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KLEM News PM Update February 25, 2011

Dave Smetter of Wells advised the media today (Friday) that the firm recently changed the legal name from Wells' Dairy to Wells Enterprises, Incorporated.

Smetter emphasized the new name continues to reflect the family ownership of the company, but eliminates the element of "dairy." Wells sold its cultured and fluid milk parts of the business more than two years ago.

As a ice cream and frozen novelty only company, Smetter said Wells Enterprises accurately identifies the future growth of the company as Wells expands its Blue Bunny brand nationwide.

(SIOUX CITY)--Mercy Cardiology in Sioux City is expanding with the addition of two cardiologists.

Mercy President and C-E-O Bob Peebles announced the newest members of the physician group.

Dr. Donald Ruffett comes to Mercy Cardiology from Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Ruffett is certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

A visiting physician, Dr. Leonard Stein, has joined Mercy Medical Center full-time. Dr. Stein is certified in nuclear cardiology, nuclear medicine and internal medicine. He is a New York native.

Administrators of Mercy Health announced Mercy Cardiology in October saying they were attempting to meet the growing demand for cardiac services in Siouxland.

(BOYDEN)--A Sheldon woman was injured in a car-semi collision on Highway 18 two and a half miles west of Boyden Wednesday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff's office reports 25-year-old Mary French passed a semi, but returned to the semi's lane too quickly and slowed. Authorities report that caused the semi driven by 47-year-old Samuel Ettore of Madrid, to strike the car.

French was taken to the hospital in Sheldon where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ettore did not report any injuries.

(WASHINGTON, DC)--One of Iowa's two U-S senators is the guest speaker for the Hawarden Community Hospital's Foundation Banquet next month.

Senator Chuck Grassley will headline the foundation's March 22nd 6 p.m. event at the Hawarden Community Center.

Entertainment will be provided by the West Sioux High School Choir.

(SIOUX CITY) There's more help for families who have a federal form to complete for their students education.

Volunteers will provide free, on-site assistance to students and families in filing out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid known as FAFSA.

The free help is offered tomorrow in Sioux City at the Western Iowa Tech Community College campus, Enrollment Services Area, Building A, Entrance 1. Hours for the free help with the federally required form for student aid are from nine in the morning until three in the afternoon.

SIOUX CITY)--A Country performer's "2011 Emotion Tour" makes Midwest stops in May.

Tim McGraw with special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will perform at the Tyson Events Center May 12th. Tickets for the performance in Sioux City will be available beginning March 5th.

McGraw will also perform in St. Paul and Kansas City in May.

Report: U. of Iowa investigated professor for child porn

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A police report says a University of Iowa researcher who faked his stabbing in Chicago last year was under investigation in Iowa at the time for child pornography.

The University of Iowa has refused to release details of the investigation into Gary Hunninghake, which ended last year with no charges being filed.

But The Daily Iowan newspaper reported Friday on a Chicago police report showing Hunninghake's home and office were searched during an investigation into ``child pornography.'' The Associated Press later obtained a copy of the report, which does not elaborate on the pornography allegations.

Hunninghake and his attorney, Leon Spies, did not return phone messages.

Hunninghake told police he stabbed himself one day after the warrants were served, and then lied to police about being robbed and assaulted.

Resident believed killed in Waterloo house fire

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Two television stations say one person has died in a Waterloo house fire.

KGAN and KWWL say authorities have confirmed the death of a woman who lived at the home. Her name has not been released.

At least one other person was treated at the scene.

Firefighters were sent to the two-story house around 10 a.m. Friday after a passer-by saw smoke and called 911.

Smoke from the fire could be seen miles away.

Karger files complaint about caucus debate lineup

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) California businessman Fred Karger says he has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about his exclusion from an upcoming Republican presidential forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Karger is an openly gay candidate for the GOP nomination and argued Friday that he was excluded because of his sexual orientation. In his complaint mailed to the FEC on Thursday, he argues the group was in effect supporting the 15 candidates it did invite.

The forum will be held in Waukee on March 7.

Steve Scheffler, of the Faith and Freedom Coalition says his group used objective criteria in making its choices, such as viability, fundraising and past electoral success. Scheffler says his group consulted with lawyers in deciding how to set the criteria for issuing invitations.

Iowa panel approves bill changing bargaining

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A House committee has approved a measure that would change Iowa's collective bargaining law for public employees to remove insurance and layoff procedures from the list of items that must be negotiated.

The House Labor Committee approved the package early Friday morning on a 9 to 5 party-line vote. Republicans favored the measure and Democrats opposed it. The measure likely will be debated in the full House next month.

The panel removed one section of the measure that would have allowed the governor and Legislature to overturn a decision issued by an arbitrator called in when the two sides can't reach an agreement.

If approved in the House the measure goes to the Senate, where Democrats in the majority say they likely won't take up the matter.

Arbitrator to settle Northern Iowa dispute

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) An arbitrator has until March 15 to settle a contract dispute between the University of Northern Iowa's United Faculty and the Board of Regents.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says both sides gave their final arguments to the arbitrator on Wednesday.

The two have failed to agree on pay raises, insurance, leaves of absence and grievance procedures.

The contract covers about 700 university employees.

Davenport man charged with vehicular homicide

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 19-year-old Davenport man has been charged with vehicular homicide for the death of his passenger in a crash last month.

Television station WQAD says Shawn Spencer was driving when he lost control of his car around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 in Davenport. The car veered off the road and landed upside down in a ravine.

Spencer was slightly injured. His passenger, 19-year-old Nicholas Germain (jur-MAYN'), was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spencer also is charged of drunken driving.

A public phone listing for Spencer could not be found. Court records don't list the name of his lawyer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Army National Guard has canceled training scheduled for March 5-6, worried that the congressional budget fight might lead to a federal government shutdown.

But a National Guard spokesman says the Iowa Air Guard is waiting until later next week to decide whether to maintain its training schedule for that weekend.

Col. Greg Hapgood says nearly 97 percent of the Iowa Guard's $400 million budget comes from federal sources. Existing federal funding expires March 4.

The Amy Guard units have been notified about the cancellations. Hapgood says the Army Guard training for later next month is still scheduled.

He says the Army National Guard has about 7,400 members in Iowa; the Air Guard about 2,000.

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

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