Wednesday News, March 13
FBI Agent To Address Seminar
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) will be hosting “Terrorism – It Can’t Happen Here?” on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Willow Creek Golf Course. The program will be presented by Special Agent Shara McGowan with the FBI Kansas City Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. SA McGowan will review the mission and role of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the role of
the intelligence community, recent investigations including cases in the Midwest, and to learn about historical Kansas City Al-Qaeda connections.
The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp is a community based program and will function as a
way to organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies in our community. MRC volunteers will supplement existing local emergency and public health resources. Although the title is Medical Reserve Corp, anyone may volunteer, not just those with a medical background. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. This program is open to MRC Volunteers, emergency responders, community response partners and preparedness planners.
American Legion To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
(Le Mars) -- The American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony is to acknowledge the recent renovation of the building's facade'. There will be a chamber after 5:00 event sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce.
Le Mars Home Expo Continues
(Le Mars) -- Its day two of the Le Mars Home Expo being held at the Le Mars Convention Center. Both levels are being utilized with more than 80 exhibitors on hand. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the show continues until 8:00 p.m. KLEM radio and Powell Broadcasting are sponsoring the event.
College Students Lobby Legislators
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Students from Iowa's state universities are visiting the Capitol to lobby for financial support from lawmakers.
A group of students from all three universities will meet with legislators Wednesday as part of "Regents Day."
Spokeswoman for the Board of Regents Sheila Doyle Koppin says the group will be advocating that the universities receive the resources needed to freeze tuition. Koppin says the students will
also push lawmakers to increase state support for student financial aid.
Gov. Terry Branstad's budget proposal includes the funding increase requested by the Regents to provide the first tuition freeze in 30 years at state schools. But his budget plan does not
include the full amount sought by the Regents for student aid. The Legislature must now approve a budget plan.
House Appropriations Committee Passes Bill To Limit Taxes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A constitutional amendment that would make it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes is advancing in the Republican-controlled state House.
The House appropriations committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would change the state constitution by requiring all tax hikes to get a three-fifths majority vote in the
Legislature. Currently, a simple majority is needed.
The measure passed the committee 14-10 in a party line vote. It now goes to the full House for approval.
To change the state constitution, the measure would need to be approved by the current Assembly and then by the one elected in 2014. After that it would go to Iowa voters.
Brazil May Pass U-S On Soybean Production
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University expert says long-term trends and recent weather patterns have put Brazil in a position to overtake the United States as the world's leading
producer of soybeans.
Chad Hart is a grain markets specialist at Iowa State, and he says the market change "has been building over a long period of time, but this year will be a milestone."
Hart says that U.S. farmers can't match the rate at which Brazil is
increasing the acres for soybean crops.
Hart says that although Brazil may replace the United States as the world's largest producer of soybeans, soybeans will continue to be profitable for U.S. growers. And, he says, U.S. dominance for
corn production will continue.
POET Joins With Netherlands Company For New Type of Ethanol Plant
EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) - An executive with a Netherlands-based biotechnology company has been asked to lead a joint venture that is building a new type of ethanol plant in northern Iowa.
Royal DSM, based in Delft, the Netherlands, has teamed with Sioux Falls, S.D.,-based Poet to create Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels.
The joint venture is building a plant in Emmetsburg that will make ethanol from corncobs, leaves and husks. It's expected to initially make 20 million gallons of ethanol a year.
The technology created to make the so-called "cellulosic" ethanol will be licensed to others in the industry.
Steve Hartig, a vice president with DSM, has been named general manager of the joint venture. He will be responsible for the licensing.
Google Settles With Iowa Attorney General
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa will receive $115,428 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information
sent over wireless networks.
The state's share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Tom Miller. Miller says the settlement recognizes the privacy rights of individuals whose information was collected
without their permission.
Google has agreed to pay $7 million to settle the investigation involving attorneys general in 38 states.
The case dates to 2010 when Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been gathering personal data transmitted over wireless networks not
protected by passwords.
Miller says Iowa's share will go to the state's consumer education and litigation fund.