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KLEM News Update - July 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--A show car tour travels into Le Mars for a stop on Central Avenue today.

Pizza Ranch is participating in a NASCAR Racing Show Car Tour with the Pizza Ranch hauler pulling into town between 12:30 and 6:30 today. The promotion is with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.

The Pizza Ranch sponsored local racer from Le Mars of Jeff Brunssen's racing team car will also be downtown.

Bike Safety

(SIOUX CITY)--Bicycle safety is the focus of courses for young people in rural Woodbury County. The Sheriff's office is offering courses on the safe operation of a bicycle and bicycle maintenannce.

All courses are held rain or shine. Safety coordinators through Mercy Child Advocacy Center's "Safe Kids:" program will check children's safety helmets for proper fit. Siouxland District Health will provide I-D kits.

The courses begin Monday at the Sloan City Library at 1 p.m. The Pierson City LiIbrary is the site July 14th at 10 a.m. Classes are also offered July 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Salix City Hall.

Organic Cooking Oil

(SIOUX CITY)--An organic cooking oil is available in Siouxland.

A Briar Cliff University student, Richard Miller is bottling, marketing and distributing Pureside Organics' cooking oil.

The business will operate out of Woodbury County. The product will be available at the Sioux City Farmer's Market and a Hy-Vee store.

Miller is in two programs promoting Entrepreneurship . They are at Briar Cliff and through Woodbury County government.

Miller is a sophomore at Briar Cliff. The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors granted two-thousand dollars to Pureside Organics. The Briar Cliff program provided $3,000.

University of Iowa museum to ask for FEMA funds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa plans to ask federal officials again for funding replacement efforts at the Museum of Art, which was heavily damaged by floods.

The building is located on the banks of the Iowa River and officials estimate damage of the building at $5.5 million.

Most of the art was removed before the flood, but university officials are considering relocating the museum.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had ruled that the building didn't suffer damage over 50 percent of the building's worth. That means the agency will help pay to restore the existing building, but won't replace it.

Doug True is a vice president at the college. He says the university has a good case.

August trial for Iowan accused in toddler's death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A judge expects the upcoming murder trial for an eastern Iowa man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter to last three or four weeks.

The trial for Lee Muldoon is set for Aug. 9. The Coggon man is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. He's charged in the beating death of Skylar Inman in July 2008.

About 100 prospective jurors are likely to be called.

Another hearing in the case is set for Friday.

Skylar's mother, Brianna Volesky, pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter. She will be sentenced after Muldoon's trial.

1 dead when bike and vehicle collide in Dallas Co.

ADEL, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old West Des Moines man is dead after his bicycle collided with an SUV in rural Dallas County.

The man was identified as Kim Lou Clayton. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Iowa State Police say Clayton failed to stop at an intersection and hit the passenger side of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. Friday about three miles west of Adel.

ISU student struck by train was intoxicated

AMES, Iowa (AP) Police say a 19-year-old Iowa State University student who was struck by a train in April had been intoxicated.

Ames Police Department Cmdr. Mike Brennan says toxicology tests show Raven Gileau's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Her body was found around 5:30 a.m. on April 25 near railroad tracks in Ames.

Her death certificate states she died of multiple blunt force injuries after being struck by a train. She was an architecture student from Woodbridge, Va.

Brennan says evidence suggests her death was accidental, but the case will be sent to the Story County Attorney's Office for consideration of possible criminal charges.

Japanese Beetle spreads across Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) The Japanese beetle is appearing in Iowa early this year, targeting trees and plants.

An Iowa State University bug expert, Ken Holscher, says the beetle has worked its way into southwest Iowa and is now documented in 37 counties in the state since 1994.

He says this year appears to be the worst in Iowa for Japanese beetles.

The beetle began emerging along the East Coast but has gradually drifted west across the country.

Adult Japanese beetles feed on more than 300 kinds of trees and plants, targeting foilage, fruits and flowers.

Holscher says there isn't one method of preventing the spread of the beetle that's effective but he says he keeps a bucket of soapy water nearby and knocks as many of them as he can into the bucket, where they die a quick death.

Holscher says the best defense against the Japanese beetle is to learn what it likes and doesn't like and plant accordingly.

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KLEM News Update - July 10, 2010

(REMSEN)--Stacie's Stars teamed up to raise money to fight cancer during the Relay for Life in Remsen Friday night.

Gina Fiedler Stukenholtz walked the City of Remsen track  to honor the memory of her sister Stacie after talking of her "Team in Training" experiences.

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Her sister died 13 years ago.  As the speaker during opening ceremonies at Relay for Life, she said she runs for many reasons  that include running for life.

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She also said she was at Relay to celebrate cancer. She describes the disease as  "teaching us things about life and love that we may never have known if cancer hadn't entered our lives.

News director Joanne Glamm prepared highlights of the Opening Ceremony

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Tan Tax

(Sioux City)--A new national 10-percent tax on indoor tanning is now in place -- and one Siouxland owner of tanning salon says it doesn't look like it's going to have a big overall impact on his business. Pat Chedester owns "Tan World" of Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff, and says he's never happy to see taxes increase for his customers.

