Sioux City Police Set Up Drug Drop Off
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the fall National Prescription Drug take-back program. The program takes place today between 10:00 and 2:00. This is an opportunity for millions of Americans to turn in their unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications. Expired medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidential poisoning, overdose and abuse. The four Sioux City locations include the downtown Walgreens, Southern Hills Hy-Vee, Westside Fareway, and the Floyd Blvd. Wal-Mart store. According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most prevalent category of drug abuse in the United States. Studies also showed that the majority of teenagers using prescription drugs got them from family and friends. Recent Environmental Protection Agency studies have detected pharmaceutical drugs in varying concentrations in our nation's ground water supplies, so safe disposal is preferable to flushing medications down the toilet.
(LeMars) -- LeMars Fire Chief, Dave Schipper wants to remind Plymouth County residents that the county still remains in a burning ban. Strong Winds and continued dry conditions have prompted authorities to continue the burn ban. Anyone that disobeys the county-wide burn ban could be subject to fines and even possible jail time. Sioux City and other neighboring fire departments had to fight a large grass fire that had burned nearly 30 acres of land near Stone Park on Thursday evening.
(LeMars) -- Today is the start of pheasant hunting season for Iowa. Bob Peutz serves as the president of the Plymouth County chapter of Pheasants Forever. He believes the pheasant population may be down this year, but he says he was surprised last weekend.
Peutz says hunters will benefit from the early harvest.
Peutz says since there are fewer birds, that may lead to fewer hunters on opening weekend. He says the lower pheasant populations are due to the harsh winters and wet springs, along with the loss of habitat. Peutz says because of higher land prices and commodity prices, farmers are tempted to remove their land from the Conservation Reserve Program, and place those acres back into production. Peutz says the local Pheasants Forever chapter have teamed up with surrounding counties to hire a biologist to help reverse the declining pheasant population.
Peutz believes farmers will be asked to place grass filter strips along creeks and streams, and he thinks that may bring back the pheasant populations.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials say a flood-damaged stretch of Interstate 680 north of Council Bluffs that links Iowa and Nebraska will reopen much sooner than expected.
Officials say all four lanes on a 3-mile stretch of I-680 from I-29 to the Missouri River will reopen on Wednesday. Officials had targeted the end of the year, but crews have been working almost 24-hours a day on the $19 million project since Sept. 28 to get the highway ready for traffic.
The highway had some of the worst damage from a summer of flooding on the Missouri River.
Gov. Terry Branstad will be joined by Victor Mendez of the Federal Highway Administration and officials from Iowa and Nebraska during Wednesday's ceremony.
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