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KLEM News Update, July 4, 2011

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An enthuastic crowd greeted the candidate, who expressed her views on the economy and health care.

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Bachman stressed her Iowa roots and working class background. Her stop in Le Mars was part of a state-wide campaign swing over the July 4th weekend.

Iowa man mowing grass dies after tractor rolls

(Information in the following story is from: KTIV-TV, http://www.ktiv.com)

KIRON, Iowa (AP) A western Iowa man has died after his tractor rolled on top of him while mowing.

The Iowa State Patrol told KTIV-TV that 70-year-old John Larson was mowing grass Saturday afternoon in a ditch outside Kiron when the terrain became too steep and the tractor rolled.

Larson died at an Ida Grove hospital.


Iowa police officer shoots, kills loose pit bull

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Mason City police say an officer shot and killed a dog that attacked him.

Police received a report Friday afternoon that a pit bull was running loose and had charged two children playing in their front yard. The children were able to get to safety.

Police say that as the officer tried to find the owner of the dog, it attacked him. That's when he fatally shot the animal.

Charges are pending against the dog's owner.


Swimming advisories posted at 6 Iowa park beaches

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Beaches at six Iowa state parks are dealing with high fecal bacteria levels.

The Des Moines Register reports safety warnings have been posted at the beaches after samples taken last week showed high bacteria readings.

The affected beaches are Emerson Bay at West Okoboji Lake, Geode near Danville, Beed's near Hampton, Backbone near Strawberry Point, Lacey-Keosauqua near Keosauqua and Springbrook near Guthrie Center.

High fecal bacteria readings typically mean the presence of organisms that can give people diarrhea, stomach aches or skin infections.

Names of victims of Des Moines collision released

(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified the victims of a fatal collision on the east side of Des Moines.

The Polk County sheriff's office says 19-year-old Jordan Glick, of Des Moines, died at the scene of Sunday morning's crash. His passenger, identified as 19-year-old Joshua Reid of Altoona, was flown to a hospital. Details of his injuries weren't released.

The sheriff's office says Glick's car collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 45-year-old David Riccadonna, of Des Moines, who wasn't hurt in the crash.


$10K reward for info in Iowa woman's disappearance

(Information in the following story is from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A $10,000 reward is being offered in the disappearance of a woman from a Dubuque tavern a decade ago.

Crystal Arensdorf was last seen July 4, 2001. She was 20 at the time.

Police have followed up on hundreds of leads but have been unable to determine what happened to her.

KCRG-TV reports the $10,000 reward was put up by a Dubuque business owner who wishes to remain anonymous. Anyone with information is asked to call Dubuque police.

Ex-coach in Iowa reprimanded over student texts

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com)

CLARKSVILLE, Iowa (AP) The former football and track coach at Clarksville high school has been reprimanded for sending inappropriate text messages to female students.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Kyle Norton, of Cedar Falls, agreed to a three-year suspension of his coaching license by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. The agreement was made public Thursday.

The board says it found Norton sent text messages of a personal nature to several teenage girls.

Norton coached at Clarksville for the 2009-10 school year. His contract was terminated in May 2010.


Iowa court reinstates $10M award in casino lawsuit

(Information in the following story is from: Clinton Herald, http://www.clintonherald.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has reinstated a $10 million award to a businessman who claimed a casino and its owner backed out of an agreement to let him manage the facility.

The Clinton Herald reports that Friday's opinion overturns a 2009 appeals court ruling that threw out the award for Signature Management Group president John Pavone.

In 2006, Pavone sued Wild Rose Entertainment, which owns casinos in Emmetsburg and Clinton. He claimed Wild Rose violated a contract for him to manage its soon-to-be built casino in Emmetsburg.

Wild Rose owner Gerald ``Gary'' Kirke argued he never entered into a contract to hire Pavone. His lawyers said the contract was merely an ``agreement to agree'' on a future management contract.

Polk County jurors ruled in Pavone's favor in September 2007.


War veterans produce art work for new Iowa exhibit

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Justin Rominger shred his old military uniform, beat it into pulp, blended it with out-of-circulation currency and formed it into a paper canvas.

The art had special meaning for the former U.S. Army soldier.

Rominger, an Iowa City resident who left the U.S. Army in 2004, helped open an exhibit called the ``Combat Paper Project: Iowa'' at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum on Thursday.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the exhibit is a national effort. The project uses art workshops to help veterans reconcile and share their personal experiences and generate discussion about service and military culture.

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

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