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Saturday News, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt Held Today

(LeMars)-- The Le Mars Area Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held today at

11 am in Cleveland Castle Park, presented by Education Station and Primebank with

the help of the Le Mars Kiwanis Club. Children who are in first grade or younger

are invited to hunt for the 10,000 Easter Eggs.  There will be 3 designated

areas...one for children under 2, one for 3 & 4 year olds and one for

Kindergartners and 1st graders. All participants need to bring their own basket.

 

 

Man Arrested On OWI Charge

(Hawarden)-- The Sioux County Sheriff's office investigated a welfare check at

4890 Birch Ave, three miles south of Hawarden. Garrett Carney,21 of Hawarden,

called the sherriff's office to report an intoxicated person at his residence.

After calling Carney drove a 2001 Ford Mustang southbound on Birch Ave, lost

control of the vehicle, entered the westbound ditch and struck a ditch

embankment. Carney left the vehicle on foot and could not initially be found.

Officers located Carney approximately one mile from the acident as he attempted

to conceal himself in a ditch. No injuries were reported and the Ford sustained

an estimated $4000 in damage. Carney was arrested on an operating a motor

vehicle while intoxicated.

 

 

 

New Online Payment Option For Child Support Payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say new online offerings will make it

easier for parents to keep up with their child support payments.

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced the changes Friday that

will let Iowa parents make child support payments online using a credit or debit

card instead of sending them through the mail or dropping them off. The update

also allows parents to access their accounts online to determine amounts due and

to report job changes.

Officials say the new services are meant to promote timely payments and

give parents more options, particularly those who aren't in custody of their

children.

Carol Eaton, chief of the Bureau of Collections, says the goal is to ensure

children receive the support necessary to "help them live stable and healthy

lives."

 

 

Grassley To Run For 7th Term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says his age won't slow him

down as he runs for a 7th term.

The 81-year-old said Friday that age "isn't a factor or I wouldn't be

running."

The six-term Republican held the first fundraiser for his 2016 campaign

earlier this week and is nearly halfway through his annual tour of all 99 Iowa

counties. Grassley enjoys solid approval ratings and has been in elected office

since 1959.

So far he does not have a major Democratic challenger even though Iowa is a

political swing state that twice supported Democratic President Barack Obama.

Former state lawmaker Bob Krause is planning a bid and other Democrats are

considering the race.

 

 

University of Iowa Accepts Almost 200 Early Retirements

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials are accepting almost 200

requests for early retirement this year in a program they predict will save the

university about $28 million over the next five years.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said Thursday that 362 of about 1,400

eligible employees applied for retirement. Of those who applied, 197 were

approved.

According to university officials, the school will save $16 million from

the university's general education fund and $12 million from other revenue

sources.

Mason said the retirements came from various departments throughout the

school.

University officials said that some requests were denied because their

position was critical and could not be filled without incurring more expenses.

Some requests were withdrawn before a decision could be made.

 

 

 

University Of Iowa Reports Increased Enrollment

(Iowa City)--University of Iowa president Sally Mason says efforts to increase

the school's enrollment are paying off. Mason had previously announced that

applications were up.

 

 

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The school has focused on bringing in more in-state students.

 

 

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She likes the type of students they're bringing in.

 

 

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Mason says increasing the student population is one of the things she will

continue working on in the final months of her tenure before she retires in

August.

 

 

Senators Crafting A Temporary Extension Of ObamaCare

(Washington DC)--Senator Chuck Grassley is part of a task force of Republican

senators crafting a temporary extension of ObamaCare subsidies -- since Grassley

says they expect the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this summer that the insurance

subsidies in states that are not running an insurance exchange are

unconstitutional.

 

 

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Grassley says nothing is "written on paper yet" but the outline of the plan

would see those ObamaCare insurance subsidies continued into the middle of 2017

after a new president takes office and may offer his or her own proposal on

ObamaCare's future.

