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KLEM News PM Update May 13, 2011

Director Steve Hansen last night talked about the new museum as the guest speaker for the 47th annual Plymouth County Historical Museum.

The museum is in the former J-C Penney building in downtown Sioux City after a move from the Peirce Mansion.

Hansen said repeat visits to the new museum are already occurring.

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According to Hansen, 90 percent of the Sioux City Museum's collection was stored off site prior to the relocation. He also said the mayor of Sioux City in 1961 described the Peirce site as temporary for the museum.

Hyperion deadline changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) South Dakota's environmental agency is recommending approval of a Texas company's request to alter the construction start deadline for a $10 billion oil refinery in Siouxland.

The Hyperion Resources refinery, to be built north of Elk Point, would process 400,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands crude oil each day.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has approved a change from a hard deadline of Aug. 20 of next year (2012), to an 18-month window from when the final permit is issued. The previous deadline was Feb. 20 of this year. The state Board of Minerals and Environment will make a final decision at a July 25 hearing in Pierre.

The Hyperion Energy Center would be the first new U.S. oil refinery built since 1976.

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

Flights to  check for conservation compliance

(DES MOINES)--Northwest Iowa counties will be part of a survey of conservation compliance.

State Conservationist Richard Sims announced the plans to make the aerial surveys combining experienced pilots with federal conservation experts.

Sims expects compliance checks in 40 counties in northwest and southwest Iowa. Sims says the project is being tested to see if there's an increase in efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining accuracy and fairness. If it's successful, there may be statewide use.

Planes will fly at low altitudes of about 500 feet.
Teams on the ground will verify the aerial information if farmers are not actively applying conservation systems. That could put them out of compliance with U-S-D-A programs.

First saturation shows speed, seatbelt violations

(ORANGE CITY)--Speeding and seatbelt violations dominated traffic violations during a safety project in Sioux County.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement are making four saturation patrol projects in Sioux County. They're trying to reduced the number of traffic deaths in the county.

The first project brought together 16 officers from the three agencies in a two-day effort last week.

They issued 41 tickets for speeding and 23 for seat belt violations. There were 64 warnings for speeding. Officer made three arrests for operating while under the influence.

The next project is June 3 in the northern half of Sioux County.

Four charges from illegal prescription drug probe

(SPENCER) An investigation into illegal distribution of prescription medication led to an arrest in Clay County.

The sheriff's office reports 20-year-old Chelsee Muckey faces two charges of failing to affix a drug tax stamp and two charges of delivery of a controlled substance.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Muckey was held on 50-thousand dollars bond.

Iowa lawmaker Forristall apologizes after arrest

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A southwest Iowa lawmaker who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving has apologized.

Rep. Greg Forristall said in a statement released Thursday that is ``truly sorry for the decision I made.'' The Republican from Macedonia, went on to apologize to his family, friends and the constituents of his 98th Iowa House District.

The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs says the 61-year-old Forristall was arrested Wednesday near Carson. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says a deputy saw Forristall's truck drifting and then cross the centerline on Iowa Highway 92. Forristall later told deputies he was headed to his home in rural Macedonia.

Danker says Forristall's blood tested out at more than three times the legal limit.

There was no answer Friday at Forristall's home. His attorney didn't immediately return a call.

Ex.-Sen. Thompson joins popular vote project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee has been named a co-champion of the nonpartisan National Popular Vote campaign.

The project is promoting reform of the Electoral College by stressing popular votes instead of the winner-takes-all system according to state.

Thompson, who also ran briefly for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, said the campaign is consistent with the country's constitutional principles.

Joining Thompson as co-champions are former Gov. Chet Culver of Iowa, a Democrat, and former Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois, a Republican. Thompson also is an actor.

Pigs rounded up after Iowa traffic accident

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) Local farmers helped round up dozens of pigs that got loose after a traffic accident in south-central Iowa.

Indianola police say 94 pigs were being hauled in a trailer when it rolled onto its side about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The accident occurred on northbound U.S. Highway 65.

According to Des Moines television station KCCI, police say the truck driver was not injured. The accident killed 12 pigs.

ISU QB James Capello to transfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State quarterback James Capello says he's transferring, cutting the race for the starting job from four players to three.

The Cyclones say Capello will play at Division II Tiffin University in Ohio next season. He would've been a redshirt sophomore in 2011.

Capello's departure leaves Iowa State with juniors Jerome Tiller and Steele Jantz and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett to compete for the starting spot.

Rhoads said following last month's spring game that he won't name a starter until August at the earliest.

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

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