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KLEM News Update May 8, 2011

The play by Richard Nash is directed by Richard Poole who is  Briar Cliff University's theatre and speech communication professor. Music is being directed by Dr. Mary Day who is associate professor and chair of music at Briar Cliff.

According to Poole, the play is about a spinster who explores her relationship with a dynamic stranger in  a dusty Western small town.

The performance at the Briar Cliff Theatre begins at two this afternoon.

(SIOUX CITY)--A travel day rally is planned Monday afternoon at the Roth Fountain in downtown Sioux City.

Travel Rally day is hosted by the city of Sioux City to celebrate and support National Travel and Tourism Week which continues through next Sunday.

Travel workers, supporters and the public are invited to attend at two tomorrow afternoon.

(DES MOINES)--The educational tradition of a Le Mars university continues with scholarships.

The Iowa College Foundation has awarded Westmar Endowment Scholarships totalling 36-thousand 500 dollars to 38 students. They'll attend private colleges or universities this fall.

The Foundation administers the program in cooperation with the Westmar University Alumni and Friends Association. The university closed in November of 1997.

Westmar Presidential Scholarships of $5, 000 each were awarded to Stephanie Begnoche (bay-nosh) of Remsen. Begnoche will be a freshman at Briar Cliff University this fall. The other $5,000 award is to Kimberly De Boer of Sioux Center Center who will be a freshman at Dordt College. Seventeen students received one-thousand dollar awards and 19 students were awarded scholarships of $500 each.

(SIOUX CITY)-Country performer Tim McGraw will keep his May 12th performance and also raise funds for families devastated by tornadoes in the South.

McGraw performs at the Tyson Events Center at seven in the evening on May 12th.

Tim McGraw's C-M-T telethon performance on the same date is pre-taped. His management says he'll support the important relief initiative while keeping his commitment to Sioux City fans.

First Lady lauds US forces at Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) First lady Michelle Obama is praising the work of the U.S. military specialists who killed Osama bin Laden as ``the very essence of the word service.''

Mrs. Obama gave the commencement address yesterday at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, focusing on public service.

She notes the dangers faced by the Navy SEALS who brought down the terrorist leader last weekend and says they had families back in the U.S. who didn't know where they were or whether they'd return. She says that's the essence of service.

It is the first lady's first visit to Iowa since the 2008 election, and her first major public comments since bin Laden's death.

Boy, 2, dies in Milford trailer home fire

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) A fire that swept through a mobile home in northwest Iowa has killed a 2-year-old boy.

The Des Moines Register says Milford firefighters arrived to find the Pioneer Trailer Court home engulfed in smoke and flames after it was reported about 11:19 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters were alerted that a child was inside and entered the trailer from both sides.

The boy's body was recovered, but his name has not been released.

An investigation by the Iowa State Fire Marshal is ongoing.

Police: Iowa teen killed in crash after fuel theft

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

AMES, Iowa (AP) A teen has died from injuries suffered in a crash that police say stemmed from a fuel theft in Ames.

Police told the Des Moines Register that 16-year-old Brice Nelson, of Nevada, died at the scene of Saturday morning's crash. The driver of the car Nelson was in, 18-year-old Kaleb Hoversten, of Ames, faces charges of vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license and theft.

Police say Hoversten pumped almost $53 in gas and left without paying for it. An officer tried to stop Hoversten's car, which police say sped off and collided with a truck driven by 38-year-old William Schroeder, of Ames.

Police say Hoversten suffered minor injuries. Another passenger in his car and Schroeder are being treated Des Moines hospitals.

Anti-price gouging rules in effect for 6 counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama's authorization of a major disaster declaration has triggered Iowa's anti-price gouging rule for six counties affected by recent storms.

Iowa attorney general Tom Miller says the anti-price gouging rule is now in effect in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Pocahontas, and Sac counties.

Price gouging is considered an unfair practice under the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act.

Miller says the rule protects Iowans from anyone who substantially raises prices for needed goods or services without justification.

The price-gouging rule was adopted following the floods of 1993. It applies during the emergency declaration and a recovery period of up to six months.

Wash. man arrested in Iowa kidnapping, assault

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Washington state man has been arrested in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman in rural Iowa.

The Linn County sheriff's office says 32-year-old Jabari Walker, of Seattle, was being held Saturday in the Linn County jail on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and third-degree sexual abuse.

The sheriff's office says Walker abducted a 42-year-old woman at Coralville motel and drove to an abandoned Linn County farm, where he sexually assaulted her. Authorities were alerted to Walker's vehicle at the property and, the sheriff's office says, a deputy intervened in the assault.

Iowa authorities investigate school bus crash

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Authorities in central Iowa are investigating a crash involving a busload of students, none of whom were severely injured.

The Black Hawk County sheriff's office says a Hudson Community School bus was rear-ended about 3:20 p.m. Friday by a van driven by Mary Neelan, of Waterloo.

The sheriff's office says one student was checked out at the scene as a precaution and released to his or her parents. The other students were put on another bus and taken to their homes.

Ames High QB Anderson to walk on at Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune,

AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Ames High quarterback Kyle Anderson says he'll walk on at Iowa.

The 6-foot-3 Anderson threw for 3,239 yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Little Cyclones. Last season he led Ames to a 9-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs.

Anderson tells the Ames Tribune that he was encouraged to join the Hawkeyes after head coach Kirk Ferentz e-mailed him with an invitation to visit for a spring practice.

Anderson will likely redshirt next year along with incoming freshman Jake Rudock.

Miss America from Nebraska enjoys Kentucky Derby

(Information in the following story is from: KNEB-AM,

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Miss America Teresa Scanlan has been in Louisville for the past few days enjoying the festivities of the Kentucky Derby.

The Nebraska native was among several celebrities to ride earlier this week in the Pegasus Parade, one of the derby's oldest traditions.

She told KNEB-AM that she was honored to meet the parade's grand marshals, four World War II veterans. She called them ``real-life heroes.''

Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 longshot, won the race Saturday night. The Derby drew a record crowd of 164.858 people, breaking the previous mark set in 1974.

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

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