 

 

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According to federal data, about 80 percent of the Americans who are getting

insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges are getting a subsidy, meaning their

premium costs are cut. Those subsidies, on average, cut the cost of health

insurance premiums by 72 percent.

   

Friday News, April 3

Siren Test To Begin Monday

(Le Mars) -- Beginning Monday at 1:00 p.m. the city of Le Mars will be testing its severe weather warning systems. Le Mars Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise says testing will occur the first Monday of each month through September, unless at the time of the test, there is the threat of severe weather in the area.  Wise says if that's the case, then testing of the weather warning sirens will happen the following week.  National Weather Association meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says its important to understand the difference between a weather watch and a weather warning.

 

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Sioux City Man Sentenced

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with an attempted robbery at a convenience store.18-year-old Seth Pointer was sentenced Thursday. He entered a plea deal to assault while participating in a felony for flashing a pellet gun when he attempted to rob a Kum & Go convenience store in Riverside. A second-degree robbery charge was dismissed.Court documents show the incident took place the morning of February 6th. They say Pointer entered the store dressed in all black and brandished a pellet gun that appeared to be a real firearm. He demanded money but fled when two customers interfered. Sioux City police arrested Pointer in March.

 

 

 

Funnel Date Approaches For Legislature

(Des Moines) -- Today is the second funnel date for the state legislature. All introduced bills must have cleared the chamber of origin and be sent to the opposing chamber in order for survival.  Key issues like bullying prevention and broadband Internet expansion remain alive in the Legislature as a procedural deadline looms, but other measure are likely dead.

Lawmakers from the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House lamented the bills that failed to advance Thursday.

For Democrats those bills included efforts to provide more leave benefits to parents of adopted children and to increase the minimum wage. Republicans sought changes to bargaining rules for teacher unions and tried to require women to get ultrasounds before having abortions.

Under legislative rules, Friday is the deadline for many bills to get full approval from one chamber and committee-level approval in the other chamber.Reviewing this past week, state lawmakers finally reached an agreement for when schools can start.  August 23rd is the earliest date for students to return to classes.  State Representative, Chuck Soderberg talks about the compromise.

 

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Soderberg believes the final bill that passed both chambers will serve as a good compromise.

 

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House Approves 2 Mental Hospitals To Stay Open

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill that would keep

two state mental health facilities open longer.

The Appropriations Committee unanimously supported the bill Thursday. It

would require the Department of Human Services to submit a transition plan to a

new commission, which would have to give its approval before the facilities in

Clarinda and Mount Pleasant could close.

The plan would include long-term care details for patients at the

facilities.

The House committee added language requiring DHS to submit the plan within

60 days of the bill becoming law.

Governor Terry Branstad backs closing the facilities, saying they're

outdated.

The facilities are scheduled to close within months. Some employees have

already lost their jobs.

The Senate approved the bill in March. It next heads to the full House.

 

 

Rev. Schuller Dies at 88

(California)--The Reverend Robert H. Schuller, who grew up in

northwest Iowa, has died at the age of 88. Schuller gained worldwide fame

through his "Hour of Power" television show broadcast from the massive Crystal

Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. In an interview several years ago with

the Archive of American Television, Schuller discussed his childhood -- he was

born in 1926 near Alton, Iowa.

 

 

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He was the youngest of four children.

 

 

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Schuller and his wife, Arvella, both grew up in northwest Iowa. They spent time

at a church in suburban Chicago before moving to Orange County, California in

1955. By the 1970s, Schuller had the most-watched religious show on television

and in 1980, he opened the $17 million Crystal Cathedral. Schuller said he was

only five years old when his uncle, a Princeton grad and a missionary to China,

returned to Iowa and told Schuller he would grow up to be a preacher.

 

 

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His uncle advised the young Schuller that it would take him 20 years to reach

his goal of becoming a preacher.

 

 

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In the last decade, the Crystal Cathedral ministry fell on hard times. Reverend

Schuller retired in 2006 and the church filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Robert

Schuller died Thursday from esophageal cancer at a care facility in California.

   

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