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Thursday News, August 6

Pickle Ball Being Introduced To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- A new sport is being introduced to Le Mars.  It is a combination of tennis, bad mitten, and ping pong, and it is called Pickle Ball.  A couple of weeks ago, the city council approved the action to paint additional lines on some of the city tennis courts to accommodate those wanting to start the game in Le Mars.  Greg Mitchell heads up a group of enthusiasts calling for Pickle Ball to be played in Le Mars.  He talks about the new game that is catching on in popularity.

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Mitchell says for those still wanting to play tennis, they should not have any problems with the lines that have been painted for Pickle Ball on the tennis courts.

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Mitchell says the game originated in the state of Washington.

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Introductory classes will be offered on Monday and again on Wednesday for those interested in learning more about the game.

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Mitchell says the game can be played with singles or doubles.

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Instructions will take place at the Le Mars Municipal Park tennis courts between 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening and on Wednesday morning between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Le Mars Man Arrested For Providing False Identification

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexander Rodriguez, age 21 of Le Mars, IA for providing false identification information, a simple misdemeanor, and no valid driver’s license, a simple misdemeanor. The arrest happened on Saturday evening at about 10:52 p.m. The defendant was stopped at 3rd St and 4th Ave SW in Le Mars for operating without registration. The defendant provided a false name. The defendant’s license was found to be suspended in Illinois and not valid in Iowa. Rodriguez was jailed at the Plymouth County Jail and bond was set at $300.

 

 

 

 

Truck Accident Results In Peas Being Spilled On Highway

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Officials closed a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa after about 50,000 pounds of split peas were spilled from a semitrailer. 
The spill occurred just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when a southbound semitrailer went out of control and rolled over on the north side of Council Bluffs.
The lanes were closed for almost two hours as workers cleared away the vegetables. 
The 56-year-old truck driver, Bradley Zirott, of Sparta, Wisconsin, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
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Shots Fired At Crop Dusting Plane

WHITTEMORE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting of a crop-dusting plane in northern Iowa.
The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says the plane owned by Steier AG Aviation was hit in a wing flap while spraying a field in Fairfield Township on Friday morning. The pilot landed safely at Steier's landing strip in Whittemore. The pilot's name hasn't been released. 
The Sheriff's Office says rural Whittemore property belonging to a suspect in the shooting has been searched and items have been seized. No arrest has been reported.

 

 

USDA Reports Iowa Cropland Values Are Declining

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa cropland value dropped the sharpest in the United States in the past year, falling 6.3 percent as low grain prices weakened the value in the nation's leading corn producing state.
Cropland value fell to $8,200 an acre after climbing to $8,750 last year. Iowa cropland values shot up more than 56 percent from 2011 to 2014.
Cropland values declined in 10 states while the others remained static or grew.
Texas saw the biggest jump at 9.5 percent to $1,840 an acre.
Nationally, cropland grew an average of 0.7 percent.
New Jersey has the most valuable cropland at $13,500 an acre after a 3.8 percent increase. California is second at $10,690 and Arizona third at $8,320 an acre. Iowa is fourth.

 

 

 

 

ACT Lays Off Workers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The nonprofit group that administers the ACT college readiness test is letting go 80 workers, mostly from its headquarters in Iowa City.
ACT announced job cuts Wednesday that will reduce its workforce to about 1,320, or by about six percent.
The organization said the cuts were made to improve efficiency and position itself for future growth. They were made across several departments.
Those affected are receiving severance packages and free outplacement services. Company leaders said they "sincerely regret the impact of these actions on valued departing team members" and their families.
Incoming CEO Marten Roorda said ACT must be "cost-effective, agile and innovative" as the markets for assessment tests change rapidly.

 

 

 

 

Regents Offer Raises To University Presidents

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is approving pay raises for two university presidents.
The board gave Iowa State University President Steven Leath a 5 percent increase Wednesday, bumping his base salary to $525,000.
The board also approved a five-year deferred compensation plan for Leath that will pay him $125,000 annually through 2020.
Regents approved a smaller raise of 2.5 percent for University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud, pushing his base salary to more than $357,000. Ruud will also receive a two-year deferred compensation plan worth $150,000.
Later in the meeting, the board gave initial consideration to a plan to raise tuition by $100 on resident undergraduate students in the spring semester. No regent raised an objection, and a final vote is scheduled for next month.

