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KLEM News PM Update May 2, 2011

Jerry Hansen was a Sergeant Major when Troop C of Le Mars was deployed to Afghanistan last August. Hansen, who retired from his Guard position earlier this year, praises the troops.

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Hansen says it's important to keep supporting the soldiers. In Hansen's words, "This isn't over just because we took out one man."

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Hansen is also a member of the American Legion Riders.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's proud of President Barack Obama and intelligence staff for finding and killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Reynolds expressed hope bin Laden's death in Pakistan would comfort the families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Reynolds says it's a great day for America and that she found demonstrations of patriotism across the country to be heartwarming.

Reynolds led the governor's office's regular Monday morning news conference because Gov. Terry Branstad is attending a meeting in North Carolina. He's expected to return later Monday.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) The Iowa National Guard says the body of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Staff Sgt. James Justice, of Grimes, died April 23. His unit was conducting a rescue operation of a helicopter crew. Spc. Zachary Durham, of Des Moines, was wounded in the same operation. Both men were assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, which is based at Camp Dodge on the north side of Johnston.

The Iowa National Guard says there will be a visitation on Tuesday evening in the gym at IKM-Manning Middle School in Manilla. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon inside the gymnasium at IKM-Manning High School in Manning.

Graveside services will be conducted before burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say autopsy results are pending on the body of a homicide victim found in an alley.

She has been identified as 54-year-old Cathy Stickely (STIHK'-lee), of Cedar Rapids.

Officers were sent to the alley a little after 10 p.m. Friday. Officers and medical personnel tried to revive Stickely, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrest has been reported, and other details about Stickely's death have not been released.

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) A criminal complaint says a 70-year-old Iowa man shot and killed a woman with whom he lived Sunday afternoon while she was on a riding lawn mower in their backyard.

A complaint charging Thomas Hansen of Riverside with first-degree murder says that he shot 54-year-old Sharon Gerot after they had been arguing off and on Sunday.

The complaint says Hansen told law enforcement officials he went to their garage to retrieve a semi-automatic handgun while Gerot was working in the yard.

It says that he fired one shot toward Gerot after he saw her riding a lawn mower in an open field. The shot struck and killed her.

Hansen is expected to make his initial appearance in court Monday. He is being held in the Washington County Jail.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that higher fuel prices are slowing the regional economy.

According to a report released Monday, the Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region dropped in April for a second straight month, to 57.7 last month from 61.4 in March.

Economist Ernie Goss says the region is beginning to see high energy prices cut into economic growth.

The survey of supply managers and executives and the report use a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next three to six months, while a score below 50 suggests a contracting economy.

States in the survey are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Someone who bought a ticket at a store in Boone has won $1 million Powerball prize.

The ticket was bought at Casey's on Story Street. It was one of two $1 million tickets in Saturday's drawing. The other winning ticket was bought in Ohio.

The Boone ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number, winning a $200,000 prize. But the player had added the Power Play option, which multiplied the prize by five, reaching the $1 million total. No one won Saturday's $25 million jackpot.

The winning numbers in Saturday's drawing were: 6-13-15-32-41 and Powerball 3. The Power Play number was 2.

The employees at the Boone store and lottery officials say no one has stepped forward yet to claim the $1 million.

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) The Illinois state historian has been appointed the new director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

An announcement Monday by the National Archives says that Thomas Schwartz will begin his work July 5. Schwartz is a noted scholar on Abraham Lincoln.

Schwartz says he looks forward to telling the stories of America's 31st president, who served one term from 1929 to 1933. Hoover is also known for his humanitarian work around the world before and after his presidency.

Hoover's grandson, Andrew Hoover, says in a statement he is delighted with Schwartz's appointment. He says his grandfather's life and legacy are still largely unknown, and there's a great opportunity to explain his accomplishments to the public.

The museum is located in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover was born.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa anthropologists and students will seek artifacts left by prehistoric American Indians at what is now Iowa City's Hickory Hill Park.

The Iowa City Council gave approval for small-scale excavations in the park. The Office of the State Archaeologist will help with the excavation from May 16 to June 3.

The work is part of the annual field school. For decades it was conducted at Plum Grove Historic Site in Iowa City, but University of Iowa anthropology professor Margaret Beck says they decided to move to another spot this year.

Bill Whittaker, of the Office of the State Archaeologist, says finding artifacts could be hard because the park is so big. He tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen the point of the school is to teach students about archaeology.

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

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