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KLEM News - August 8, 2011

(Information in the following story is from: The Oskaloosa Herald,

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Two boats have collided on the Des Moines River near Oskaloosa.  Fire Capt. Tim Nance told the Oskaloosa Herald that it appeared Saturday evening's crash was caused by miscommunication between the boat operators.  Nance says two boats - one a speedboat - collided, dumping eight people into the water. Some were picked up by others boaters, while the rest swam to shore.  No injuries were reported.


Neb. Guardsman among those killed in Afghan crash

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A fallen Nebraska National Guard member had only been in Afghanistan a week or so before being killed in a helicopter crash. Sgt. Patrick Hamburger was among 30 Americans killed when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.  The 30-year-old Hamburger was a native of Lincoln and lived in Grand Island.  Military officials have not released the names of those killed but Hamburger's family confirmed his death.  His brother Chris says Hamburger arrived in Afghanistan less than two weeks ago.


Teachers in Iowa school district get pay cut

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - Teachers in the Charles City School District will get a pay cut under their new contract.  Superintendent Andy Pattee told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that teacher salaries will be about $221 less this year and they'll have higher insurance deductibles and greater out-of-pocket costs. The district will also pay more toward insurance.  The contract was approved Wednesday by the school board.  Support staff covered by the contract will get a raise of 5 cents an hour.


Iowa focal point for potential shifts in GOP race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three important markers in the coming days could fundamentally alter the 2012 Republican presidential campaign, including whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters the race.  A nationally televised debate and a straw poll in Iowa will give declared candidates their last chances to stand out before Perry announces whether he will run.  Perry would potentially draw support from other candidates who have been building campaigns in Iowa this summer, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.  But recent job growth in Texas could also allow Perry to pose a serious challenge to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's claim as the candidate most focused on jobs. Perry aides say they expect the Texas governor to campaign aggressively in Iowa and focus on jobs if he does enter the race.


Iowa town lifts evacuation order for flooding

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) - Residents of Hamburg who were ordered in June to flee their homes amid Missouri River flooding are now being allowed to return.  KMTV-TV reports local officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation.  The river rose to record levels because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased releases from upstream reservoirs to make room for heavy rains and melting snowpack. The corps has started reducing the releases but the river is expected to remain high into fall.  Terry Cooper and his family spent Friday cleaning up their house.  Cooper says he's glad to be back but he's frustrated that the Federal Emergency Management denied financial help for displaced homeowners. The state is appealing.


Residents of Iowa city told to boil drinking water

(Information in the following story is from: WHO-TV,

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) - Residents in Grimes are being warned to boil their water after E. coli was found in the water supply.  WHO-TV reports the city received a positive test for the bacteria on Wednesday. City officials say one of five samples sent for testing came back positive, which triggered additional tests. Those tests were negative for the bacteria.  City officials anticipate the problem will be resolved in the next few days. In the meantime, residents are cautioned to boil all drinking water.  Symptoms of E. coli illness include stomach cramps and diarrhea.  People typically are ill for two to five days but can develop complications, including kidney failure.


Deadly attack by livestock not unusual in Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A workplace safety expert says a recent deadly attack by a bull in Iowa is not that unusual.  John Lundell of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center says that one person a year dies from a livestock-related incident in the state. The center conducts research about workplace deaths.  Edna Miller was working on her Kalona farm when she was attacked by a bull on July 28. She died three days later.  Lundell says farmers should be leery of bulls that previously have been aggressive, avoid breeding them and send them to market.  Farmers also need to be aware of a protective mother around her calf and have an escape route when working in fenced areas.


Iowa city of Le Mars a model for recycling

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Sentinel,

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - The state is pointing to the city of Le Mars as a model for recycling that other Iowa communities should emulate.  The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports that Mayor Dick Kirchoff announced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is marketing the city as No. 1 in recycling success.  Le Mars will be featured in brochure on the Solid Waste Alternatives Program, which offers financial aid to communities implement recycling programs. City officials say Le Mars has benefited from three $20,000 forgivable loans through the program.  Two of the loans have been forgiven so far.  Kirchoff says the city went from recycling 90 tons of waste in 2006 to 407 tons in 2010 with the help of those loans.

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



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