 

 

 

 

Aides To Ron Paul Indicted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged three people who worked for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign with conspiring to buy the support of a former Iowa state senator.
Among those changed is Jesse Benton, who now heads up a super PAC supporting the 2016 presidential candidacy of Paul's son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Benton, John Tate and Dimitrios Kesari with conspiracy and several other related crimes.
The indictment says they negotiated with former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson to switch his support to Ron Paul in exchange for money. Sorenson had previously backed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The indictment says the arrangement was concealed from Ron Paul himself and that Benton initiated the deal.






 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, August 5

Regents Approve University Presidents Pay Raise

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents is approving pay raises for two university presidents.
The board gave Iowa State University President Steven Leath a 5 percent increase Wednesday, bumping his base salary to $525,000. 
The board also approved a five-year deferred compensation plan for Leath that will pay him $125,000 annually through 2020.
Regents approved a smaller raise of 2.5 percent for University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud, pushing his base salary to more than $357,000. Ruud will also receive a two-year deferred compensation plan worth $150,000.
Later in the meeting, the board gave initial consideration to a plan to raise tuition by $100 on resident undergraduate students in the spring semester. No regent raised an objection, and a final vote is scheduled for next month.

 

 

 

 

Ron Paul Aides Indicted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged three people who worked for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign with conspiring to buy the support of a former Iowa state senator.
Among those changed is Jesse Benton, who now heads up a super PAC supporting the 2016 presidential candidacy of Paul's son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Benton, John Tate and Dimitrios Kesari with conspiracy and several other related crimes.
The indictment says they negotiated with former Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson to switch his support to Ron Paul in exchange for money. Sorenson had previously backed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The indictment says the arrangement was concealed from Ron Paul himself and that Benton initiated the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa appeals court says a former Muscatine police officer cannot use a woman's sexual encounter with her boyfriend as evidence in the officer's sex abuse trial.
The Iowa Court of Appeals says in a ruling filed Wednesday that the encounter was not relevant to Thomas Tovar's upcoming trial.
Tovar is accused of raping an intoxicated woman he was escorting to a hotel after her boyfriend was arrested for drunken driving in February 2013. An investigation found Tovar's DNA on the woman's clothing and bedding.
Tovar's attorney wanted the jury to hear evidence that the woman had sex with her boyfriend hours after she was allegedly raped by Tovar.
A district judge ruled in favor of the defense's request. Prosecutors appealed.
Tovar's attorney did not immediately respond to a message.

 

 

 

 

Two Chiropractors Charged With Exaggerated Health Benefits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa licensing board has filed administrative charges against two chiropractors accused of exaggerating their abilities to heal patients.
Documents released Wednesday by the Iowa Board of Chiropractic show charges against James P. Woods, of Bettendorf, and Jason James, of Keokuk.
Woods is accused of telling patients he could heal ailments including ear conditions, tremors, blindness and high blood pressure. The board says Woods told patients to stop taking blood pressure medication and instead take vitamins he sold.
James is accused of telling patients they could stop taking diabetes medication with a diet and nutrition program. Regulators say he charged patients for laboratory tests he didn't perform.
Messages left for the men were not immediately returned. The Des Moines Register reports hearings on the cases are scheduled in October.

 

 

 

 

Paulsen To Step Down As House Speaker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Republican Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives says he is stepping down from the role in January and will not seek re-election next year.
Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, announced Wednesday that he will relinquish his leadership position at the start of the next legislative session. He will serve the rest of his two-year term, which runs through 2016.
Paulsen has served in the Iowa House for 13 years. He was minority leader from 2008 through 2010 and has been speaker of the house since 2011.
In a statement, Paulsen says the time was right to step aside.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad praised Paulsen in a statement, calling him "one of the most effective legislative leaders I have had the privilege of working with at the state capitol."

 

 

 

 

Governor Walker To Purchase Ads In Iowa

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A super PAC supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president says it is launching a nearly $7 million ad buy in Iowa to begin right after Labor Day.
A senior adviser for the Unintimidated PAC said Wednesday that $6.8 million in television, cable and radio ads will air in the Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City and Dubuque markets.
The ads are to begin running on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Walker has been making frequent visits to Iowa, where he lived for seven years as a child before his family moved to neighboring Wisconsin in 1977.
The Unintimidated PAC reported raising $20 million in the second quarter of the year. Chicago Cubs owners Joe Ricketts and his wife, as well as Wisconsin businesswoman Diane Hendricks, each gave $5 million.






   

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