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Friday news, April 27th

(Le Mars) -- We now know the identities of the two men injured in Wednesday's gas pipeline explosion. Christopher De Rocher age 33 of Le Mars, and 28 year old Jacob Brown of Sioux City were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City following that gas pipeline explosion. Hospital officials say DeRocher has been released and Brown remains in fair condition. (Undated) -- Repairs are underway for both the gas pipeline, as well as overhead electrical power lines that were damaged as the result of Wednesday's explosion. Mike Loeffler is the spokesman for Northern Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Mid-American Energy. He says the pipeline that was severed during Wednesday's accident was a 24 inch diameter pipeline that goes from South Sioux City, Nebraska to Paullina, Iowa. Loeffler says despite the explosion, there was no loss of service Listen here

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Loeffler believes repairs will be made within a few days. Cathy Shively of Northern Iowa Power Cooperative or NIPCO says portions of central Woodbury County were without power since their electrical highline wires were damaged, but for only a short time. Listen here

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The NIPCO representative says work crews were on the scene yesterday and will place additional utility poles to help strengthen the line. Listen here

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Loeffler says the explosion probably could have been avoided if only work crews would have called 8-1-1. Listen here

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(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the National Prescription Drug take-back program. The Sioux City Police will set up four locations on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The program is to provide the opportunity for Americans to turn in their unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications. Expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidential poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Recent EPA studies have detected pharmaceutical drugs in varying concentrations in our nation's water supplies as a result of people disposing expired medications down the toilet. This is a free service and no questions will be asked of persons turning in medication. The four locations in Sioux City include the downtown Walgreens, Southern Hills Hy-Vee Store, Fareway Store on War Eagle Drive, and the Floyd Blvd. Wal-Mart. SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City-based maker of vinyl and aluminum windows and doors says it is expanding its South Sioux City, Nebraska manufacturing operations. The Sioux City Journal reports company officials of Gerkin Windows and Doors have announced plans to build a new facility in South Sioux City. The company is breaking ground on land near its current 165,000-square-foot factory built in 2004. The new facility will allow Gerkin to increase glass production and allow for line expansion in the existing plant. Gerkin manufactures vinyl and aluminum window and door products. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is welcoming the U.S. Labor Department's decision to withdraw a much-criticized proposed rule designed to protect children who work on farms. Grassley released a statement Thursday evening expressing relief at the Labor Department's decision to abandon what he called "ridiculous regulations" that could have hurt farm families. In announcing it was dropping its proposed child labor rules Thursday, the Labor Department noted it would not pursue the matter during the duration of the Obama administration. The agency says it will work with groups such as the American Farm Bureau Federation and FFA to reduce accidents involving young people. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A woman who raised a fuss about her missing wallet was removed from a Des Moines-to-Chicago flight. A Des Moines police report says the 33-year-old woman had gotten on the United Express flight Wednesday afternoon. She soon realized her wallet was missing. A quick check of the plane's restrooms turned up nothing, so the woman began arguing with flight attendants and demanding to be let off the plane. As the arguments escalated, the United personnel decided she should be removed from the plane. She was interviewed by security officials. They checked her background as a precaution but found no reason for alarm. Her wallet wasn't in the Des Moines airport either. It turned in Chicago, on the plane she'd been removed from. Police haven't released her name.

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