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Akron Fire Department Responds To Sunday Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was dispatched to 19418 Diamond Avenue on Sunday for a controlled burn that got out of control.  Fire officials responded to the alarm at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  Fire fighters were able to contain and control the fire within a half hour.

Hinton Offers Assistance To Weekend Grass Fire

(Hinton) -- Hinton Fire Department was called to offer assistance on Saturday afternoon to a grass fire that was near the Woodbury and Plymouth county border. The Hinton Fire Department was called to that fire located on 100th Street shortly after 12:00 noon.  At one point, reports of the fire had stretched for more than a half mile.  Hinton fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour and a half.


Le Mars Fire And Rescue Department Called To Accident Scene

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Fire and Rescue officials were called to the intersection of Business Highway 75 and 12th Street Southwest on Saturday morning in response to a personal injury accident.  The call came at about 11:00 a.m.  Little is known about the details of that accident at this time.


Federal Study Shows Cellulosic Biofuels Contribute To Global Climate Change

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
     The research published in the journal Nature Climate Change challenges the Obama administration's conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.
     The study is being criticized by the biofuels industry and Obama administration as flawed.
     Corn residue is one of the most promising ways to make cellulosic biofuels. Biofuels have struggled to reach the volumes required by law.
     The administration and biofuel supporters claim biofuels are better for the environment than are gasoline and corn ethanol.
     A 2007 law requires that they release 60 percent less carbon than gas to qualify as renewable fuel.


Legislative Session May End This Week Without Resolving Key Issues 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislative leaders say they could end the session this week despite disagreements over budget bills and Governor Terry Branstad's policy priorities.
     They have a strong incentive to close up shop and go home - their daily allowance for working and living in Des Moines runs out Tuesday.
     Three budget bills on which there are differences are in conference committees, where lawmakers from both parties negotiate compromises.  Differences remain on a school anti-bullying bill and expansion of broadband Internet, but leaders say resolution is possible.
     Branstad appears unfazed by ongoing criticism from Democrats about payments for secrecy in settlement agreements and other executive branch issues pursued by the Government Oversight Committee.
     He says his focus remains on the substance of issues and he remains optimistic.


Controversy Surrounds "Field Of Dreams"

 DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Twenty-five years after "The Field of Dreams" debuted in movie theaters, the Iowa farm where it was filmed remains at the center of simmering debates.
     The Des Moines Register says the film, which premiered in Iowa 25 years ago Sunday, turned the land into the state's most famous farm. It also set off a land dispute that has become bigger and more divisive as years passed.
     The latest involves an Illinois couple that wants to develop the farm around the field into a $74 million baseball and softball complex for traveling youth tournament teams. The proposed All-Star Ballpark Heaven has sparked feuds and lawsuits between neighbors and against the city of Dyersville.
     As the debate rages, cast members are scheduled to return in June for the 25th anniversary celebration.


West Des Moines Officials Say Past Work Helped Land Microsoft

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - West Des Moines officials say their past work with major companies played a major role in attracting a $1.1 billion Microsoft data center to their city.
     Microsoft approached West Des Moines about the project roughly five years ago, but had concerns over whether the city could provide the necessary infrastructure.
     West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer says city officials pointed to their relationships with other major companies, such as Wells Fargo and General Growth Properties, which owns the Jordan Creek Town Center. Gaer says those connections gave the city credibility and showed that they deliver on their promises.
     The new data center announced on Friday is Microsoft's second in West Des Moines.


Teenager Dies While Trying To Jump On Moving Train

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a teenager died while trying to climb onto a slow moving freight train.
     Police were called to a crossing on the city's eastside early Sunday and determined that a male in his late teens had been waiting with friends at a rail crossing. The teen tried to climb onto the slow-moving train, possibly to cross to the other side.
     Police say he fell during this attempt. He was caught beneath the train and dragged along the tracks.
     Officers didn't release the name of the teen.
     The train operator was notified and stopped the cars while police investigated. Several rail crossings were blocked by the train through the early morning hours.


Authorities Investigate Dead Body Next To Burning Car

 WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a body that was found lying next to a burning vehicle in West Des Moines.
     West Des Moines police say officers discovered the body when responding to the fire report around 6 a.m. Sunday.
     The body has not been identified. West Des Moines police are working with the city's fire department, the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and the Polk County Medical Examiner's office.
     Anyone with information is asked to call West Des Moines police at 515-222-3321 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.





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