Thursday News, October 11
President Clinton To Visit Sioux City To Campaign For Christie Vilsack
(Ames) -- The Christie Vilsack campaign has announced the site for the Value of Common Sense Rally featuring former President Bill Clinton. The rally will be held tomorrow (Friday) at the intersection of 4th Street and Court Streets in Sioux City. Members of the public who would like to attend the rally can RSVP to the Christie Vilsack campaign headquarters in Ames, or call (515) 233-5858. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with the former president scheduled to address the crowd at about 6:30 p.m. President Clinton's visit comes as national observers continue to show the new 4th District congressional race as one of the most competitive in the country and recent polls show a statistical dead-heat between the candidates.
Sioux City May Get Hardrock Casino
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City will likely become a Hard Rock City in the near future. Missouri River Historical Development and a new gaming company, Sioux City Entertainment, Inc., are joining forces to apply for a Woodbury County license for a Hard Rock casino. MRHD chairman, Mark Monson, says the land based casino will be located in the Battery Building at 3rd and Water Streets on the west end of downtown.
Bill Warner is the president of Sioux City Entertainment. He says the Hard Rock casino, if approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, will feature a 20 foot high electric guitar overlooking the city.
Warner says the casino will provide 500 permanent jobs for Sioux City.
Monson says this is just the beginning for the project, as an application must be submitted by November 1st to the state racing and gaming commission.
That process will take into the spring, with a possible final decision around April 1st.
Semi Truck Driver Charged With OWI After Truck Rolls Over Killing Cattle
(Sioux City) -- The driver of a semi loaded with cattle that rolled over near Correctionville Tuesday night has been arrested for driving while impaired. The Woodbury County Sheriff's office reports that 53 year old Kevin Pruismann of Sioux Center was charged with O.W.I. after the semi he was driving rolled over in the 1200 block of Osceola Avenue, north of Correctionville around 7:30 p.m.
39 head of cattle were in the trailer. Two died in the accident and a third was put down because of injuries. Pruismann was not injured and was taken to the Woodbury County jail.
Attorney General Miller Wants Comments On Regional Crime Victim Assistance
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Attorney General Tom Miller wants to hear from Iowans on a proposed plan to revamp victim services.
The Crime Victim Assistance Division is seeking public comment on a plan to divide the crime victim service areas into six regions. Within each, the state would fund regional shelter programs, domestic violence programs and sexual assault programs.
Miller says state and federal funding has dropped over the past three years. He says Iowa has to develop new ways to deliver better and more cost-effective services. If not, cuts will have to be
Thirteen meetings will be held during the next few weeks, beginning Monday in Oelwein and Waterloo.
Others are in Sioux City, Storm Lake, Atlantic, Creston, Burlington, Clinton, Mason City, Ames, Ottumwa, Des Moines and Coralville.
Fired Banker Gets Job Back
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 67-year-old Des Moines man fired by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime nearly 50 years ago has been cleared to return to work in the banking industry.
The Des Moines Register reports the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved Richard Eggers' waiver application. He lost his job at a call center in July for putting a cardboard dime in a
washing machine at a Laundromat in 1963.
Banks have been firing low-level employees like Eggers since new federal banking employment guidelines were enacted in 2011 and new mortgage employment guidelines took hold in February.
Eggers' attorney says the FDIC approved the waiver on September 26th, about a month after it was submitted. Waivers have taken six months to a year.
Eggers is pleased, but questions the timing.