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Tuesday News, March 19

Supervisors Cancel Tuesday Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Due to a lack of agenda items, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have announced they will not be holding a meeting today.  The Supervisors will again convene the next week, Tuesday, March 26 at 9:30 at the Plymouth County Courthouse Board Room.

 

Le Mars City Council To Discuss Railroads

(Le Mars) -- Railroads and railroad crossings will be discussed during today's Le Mars City Council meeting which will take place at 12:00 noon at the City Hall Council Chambers.  The city council is expected to approve a master rail plan for the city of Le Mars. As the industrial park area continues to build and expand, the city wants to work with consultants to know how rail service to the expanding industrial park area may be provided and utilized.  The council will also discuss a recent meeting that was held with Union Pacific Railroad Company officials and Iowa Department of Transportation officials regarding rail road crossings within the city limits.

 

Hy Vee To Donate Smartboard To Remsen-Union

( Le Mars) – Officials from Le Mars Hy-Vee will present a $1,500 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard to Remsen-Union High School during a gathering at the school on Tuesday March 19 2013.  Remsen-Union High School is one of more than 200 schools throughout the Midwest that are receiving the innovative technology tools this year through Hy-Vee’s SMART Points promotion, which ran from September 1 through November 30. During the promotional period, shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the schools of their choice. Remsen-Union High School achieved the highest average points score in its region to earn the SMART Board. In addition, the Remsen-Union High School student with the most points designated on his or her behalf will receive an iPad2 16GB with Wi-Fi tablet during Tuesday’s presentation.

 

School Lunches Costs On The Rise

(Le Mars) -- School officials are noticing the cost of school lunches are rising.  Last week during the Le Mars Community School Board meeting, School Superintendent, Dr. Todd Wendt reported to the board that the costs of providing students and staff with school lunches had increased more than $35,000 above what was budgeted.  Although no action will be taken during this school year, the board will consider increasing the price for school provided breakfasts and lunches for next year.  Wendt says a major reason for the increase is due to a rise in food and transportation costs.

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Judy Lubben serves as the Director of Food Services for the school district.  She says much of the increase can be related to the new federal guidelines and regulations that was implemented this year that requires additional fresh fruit and fresh vegetables be served as part of the school lunch program.

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School officials report fewer lunches are being prepared compared to previous years, which has also affected the revenue, and Lubben says it is also difficult to substitute various foods to cut costs due to the federal regulations.

 

Storm Lake Woman Arrested After Child's Finger Amputated

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A Storm Lake woman has been accused of bounding her 3-year-old's finger so tightly a portion of it had to be amputated.
Police say 30-year-old Kaylyn Khamtan brought her daughter to an emergency room Thursday. Police arrested Khamtan after staff became suspicious of the child's injury.
Khamtan said she bound the girl's finger with tissue and a rubber band to cover a hangnail or some other similar injury. Staff told police the binding was so tight the girl's finger
"mummified" and the rubber band sank to the bone, causing signs of gangrene. A surgical team removed a portion of the girl's finger.
Khamtan was charged Friday with child endangerment causing serious injury.
Online records do not list an attorney for Khamtan. There is no public number available for her.

 

Iowa's Unemployment Holds Steady

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's preliminary unemployment rate was unchanged in January, matching the 5 percent recorded in December.
Iowa Workforce Development says in a report released Monday that December's rate was revised upward to 5 percent from the preliminary figure of 4.9 percent reported on Jan. 18.
The January rate is four-tenths of a point under the 5.4 percent reported for January 2012.
Iowa's rate is significantly lower than the national figure of 7.9 percent in January.
Workforce Development says there were 82,100 unemployed Iowans in January, compared with 81,700 in December. The figure was 88,500 in January 2012.


State Supreme Court To Gather Public Comments On Rules Changes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is gathering public input on proposed rules changes involving the appointment of court interpreters and attorneys representing parents in juvenile
cases.
Rules for court interpreters were last changed in 2008 and the court says many new developments since then need to be addressed.
In orders filed Monday, the court proposes to add qualification required for an interpreter, the role of the interpreter in a proceeding, and professional and ethical conduct details. Comments
on the rules will be accepted until May 17.
The court also says it will hold a public hearing on July 9 on juvenile court rules. Written comments will be accepted until May 31.
Proposed rules include standards for practice and a minimum experience requirement for attorneys representing parents in juvenile cases.

 

House Votes To Keep Gun Permit Records Confidential

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has shown overwhelming support for a bill that would keep public information on gun permits confidential.
Lawmakers approved the measure Monday by a landslide 95-3 vote. The bill would make identifiable information private, though law enforcement would still have access to them.
Bill sponsor Representative Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says the records are a safety hazard because criminals can target homes without firearms.
Records showing gun permit data is currently public information in Iowa.
The state Department of Public Safety says more than 148,000 permits have been issued through 2012 that allows people to carry a firearm. Statewide data on handgun permits was not available.
The bill now moves to the Senate.

