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KLEM News AM Update February 23, 2011

The crash happened around 10:30 Monday night just south of Salix  in Woodbury County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a car, heading south in the northbound lanes, collided head-on with a pickup. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Mary Katherine Hughes of Salix, died in the crash. The driver of the pickup, 23-year-old Ryan Marx of Sioux City, was treated at Mercy Medical Center and then released. (Radio Iowa)

 NW Iowa company says it will stop dumping

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) A northwest Iowa pharmaceutical company has been ordered to stop dumping wastewater filled with animal products into a lagoon.

In an Associated Press report, Sioux Pharm CEO Allan Kramer said his company will comply with the order to stop dumping and will clean the lagoon. The company makes a nutritional supplement from bovine and other animal cartilage that is used to alleviate pain.

Neighbors say the lagoon smell can be unbearable.

Sioux County Planning and Zoning administrator Shane Walter said Tuesday that the county recently received a letter that the Iowa Supreme Court had declined to hear the company's appeal.

The state of Iowa filed a separate lawsuit against the company, saying it didn't file required reports with the Department of Natural Resources. Trial is set for March 22.

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

Former town clerk charged with theft

(STORM LAKE)--A Truesdale woman is free on bond after her arrest for theft in Buena Vista County.

According to Major Doug Simons of the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office, 32-year-old Melissa Nielsen is charged with felony theft.

Nielsen is accused of misusing funds belonging to the City of Truesdale. The charge follows an investigation by the sheriff's office, the Buena Vista County Attorney's Office and the Iowa State Auditor's office.

Nielsen is the former Truesdale City Clerk. She resigned last month.

 3 Iowa soldiers injured in Afghanistan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Three Iowa Army National Guard soldiers have been hurt in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The guard says the soldiers were injured Monday when insurgents detonated a bomb near their armored vehicle during a combat patrol. The soldiers were evacuated to a U.S. military hospital at Bagram Air Base. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The soldiers have been identified as 23-year-old Spc. Adam Eilers, of Garber; 20-year-old Spc. Andrew Zimmerman, of Camanche; and 22-year-old Pfc. Caleb Redell, of Erie, Ill.

They are members of a Dubuque-based company serving with the 34th Infantry Division and are among the 2,800 Iowa soldiers deployed to Afghanistan last summer. Their mission is to support Afghan army and police units and assist in humanitarian relief initiatives.

Vaudt reviews Governor's budget proposal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State Auditor David Vaudt says his review of Gov. Terry Branstad's budget shows that his spending plan has significantly reduced the practice of using one-time revenue sources to pay for ongoing programs.

Vaudt told reporters Tuesday that he was worried that projections of state tax collections might be overly optimistic. He says Branstad's two-year budget is based on tax collections increasing by more than 10 percent over the period.

Vaudt says many other states are projecting continued trouble with tax collections.

He also noted that about $89 million in salary increases approved by former Gov. Chet Culver are not financed in the new budget. That means layoff or furloughs will be needed.

Both Vaudt and Branstad are Republicans. The auditor campaigned for Branstad before last fall's election.

Democrats set $6.1 billion spending target

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Democrats who control the Iowa Senate say they have agreed to a spending target of $6.1 billion in the next fiscal year.

That spending level is about $16 million less than was proposed by Gov. Terry Branstad, but is significantly higher than the $5.9 billion that Republicans who hold a majority in the House have sought.

Democrats on Tuesday announced their proposed budget includes $199 million in tax cuts. House Republicans have said they plan on passing about $383 million in tax cuts for next year. House Republicans have already approved a $47 million property tax reduction, as well as a 20 percent cut in individual income taxes.

More than 500 people join for Iowa labor rally

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) More than 500 people rallied on the Statehouse steps and warned of a new assault on middle-class workers.

Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sagar told the crowd Tuesday that the rally was in support of public workers in Wisconsin at a time when the governor and lawmakers are trying to take away their bargaining rights. But Sagar argued the same danger exists in Iowa, where a House committee is discussing a measure that would reduce collective bargaining rights.

Tama Republican Rep. Lance Horbach says his measure would remove health care from the list of topics that must be bargained but it more limited than plans in Wisconsin

A group of about 100 people held a counter-rally, arguing that government spending is too high.

Iowa track team member charged in bottle attack

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A member of the University of Iowa track team has been arrested after he allegedly hit another man over the head with a bottle of champagne at a downtown liquor store.

Iowa City police say Graham Valdes is charged with assault causing bodily injury in the incident early Saturday.

Police responded to a report about a man hit with a bottle. The man, who was not identified, told police another man hit him with a bottle as he leaving after his friend urinated in the store.

Valdes told officers he hit the man because he was pushing past people and felt threatened.

Iowa spokesman Phil Haddy declined to comment on Tuesday. Valdes is listed a senior high jumper.

There is no online court listing for Valdes.

Former Chiefs RB Podolak hit by a car in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The daughter of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Ed Podolak says he's in stable condition at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was hit by a car while crossing a street.

Laura Podolak says in a statement Tuesday that he's undergoing ``minor'' surgeries and is in good spirits.

Police in the Phoenix suburb say the 63-year-old Podolak was not inside a crosswalk when he was hit Sunday. They say the driver of the car that hit Podolak tried to brake but couldn't stop fast enough.

Podolak spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Chiefs. From 1969 to 1977, he racked up 4,451 yards and 34 touchdowns on 1,157 carries and remains the team's fourth all-time leading rusher.

He's now a commentator on Iowa football radio broadcasts.

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

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