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Thursday Afternoon News, May 2

Le Mars Observes National Day of Prayer

(Le Mars) -- Today (Thursday) marks the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, a time, as Sheila La Breche says was a day set aside to have the nation come together to pray together on common issues of concern.

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The local coordinator says this year's theme has seven points for which people will be participating in prayer.

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Although the Le Mars Convention Center is open all day for people to stop by and participate, the main event will take place this evening.

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Sioux City Police Officer Honored

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City police officer is being lauded for quick thinking that helped him survive after a routine traffic stop turned into a dangerous shooting.
Sioux City police Chief Doug Young called officer Kevin McCormick's response to the incident "exactly what we want people to do."
After the 35-year-old McCormick stopped a car Monday, the driver jumped out and fired eight shots into his squad car.
Although McCormick was hit in the head, he sought cover behind the dashboard, threw his car into reverse and called a police dispatcher.
McCormick was released from a hospital Tuesday and could return to work as soon as Friday.
Police are offering a $15,000 reward for 21-year-old Jamal Dean, who was identified as the shooter.


Flags To Be Flown At Half Mass For Viet Nam Veteran

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of an Iowa sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War and whose remains were recently
A report from the Department of Defense says Donald McGrane, of Waverly, was part of a four person Navy crew on a helicopter mission in North Vietnam that was shot down and crashed in 1967.
The Defense Department announced this week that it had identified remains of the four victims.
The sailors will be buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
In Iowa, the flags will be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.


Legislature Expected To Go Extra Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Daily payments for Iowa lawmakers are set to end Friday, but the legislative session is far from over.
With no resolution yet on major policy issues like education, property taxes, health care or the overall budget plan, legislators are expected back next week to try and work out a deal.
Just how long it could take is unclear. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, says lawmakers will be in the state Capitol for as long as it takes.
But Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says he thinks they have a "real shot" to wrap up the session next week.
Two years ago the session lasted until June 30, in part due to conflict over whether Iowa Medicaid funds could be used for some abortions.




Thursday News, May 2

Le Mars Police Investigate Stolen Trailer

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police are searching for a light colored pickup truck that was used to steal a white enclosed five foot by eight foot trailer.  The trailer was stolen from the Emily's Home Furnishings's parking lot.  The theft of the trailer occurred shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.  The trailer has the letters P E on the front and is made by Lonetree.  It has Texas plates 16744K.  The pickup truck used to steal the trailer is a smaller standard cab pickup with rear fender flairs.  Anyone with information
regarding this theft please contact the Le Mars Police Department at 546-4113 or Crimestoppers at 548-4968.  A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.


Sioux City Police Offer Reward For Jamal Dean

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says the reward for helping to find 22-year-old Jamal Dean is being offered by the United States Marshal Service and Crime Stoppers, as well as anonymous
Police say Dean shot Officer Kevin McCormick after a routine traffic stop Monday. McCormick was still in his cruiser when Dean got out of the passenger side of his vehicle and allegedly fired a
rifle several times toward the cruiser.
Dean fled the area by foot and has been on the run since then.
McCormick was struck in the forehead above the eye. He underwent surgery and has been released from the hospital.


Teachers Face Lay-offs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dozens and possibly hundreds of Iowa teachers are receiving notices they could lose their jobs in the next school year.
School districts are sending layoff notices because of a deadline requiring them to notify teachers by April 30 of possible job losses.
District officials say they hope they won't have to follow through on the job cuts, but the inability of state lawmakers to approve a general school funding level forces them to guess on
their budgets for the upcoming year.
Galen Howsare, of the Iowa Association of School Boards, says the group knows of at least 83 teachers who have been sent layoff notices, and the actually figure is likely 150 to 250.
This year, school funding has been mired in discussions about Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed education reforms.  Le Mars Community School Superintendent, Dr. Todd Wendt says the Le Mars Community School District is not planning any lay-offs of staff or faculty.

U of I To Kickoff Largest Ever Fundraising Campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa leaders say they are planning to announce the largest fundraising campaign in state history.
UI President Sally Mason and UI Foundation President Lynette Marshall are expected to join with donors and students to unveil the details of the campaign during an announcement in Iowa City on
Thursday afternoon.
A media release says the leaders will outline their vision for maintaining the university's quality for future generations and announce major gifts already secured.
Mason said in December that her team had raised nearly $1 billion during her five-year tenure as president, and that she wants to finish the university's $1.5 billion fundraising campaign.
Making progress toward that mark is one of the goals on which the Iowa Board of Regents will judge her performance this year.


Senate Rejects Governor's Health Care Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has rejected the governor's low-income health plan approved by the House this week.
Democrats, who support a Medicaid expansion plan, voted Wednesday against Gov. Terry Branstad's measure for low-income Iowans on a party-line vote, 26 to 24. The House approved the bill
The measure now returns to the House. It will likely end up in a joint committee where lawmakers of both parties and chambers will seek a compromise.
Democrats say Medicaid expansion would cover 150,000 additional low-income residents. The federal government would pay the full cost for the first three years, then 10 percent would gradually
shift to the state.
Branstad opposes it, saying it's an unsustainable cost for the federal government.
Democrats say Branstad's plan would cost the state more and cover fewer people.


Branstad Signs Teen Driving Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa teenagers who want their intermediate driver's license will have to wait a little longer under a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad.
Branstad signed 13 bills into law Wednesday, including one that requires minors to have their learners permit for a year instead of the current six months.
In Iowa, teenagers can get their intermediate license at age 16, and a full license at 17.
The new law also says minors with an intermediate license are only allowed to drive with one unrelated minor within the first six months of having it. But they could drive more if accompanied by a
parent, guardian or driving instructor. Currently they're allowed to drive as many passengers as there are seatbelts.




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