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Monday Afternoon News, April 29

Wells Enterprises Celebrates 100 Years With 100 Wishes

(LE MARS) -- A birthday is an occasion to celebrate, a day to make special wishes come true.  Officials with Wells Enterprises, Inc., makers of Blue Bunny ice cream are in New York today to commemorate it's own special birthday, the ice cream maker has aligned with Make-A-Wish® foundation to ensure its 100th birthday wish comes true – that 100 kids with life-threatening medical conditions have their wishes granted.

The 100 Years, 100 Wishes program, was launched today, April 29, World Wish Day®. World Wish Day celebrates the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish. The launch of 100 Years, 100 Wishes on this special day celebrates the 100 more kids and families whose lives will be enriched with hope, strength and joy through the wishes Wells will help grant across the country.
Wish-granting events will take place nationwide during the coming weeks and months, each celebrated and continuously captured throughout the year with photos and videos on

According to a 2011 Wish Impact Study, parents of wish kids said wishes gave their kids renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and that the experiences helped bring the entire family closer together. Further, 89 percent of medical professionals – doctors, nurses, social workers, and child-life specialists – said that wish experiences have the ability to influence the physical health condition of wish kids.


Television News Report Questions Economic Development Director's Travels

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad calls a television news report about a top staffer's travel expenses a "bunch of baloney."
Branstad on Monday slammed the report from WHO-TV in Des Moines about Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham. The report says Durham spent $73,000 on travel in one fiscal year, on trips to Europe and other locations.
Branstad says Durham is seeking business opportunities for the state and has helped grow jobs in Iowa, citing the recent announcement that Facebook Inc. will build a data center in Altoona
as an example. He says she works long hours and has "a tremendous track record."
The television report says Durham's travels included five-star hotel stays and first-class plane tickets.
Iowa's previous economic development directors spent far less than Durham in a single year.


14 Year Old To Go To Trial After Being Accused Of Killing Mother

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection in the trial of a 14-year-old Osage boy accused of fatally shooting his mother is scheduled to begin this week.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports ( ) jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in Wright County District Court in Clarion.
The trial was moved to Wright County from Mitchell County. A judge granted a change of venue request late last year after the boy's attorneys cited negative pretrial publicity.
Authorities say the boy was 13 when he shot his mother with a rifle in March 2012 at the family's rural home. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree assault with the
intent to commit sexual abuse.
The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes or their families.

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