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KLEM News AM Update April 29, 2011

City administrator Scott Langel explains the reason for a trip he and the mayor made to Ames.

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Langel says part of the concern the state and federal staff has involves regionalizing airports instead of a general aviation airport like Le Mars. An example of that includes an expanded one planned in Sioux County for the Sioux Center and Orange City area.

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Langel says the city was encouraged to go through a planning process, the Airport Layout Planning, to update the plan.

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Business use of the airport is driving the talks about the future airport expansion.

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According to the city official, one-point-three-million dollars has been spent at the airport in about the last eight years with 95 percent of that being federally funded.

 (LE MARS)--A rural Le Mars woman is a wedding day watcher... the Royal Wedding.

Jean Rowe was born and educated in England for 21 years of her life before marrying and moving to America.

Rowe has returned many times in the last decades leading tours and visiting family and friends. She's looking forward to seeing the landscape again as she watches the wedding festivities for William and Kate.

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Rowe is also looking forward to the happiness the wedding will bring to her home country.

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She keeps in touch with family and the girls she went to school with and visited with one of those friends in Florida this February when souvenirs weren't yet available.

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But most importantly Rowe says, "This wedding is going to be a lovely day for Britain."

(ORANGE CITY)--A second year of traffic safety efforts begins next week in Sioux County.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau ranks Sioux County 16th among Iowa counties for fatal crashes.

The Iowa State Patrol, Sioux County Sheriff's Office and Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement will saturate patrols for four projects this year.

According to information released by the sheriff's office, joint saturation projects from 2010 had a positive impact on driving behavior, but statistics show further work is needed.

Each of the three county and state law enforcement groups will have added officers assigned for high visibility patrol as part of the traffic safety effort.

The first county-wide effort is next Thursday and Friday. On June 3rd, Highway 18 and High 75 north are the traffic safety project. Highway 18 West was chosen for a project July 8 and 9th. August 26th is the enforcement project for Highway 10 and Highway 75 South.

(SIOUX CENTER) - Learning opportunities focused on agriculture are offered at Dordt College in Sioux Center today.

Children will see farm animals including a horse, a lamb and ewe, rabbits, chickens and a cow at a petty zoo. Contests featuring farm tasks include a milking contest; wheel barrow racing, hay bale throwing and an egg toss.

The annual Ag Day is presented by the Dordt College Agriculture club and the agriculture department just north of the Campus Center. Hours are from ten this morning until 2 this afternoon.

Dordt is one of a small number of Christian colleges offering a four-year agriculture program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The trial of a Des Moines man accused of injuring his infant son is scheduled to start next week.

Twenty-two-year-old Jonas Neiderbach is charged with child endangerment stemming from injuries suffered by his son, Ethan, in 2009, when the boy was about six-weeks old.

Neiderbach's attorney wanted the trial postponed to obtain medical records of the child's mother, Jherica Richardson.

A Polk County judge on Thursday denied the delay. Neiderbach's trial is to start on Monday.

Richardson, who was also charged, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and child neglect charges. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a body pulled from the Des Moines River as an 18-year-old man who disappeared nearly three weeks ago after his boat capsized.

A dive team pulled the body out of the river north of Des Moines late Wednesday afternoon. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports Thursday that the Polk County medical examiner's office says the man is Richard Martin of Johnston.

Martin disappeared April 9. Authorities say he apparently wasn't wearing a lifejacket when his boat capsized in the swift river near the Sycamore Park access in Johnston.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa says new estimates show it will cost $387 million to replace three major buildings damaged in the 2008 flood.

University leaders updated the Board of Regents on Thursday. The new figures are $161 million for Hancher Auditorium; $148 million for the music school; and $78 million for the art building. The costs are up 15 percent from the previous estimate in 2009.

The figures were submitted this month to state and federal officials. The university believes about 90 percent of the costs are eligible to be covered by federal disaster relief aid.

The school also says there's an additional $142 million in ``aspirational costs,'' which would not be eligible for federal assistant. Those are things that faculty would like to see in the new buildings.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Students at Iowa's three public universities will pay more for room and board next year.

The Iowa State Board of Regents approved the increases Thursday during its meeting at Iowa State University in Ames.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids is reporting the board approved a 5 percent increase for room and board at the University of Iowa, raising the costs of room and board there to more than $8,000. Room and board at Iowa State will increase 3 percent to more than $7,600. At the University of Northern Iowa, room and board will increase 4.3 percent to more than $7,400.

Last month, the regents voted to increase tuition for most Iowa resident students by 5 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says a 4.4 percent increase in state tax revenue over the last year makes it clear the state can afford to increase school funding by 2 percent.

Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, told reporters Thursday that rebounding tax revenues combined with the roughly $900 million surplus should be a signal to Republicans that the state can afford $65 million more for schools in the coming year.

But the GOP-controlled House and Governor Terry Branstad have insisted that the Legislature not increase school spending for the next two years. They say the state must replace $700 million in spending from one-time sources with general fund money.

Gronstal claims no extra school funding would mean at least 1,500 layoffs at Iowa schools.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn with the 20th pick in the NFL draft.

The Bucs expect Clayborn to beef up a pass rush that ranked 30th among 32 teams with only 26 sacks last season.

The 6-foot-4 285 pound lineman was St. Louis was the fifth defensive end selected Thursday night.

A year ago, the Bucs used their first two picks on defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Minnesota anchor Elizabeth Yetzer ran past Iowa's Lauren Hardesty down the stretch to give the Gophers the 4x1600 relay title for the fifth time in six years Thursday at the Drake Relays.

Minnesota, which set the meet record last year at 18:58.82, finished in 19:06.52 to beat the Hawkeyes by 11 seconds. The win also marked the fourth straight victory at Drake for senior Nikki Swenson, who redshirted in 2008 when Baylor won the event.

The meet kicked off its first full day Thursday with a relatively light schedule highlighted by the decathlon, heptathlon and collegiate distance events.

Former Northern Iowa star Mat Clark won the decathlon with 7,500 points, the exact number he needed to qualify for the U.S. Outdoor Championships in June.

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

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