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Iowa Senators React to Super Committee Failure

(Washington) -- The reaction from Iowa's two U.S. Senators to the "super committee's" failure illustrates the divisions that led to the impasse. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin says Republicans doomed the deficit reduction talks by rejecting all tax increases, and even calling for new tax cuts. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the focus needs to be on reducing spending.

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Grassley says with or without an agreement, federal spending has to be reduced and that includes cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Grassley also blasts President Obama for "blaming Republicans" for the super committee's failure.

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From the other side of the partisan divide, Senator Harkin says Republicans "do not care about deficit reduction" and he says the only way to accomplish the goal is trhough "a fair mix of spending cuts and revenue increases." 

 

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met this morning and approved a TIF debt certificate for the Plymouth County Ethanol at Merrill.  The money to be rebated after the Plymouth County Ethanol pays its share of property taxes will be in excess of $1.4 million.  Supervisor Craig Anderson says the county originally offered tax breaks to Plymouth County Ethanol as an incentive to build at Merrill.  Anderson says those tax breaks were set for seven year on the ethanol facility and five years on the oil facility.    

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors met this morning and approved a TIF debt certificate for the Plymouth County Ethanol at Merrill.  The money to be rebated after the Plymouth County Ethanol pays its share of property taxes will be in excess of $1.4 million.  Supervisor Craig Anderson says the county originally offered tax breaks to Plymouth County Ethanol as an incentive to build at Merrill.  Anderson says those tax breaks were set for seven year on the ethanol facility and five years on the oil facility.      

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(LeMars) -- The Northwest Area Education Agency Board of Directors held its monthly meeting last evening at LeMars.  During that meeting, the directors heard a report how the Education agencies have combined their efforts to offer teachers a "one-stop" online reference point.  John Wibbels serves as the Director of Media Resources for the Northwest Area Education Agency.  He says the education agency has now set up an online a system that is simpler and more efficient.  

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The Education Agencies recently converted its data to a new system called Tek Data which gives the teachers multiple reference points for one topic without having to go from one reference point to another.
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In other action during last evening's meeting, the board reviewed its policies.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The director of the Iowa Department of Education says meetings he held around the state has shown him voters aren't yet convinced to support the changes he has proposed
to overhaul the state's education system
     Speaking to The Associated Press Tuesday, education Director Jason Glass says that uncertainty has led to a decision to delay his plan to overhaul the way Iowa teachers are paid for a year. He
says the proposal was always planned to be put in place over a period of years and is still planned to take place over the next two to three years.
     Glass says he doesn't want to just tinker with teacher pay, but fundamentally overhaul the system and that will take time. He describes the effort as a marathon, not a sprint.

 

(Mapleton) -- A fatality took place as a result of an accident at Mapleton on Monday evening.  Twenty-nine-year old Robert Paris Palmer of Mapleton died, when the 1969 Oldsmobile 88 he was a passenger in was struck by a truck in Mapleton. The driver of the car -- 27-year old Lenley Ray Schofield, Junior, of Sioux City -- was injured and transported to the hospital in Onawa. Neither man was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the 2006 Chevy truck -- 24-year old Joseph Lee Daggett of George -- was not injured. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 9:40 p.m., after the car left a gas station in Mapleton, heading south on Highway 141. Officials say Schofield did not appear to have control of the car, which swerved as it continued south on 141. The vehicle crossed the center line of the road and was hit on the passenger side doors by the northbound truck. The force of the impact pushed the car onto the curb at the northeast corner of the intersection of Sioux Street and Highway 141.


    

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