Saturday News, November 29
14 Injuried In House Fire
(Sioux City)-- Sioux City Firefighters respnded to a house fire early Friday
morning. Radio Iowas Woody Gottburg has more....
Icy Roads Cause Multiple Crashes
(SIOUX CITY, Iowa AP) - Authorities say icy roads have led to multiple car crashes on Interstate 29 in Sioux City.
Sergeant Mike Manthorne with the Sioux City Police Department says the Friday morning crashes involved six vehicles traveling southbound and taking an exit ramp.
Manthorne says three vehicles lost control due to icy roads and hit the medium strip, though they did not hit each other. Three other cars then crashed
into one of the first cars.
Two people in one car were injured and sent to a hospital. Manthorne says their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Traffic on the exit ramp was briefly affected but is now clear
Idea For New Grocery Store Idea
(SIOUX CITY, Iowa AP) - A downtown business advocacy group is exploring the idea of establishing a specialty grocery store in downtown Sioux City.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the store would be called Trader Sioux and feature local merchandise and fresh food. The store also could showcase products sold at the Sioux City Farmers Market, which is held twice weekly during the spring, summer and fall near the Tyson Events Center.
The group, Downtown Partners, hasn't announced a budget or a timetable. Chris Bogenrief leads the Downtown Partners committee organizing the project, and he says the project "is an economic initiative, so we want to make sure we spur as much spinoff development as we can."
More Funding For School Lunch Program
(Des Moines)--Children in Iowa schools and across the country are encouraged to make good choices in the lunch line. The U-S Department of Agriculture is making nearly six-million dollars available in Team Nutrition grants. Economist David Just says the money will go to agencies in Iowa and other states that fall within the National School Lunch program and many will use the money to implement a project called Smarter Lunchrooms.
Small, simple changes or alterations in presentation techniques are showing big results in the school lunchrooms.
He reveals other basic tricks that work.
The U-S-D-A is funding more than two-thousand Smarter Lunchroom kits that will be distributed to school districts nationwide which provide information on how to help kids eat healthier. Iowa has 351 school districts and more than 473-thousand students.
Iowa First State To Create Parnership For "STEM" Fields
(Des Moines)-- This fall Iowa became the first state in the country to create a public-private partnership to recruit adults who'll agree to be mentors and encourage young women to enter the so-called "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
That's Edie Frasier, C-E-O of a national organization called "STEMconnector". The group is leading an effort to line up one million mentors in the U.S. who'll push women to consider STEM courses and careers.
Iowa's business community along with state officials unveiled a website in late September to coordinate the mentoring project and Iowa is more than a third of the way to its goal of lining up five-thousand adult mentors. During the week of March 23rd, every state -- including Iowa -- will hold events to salute the adults who've stepped forward to serve as mentors to female students in junior high, high school and college.
Go to www.radioiowa. com to find a link to more information about the mentoring program. Frasier says volunteers are being asked to provide mentoring for just 20 hours over the course of a year.
Face-to-face chats are the initial suggestion. Some mentors may ultimately help the student find financial support for their college expenses. Frasier says men in STEM fields are 42 TIMES more likely to have had an adult sponsor than are the women studying science, technology, engineering or math. Women who end up getting a job in a STEM-related field earn 33 percent more than females in non-STEM jobs.