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KLEM News AM Update May 18, 2011

Co-director Nancy Landegent says that even though the musical "Godspell" focuses on the Bible, there's no way you'll leave the production feeling like you went to church.

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The show, which opens tonight (Wednesday), has a 14-member cast with an on-stage band providing the music.

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Also different for Night Show is the simplicity of the set and costuming. Nancy says all of these differences don't make for a less interesting or exciting show, it just brings more focus to the script and the music.

For tickets to Godspell at City Hall in Orange City call 707-4510. Performances start tonight and run through Saturday, start time is 8pm.

Keep listening for your Tulip Festival updates this week. Tomorrow we'll share some insight on the parade, and broadcast the kick-off parade live at 2pm. (News Report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

City gives Le Mars residents appliance, tire options

(LE MARS)--A collection area in Le Mars for appliances and tires is being added to the city's Spring Cleanup Days.

Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says Le Mars residents may arrange to have those items dropped off at the Public Works Building next month.

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Refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers and other appliances will be collected at the Public Works Building, 331 First Street Northeast, on June 2nd from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City residents MUST make appointments by calling the city at 548-4958. The fee Le Mars residents pay for solid waste each month will be used to pay for the appliances and tires.

The city's recycling of electronics does NOT require an appointment. The items will be collected in the city hall parking lot on June 3rd and June 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The landfill amnesty dates for up to one-thousand pounds are June 2,3, and 4th and June 18th.

Historic study to be explained at a public meeting in Le Mars today

(LE MARS)  A consultant who will coordinate a study of more than 100 buildings in downtown Le Mars offers information today (Wednesday).

A grant has been awarded to the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission for a survey of the Le Mars downtown commercial district. The findings of the study may be used in a nomination to be submitted to place the area on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kerry Davis of Preservation Solutions, a Kansas firm, will introduce herself at the public meeting at noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The meeting open to all will also be televised on the local cable television access channel.

The consultant will answer questions from property owners and provide information about preservation programs available at the state and federal levels.

Le Mars Ambulance hosts open house today

(LE MARS)--Emergency Care is showcased in Le Mars with an Emergency Medical Services  Week open house for the Le Mars Ambulance Service.

There are more than 12-thousand certified E-M-S providers in Iowa, including the Le Mars Ambulance staff.

Le Mars Ambulance crew members will explain their work and display the ambulance rigs at the headquarters on 12th Street Southeast. They're also hosting the Chamber of Commerce After Five today.

Equipment in the ambulances will be displayed during the Open House. Jeff Kramer is a member of the ambulance staff. Asked about new equipment, Kramer says a new option is being considered.

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The Ambulance open house begins at five this afternoon and continues until seven this evening.

Bag of human bones found in vacant warehouse

(DOW CITY)-- The Crawford County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the discovery of human remains in Dow City.

A bag of bones was found Monday night in an unoccupied warehouse. Dow City had scheduled for that building to be demolished, and the discovery was made by several people who were cleaning out the building prior to its destruction. Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler contacted a Medical Examiner who determined the bones were human.

The investigation continued Tuesday morning and the human remains were turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office for analysis and to possibly determine an origin, identification, and age of the bones. The Sheriff, and DCI are continuing to investigate when the remains were taken to the warehouse, and who may have knowledge of there origin. (News report from Radio Iowa)

Iowa AG seeks review in mother's abuse conviction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa attorney general's office is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to review a lower court decision overturning the conviction of a mother whose son has begun talking and claims he hurt himself after sticking his arm in a washing machine on spin cycle.

Tammy Smith's child endangerment conviction in Humboldt County was overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals last month because of the boy's newfound ability to speak. At the time of the 2006 injury, the 4-year-old child couldn't speak and only made sounds. He now says his mother didn't hurt him.

Attorney general spokesman Geoff Greenwood says an application was filed Tuesday with the Iowa Supreme Court seeking further review.

Reward grows in Iowa real estate agent's death

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A reward offered in the killing of a real estate agent in the Des Moines area is climbing.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley Okland, an employee with Iowa Realty Co., died after she was shot at a model townhome in West Des Moines on April 8. The Des Moines Register on Tuesday says the reward in Okland's case has risen to $75,000.

Police have followed up on nearly 600 leads, but no arrests have been made.

Police have said they don't believe the shooting was a random act, but they're still searching for a possible motive.

Democrats seek public pressure for budget deal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Legislative Democrats say negotiations with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad are at a gridlock and they will launch an effort to pressure him to compromise.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal argued that Branstad is pressing for deep cuts in education and economic development programs even though an improving economy has left the state with a budget surplus.

Gronstal says Democrats who control the Senate will launch a statewide campaign to convince voters to contact Branstad and urge him to reach an agreement with Democrats.

Gronstal says a deal isn't likely unless the governor comes under public pressure.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht responded that the Democrats criticizing the governor are responsible for Iowa's budget problems and Branstad won't compromise if it means meeting their spending demands.

Iowa DOT says computer problem fixed

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Transportation says a computer problem that affected the issuance of driver's licenses and nonoperator ID cards as well as vehicle registration services across the state has been fixed.

The department reported Tuesday morning that a computer server failure, causing a ``temporary interruption.'' The glitch was fixed by Tuesday afternoon and services resumed.

The outage affected all of the agency's driver's license stations and county treasurer offices that issue driver's licenses and handle vehicle registrations.

Iowa woman faces charges in hospital stay

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids woman faces several charges for allegedly defrauding University Hospitals in Iowa City for a hospital stay last year.

Thirty-five-year-old Rosa Ayala is charged with identify theft, first-degree theft and fraudulent practice.

According to court records, Ayala allegedly received medical treatment and medication from the hospital in June 2010 at a cost of over $10,000 while using another person's identification.

The Johnson County sheriff's office says Tuesday Ayala remains in jail on $30,000 bond. Authorities also say she's being held for immigration officials.

Online court records show the state public defender's office has been appointed to represent Ayala. A telephone message by The Associated Press to the Iowa City office wasn't immediately returned.

Charges dropped against in fake firefighter case

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Charges have been dropped against a Dysart man accused of claiming on a radio station's Facebook page that he was a Waterloo firefighter.

Authorities say 20-year-old Austin Reding claimed on the Facebook posting that he was a firefighter who helped pull a man from the Cedar River in March. He was arrested and charged with impersonating a public official after authorities tracked him through his Internet service.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Tuesday that a judge dismissed the charges at the prosecutor's request on May 10.

Black Hawk County prosecutors say they asked that the charges be dismissed for jurisdictional reasons. They say Reding posted the comments from his home in Tama County so the case can't be pursued in Black Hawk County.

Clinton school evacuated after natural gas fumes

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Officials say a natural gas odor led to an evacuation at an elementary school in Clinton.

Students and staff cleared Eagle Heights Elementary on Tuesday shortly after 11 a.m. when fumes were detected in a mechanical room.

The Clinton Herald says the fire department and Alliant Energy were called, and investigators discovered a small leak in one of the joints in the mechanical room. Repair crews were called and the natural gas was turned off.

Students and faculty were allowed back in the building about 1 p.m.

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

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