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Tuesday News, January 28, 2014

Supervisors Schedule Budget Hearing

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the Courthouse Board Room for their regular weekly meeting.  The Supervisors are finishing the new budget for the next fiscal year that begins on July 1st.  A public hearing has been scheduled for comments relating to the budget proposal.  That hearing is set for February 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the County Courthouse Board Room.


 Police Looking For Shooting Suspect

, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City police are looking for a suspect in a weekend killing at a home where two other people have been killed in the past three months.  Officers say 32-year-old Rodney Houston, of Sioux City, was found Saturday with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Another man, 35-year-old Jorge Chavez, also of Sioux City, was shot in the leg.  Authorities say they're looking for a man but didn't release a name.  The shooting occurred at a house on the city's west side where two people were shot to death and a third person was injured in early November. A man faces first-degree murder charges in that case.   Police do not believe the two shootings, plus other recent violence, are related.

Sludge From Waste Water Treatment Plant Flows Into Creek

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 46,000 gallons of sewage sludge was released from a water treatment plant in Rockwell City.  The DNR says Monday the sludge was released over the weekend when an employee left the plant to fix a broken water main and forgot to turn off a sludge pump.
    The mistake was discovered Saturday morning, and by that time the sludge had flowed under a road toward Lake Creek.  Workers stopped the flow, dammed the sludge and removed it from the ground. An unknown amount reached the creek, and DNR staffers found a small amount visible atop the iced-over creek.  Rockwell City is in Calhoun County, about 20 miles southwest of Fort Dodge.

Logan Asked To Conserve Water

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - Residents in the western Iowa city of Logan have been asked to conserve water as officials investigate a possible leak in the distribution system.  The state Department of Natural Resources says the amount of water coming into the city from four wells has been gradually decreasing over several weeks. Water production has decreased from about 250 gallons per minute to about 160 gallons per minute.  Workers spent the weekend looking for a break in a line but have so far been unsuccessful.  Residents are being asked to conserve water in order to retain an adequate supply. The city currently has a full storage tank at 250,000 gallons, but it uses an average of 160,000 to 170,000 gallons every day.


Ethanol And Biodiesel Discussed At Biofuels Summit

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - The ethanol and biodiesel industries are taking center stage in Altoona at the 8th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit where experts will talk about the future of the industry and new innovations in the fuel and car engines that can burn it. The industry was dealt a blow by Environmental Protection Agency when the government recently announced a proposed reduction by nearly 3 billion gallons the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline this year.    Gov. Terry Branstad, who has led an effort to overturn the EPAs proposal, is scheduled to talk Tuesday morning about the importance of biofuels to Iowa's economy.   Among other speakers, Chrysler official Reg Modlin will talk about engine technology and how it's influenced by the used of biofuels.


Painting To Be Exhibited At Sioux City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's most famous painting is about to return home after nearly two years of conservation work by experts in California. The University of Iowa announced Monday that the Jackson Pollock painting "Mural" will be displayed at the Sioux City Art Center starting June 10.   The university owns the 1943 painting, which was a donation from art collector Peggy Guggenheim. The work is more than 8 feet high and nearly 20 feet long. It's considered a masterpiece that represented a sea change in Pollock's career and abstract art. In 2012, the painting was shipped to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for research and restoration work.  The goal of the project was to improve the painting's aesthetics and to stabilize its physical structure, which had begun to sag.


Sherman Tank On Display At National Guard Museum

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa National Guard says a WWII-era tank is being installed at its military museum in Johnston.  The M4 "Sherman" tank will be installed Wednesday in front of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge. The vehicle had been located at the camp's tank park since 1958. It was replaced in 2012 with a newer tank and has been undergoing refurbishment in the meantime. Iowa soldiers used this particular tank, manufactured late in WWII, for training between 1947 and 1957. Officials say it probably did not see combat.


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