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KLEM PM Update, July 7th, 2011

According to a press release from the Sioux County Sheriff's Office Lucia Chilel Perez, age 41, is missing.  It is believed that she was looking for employment in the Sioux County area early last week.  Lucia is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5'2", 140 pounds with long black hair, she has not been heard from since Monday.  

Lucia was traveling with a man by the name of Bernardino Ramirez-Perez who is described as a short, dark skinned Hispanic male, with a full beard and long hair; he is approximately 35 to 40 years old.  Ramirez-Perez is considered to be a person of interest, as he has since fled the area in an attempt to evade law enforcement authorities. 

The public is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office with any information you may have on their where-abouts. 

 

MN teen gets life sentence for Iowa clerk slaying

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Minnesota teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of an Iowa convenience store clerk last fall.

Michael Swanson was sentenced Thursday in Webster County for the Nov. 15, 2010 slaying of Sheila Myers at the Kum Go store in Humboldt where Myers worked.

A Carroll County jury found him guilty last month of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the slaying.

The 18-year-old Swanson also is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of a clerk at an Algona gas station on the same day. He is expected to plead guilty to those charges later Thursday in Kossuth County.

In Iowa, a life sentence is mandatory with no chance of parole.

Conservative ask candidates to sign marriage vow

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Leading conservative activists are asking presidential candidates to sign a pledge to be faithful to their spouse as well as support traditional marriage.

Leaders of the conservative group the Family Leader also announced Thursday that their pledge includes strict opposition to abortion and repeal of welfare policies they argue work against marriage.

Bob Vander Plaats heads the group and says the vow of marriage fidelity doesn't apply to past behavior, but only looking forward.

He says the pledge will be delivered to presidential candidates by next week and should be returned by Aug. 1. Vander Plaats says activists will distribute the results at the Iowa State Fair.

The Family Leader has hosted many of the candidates for a series of forums.


Unions: Worker fired after picketing UI project

Union leaders say a crane operator has been fired from a major University of Iowa construction project after he refused to cross a picket line formed to protest the use of some out-of-state workers on the job.

Russell Werner of Waterloo says he had worked on the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building hauling supplies to workers for months. He said he joined other union workers last month to protest decisions by the general contractor to hire some subcontractors who were using low-wage, out-of-state employees.

Werner says he refused to cross the picket line and missed roughly a week of work as a result. He and other officials say he was replaced by a crane operator from Florida.

The project manager for general contractor Walsh Construction of Chicago declined comment.


Egg industry, Humane Society propose cage laws

WASHINGTON (AP) The Humane Society and a national egg farmer cooperative say they will jointly propose federal legislation that would phase out the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens and establish other treatment standards.

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States announced their agreement Thursday.

The proposed bill would phase-out battery cages and gradually require cages that would give many hens more space and allow the birds to express natural behaviors. It would also require companies to indicate on carton labels how the hens that produced their eggs were treated.

Industry officials say a national standard would be better than a ``patchwork of state laws and regulations.''

The Humane Society says the bill would improve the lives of hundreds of millions of hens.


Senators propose immediate end to ethanol credit

WASHINGTON (AP) Two senators from ethanol-producing states are proposing to immediately end a tax credit for the corn-based fuel, agreeing to support shifting some of that money to debt reduction.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and John Thune of South Dakota, along with ethanol opponent Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, have proposed diverting $1.3 billion of the money remaining for the tax break this year to pay for debt reduction. And $668 million will be used for incentives for the ethanol and biofuels industries.

If accepted by the White House and the House, the compromise could provide a quick path to end the ethanol credit as part of budget negotiations between Congress and the White House. The Senate voted last month to end it, but the fate of that legislation is uncertain.

Officials announce Iowa cellulosic plant loan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Officials have announced plans for a $105 million loan guarantee to help develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant near Emmetsburg.

When completed the plant will produce up to 25 million gallons of ethanol a year. Unlike existing ethanol plants, which produce the fuel from corn, the new facility will use stalks, corncobs and leaves to produce ethanol.

The announcement came Thursday during a conference call with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

They say ethanol produced at the plant will replace 13.5 million gallons of gasoline annually. Officials say the project is expected to create 200 jobs during construction, then 40 permanent jobs at the plant.

Chu estimated the facility will provide an extra $14 million in revenue for farmers in the Emmetsburg area.


April puts Ala. ahead of Iowa, other Midwestern states in strong tornadoes

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) Fatal tornadoes in April mean Alabama has seen more of the strongest category of twister than any other state.

The National Weather Service has upgraded an April 27 tornado in northeast Alabama's DeKalb County from the category EF-4 to EF-5. That's the highest rating on a scale used to measure tornado damage and means winds were more than 200 mph.

The upgrade gives Alabama seven EF-5 tornadoes since 1950, when the Weather Service began keeping such records.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center says Alabama had been tied with Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas with six EF-5 tornadoes.

The reclassified twister was one of two EF-5 storms in a swarm of more than 60 tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, claiming about 240 lives.

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

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