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KLEM News AM Update May 5, 2011

Le Mars was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration grant for a building to store the grant-funded snow removal equipment. Ninety-five percent of the cost is to be federally funded.

Bids are to be opened May 16th.

The new cost estimate is 208-thousand dollars which is 42-thousand dollars less than the original estimate questioned by council members at a meeting last month. Consultant Mike Ferrier of Bolton and Menk told the Council Tuesday about the status of funds in Congress.

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If the federal money isn't appropriated by Congress, the project engineering costs are 18-thousand dollars. Engineering costs for the entire project total 42-thousand dollars.

The consultant also told the Council there have been increases in steel and pvc supplies recently.

The construction time line planned is to begin June 1st with completion September 30th.

(SIOUX CITY) - A Sioux City man faces up to 10 years in prison for drug convictions.

Forty-two-year-old Patrick Watson of Sioux City was convicted in federal court in Sioux City.

Court records indicate Watson pled guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 112 grams of crack cocaine in the Sioux City area from October of 2010 through January of this year. He also pled guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine near a Sioux City park last December and in January of this year.

Watson is being held for the U-S Marshal's Service until he's sentenced. A date has not been set.

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man will serve up to 10 years in federal prison for drug convictions.

Forty-nine-year-old Lloyd Williams was sentenced in federal court in Sioux City.

Williams pled guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine from January of August of last year. The conspiracy involved drug sources in Omaha and distribution in Sioux City. Williams also pled guilty to distributing the drug in April of last year within one thousand feet of a Sioux City elementary school.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) Clay County voters overwhelmingly approved issuing $5.6 million in bonds to build a replacement for the county's 63-year-old jail.

In the special election held Tuesday, more than 65 percent voted for the measure.

The 24-bed jail would replace the 1938 facility in downtown Spencer. The $5.6 million bond measure anticipates $4.7 million for construction and $125,000 for the 3.5-acre parcel of land next to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Several assessments and state inspections found that the old jail doesn't meet standards.

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

 JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Family and friends are honoring an Iowa Army National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people filled IKM-Manning High School in Manning on Wednesday for the funeral for 32-year-old Staff Sgt. James Justice, of Grimes. KCCI-TV in Des Moines says friends talked about Justice's military friends, his life-long buddies and his family, especially his love for his young daughter.

Justice died of enemy small arms fire on April 23 while helping to rescue the crew of a helicopter that made a hard landing. Another Iowa soldier, Spc. Zachary Durham, of Des Moines, was injured.

Both men were assigned to the 113th Cavalry, which is based at Camp Dodge.

Justice will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A man charged with fatally stabbing a cab driver in Cedar Rapids was expected to face a possible prison sentence hours before the attack, but a judge delayed the hearing because key paperwork wasn't completed on time.

Johnathan DeWayne Mitchell appeared in court Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 54-year-old Cathy Stickley. She was found stabbed to death April 29 in an alley next to her cab.

Prosecutor Jason Besler says Mitchell was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced earlier April 29 in a case in which he allegedly brutally assaulted a man with a wooden yard tool. Besler said he was recommending prison time but the Department of Corrections didn't complete a pre-sentence investigation report on time and Judge Mitchell Turner delayed the hearing.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court will review the case of a Wright County man convicted of second-degree murder nearly 15 years ago.

Jose Aguilera was found guilty of fatally shooting Jesus Garcia, of Rowan, at a party in Rowan in 1996. Aguilera was convicted later that year and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City says the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a further review in the case.

In February, the Iowa Court of appeals upheld a lower court dismissal of Aguilera's application for post-conviction relief, a constitutional challenge. Aguilera claims the state withheld evidence that could have led to a not guilty verdict, and that other newly discovered evidence entitles him to a new trial.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police have released the name of a worker who died after falling from the federal courthouse construction project.

Police on Wednesday identified the man as 46-year-old Terry Simmons, of Iowa City. Authorities say Simmons fell Tuesday from an unknown height.

The courthouse is being built to replace the federal courthouse that was damaged during the 2008 flood.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) No charges are expected against the driver of a Des Moines transit bus that ran over a man who was running alongside trying to get it to stop.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that police don't expect charges to be filed against bus driver William Sanders.

Police say the victim of the accident, 60-year-old Robert Pate, had been drinking alcohol when he ran alongside the bus last week. Witnesses say Pate tripped and fell and was run over by the bus.

Pate was critically injured and taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Police say Sanders didn't know Pate was next to the bus when he pulled away from a downtown bus stop.

A bus agency spokesman says a video clearly shows what happened.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Whole Foods Market, which sells natural and organic foods with a focus on locally grown products, is bringing its first store in Iowa to West Des Moines.

Michael Bashaw, president of the company's Midwest region, says the store will employ about 125 people and should open in the spring of 2012. Bashaw says the company is looking at other sites for a second location in Des Moines.

The next closest store now is in Omaha, Nebraska.

Whole Foods has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It employs more than 60,000 people. It was found in 1980 in Austin, Texas.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Jim Delany calls the Nebraska Cornhuskers the Green Bay Packers of the Big Ten.

The Big Ten commissioner said Wednesday night that when the Huskers enter the conference July 1, they'll make a great league greater.

Delany said the Big Ten's attraction to Nebraska goes beyond geography and a shared Midwestern culture with member schools.

He compared the Huskers' location in a sparsely populated state with that of the small-market Packers. He said the Huskers and Packers are national teams, and everything they do is followed closely.

Delany was in Omaha to speak at the B'nai B'rith (buh-NAY' brith) charity sports banquet.

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

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