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August 18 PM News

(LeMars) -- Last night's "Scoop the Loop" is being called a success by LeMars Chamber officials. More than 200 vintage cars were on display, and hundreds of people either lined Central Avenue to get a glimpse of the antique autos, as they paraded downtown, or they took the time to get up close to admire the classic cars while parked at the Olson Cultural Events Center, 


(LeMars) -- If you have an interest in seeing the dinner theater, "The Misguided Housewives of Mysteria Lane" as presented by the LeMars Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for September 22nd, and you have yet to set your reservations, then Chamber officials want to alert you of the situation that only 48 seats remain. Mary Reynolds of the LeMars Chamber of Commerce says already 336 reservations have been made, with the remaining seats going fast. The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will go to help finance the downtown lighting project.


(Sioux City) -- The Missouri River isn't expected to fall back into its banks until October, but flood victims are beginning to focus on the cleanup effort. A free flood restoration seminar is planned for later this month in Sioux City. Chris McGowan, with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, says the event will feature flood recovery expert Ken Hellevang.







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McGowan said. Hellevang is an engineering specialist and professor at North Dakota State University. McGowan says the seminar will cover mold removal, appliance guidelines and the use of appropriate chemicals.


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The chamber and city are paying Hellevang to visit Sioux City for two days. The first flood restoration seminar will be held Monday, August 29th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for home and businessowners at the Sioux City Convention Center. Another seminar will be held for contractors on Tuesday, August 30th from 8 to 11 a.m. at the convention center.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three environmental and activist groups are serving notice to the Environmental Protection Agency that they intend to sue the agency if it doesn't respond to a 2007 petition seeking to revoke Iowa's authority to issue permits under the Clean Water Act.

The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club filed their notice of intent to sue EPA on Thursday.  The groups say Iowa has failed to meet minimal standards and to implement critical regulations for commercial size farms. They say Iowa laws have failed to keep pace with changes in the livestock industry, leading to hundreds of manure runoffs into the state's waterways.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tom Latham says he'll push for more funding for Federal Aviation Administration examiners so new aviation technology products can be approved to market faster.  Latham, an Iowa Republican who chairs an appropriations subcommittee overseeing the agency, will play a role in talks over a permanent funding bill for the FAA, which had a partial shutdown earlier this month after Congress let its funding expire.  Latham said it is outrageous the FAA's operations came to a halt and that should never happen again. He said that having adequate funding for the agency's product certification staff, which has to review new technologies, will be one of his top priorities in the upcoming re-authorization bill.  Latham made the remarks Wednesday during a rally with Rockwell Collins employees in Cedar Rapids.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Dakotas-based Sanford Health plans to build a new cancer center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and expand an existing one in Fargo, N.D., as part of a $100 million effort targeting breast cancer.  The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Center will be named in honor of the mother of T. Denny Sanford, the Sioux Falls philanthropist who is providing the money for the effort. It will be built near the existing Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls. In Fargo, the Roger Maris Cancer Center will be expanded.  Sanford says efforts to find a cure for breast cancer also will include new genetic research.  South Dakota native Mary Hart, the former longtime host of "Entertainment Tonight," will be the spokeswoman for the initiative.


PORCUPINE, S.D. (AP) - An American Indian activist who says he has survived nine assassination attempts is now battling throat cancer.  Former American Indian Movement leader Russell Means says doctors have told him the cancer is too advanced for surgery. He says he would not have chosen surgery anyway because it would have meant the removal of his tongue and his ability to speak.  Means also is forgoing mainstream medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy, turning instead to alternative treatments and traditional American Indian remedies. He says he is at peace with the possibility that he might die because Lakota people believe death is a change of worlds.  Means also is an actor, known for his role in "The Last of the Mohicans."


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