Saturday News, April 6
Anderson and Soderberg To Hold Legislative Forums
(Le Mars) -- State Senator Bill Anderson and State Representative Chuck Soderberg will hold a series of legislative forums this morning. At 8:30 the two law makers will be in Remsen at the Remsen Public Library, then at 10:00 this morning, Anderson and Soderberg will discuss legislative issues with the public in Le Mars at the Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie. The state legislators will finish the day at Akron at the Akron Public Library with a legislative forum at 11:30 a.m. The legislative forums are open to the public.
Merrill Fire Department Called To Addyville Grass Fire
(Merrill) -- The Merrill Fire Department responded to a grass fire Friday afternoon located near the Addyville Methodist Church of rural Merrill. The alarm came in at about 4:00 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene for nearly a half an hour.
Hinton Fire and Rescue Responds To Roll-over Accident
(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire and Rescue crew was dispatched to the scene of a personal injury roll-over accident yesterday. The accident happened in the southwest corner of the county on Loop Road. That accident was reported at about 5:17 p.m. Fire officials were on the scene of the accident for nearly a half hour. No other information regarding the accident is available at this time.
Tyson Fined By Environmental Protection Agency
(Sioux City) -- Tyson Foods has agreed to pay nearly four-million-dollars in civil penalties for the mishandling of anhydrous ammonia at its plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Ben Washburn is the spokesperson for the E-P-A region covering the four states.
Washburn says the anhydrous ammonia releases led to property damage, multiple injuries, and the death of a worker at a plant in Kansas. The settlement includes Tyson operations in Dakota City, Sioux City, Cherokee, Denison, Storm Lake and other sites. Washburn says Tyson will take some other steps along with paying the three-point-nine-five-million dollar penalty.
Washburn says the E-P-A plans to keep an eye on Tyson to ensure they are following through with the safety procedures.
Kevin Igli, chief Environmental, Health and Safety Officer of Tyson Foods, says the company agreed to develop a third-party audit system at the facilities involved to assure EPA the plants are in compliance with all aspects of our Risk Management Plan obligations. Igli says Tyson strives to operate their facilities responsibly, so after learning of EPA's concerns we immediately made improvements and cooperated with EPA officials throughout the process. Tyson is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas and is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork.
Pharmacy Owner Charged With Illegally Selling Pain Pills
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of illegally selling pain pills has had his state license permanently revoked.
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy says in a ruling released Friday that Mark Graziano's explanation for a shortage of nearly 700,000 pills of hydrocodone was neither credible nor plausible.
Graziano's license was suspended last year after an audit of Bauder Pharmacy in Des Moines showed the discrepancies over about four years. Graziano told the board in a February hearing that an
employee may have ordered the drugs, but he had no proof.
The pharmacy continues to operate. The board on Friday decided to keep a store ban on dispensing addictive drugs, and its overall license is on probation. The business also has been fined $25,000.
Military Families To Receive Quilts
FONDA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa group that comforts military families is presenting quilts to the families of six fallen service members.
Freedom Quilts, Inc. will present the quilts during an event Saturday in Fonda. Col. Robert Wiley of the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command will be the keynote speaker.
The quilts were sewn by volunteers. They will honor service members that have served in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.
The group's founder says the quilts are a reminder for the families that their loved one is not forgotten.
Tortoise Left in Elevator
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa museum says an employee hid a presumed stolen African leopard tortoise in an elevator after finding the 18-pound reptile trapped behind paneling in her
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque says the employee's bizarre move was a misguided attempt to prevent further embarrassment after officials announced Tuesday that they believed Cashew had been taken as a prank.
Cashew was discovered in the elevator on Thursday and officials said they supposed the regretful thief had smuggled her back inside.
President and CEO Jerry Enzler said Friday that an employee actually found Cashew some time earlier, wedged behind a wall panel. The employee then put her in the elevator to keep up the
impression she had been stolen.
Enzler says the employee will be reprimanded.