 

Regent Candidates Being Scrutinized By Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's nominees for the Iowa Board of Regents are appearing before a Senate panel.
Robert Cramer from Grimes and Dr. Subhash Sahai from Webster will attend a hearing Tuesday led by the Senate Education Committee. The committee will discuss their nomination to the
nine-member board.
The two were selected by Branstad to replace Regents Jack Evans and David Miles. Evans is a former CEO of SCI Financial Group from Cedar Rapids and Miles is a financial adviser from West Des Moines.  Their terms end this year.
If the Iowa Senate confirms their nominations by a two-thirds vote, Cramer and Sahai will serve six years on the board starting May 1.
Branstad has reappointed board president Craig Lang. He was aggressively questioned Monday during a committee hearing.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Board of Regents President Craig Lang says he's made mistakes during his two-year tenure, but he wants lawmakers to keep supporting him.
Lang appeared Monday before a Senate committee that must review his nomination, which needs a two-thirds vote from the full Senate. The committee can approve the nomination or send it to the Senate without a recommendation.
The Board of Regents oversees Iowa's state universities. Lang cited a tuition freeze for all schools in the upcoming academic year as an achievement.
But Democratic lawmakers on the panel questioned Lang's leadership. Some members asked if the board was politically motivated.
The committee took no action Monday. It meets again Wednesday.



 

 

   

Monday Afternoon News, March 18

IDOT Warns Northern Iowa Travelers About Weather/Road Conditions

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Travelers in northern Iowa have been advised to take extra care because of a possible blizzard.
The Iowa Transportation Department says the 25-35 mph winds and snowfall on Monday will lead to drifting snow and reduced visibility.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for several northern Iowa counties.
Winter weather advisories have been issued for most of the counties in the eastern quarter of Iowa.

 

Climatologist Says Cool Weather Will Stick Around

(Des Moines) -- The official start of spring may be scheduled for Wednesday, but the State of Iowa Climatologist says don't look for the temperatures to warm up anytime soon.  Harry Hillaker says despite a few days last week when statewide temperatures were about ten degrees above normal, he says cooler conditions will stick around for another few weeks.

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Hillaker says normal temperatures for this time of year would see the highs at 47 degrees and the overnight lows at 24 degrees with a half a degree increase each day.  He says the weather is a drastic contrast from last year, but he says given the continuation of a drought scenario, the cooler temperatures are better.
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Northwest Iowa has received a little precipitation within the last couple of weeks, but Hillaker says "little" is the operative word.  He says due to the frost still in the ground, the precipitation that did fall may have ran off, instead of re-charging our depleted soil moisture levels.
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Hillaker says on the plus side, the recent rains and snows have helped fill farm ponds, creeks, streams, and rivers.

 

County Supervisors Cancel Tuesday Meeting

(Le Mars) -- Due to a lack of agenda items, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have announced they will not be holding a meeting on Tuesday.  The Supervisors will again convene the following week, Tuesday, March 26 at 9:30 at the Plymouth County Courthouse Board Room.


Woman Teacher Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Student

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A woman who had been teaching chemistry at a Cedar Rapids high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with a student.
Forty-two-year-old Heather Adams made the plea Monday at Linn County District Court, before jury selection began. Adams admitted to one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee, a
misdemeanor. Prosecutors say she had sex with an 18-year-old student in May last year.
She resigned her job at Washington High School soon after the incident.
Adams was given two years of probation and a deferred judgment, which means that if she successfully completes her probation, the conviction will be removed from her record.


Settlement Agreement Between U of I and Former Employee Released

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A settlement agreement shows the University of Iowa and one of its former employees agreed not to disparage each other when he left the university amid a messy
disciplinary dispute.
The Associated Press received a copy of the agreement Monday after a two-year legal fight for access.
It shows that surgeon John Chaloupka agreed not to disparage the university after his June 2011 departure and that Chaloupka and the university agreed they would only say that he left to pursue
another opportunity.
The deal allowed Chaloupka to keep his $380,000 per-year salary for the 2010-2011 academic year, even though he was moved to a non-clinical position, with a different office and no access to the
university's clinical computer records.
He now works at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Florida.

 

Homeless Woman Arrested For Cocaine Possession

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say a homeless woman arrested after cocaine was found in her purse told authorities it was baking soda.
Charnise McCambry was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over Sunday night. A plastic baggie with a white substance was found inside McCambry's purse after a K9 officer detected narcotics.
The 41-year-old McCambry told officers the substance was baking soda that she used to brush her teeth.
More than 60 grams of crack cocaine were found inside the purse. McCambry was arrested and faces several charges including controlled substance violation.
Records do not list an attorney for McCambry.
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