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KLEM News AM Update March 5, 2011

(SIOUX CITY)--Iowa's governor is hopeful about industries being attracted to the proposed new Yards I-29 Business Park.

Sioux City officials have announced Global Foods Processing plans to expand to the former John Morrell and Company site adding nearly 200 jobs. The project would be a 10-million dollar investment.

Governor Terry Branstad said he's hopeful Global Foods is the first of many companies to be attracted to that area of Sioux City.

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In Le Mars Friday for a "Jobs for Iowa Tour!", some Le Mars Community Elementary students filled the first three rows of the audience for the governor. They had copies of the governor's proposal for changes to help attract or expand businesses. A couple of the students had questions about income tax.

During an interview with KLEM Radio News, the governor said he's hearing concerns about the need to improve the transportation network. Next week, Branstad will appoint citizens to study transportation.

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The governor expects recommendations from the citizens' group for action, hopefully he said, next year.

(LARCHWOOD)  Work continues on the building and the hiring will soon begin for the employees who'll work in Iowa's new casino in northwest Iowa. The general manager of the Grand Falls Resort Sharon Haselhoff says things are rapidly coming together at the facility in Lyon County.
Haselhoff says they are putting on the final touches such as the wallpaper, paint, carpeting, flooring, kitchen equipment and slot machines are arriving. She says they are now looking to open the doors in just a couple of months.
Haselhoff says they are ahead of schedule, as they had targeted an opening on or before July 4th. but now they are looking at
a grand opening on Thursday May 26th. The hiring is starting to get underway.
Haselhoff says they are having informational meetings this weekend for their dealer school at Larchwood, and that school continues until the beginning of May when they have auditions for dealers. She says they are starting to handle managers and supervisors and then in mid-May they will start holding job fairs to hire the 700 some workers needed to run the resort. Haselhoff says her time is filled with watching deadlines and checking deliveries.
She says she has to watch the schedule for delivering all the equipment and making sure it shows up when it is needed. Haselhoff is moving over from the Riverside Casino, which is owned by the same company as the new casino. She says the experience at the Riverside Casino has made it easier to get the Lyon County casino going. (News report by Radio Iowa)

(LE MARS)--Today (Saturday) is a day to recycle paper for school projects in Le Mars and Remsen.

The Le Mars Community Elementary Schools paper recycling project is this morning. Paper may be dropped off at O'Toole Park in Le Mars from 8-10 a-m. Other pickup sites are at the Struble and Craig Banks and the Brunsville Bank corner from 8-9 a-m.

The Remsen-Union Family Connection and St. Mary's School Board collect paper from 8-11 a-m at the Marion Street location.

The Gehlen Catholic Can Drive is this morning from 8 am to 10 a-m at the Elementary Building.

ODEBOLT, Iowa (AP) Sac County authorities have charged a 56-year-old woman with leaving the scene after a school bus she was driving struck a 7-year-old girl just after the girl got off.

A news release from Sac County Attorney Ben Smith says driver Carolyn Mortensen, of Wall Lake, is believed to have made a call to 911 and radioed the school district for aid before continuing on her route.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon in the northwestern Iowa city of Odebolt.

The girl, whose name has not been released, first was taken to a Sac City hospital. Then she was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with serious injuries.

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

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) A leader of the Iowa tea party movement says his group won't endorse a presidential candidate in the campaign for Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Ryan Rhodes is one of the founders of the movement in Iowa. He says that while the group won't endorse a candidate, its members plan to take a leading role in the process with hopes of encouraging candidates to endorse its views on limiting the size of government.

Rhodes says Republican candidates should take the group seriously and pay attention to their views.

Rhodes spoke Friday during a taping of the Iowa Public Television program, ``Iowa Press.''

GRAND MOUND, Iowa (AP) Autopsies were pending after two bodies were found in a machine shed that burned in eastern Iowa.

WQAD-TV reports that the bodies were discovered in the metal farm building in Grand Mound after firefighters had put out the fire Thursday night.

The Clinton County sheriff's office has asked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and state fire marshal's office for help.

Iowa chase ends peacefully in Omaha parking lot

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Authorities say a police chase that began in Iowa ended safely at an Omaha hospital.

Omaha police say the Iowa State Patrol had chased a pickup down Interstate 680 around 1 a.m. Friday until it crossed the Missouri River into Omaha. An Omaha police helicopter followed the truck and guided officers who tried unsuccessfully to deflate its tires.

Police say a woman in the truck called 911 and said the driver was her husband. She said he was suicidal and threatening her and their child.

The truck was followed to Immanuel Medical Center in north Omaha, where a brief standoff occurred. Officers eventually talked the driver out of his keys, and he was taken into custody.

No injuries were reported. The child that the wife mentioned in the 911 call turned out to be the couple's dog.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) An attorney who represented Mason City in a lawsuit filed by a pastor and his church says nearly $85,000 has been paid to the church as part of a settlement.

Attorney Timothy Boller tells the Globe Gazette $1 was paid to the Rev. Shane Philpott (FIL'-pot), and $1 to his wife, Lisa. The rest of the $85,000 went to Christian Fellowship Church.

The Philpotts and the church sued Mason City, Police Chief Michael Lashbrook and Lt. Logan Wernet in 2009. The lawsuit said Wernet made damaging statements that led to an Internal Revenue Service investigation of the church's finances. The IRS cleared the Philpotts of any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit says Lashbrook defamed the church by calling it a cult.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa has hired Jana Wessels to manage the work force at its hospital and medical college.

Wessels' hiring as associate vice president for human resources for University of Iowa Health Care was announced Friday. She had served in the post on an interim basis.

She replaces Chad Simmons, a former Kraft Food executive who had no experience in health care or academia before being hired to oversee roughly 10,000 full-time employees. Simmons abruptly resigned last May after 16 months on the job.

Wessels was chosen from a field of nearly 70 candidates.

She previously was the assistant vice president for human resources for University of Iowa Health Care and director of human services for the Carver College of Medicine.

NEW YORK (AP) One of Donald Trump's top business associates is heading to Iowa Monday to promote a potential Trump presidential bid.

Michael Cohen is vice president and counsel to Trump's real estate development conglomerate.

He's also a founder of Should Trump Run. The website is aimed at boosting interest and support for a Trump candidacy.

Cohen says Trump has no connection to the website.

Cohen says he'll fly to Iowa on one of Trump's private jets and spend the day meeting with top Republican lawmakers, operatives and grassroots leaders.

Trump told the Des Moines Register and WHO radio this week that he'd campaign hard in Iowa if he runs for the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama.

Trump has said he'll make a decision by June.

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

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