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Victims Identified In Sioux City Fatal Accident

(Sioux City) -- A fatality occurred Wednesday morning after a head-on and rollover collision that happened at about 7:38 a.m. on the U-S Highway 20 bypass between Sunnybrook Drive and Morningside Avenue.  Sioux City Police report two vehicles were located that had sustained major damage and involved a pickup truck on its top.  Preliminary information has revealed a green passenger car, owned by Mark Conlon was being driven by Michelle Hilburn, both of Sioux city was westbound on Highway 20 then crossed the median, striking the pickup truck heading eastbound, and being driven by Michael Holbrook of South Sioux City, Nebraska.  The two vehicles met head on in the inside lane of eastbound traffic.  The accident is still being investigated.  However, Hilburn was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The pickup truck was owned by Gill Hauling of Jackson, Nebraska.  Holbrook's vehicle rolled and came to a final rest on its top, but Holbrook was able to be removed from the vehicle and was transported to Mercy Medical Trauma Care where he was treated to and released. Hilburn was not wearing a seatbelt which caused the ejection.  Holbrook was wearing his seatbelt. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the incident.  Sioux City Police have also ruled out speed as a factor in this accident.


Le Mars Community To Hold Senior Awards Ceremony

(Le Mars) -- Tonight, seniors from Le Mars Community High School will be given scholarships for their pursuit of higher education.  The awards presentation ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the new gym of the Le Mars Community High School. 


Structure Collapses Causing Injuries To Four Construction Workers 

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say four construction workers have been injured following a structure collapse in the northeast Iowa city of West Union.
     The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred Wednesday morning at a construction site near the county courthouse.
     Sheriff Marty Fisher says the workers' injuries appear to be serious, but he said all four men were coherent after the incident. They are being treated at a local hospital but he did not provide more information. Their names have not been released.
     Fisher says workers were setting up trusses for the structure's roof when the collapse occurred. The men fell some sort of distance to the ground, but additional information was not released.
     The case remains under investigation.


Task Force On Climate Prepardness Meet For Second Day In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A local and state government task force created by President Barack Obama last year to recommend ways to better prepare for natural disasters and to minimize the human contribution to global warming is finishing a two-day meeting in Des Moines.
     Several Obama advisers, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn were among the officials to discuss Wednesday the group's progress.
     David Agnew, White House director of intergovernmental affairs says leaders in states, cities, and counties no longer debate climate change because they've seen different weather patterns bring increased frequency of wildfires, floods, drought, tornadoes and hurricanes. They're working on making their communities more resilient. The State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is to deliver final recommendations to Obama by November.

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