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Chedester says tanning operators didn't have enough pull to fight the tax.

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Chedester says the additional cost hasn't seemed to keep people from getting their fake bake.

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(Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

 Highway 75 Lane Restriction

(HINTON)--One lane of traffic will be restricted south of Hinton on Highway 75, beginning July 19th.

Dean Herbst of the Sioux City office of the Iowa Department of Transportation says the bridge deck will be overlayed on southbound Highway 75.

The highway will be restricted to one lane. The open lane on southbound Highway 75 will have a 12-foot-six inch width lane restriction for the work zone.

Culver proclaims 3 counties disaster areas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Black Hawk, Jasper and Lyon counties in response to recent flash flooding.

The disaster proclamation issued Friday authorizes the implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program to assist eligible residents of those counties. The state's Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level.

Application information for residents in counties where the State Individual Assistance Grant Program has been made available is posted on the Department of Human Services website (

Convicted murderer assaults Iowa prosecutor

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A man convicted of murder assaulted a Dubuque County prosecutor as he was being led out of the courtroom after the verdict was read.

Michael Mayton was being escorted by authorities after being found guilty Friday of second-degree murder when he assaulted County Attorney Ralph Potter in the hall outside the courtroom.

Mayton hit Potter with his cuffed hands, knocking Potter to the floor.

Potter was taken to a local hospital where he was expected to be released later in the day.

Authorities say Mayton faces additional charges in the attack.

Mayton was found guilty in the fatal stabbing of David Tate during a street fight in Dubuque in August 2009. Another person was critically injured.

Mayton faces up to 50 years in prison on the murder charge.

Iowa City has high per capita number of doctors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) It turns out that Iowa City should be one of the best places in the country to live if you suddenly get sick or suffer an injury.

With 1,915 physicians or 1,305 per 100,000 people the Iowa City area has the second-most physicians per capita in the nation. That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 edition of the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, which was released this week.

The only urban area with more physicians per capita is Rochester, Minn., which is, of course, home to the Mayor Clinic. Rochester has 3,374 physicians, or 1,871 per 100,000 people.

As a point of reference, the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area has 1,169 physicians or 214 per 100,000.

Judge rules alleged embezzler competent for trial

A federal judge in Des Moines has ruled that alleged Aviva embezzler Phyllis Stevens is competent to stand trial despite a claim that she could display a child's personality at any time during her upcoming trial.

U.S. Senior Judge Ronald Longstaff said Friday that the 58-year-old Stevens demonstrated during two psychiatric evaluations that she is able to understand the nature and consequences of the pending criminal proceedings against her and can assist in her own defense.

Longstaff rejected a request by Stevens' defense lawyer, that she be required to undergo treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder before going to trial.

Stevens is accused in a 20-count indictment of embezzling nearly $6 million from West Des Moines insurer Aviva USA. Her partner, Marla Stevens, is also charged.

Man sentenced to 25 years in rape case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Johnson County judge has sentenced a Williamsburg man to 25 years in prison for raping a 21-year-old former University of Iowa student in 2008.

The defendant, 34-year-old Jonathan Schiefer, was convicted in a non-jury trial in March of first-degree burglary and third-degree sexual abuse. Schiefer was accused of breaking into the woman's apartment and raping her in April of 2008. He wasn't arrested until three months later when he was found in the area of the victim's home allegedly peeping into another woman's apartment.

In passing sentence Friday, Sixth Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill merged the two charges for sentencing because third-degree sexual abuse is a lesser charge of first-degree burglary. The burglary charge is a mandatory 25 year sentence.

Omaha man pleads guilty in bank robberies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An Omaha man accused in five bank robberies since 2007 in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 31-year-old Jason McCain pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing an Omaha Tier One Bank branch on March 1, 2007, and Telco Credit Union in Council Bluffs on Jan. 17, 2009.

As part of his plea, McCain admitted responsibility for robbing three other banks in Omaha. Investigators had said they found nearly $25,000 from one of the banks in McCain's car when he was arrested when they arrested McCain following a chase in December.

McCain is set to be sentenced on Sept. 30. A bank robbery conviction carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.

Tiny animal at Blank Park Zoo turns 20

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Keepers at Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo say their Madagascar pigmy hedgehog tenrec is now one of the oldest of his tiny species.

The spiny little creature, affectionately known as ``Tenrec 1498,'' had his 20th birthday on Friday.

To put it in human terms, it's like he has turned 100 years old. Of the approximately 300 Madagascar pigmy hedgehog tenrecs at accredited zoos worldwide there are only two older than Blank Park's. The oldest one known is only is about three months older. Typically, tenrecs live about 13 years.

Zoo education manager says that although ``hedgehog'' is in his name, he is not a true hedgehog and despite his small size, he is genetically related to an elephant. The Zoo's tenrec weighs only about 145 grams.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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