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Thursday News, June 5

Sioux City Police Release Report On Click-It-Or-Ticket Enforcement

(Sioux City)-- The report is on after the Sioux City Police Department concluded their two week stepped-up enforcement of seat-belt violations in the city as part of the 2014 Click-It-Or-Ticket mobilization. After a 24 hour police sateration on May 31 the campaign is over. In one day 178 vehicles were stopped, 112 seat belt tickets were issued, 128 tickets for other violations and 6 drunk driving arrests were made during the citys saftey crackdown. The Sioux City Police Department teamed up with the Iowa State Patrol and the Woodbury County Sheriffs to step up visibility during the campaign. This was caused by deaths in motor vehicle accidents in which victums were not wearing there seat belts increased for the first time in 5 years.

 

Man Struck By Car Dies


(Sioux City)-- A Sioux City man that was struck by a car on May 29 has succum to his injuries yesterday. Robert Ibsgard, 60 of Sioux City, was crossing Hamilton Blvd when Mark Beltran, 24 of Sioux City,  turned left, from west seventh street to travel north on hamilton, and struck Ibsgard in the cross walk. Beltran then continued past the scene of the accident, parked his car in a private parking lot, and then fled on foot. Beltran was later locted and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to report an injury at a motor vehicle accident, no proof of finacial responsibilty, and driving with a suspended liscense.

 

Sioux County Sherrif Ask For Help To Solve Theft

(Orange City)-- Sioux County Sheriff's officials are asking for the publics help in solveing the theft of $1,500 dollars in antibiotics that were stolen from a hog confinement. The theft happened sometime between 2pm on Thursday May 29 and 8 am Friday May 30. The crime was reported Teusday June 3rd. Two electrical prods, two sets of work boots and a plastic tote containing the drugs were all taken in the theft. The confinement is located 5 miles northeast of Orange City. 

 

Goose Roundup Planned In Cherokee

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - Officials in the northwest Iowa city of Cherokee are planning a goose roundup to reduce the population of the birds near the city's airport.
     The Cherokee Chronicle Times reports the city will work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the roundup June 26th at Koser Spring Lake Park. The park is adjacent to the Cherokee Regional Airport.
     City workers will erect and bait a trap to confine the geese.
     The DNR will move goslings to another wildlife area while the adult geese will be killed and processed, with the meat given to a food bank.
     The city will close the park the morning of June 26 and re-open it after the roundup.
 

Planned Partenthood To Close Two Clinics


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is closing two small clinics in southwest Iowa.
   The closures in Red Oak and Creston are among at least 11 satellite clinics the group has closed in recent years. The group uses a video-conferencing system to dispense abortion pills to women in outlying clinics. 
     Planned Parenthood says the Red Oak and Creston clinics were open only by appointment and are being closed because of "a shifting need for services." Patients will be referred to remaining clinics, including seven that provide the telemedicine abortions and two that also provide surgical abortions.
     Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Angie Remington says the closures were not sparked by abortion opponents' objections to the clinics.

 

University Of Iowa Getting Giant Magnet

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is getting a massive research instrument to improve their study of how the brain works.
     The university is expected to take possession Thursday of a sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging instrument that weighs 42 tons. The instrument will be lifted by crane and placed in the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the campus in Iowa City.
     School officials say the 7 Tesla magnet will yield clearer, higher-resolution images of the brain and is one of only about 40 that are in use worldwide. The university purchased the device after winning an $8 million federal grant.

 

Board Of Regents Approve Funding To Consulting Firm


AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents has voted to spend $1 million more on an outside consultant that is trying to identify ways to save money at the state's three public universities.
     The regents voted Wednesday to approve the $1 million addition to its contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP, on top of the $2.5 million the company received for the initial phase of its review.
     Regent Larry McKibben said the additional spending is necessary because the regents decided to slow down the timeline for approving cuts and changes to academic programs to gather more input from faculty. He said those would now be considered in December, instead of September as initially envisioned.
     McKibben said the regents would release a list of potential cost-saving ideas later this month.

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