Wednesday Afternoon News, Sept 26
Flu Season Is Coming
(Le Mars) -- It won't be long before flu season is upon us, and Deb Steffen, Community Health Manager with the Floyd Valley Hospital of Le Mars says now is the time to start thinking about getting that flu shot.
Steffen says nearly everyone should get an influenza vaccine. She says there are only a few exceptions.
Steffen says the flu vaccine, covers three types of influenza, and should last for the entire flu season.
The Community Health Manager says the Center for Disease Control monitors the flu season worldwide, and therefore chooses which strains may be the most common.
Floyd Valley Hospital has established a number of clinics throughout Plymouth County during the month of October in which flu shots will be given. The fee for flu shots is $25.
Nebraska Man Given Probation After Vandalizing Flight 232 Memorial
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Nebraskan has been given two years of probation after pleading guilty to vandalizing Sioux City's Flight 232 crash memorial.
Felipe Sebastian, of South Sioux City, was convicted of criminal mischief. Judge Jeffrey Poulson deferred judgment, so if Sebastian successfully completes probation, the case will be cleared from his
Sebastian also was ordered to pay a $3,000 civil penalty, more than $1,500 in restitution and write an apology to the city of Sioux City.
Sebastian's co-defendant, Scott Coleson, of Lehigh, Iowa, is scheduled for a plea hearing on Oct.9.
Sebastian admitted damaging one of the pink quartzite boulders leading to the memorial on June 20. The memorial honors the 112 people who died in the July 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight
232 at Sioux Gateway Airport.
Two Stanhope Women Sentenced To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine
(Sioux City) -- Two women from Stanhope, Iowa have been sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine conspiracy. 46 year old Amy Pringle was sentenced to serve more than six years, and 49 year old Nancy Collins, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The two pleaded guilty to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. Both also admitted to selling methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a public park. For Collins, this was her third offense in distributing methamphetamine.
Equal Employment Opportunity Files Lawsuit
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of black employees at an Iowa warehouse who claim a food distribution company condoned discrimination by allowing racist graffiti in the workplace.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday claims managers at MBM Corp.'s Mason City warehouse failed to remove the graffiti or take action to prevent it for three months after receiving a complaint from a worker last year.
The warehouse referred questions to its North Carolina headquarters, where spokespersons didn't immediately return messages.
The lawsuit says employee Justin Green complained in May 2011 to a supervisor that a swastika and a racial epithet were visible in the men's restroom. The suit says that graffiti was later blacked
out but a slur referencing the Ku Klux Klan and hatred of blacks appeared.
Muscatine Man Received Unemployment Benefits While Working
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A 44-year-old eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to allegations that he lied about being unemployed so he could collect thousands in unemployment benefits.
A news release from the office of Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren says Brian Monroe pleaded guilty to a charge of fraudulent practices.
Ostergren's office says an investigation by Iowa Workforce Development and the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed Monroe had collected nearly $16,300 in unemployment pay even though he was working. Monroe's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Cherokee County Farmer Visits China To Talk Soybeans
(Cleghorn) -- It has been 30 years since United States farmers set up an office in China to help establish agricultural trade relations, especially with soybeans and soybean products. Tom Oswald, of rural Cleghorn, serves as a director with the Iowa Soybean Association, and recently traveled to China in honor of the anniversary. Oswald explains how important China is to the U-S soybean trade.
Oswald says the Chinese only recently have started using soymeal as a source for protein for their livestock, poultry, and fish farming needs.
Oswald says Chinese officials were concerned about the news reports they had heard regarding the U-S drought. Oswald says the U-S delegation informed the Chinese that although the drought had reduced soybean yields, the U-S would still be a reliable supplier of quality soybeans and soymeal.
Oswald says the Chinese are stepping up their production in aquaculture, water fowl, such as ducks and geese, pork, and dairy operations.