Thursday Afternoon News, June 20
Sunshine Market Foods Selected As The "Cash Mob" Business
(Le Mars) -- During the noon hour, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce held the drawing for another "cash mob" business. This time around, a downtown food-focus business would be the lucky winner. Chamber president, Brad Pick selected the winning entry.
Nearly a dozen people then went to the Sunshine Foods and purchased at least $20 worth of items.
Absentee Ballots For Special Election Available On Friday
(Le Mars) -- Absentee ballots for the Special Election scheduled for August 6 regarding the the Local Options Sales Tax will be available beginning tomorrow in the Plymouth County Auditor’s office from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. County Auditor, Stacey Feldman says only certain communities will be voting on the Local Options Sales Tax measure.
Feldman says there may be some people who are confused as to whether this is a new tax, or the continuation of a previous tax.
The County Auditor says the last day to vote absentee at the County Courthouse Auditor's office is Monday, August 5th. Voting hours on August 6th is 7:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Penn National Says It Will Retain Property Rights
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Penn National Gaming Co. says it will hold onto control of two properties used to bid for a land-based casino in the Sioux City area.
The company will retain long-term land purchase options for a site in downtown Sioux City and one in rural Woodbury County. A spokeswoman says they want them in case another opportunity is available to bid on a gambling license.
Penn lost a bid in April to build a land-based casino that would replace its Argosy riverboat casino. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded the license to Sioux City Entertainment over
other applicants, including two proposals from Penn.
Penn says it disagrees with the commission's decision, and it has asked a judge to overturn it.
Branstad Has Final Say On Medicaid Funded Abortions
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad now has the final say on payments for all Medicaid-funded abortions in Iowa.
Branstad on Thursday signed a health care bill that includes a provision that changes the rules for how the state reimburses abortions for Medicaid patients. Previously the state Medicaid program approved the dollars after extensive review. But under the new rules, Branstad will have to sign off on these reimbursement dollars.
Iowa's Medicaid program covers a small number of abortions each year due to rape, incest, fetal deformity or to protect a mother's life. The new rules effect reimbursements after the abortions, not
authorizing the procedures ahead of time.
Abortion rights advocates say Iowa would likely be the first state to set such a policy.
Unidentified Company Proposes A $600 Million Data Center
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An unidentified company proposes spending more than $600 million on a data center in West Des Moines.
State documents show the company plans to make a $677.6 million investment that likely would be followed by additional phases.
The company is seeking unspecified tax credits for high-quality job creation as part of the proposal, known as "Project Mountain."
West Des Moines officials previously said the project would create at least 36 jobs.
The proposal follows the recent construction of data centers in Iowa, including Microsoft in West Des Moines and Google in Council Bluffs. Facebook also announced this spring that it would build a
$300 million data center in Altoona with future expansion plans that would eventually exceed $1 billion in total value.