Thursday Afternoon News, May 15
Le Mars To Collect Recyclable Electronics On Friday
(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars will be collecting old electronic equipment on Friday, May 16th. Bill Cole, assistant city administrator for Le Mars says residents can bring their electronic devices to the city hall back parking lot between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The city official says not only are residents able to dispose of old equipment, but Recycltronics, the organization that collects the items, comprises of disabled veterans from the Sioux City area. Cole says although Recycltronics will accept most electronic devices, there are a few items they won't pick up.
Cole reminds residents the city wide amnesty program for disposing of waste products is scheduled for early June.
Cole says over the years Le Mars residents have responded well to the various recycled programs offered by the city.
The dates again for the recycled programs include Friday, May 16th as the electronic devices collection, June 2-7th is the week set aside for amensty disposal of waste, and June 3rd is reserved as the day old appliances can be discarded.
Argosy Casino Files For Bankruptcy
(Sioux City) -- Siioux City's Argosy Riverboat Casino has filed for bankruptcy. Mayor Bob Scott says he was informed of the filing Thursday morning.
Scott says the filing shows the Argosy seems to have millions of dollars more in assets than liabilities.
The Mayor says the Argosy pays the city monthly rent, but he's not sure yet what financial cost the bankruptcy would have on the city.
Karen Bailey, spokesperson for Penn National Gaming, released a statement saying in part: "The Argosy has been an important part of the Sioux City community for nearly 20 years. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has ordered the Argosy to close July 1st, which would destroy our business and the people who depend upon it. We believe the bankruptcy will help to preserve Argosy's business while the complex legal and financial implications of IRGC's decision are sorted out.
Drought Lessens After Significant Weekend Rainfall In Iowa And Nebraska
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Recent heavy rainfall has washed away or at least lessened drought conditions in swaths of Nebraska and Iowa.
A report released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says drenching rains led to significant improvements for areas of the two states considered to be in drought. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the center, says overall drought reduced last week by nearly 12 percent in Iowa and about 17 percent in Nebraska.
The report says western Iowa saw the greatest improvement in the state. Nebraska saw a substantial reduction in the east-central region, with a pocket now considered drought-free.
Fuchs says the improvements seen within the past week are noteworthy, as changes in drought status typically occur slowly.
Regents President Say University Of Iowa Is Third Choice Among Iowa Students
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The president of the Iowa Board of Regents says the University of Iowa is viewed as less welcoming than the two other state universities.
President Bruce Rastetter told the University of Iowa Staff Council on Wednesday that the university "typically has come in third as a choice for college of Iowans."
He says state officials consistently hear from parents that they don't feel as welcomed on the Iowa City campus as they do at Iowa State University in Ames and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Rastetter also told the council that UI doesn't recruit as aggressively as the other universities for in-state students and that ISU and UNI do more follow-up after campus visits.
U Of I To Provide Sexual Assault Intervention Sessions
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa plans to provide bystander intervention training at fraternities and sororities to help combat sexual assaults.
Tom Rocklin is vice president for student life and he told the Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/1v8WZNn ) that the entire UI Greek community has agreed to take the annual training, which begins in fall. That's about 3,000 students.
Rocklin says the training isn't about stopping a rape in progress, but it is aimed at "getting someone out of a situation that has a lot of risk to it."
The university is developing a similar program for bar workers.
Ag Safety Camp
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of city kids were able to learn about farm safety during an Ag Safety Day in Muscatine.
The Muscatine Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1oTr9jj ) about 400 students from two middle schools attended the event Wednesday at the Ag Learning Center.
Although they don't live on farms, organizers note most Iowa children visit farms periodically and need to learn about potential dangers.
Students joined in a number of hands-on activities, including a small grain bin simulator where they learned how hard it is to pull out someone who is buried in grain.
Jason Paris, a Monsanto employee who helped lead events, says when city kids visit farms, they like to check out the harvested grain. The simulator makes clear why they shouldn't play in grain bins or grain wagons.
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