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KLEM News PM Update February 7, 2011

Julie Hering-Kent of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce says there will be about 50 booths at the Cherokee Western Iowa Tech campus for the Ag Show.

Training and forecasts are offered.

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This isn't an ag producer only Ag Show.

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A Cherokee County student graduating this spring with career plans in agriculture will benefit from the luncheon.

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Hours are from nine until three tomorrow.

 Child found; not ejected

(ALTON) A search for a child after a traffic accident near Alton Sunday night ended successfully.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff's office, twenty-five-year-old Jamie Carrion of Granville lost control of her pickup truck on Highway 10.

The vehicle rolled and came to rest on the passenger side. Emergency responders were not able to find one passenger, four-year-old Averie Carrion. A search was made because it wasn't know if she was ejected from the pickup truck.

The child was found one-fourth of a mile from the accident at a residence where she'd walk to get help.

The driver, Jamie Carrion, was taken by Orange City Ambulance to Orange City Area Health System. Averie and another passenger, one-year-old Abel Carrion, were taken to the Orange City Area Health System by Granville Ambulance.

The Iowa State Patrol and Alton Fire assisted the sheriff's office.

Commercial property information to be presented Tuesday afternoon

(LE MARS)--Commercial property is the focus of information at a session at Le Mars City Hall tomorrow afternoon.

Some commercial property owners recently contact Plymouth County Supervisors about their assessed values and taxes.

The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, Plymouth County Assessor Bob Hyderhoff and the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation are holding an informational meeting at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

According to a media notice from Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman, the meeting will provide an overview of the commercial tax structure and process in Iowa and Plymouth County.

Pawlenty opens conservative series in Iowa

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is opening a lecture series sponsored by social and religious conservatives who are testing Republican presidential contenders on their views on key issues.

Pawlenty is meeting Monday with members of The Family Leader at Pella Christian High School for a lecture and private discussion. The Family Leader was formerly known as the Iowa Family Policy Center and is an important social conservative group.

The organization is inviting potential presidential candidates to the state, which begins the presidential nominating process. Those events will continue through the spring.

After Pella, Pawlenty will head to a similar event in Iowa City, then will wrap up his day at an event at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

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

 Documentary: Judge embarrassed when he sentenced illegal immigrants

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A federal judge in Iowa says he was embarrassed the day he sentenced to prison several dozen illegal immigrants who had been working at a Postville meatpacking plant.

The Des Moines Register reports in a documentary film, U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett described the 2008 proceedings as a travesty.

The film is titled ``Abused: The Postville Raid.''

In it, Bennett says that after the 2008 raid at the Postville plant, prosecutors pressured the workers into signing plea agreements that included five months in prison.

He says in the documentary that he found the agreements ``personally and professionally to be offensive, and I thought it was a tragedy.''

Bennett and prosecutors declined subsequent interview requests.

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

Union: Fired Iowa hospital worker denies breach

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A union president says one of three University of Iowa hospital workers being fired for allegedly breaching the medical records of injured football players is a 26-year employee who claims she did nothing wrong.

John Stellmach leads an AFSCME union representing 2,200 hospital employees. He says one of the three being terminated for allegedly accessing the records of 13 Iowa football players hospitalized with a muscle disorder is a member.

Stellmach says the woman has a spotless disciplinary record during her employment and has been in the health care field for 40 years. He says he feels ``she's getting the shaft'' and he hopes to get her job back.

Stellmach says the woman is accused of viewing unauthorized records for ``a matter of seconds,'' which he called a minor infraction.

Branstad: No talk of granddaughter's preschool

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says talk about his 4-year-old granddaughter attending preschool through a state-supported program that he has targeted for spending cuts is inappropriate.

The Des Moines Register says Branstad told reporters on Monday that his granddaughter or anybody else's children should not be a point of discussion.

Branstad says he has recommended what he thinks is ``fair policy.''

Branstad says the preschool program should be for low-income families who can't afford the classes. He included $43 million for preschool in his budget, but that's far less than the state spends now to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds.

A bill that would scrap universal preschool passed in the Republican-controlled Iowa House last month, but stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Atlantic parents pull students from class

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) Some parents in Atlantic in southwest Iowa who are upset over a bullying incident have pulled their children out of class.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says the parents kept their children home from the middle school on Monday. They are calling for tougher punishment after a student allegedly stabbed other students with a pencil.

The student received an in-school, two-day suspension.

Parent Tanya Swagel says if her son is not comfortable going to school, he's not going. Another parent, Randall Whitt, says he and some other families are considering legal action.

Many parents complained about the incident during last week's school board meeting. The board took the comments under advisement, but took no action.

Superintendent Michael Amstein said the punishment was appropriate.

Jury selection begins in filmmaker trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Jury selection is beginning in the trial of a Minnesota filmmaker charged with misusing tax credits designed to lure filmmakers to Iowa.

Trial for Wendy Weiner Runge, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is being held in Polk County.

The 45-year-old Runge is charged with first-degree theft, three counts of fraudulent practice in the first-degree and one count of ongoing criminal conduct. Her trial, which begins Monday, is the first over allegations that she and other movie makers inflated values on applications for tax credits for the filming of a science fiction movie ``The Scientist.''

Charges against another filmmaker were dropped and two others pleaded guilty.

The charges followed an investigation into a tax credit program administered by the Iowa Film office.

Branstad wants to open South Korea trade office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to open a trade office in South Korea and plans to visit that country as well as China and India.

Branstad announced Monday that he intended to open a small office in South Korea, saying a recent trade agreement with the U.S. offered the opportunity for increased trade.

The Republican governor says he will lead trade missions to South Korea, China and India, but he didn't offer specifics about timing of the trips or the cost.

He says a trade office in South Korea would help Iowa companies make contacts and increase exports.

Prosecutors rest case in OH bathtub drowning case

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) Prosecutors have rested their case in the third trial of a southwest Ohio man accused of drowning his wife in their bathtub.

Ryan Widmer is charged with murder in the drowning death of 24-year-old Sarah Widmer at their former home north of Cincinnati in 2008.

The prosecution presented 24 witnesses over eight days in southwest Ohio's Warren County. Witnesses included an Iowa woman who testified Widmer told her in a phone call after his first trial that he killed his wife. The defense says the call didn't happen.

The woman says she first contacted Widmer after seeing national media coverage of the case.

The judge threw out Widmer's murder conviction from his first trial because of juror misconduct. Jurors in the second trial failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

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

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