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Accident Victims Identified

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has now released the details along with the names of that auto accident that occured Friday evening. That two-vehicle accident happened at about 10:00 p.m. on Lincoln Street South West near the intersection with 6th Avenue SW.  19 year old Brady Jenn of Le Mars was traveling southwest on Lincoln Street in a 1998 Chevy Prism, which was owned by the Pizza Ranch restaurant.  16 year old Colton Switalski of Le Mars was traveling northeast on Lincoln Street in a 2004 Saab, at which time the vehicles collided head on.  Both drivers, along with Cody Waskow, a passenger in the Switalski vehicle were injured and transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The police continuing its investigation.

 

Wrestling Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Exploitation

AKRON, Iowa (AP) - A former wrestling coach at Akron-WestfieldHigh School accused of having sexual contact with a student has pleaded not guilty to sexual exploitation charges.
      30-year-old Chad Utesch, of Ireton, has entered a written plea to one felony count and five misdemeanors counts in Plymouth County District Court. A trial date wasn't immediately set.
     Utesch was arrested in April. He's suspected of having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old female student in 2011.
     The school board terminated Utesch's contract last month.

 

LBIC Issues Economic Development Report

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars is in a good position to add to the current labor force, according to an economic development report issued by Neil Adler, executive director of the Le Mars Business Inititative Corporation, or LBIC. Adler submitted a report to both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the Le Mars City Council last week. He says twice as many people commute to Le Mars to work as there are that travel away from Le Mars for work.

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Adler says Le Mars ranks well when compared to other communities across the state.

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Adler says although more workers are coming to Le Mars for employment, the data shows that those workers are aging.

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The LBIC executive says when you look at the six county region compensation, it does show that worker's wages are lower at about $35,000 compared to the state's average of $42,000.  However, he says Plymouth county ranks high with the average employee compensation. Adler also notes that cost of living expenses are generally lower in northwest Iowa.

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Iowa House Passes Property Tax Reform Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has passed a property tax reform bill and sent it to the Senate.
     In evening debate working to push through budget bills, the House also took up the controversial bill that has failed for years.
     A priority of Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, the bill is designed to reduce property taxes on businesses. It allows commercial and industrial property owners to pay taxes on declining
value until they are paying taxes on 90 percent in the fifth year.
     The bill also creates a business property tax credit similar to a credit for residential property.
     The state will set up a fund to help replace reduced local city, county and school revenue beginning at $28 million in 2015 and growing to $140 million a year by 2019 and beyond.

 

Teens Warned About Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have launched a public education campaign to warn teenagers and their parents about the growing problem of synthetic drugs.
     Officials representing law enforcement, public health and drug control policy unveiled the campaign on Monday in Des Moines.
     The Speak Out Against Synthetic Drugs campaign will provide public-service messages that could help adults talk to children about synthetic drugs and the dangers they pose.
     On Monday the state Senate passed a bill aimed at making it tough for manufacturers of the illegal, synthetic drugs to alter ingredients to get around Iowa laws.
     Last year the Legislature passed a law making several chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana and "bath salts" illegal, but manufacturers keep altering the recipes with different chemicals to
stay ahead of state bans.

 

More Time Requested for Death Penalty for Woman

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors want more time to determine whether to continue seeking the death penalty against a woman convicted in the 1993 slayings of five Iowans.
     The Department of Justice has asked for 30 extra days to determine whether to withdraw its request for the death penalty against Angela Johnson or to ask jurors to return the sentence
during a new trial to determine her punishment.
     U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in March threw out Johnson's death sentences, ruling her lawyers failed to present evidence about her mental state that could've convinced jurors to let her
live.
     The decision does not affect her conviction. If prosecutors drop the death penalty request, Bennett says he'll change Johnson's sentence to life in prison.
     Johnson had been one of two women on federal death row.


    


     
    

   

LBIC Issues Economic Development Report

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars is in a good position to add to the current labor force, according to an economic development report issued by Neil Adler, executive director of the Le Mars Business Inititative Corporation, or LBIC.   Adler submitted a report to both the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the Le Mars City Council last week. He says twice as many people commute to Le Mars to work as there are that travel away from Le Mars for work.

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Adler says Le Mars ranks well when compared to other communities across the state.

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Adler says although more workers are coming to Le Mars for employment, the data shows that those workers are aging.

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The LBIC executive says when you look at the six county region compensation, it does show that worker's wages are lower at about $35,000 compared to the state's average of $42,000.  However, he says Plymouth county ranks high with the average employee compensation. Adler also notes that cost of living expenses are generally lower in northwest Iowa.

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Census Survey Shows Iowans Have a Short Commute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau data show Iowa's average commute is nearly 6 minutes shorter than the national average.
     The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/JbfYMY ) that the average Iowa commute is 19.1 minutes. That ties the state with Kansas for the seventh-fastest average commute in the country. The national average is 25 minutes.
     The Census Bureau's American Community Survey says North Dakota residents enjoy the nation's shortest average commute: 16.1 minutes.
     The Iowa Transportation Department says Iowan residents travel an average of 11.5 miles to work.
     The census data say Madison County residents have the longest average commute: 29 minutes. Many of them work in the Des Moines area.
     The state's shortest average commute is the 12.3 minutes in Sioux County.
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STEM Hubs Selected

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says six Iowa universities and colleges will be home to centers that will promote teaching science, technology, engineering and math to students no
matter where they live.
     Branstad says lack of equal opportunity for such programs to all students is hurting the state's ability to retain and attract businesses needing highly skilled workers.
     He says test scores show Iowa students have fallen behind in math and science education.
     The centers called STEM hubs will be located at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Southwestern Community College in Creston, and
Drake University. The University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College work together to form the sixth.
     Funding for the offices is included in an education budget bill pending in the Legislature.

 

Flight School Turns in Student

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa flight school tipped off federal regulators that a man hoping to become a commercial pilot falsely inflated his experience to get a license.
     Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous pleaded guilty Friday to one count of lying to the Federal Aviation Administration.
     He admitted he falsely listed on an application for an instrument-rated license that he had 50 hours of cross-country flight experience that is required. After he passed a ride with an
FAA pilot examiner in Ottumwa, he received the license in May 2011.
     Hussein Al-Daous claimed he'd conducted his flights through Waterloo-based Livingston Aviation. Months later, that company told the FAA that billing records showed he hadn't taken many flights he
claimed.
     Hussein Al-Daous told investigators he planned to use inflated data to get a commercial pilot license.

    


 

 

   

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