found some doctors in the ophthalmology unit are not properly entering information into the system, causing billing problems. The extent of those problems has not been released.

The regents will discuss that audit at its Wednesday meeting. The university declined to comment until after that meeting.

Book brings GOP's Pawlenty back to Iowa

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the first time since leaving office, Minnesota Republican Tim Pawlenty is Iowa bound.

The former governor arrives Sunday for two days of book events. Pawlenty is promoting ``Courage to Stand,'' but he's also working to build his brand as he moves toward a likely run for president.

Pawlenty has been in Iowa about a half-dozen times since ruling out another campaign for governor.

His itinerary this time includes stops in Ankeny and West Des Moines.

He heads back to Iowa on Feb. 7 to deliver a lecture to a socially conservative group known as The Family Leader.

Freshman leads No. 23 Iowa State past Missouri

AMES, Iowa (AP) Freshman Hallie Christofferson scored 18 points and Chelsea Poppens added 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, leading No. 23 Iowa State to a 71-56 victory over Missouri on Saturday.

Lauren Mansfield contributed 14 points in a balanced offensive game that enabled the Cyclones (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) to survive a rare stretch of cold shooting by leading scorer Kelsey Bolte.

Iowa State built a 24-point lead in the first half and led 39-19 at halftime despite getting only six points from Bolte. Missouri (10-11, 2-5) whittled the lead to 67-56 with just over a minute to play, but Mansfield sank two free throws and Bolte hit a jumper to end the threat.

Bolte, averaging a league-best 24 points in Big 12 play, made two of her first three shots, then missed 13 of her next 14 and finished with 12 points on 5-for-20 shooting.

Iowa State's victory spoiled the return of Missouri coach Robin Pingeton, who was an assistant for the Cyclones from 2000-03. Shakara Jones led the Tigers with 16 points.

Pledger leads Oklahoma past Iowa State 82-76 in OT

AMES, Iowa (AP) Steven Pledger scored 12 of his career-high 38 points in overtime and Oklahoma broke a 19-game losing streak away from home with an 82-76 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night.

Oklahoma (11-9, 3-3 Big 12) blew a 15-point first-half lead, then rallied from six points down in regulation to tie the game at 67 on Pledger's 3-pointer.

Pledger then dominated the extra session, nailing consecutive 3s to put the Sooners up 75-72 and his steal and layup made it 77-72 with 1:40 remaining.

Melvin Ejim, benched in a lineup switch, responded with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Iowa State (14-8, 1-6), which has lost four straight. Jake Anderson and Diante Garrett each scored 18 for the Cyclones, who recovered from a terrible start to make it a game and almost pull out the victory.



(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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