Friday Afternoon News, May 24
Police Search New Area In Hopes To Find Missing 15 Year Old Girl
DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - Police searching for a missing 15-year-old girl are looking in a new area where investigators believe the man suspected of kidnapping her may have driven.
Law enforcement officials and volunteers were looking Friday for Kathlynn Shepard in an area 10 miles north and northwest of the rural Dayton property where Michael Klunder was found dead.
Officials say new information leads them to believe Klunder may have driven in that area after he kidnapped Kathlynn and her 12-year-old friend Monday. It's about 30 miles north of where the
girls' backpacks were found in rural Boone County, an area that's been searched repeatedly.
Police say Klunder committed suicide hours after the 12-year-old escaped. They say Shepard's blood was found on his truck and at a hog confinement where he took the girls.
Harkin Papers To Go To Drake University
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Tom Harkin will donate his papers to Drake University after plans to give them to a namesake institute at Iowa State University fell apart earlier this year.
Harkin announced his decision at the private university in Des Moines on Friday morning, saying he was "pleased that these materials will reside here in our capital city."
Harkin in February abandoned plans to give papers covering his 40 years in Washington to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State, his alma mater. The move came after a power struggle
between Harkin's supporters and university leaders over the scope of the institute's research.
Harkin, a Democrat, decided earlier this year against running for a sixth Senate term in 2014.
Branstad Signs 8 Bills Into Law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has signed eight bills into law, including one that creates a less-adversarial approach to investigating reports of child abuse.
Branstad signed the bills Friday, a day after the Legislature adjourned.
The child abuse reporting bill was backed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. It calls for a less-confrontational approach when investigating reports of minor child neglect, focusing on helping those families that simply need access to services.
Reports of a sexual, physical or substance abuse nature will still receive a traditional full investigation.
Other bills include changes to payments from the indigent defense fund by the state public defender and enhanced emergency communication systems.
"Voice of Iowa Hawkeyes" Jim Zabel Dies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jim Zabel, a legendary broadcaster who was the voice of University of Iowa sports for more than half a century, has died. He was 91.
Zabel died Thursday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to his wife, Jill.
The popular media personality covered more than 6,100 sporting events including six Rose Bowls and 26 NCAA basketball tournaments. His career spanned nearly seven decades at WHO radio in Des Moines and included a 49-year streak of broadcasting every Iowa football game.
Zabel was known for his colorful play-by-play descriptions, yelling "I love it! I love it! I love it!" during climactic moments in Hawkeye football and basketball games.
Several Mitchell County Roads Washed Away
OSAGE, Iowa (AP) - An official says weekend storms will cost Mitchell County about $1.1 million to repair damaged roads, culverts and bridges, and the total cost could go far higher.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19alFdt ) county engineer Rich Brumm estimated the damage to the county based on work to a number of roads that were peppered with scouring and washouts.
The state will have to pay for work to Highway 9, which remains closed due to a washout where the road crosses Sugar Creek.
Mark Black, the Iowa Department of Transportation's district maintenance manager, says it likely will take about six weeks to repair the highway. Black says he can't estimate the cost.
Grain Dealer License Suspended
KANAWHA, Iowa (AP) - The grain dealer license for Verified Grains Inc. in Kanawha has been suspended.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship issued the suspension, citing Verified Grains' failure to file accurate monthly financial statements to the Department. The department also
says Verified failed to meet minimum net worth requirements.
Verified Grains president David Wilcox said Friday morning that he is in the process of turning over documents to Iowa officials to reinstate the license, saying "it'll be taken care of next week."
A revocation hearing has been set for July 12 in Des Moines on the matter.