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KLEM News AM Update, July 1, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann will end the first week of her campaign with a three-day, six-stop bus tour of Iowa.

Bachmann's campaign issued a statement Thursday saying the tour would start with a breakfast chat Saturday in Iowa City and end with an appearance in Monday's Independence Day parade in Clear Lake.

Bachmann will make appearances in Marshalltown, Des Moines, Carroll and Le Mars along the way.

The Minnesota congresswoman is pushing hard to win the August GOP straw poll in Iowa, which could launch her to favorite status in next year's leadoff caucuses.

Fellow 2012 candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty are all making trips to Iowa over the next week.

(LE MARS)--A straighter street to better serve new development is being pursued in the industrial area of Le Mars.

City administrator Scott Langel explains the latest plans for 27th Street Southwest.


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Langel says there is a firm interested in locating in the area which was the impetus to a second look at planning for the new street.At this point, he said he could not identify the firm because no commitments have been made.

(LE MARS)--Summer construction for City of Le Mars projects will detour traffic in neighborhoods, near a school building and on a route to industry.

City administrator Scott Langel says a contractor is working again on intersection improvements along Lincoln Street and Lake Avenue.  

This month (July), Langel expects Steve Harris Construction to resume improvements for 12th Street Southeast.


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Work is also planned this summer near Franklin Elementary School.


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Four contractors are also working on minor storm sewer extensions and minor street repairs in different areas of the community. 

(KINGSLEY)--New signs with a nostalgic message are displayed in southern Plymouth County.

Kingsley is the latest community in the state to be chosen for a set of Burma Shave-style signs by "Our Iowa" magazine.

Mary Reilly of "Our Iowa" describes the sign project as a success.  


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The signs with a Burma-Shave safety theme were put up southwest of Kingsley, along county Road C-70, last Friday. The signs sloan is:  "Drinking Drivers....Enhance Their Chance...Of Riding Home..In An Ambulance."

Signs with the rhyming lines are dotting the countryside or  planned in about half of the state's 99 counties. A dozen other groups have submitted requests being considered by the magazine which sponsors the program.

(SIOUX CITY)--There's a way to help Siouxland flood victims without filling sandbags.

Brian Damon (day-mun) of Mercy Pathways emphasizes the importance of giving those affected an opportunity to share their stories, experiences, emotions and feelings.


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Mercy is offering support groups with the professional staff in the Pathways program which is part of Mercy. The sessions are Wednesdays and begin at 11 in the morning and end at two in the afternoon. Registration information is available by calling 712.279.2400.


Legislature adjourns on last day of fiscal year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Legislature has ended its overtime run, adjourning for the year on the 172nd day of the session.

That makes this year's session the third longest in Iowa history. Legislators ended the session Thursday, on the final day of the fiscal year.

The last hurdle lawmakers cleared was approving the final pieces of a $5.9 billion state budget that includes no increase in state spending on local schools. Lawmakers plan to increase spending by 2 percent next year.

Wrapping up their work, lawmakers approved a $1.5 billion package paying for human services programs. There had been debate about toughening rules governing taxpayer-funded abortions as part of that measure, but lawmakers ended up making only minor changes.

Federal judge grants injunction on SD abortion law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A federal judge has granted Planned Parenthood's preliminary injunction to prevent a new South Dakota abortion law from taking effect while it's being challenged in court.

Chief Judge Karen Schreier issued the written ruling on Thursday.

The law, which would have taken effect Friday, requires women seeking abortions to face a three-day waiting period and undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortion.

The lawsuit contends the law violates a woman's constitutional right to abortion established under the landmark 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling

Pawlenty bolsters Republicans in MN shutdown standoff

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty sidetracked from the presidential campaign trail to urge fellow Republicans at the Capitol to not back down in their budget standoff with his Democratic successor.

Pawlenty spoke at a news conference at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Thursday evening on the brink of a Minnesota government shutdown. The candidate for the GOP presidential nomination says spending needs to be controlled in both Washington, D.C., and in St. Paul.

The Minnesota government shut-down happened at midnight today as the two sides failed to reach an 11th hour deal.

Police in Clear Lake fear teen drowning

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) Police say they fear a 17-year-old boy has drowned in Clear Lake.

Clear Lake police chief Greg Peterson says two boys were swimming about 200 feet off the main boat ramp on Thursday when one of them got in trouble and asked for help.

Peterson says the other boy couldn't help and had to swim back to shore.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports several witnesses say they saw a youth go under the water but not resurface.

MN man convicted of murder set to be sentenced

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Minnesota man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Iowa convenience store clerk will be sentenced to life in prison next week.

The Des Moines Register reports that 18-year-old Michael Swanson will receive Iowa's mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole Thursday in Webster County.

Swanson was found guilty in the Nov. 15, 2010, death of Shelia Myers at a Kum Go store in Humboldt.

Defense attorneys argued that Swanson, who laughed as the jury's verdict was read, was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Swanson is also accused of killing another convenience store clerk and will stand trial in that case July 27 in Lyon County.

D.M. man gets 50 years for child endangerment

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines man convicted on multiple charges of child endangerment has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

A Polk County judge sentenced 22-year-old Jonas Neiderbach (NIGH-der-bach) on Thursday after overruling his motion for a new trial.

Neiderbach was convicted by a jury in May on six felony charges. The charges stemmed from brain injuries suffered in 2009 by his then-six week old son, Ethan, who remains severely brain damaged.

The child's mother, Jherica Richardson, was sentenced in 2010 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment and child neglect charges.

The Des Moines Register reports that defense lawyers said they plan to appeal.

Muslim woman registers for nationals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Kulsoom Abdullah of Atlanta has filed to compete in the national weightlifting championships a day after the sport's world governing body modified its rules to accommodate her Muslim beliefs.

The International Weightlifting Federation announced Wednesday that it would allow athletes to wear a full-body ``unitard'' under the customary weightlifting uniform.

Abdullah hadn't competed in high-level U.S. competitions because her Islamic faith required her to cover her arms, legs and head. IWF rules have stated that an athlete's knees or elbows must be visible so officials can determine if a lift is correctly executed.

The championships are July 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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

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