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Tuesday Afternoon News, January 28

Sioux City Police Shoot Homicide Suspect

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police, have shot a suspect thought to be responsible for the shooting incident that happened on Saturday afternoon on the city's west side.  Working along with assistance from the U-S Marshal's Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Woodbury County Sheriff's office, law enforcement officials were working on a lead that indicated the suspect from the homicide was at an apartment with several females and two small children.  Officers watched the apartment located at 2728 South Helen Blvd, apartment 13 from 3:30 a.m. this morning until the time of the attempted arrest.  Once the Sioux City Police was able to confirm the suspect was inside the apartment complex, the SWAT team was deployed to the area on standby.  At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, all known occupants except the suspect had exited the apartment.  The SWAT team made entry into the apartment and while attempting to take the suspect into custody, one SWAT team member was forced to shoot the armed suspect to ensure the public's safety and the officers on scene. The suspect then jumped out a second story window and was taken into custody.  The suspect was transported to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The suspect later died at the hospital.  The name of the suspect is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.  Following department policy, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave and his name is being withheld at this time.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation along with the Sioux City Police Department are investigating the incident.  The Sioux City Police Department has scheduled a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon to release additional information.

School Board Learn Of Career Classes At LCHS

(Le Mars) -- Members of the Le Mars Community School Board had the opportunity to learn more about the career and vocational based classes being taught at Le Mars Community High School.  The board of education, along with administration staff, participated in an informational retreat on Monday.  They listened to the instructors explain the curriculm for their classes, and how those classes translates into earned academic credits for Western Iowa Technical Community College.  Dr. Todd Wendt, school superintendent explains the various career and vocational based classes.

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In many instances, the classes have been popular with students, and the instructors informed school board officials they had reached the maximum number of students enrolled.  In some cases, students would be turned away and encouraged to enroll the following semester or school year.  Mark Iverson, the high school principal, says if students are turned away, they start first with those students from the lower grades levels.  The school board was divided into small focus groups and were informed about the vocational agriculture, industrial and welding, food nutrition, culinary foods, fashion design, consumer education, mechanical drawing, wood construction, and business classes.   Paul Fischer, the instructor for the welding classes, told board members Todd Lancaster and Fred Zenk, when a student completes the welding classes offered at LCHS they become "certified welders".  Fischer indicated he has been contacted by several manufacturing companies looking to hire LCHS welding students.  Wendt says the school board looks forward to the informational retreat each year.

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Onawa Nursing Home Fined For Leaving Elderly Man Alone

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) - An Onawa nursing home has been fined after staff removed a disabled Navy veteran from the facility and left him in an unfurnished apartment with no food or medication.
     Staff from Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa dropped off 65-year-old John Chedester on Nov. 1 at an apartment building in Mapleton. He was hospitalized after a neighbor and local police intervened.
     The nursing home says Chedester, who suffers from several ailments, was involuntarily discharged because he was unable to pay his bill.
     Chedester is back at Elmwood. The federal government fined the home more than $5,700.
     A spokeswoman for the facility's management company says the company does not condone how the situation was handled. A DHS spokeswoman said the department cannot discuss the case.


Sioux City Hotel Unable To Locate Corporate Brand - Loses City Support

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A developer has been unable to find an upscale hotel brand required to gain city incentives for the downtown Sioux City Hotel & Convention Center 
     The City Council on Monday canceled a public hearing on the project because the developer, Conor Acquisitions, had emailed the city to report on its so-far unsuccessful search.
     Under a deal announced in November, Conor Acquisitions would buy the foreclosed hotel property for $4 million and spend $6.5 million on renovations. The city would contribute $1 million to renovations and provide a property tax rebate and designate parking in a city ramp. 
     The city required that an upscale hotel brand be contracted. Conor could still buy the hotel and bring in any hotel chain, but the city wouldn't provide any incentives.


Study Shows Proposed Cedar Rapids Casino Would Hurt Other Casinos

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A study says a proposed Cedar Rapids casino would dramatically reduce the revenue of other eastern Iowa casinos.
     The research filed recently by New Orleans-based The Innovation Group says the proposed casino would take away $28 million annually from the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. It says the new casino would take a total of $62 million from state-regulated casinos in eastern Iowa.
     Backers of a proposed casino have dismissed the findings and say it was commissioned by the Riverside casino. They say their own study forecasts smaller financial effects.
     The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is conducting its own independent research on the matter. It is scheduled to make a decision in April over whether to grant a license for a new casino.


Iowa State Proposes To Build New Sciences Buillding   

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University is proposing plans to build an $80 million center dedicated to the biosciences and a $50 million residence hall.
     Board of Regents materials released Tuesday show ISU is asking permission to proceed with planning to construct the Biosciences Center for Advanced Teaching and Research and add 700 beds in a second Buchanan Hall building.
     The documents say the plans are needed as a result of ISU's enrollment growth.
     The biosciences center would add space for classrooms, research laboratories and meeting space in programs that have seen increased student interest, such as biology and biochemistry. Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed $2 million in his budget for planning.
     The residence hall would help meet rising demand for on-campus housing that has caused the university to lease and build apartments.



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