KLEM News AM Update March 11, 2011
Representative Chuck Soderberg and Senator Randy Feenstra will begin their day tomorrow morning at the Hawarden City Hall at 8:30; hear from constituents at the Akron Public Library at 10:00; and the Westfield Community Center at 11:30.
Tomorrow afternoon, Soderberg and Feenstra meet with the public at the Le Mars Public Library at 1:00 and the Orange City City Hall at 2:30.
(HAWARDEN) Services, products and crafts are showcased at the Hawarden Chamber's Home Show this weekend.
Cathie Brown of the Hawarden Chamber says the West Sioux High School and Middle School gyms in the same building will be filled with displays.
You'll see quite the sights in red Friday night during a charity event.
Brown suggests the Hawarden Home Show as a cabin fever break.
Hours are 5-9 Friday and 10-2 Saturday. The Home Show is free. Brown says donations for the "style show" are encouraged.
(LE MARS)-- Alzheimer's is a disease that affects many people, directly and indirectly. According to Terri Schroeder, public relations coordinator for the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the chapter covers 21 counties and helps 2,500 people in the Siouxland area. Schroeder outlines the scope of their services.
Here in Le Mars an opportunity is coming up to support the Alzheimer Association through "A Time to Remember," A Festival of Wine and Roses. The event is being held Thursday, April 7th at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Le Mars. Danna Schuster and her husband, Steve, are this hosts of this year's event. Danna tells us more.
Dinner includes a New York Certified Angus Steak with wines pairings chosen to compliment each course and served table side. Schuster says throughout the evening attendees will have a chance to taste 8-10 wines.
In addition to dinner and wines, there will be a comedian and silent and live auctions. Big items included in the auction are tickets to an NFL game and getaways to homes on Spirit Lake and Lake Okoboji.
Danna Schuster has been working with the event for about 10 years, and her initial involvement was simply to go out and enjoy some wine and good food. Now, after having been a part of the planning process for a number of years, she has come to know that the event, that benefits the Alzheimer's Association, is much more than that.
"A Time to Remember," A Festival of Wine and Roses to benefit Alzheimer's Association programming in Plymouth County will be held Thursday, April 7th at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Le Mars. Social hour starts at 6pm with dinner at 7. The cost is $75 per person. For more information feel free to contact Danna at 546-7883 or Robin Grosenheider at 546-4322. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM)
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the name of a 6-year-old Sioux City boy whose death police are calling suspicious.
Sioux City police on Thursday identified the boy as Manuel Ramirez.
He was found unresponsive in a bathroom of a house Monday night. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police say an autopsy was performed on Wednesday, but a preliminary cause of death hasn't been released.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
KLEM News note:
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 13th. Set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Members of the Iowa House are turning aside efforts to weaken a proposed overhaul of the state's collective bargaining laws.
Supporters say the overhaul is needed to save money and head off a projected state budget shortfall. The Republican controlled House has been involved in extensive debate on the measure since Wednesday night.
In its final version, the measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward their health insurance costs and end their right to have a voice in layoff procedures.
Critics say the measure is an attack on the middle class and part of a national assault on public unions that are a key part of the Democratic base.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County magistrate has ruled the prosecution of four men charged with participating in an illegal $25,000 campaign contribution to former Gov. Chet Culver's re-election campaign can continue once specific charges are filed.
Magistrate William Price delayed final rulings Thursday on motions by defense lawyers asking for a dismissal of the case, separate trials and a change of venue.
The Des Moines Register reports that Price says special prosecutor Lawrence Scalise must file a bill of particulars detailing each defendant's alleged illegal acts.
Fort Dodge businessman Steven Daniel, Webster County Entertainment, Peninsula Gaming and two of its executives, M. Brent Stevens and Jonathan Swain, have been charged with making the contribution to Culver's campaign in late 2009.
Davenport lawyer Curtis Beason is accused of participating in the scheme and with obstructing prosecution.
All four men have pleaded not guilty.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Davenport man is being held on $500,000 bond after being charged in connection with the death of a woman in January.
Eric Olsen was charged Thursday with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The body of Wanda Weldy was found in the middle of a Davenport street on Jan. 17. WQAD-TV in Moline, Ill., reports that blunt force trauma was the cause of death.
Weldy had received a protection order against Olsen the week before she died.
Jail officials said they had no record of an attorney for Olsen. No attorney was listed in online court records and the Scott County clerk of court's office was closed Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) Floyd County supervisors have agreed to buy the rest of a failing dam on the Shell Rock River in north central Iowa so it can be removed.
The small dam, which was built in 1872 to power a grain mill, is in poor condition. It deteriorated even more last summer when it was being undercut by the river.
Floyd County owns the west end of the dam. The east section is owned privately.
The Globe Gazette in Mason City says county supervisors agreed Tuesday to buy the rest of the dam for $1,500.
The dam, which is about 8 feet high and 170 feet long, won't be removed until the county receives a permit, and all residents in the area and other authorities are notified.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa workforce officials say the state missed a deadline to secure $14.5 million in federal stimulus funding for extra unemployment benefits to Iowans who've been out of work for more than a year.
The Des Moines Register reports that Democratic legislators were working to apply for 13 extra weeks of benefits for about 7,150 people.
The Democrat-led Iowa Senate passed a bill to enact an extended benefits program for states with unemployment at a three-month average of 6.5 percent or higher.
They say they urged the Republican-led House to approve it and get it to Gov. Terry Branstad before Thursday's deadline.
Figures released Thursday report that the state's three-month unemployment average is 6.1 percent. That means Iowa would no longer qualify for the funds.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The dean of the University of Iowa College of Business says the next school year will be his last.
Dean William C. Hunter announced Thursday he would retire after the 2011-2012 academic year after leading the Tippie College of Business since July 2006.
The university said a search for Hunter's replacement would begin this summer.
Hunter was previously the business school dean at the University of Connecticut and held senior positions within the Federal Reserve System in Chicago and Atlanta.
Hunter says he has helped students better prepare for careers by making sure they have more opportunities for hands-on learning and international travel. He backed a tuition increase for undergraduate students that improved the faculty, advising and other programs.
Iowa receives $1M from drug maker
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Attorney General Tom Miller says Iowa will receive about $1.1 million as part of a settlement of a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer over allegations it inappropriately marketed an anti-psychotic drug for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Miller on Thursday says Iowa's share is part of a $68.5 million settlement with 37 other states and AstraZeneca PLC. Miller says the company had promoted the sale of Seroquel for a number of unapproved uses to treat Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders and other illnesses.
Miller says AstraZeneca agreed to change how it markets Seroquel and to stop promoting it for uses not approved by the FDA.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Draymond Green had 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Michigan State beat Iowa 66-61 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament and keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.
Iowa's Matt Gatens missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game with 6 seconds remaining.
Kalin Lucas scored 11 points and Keith Appling added 10 for Michigan State, which advanced to play No. 9 Purdue (25-6) in the quarterfinals.
Michigan State (18-13) has played in the last two Final Fours and hasn't missed the NCAA tournament since the 1996-97 season, but the seventh-seeded Spartans felt they needed to beat 10th-seeded Iowa to boost their chances of continuing that streak.
Bryce Cartwright had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Gatens had 13 points for Iowa (11-20), which was coming off a win over then-No. 6 Purdue.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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