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Thursday News, September 4

KC Phone-a-thon Raises Nearly $51,700

(Le Mars) -- After twelve continuous hours of phone calls raising money for the Life Skills Training Center, the Plymouth County Knights of Columbus members were able to surpass their fund raising goal.  Zack Sitzmann, co-chair for the event, explains how much money the phone-a-thon was able to raise.

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Sitzmann explains if you were not able to donate to Life Skills Training Center, there is still an opportunity to do so.

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Plymouth County Candidates Running Unopposed

(Le Mars) -- Many of the political candidates running for office in Plymouth County are unopposed.  Candidates had until August 27th to file their candidacy papers. Supervisors Craig Anderson and Don Kass are seeking re-election and are unopposed, as is new comer, John Meis who is seeking a position on the County Board of Supervisors for District 1.  JoLynn Goodchild, the county recorder, Shelly Sitzmann, the county's treasurer, and Darin Raymond, the county attorney are all unopposed for their races.  There are five openings on the County Extension Council and five people are seeking the position.  The County Soil and Water Conservation District has two openings and two candidates.  

 

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Begins In Emmetsburg 

Emmetsburg, Iowa (AP) - Officials at the opening of one of the world's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants say it signifies a shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution.
     The opening of Project Liberty Wednesday was marked with cutting ribbons stretched over baled corn cobs, stalks and leaves that will be used to make ethanol.
     The project, a joint venture of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol-maker POET and Netherlands biotechnology company Royal DSM, is one of the first capable of making 25 million gallons of ethanol a year from plant residue.
     POET founder Jeff Broin says he hopes people a hundred years from now will remember how a small Iowa town changed the world.

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     Several dignitaries were on hand for the grand opening of the nation's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant.  U-S-D-A Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke and erased any doubts about the possibility of creating ethanol from bio-mass products.
 
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     Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is a vocal cheerleader for the new type of ethanol production and urged others to promote the industry.

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      The ceremony in Emmetsburg attracted King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands among other dignitaries.

 

Jurors View Tape Of Interview Of Suspect Accused Of Killing Police Officer

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - Jurors in the first degree murder trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer heard a taped interview in which he expressed no regret about shooting the officer.
     In the first day of testimony Wednesday, jurors heard a two-hour taped interview of 33-year-old Corey Trott. He's charged with the September 2013 death of 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house. He has pleaded not guilty.
     Trott noted after the killing that, "I don't have any regrets."
     Earlier, Trott's lawyer, Joseph McCarville, said in his opening statements that jurors should find his client guilty of something less than first-degree murder.
     Testimony will continue Thursday.

 

More Charges Filed Against Mother For Lying About Daughter Having Cancer

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - More charges have been filed against an Iowa woman accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis.
     Court records show 30-year-old Leatha Slauson was charged recently with domestic abuse and assault charges in connection to a case involving her 5-year-old daughter. She also faces charges of administering harmful substances.
     The charges are in addition to earlier charges of child endangerment causing bodily injury, drug distribution to a minor and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. A message left for her attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.
     Slauson is accused of telling her community that her daughter had terminal cancer. Police say an investigation determined the child is not sick.
     A trial date has been scheduled for November 12th in Cass County District Court.

 

New Trial Date Set For Former Police Officer

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has set a new trial date of Oct. 29 for a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson.
      In May the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The Appeals Court said officers failed to read Ellenbecker his Miranda rights.
     Ellenbecker was convicted in 2012 of arson and burglary. He was accused of setting a fire that damaged the Forest City police station in October 2011. Authorities say he stole an assault rifle from a squad car in November 2010.
     Ellenbecker's second trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 17. On Tuesday a Winnebago County District Court judge changed the date to Oct. 29 as Ellenbecker waived his right to a speedy trial.

 

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Universities 


  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force Iowa's public universities to pay into a fund that subsidizes insurance for Iowans with health risks.
     Judge Dennis Stovall says the Iowa Individual Health Benefit Reinsurance Association doesn't have the authority to sue.
     The association helps Iowans with medical conditions obtain affordable coverage, and is funded by assessments charged to insurers and self-insured health plans.
     Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa paid assessments until 2010. The University of Iowa became self-insured that year and, the association argues, required to pay.
     But all three refused to pay then, with their governing board arguing they weren't covered by the law.
     The lawsuit sought to collect more than $1.5 million, warning that higher costs for patients and providers would otherwise result.



 
 


 

 

   

Wednesday Afternoon News, September 3

KC Phone-a-thon Raises Money For Life Skills

(Le Mars) -- As you have been hearing on KLEM radio, today is the KC Phone-a-thon in which members of the Knights of Columbus have been soliciting funds for the Life Skills Training Center.  Honorary chair, Mike Donlin says people have been generous with their contributions.

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This marks the 35th year for the annual phone-a-thon, and Donlin believes a major reason for the community's generosity is because they know most of the donated money stays in Plymouth County.

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Donlin says Floyd Valley Hospital utilizes Life Skills Training Center to perform its laundry services, and cleaning floor mats. Donlin says there are many easy ways for people to contribute money to the KC Phone-a-thon for the Life Skills Training Center.

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 Iowa Settles Lawsuit Over Movie Productions

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has settled a lawsuit stemming from the suspension of a tax incentive program for movies to be made in the state.
     The  payment of a little more than $2 million will settle claims involving three movies:  "When September Ends," "Lucky," and "Underground." Anthony Gudas, of Providence, Rhode Island, had said his company invested in four film projects based on state contracts, but the tax credits were never paid. In October 2013 the state agreed to pay $225,000 to settle part of the lawsuit for one of the four movies, "2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams."
     Iowa suspended the movie incentive program after an audit uncovered $26 million in credits were improperly issued by the state Economic Development Department. Seven people eventually were convicted.
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Des Moines Fire Chief Calling For More Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines firefighter union president is calling for increased staffing after five firefighters were injured in a weekend blaze. 
     Local union president Joe Van Haalen said on Tuesday firefighters are in danger because of the staffing level. He says firefighters at the Aug. 30 fire had to use about twice as many air tanks as normal because the crews couldn't rotate enough. 
     Van Haalen says the city employs 26 fewer firefighters than it did a decade ago. The city's population has grown during that period. 
     Interim city manager Larry Hulse says the city spends about 60 percent of its budget on public safety. He says the decrease in staffing is not jeopardizing response times. 
     The city has commissioned a study to review data and fire department resources.
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Opening Statements To Begin For Police Officer Killing Trial

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - Opening statements are set to begin in the first-degree murder trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer.
    Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday morning in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. A 14-person jury was selected Tuesday afternoon.
     Prosecutors say Trott fatally shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting in September 2013 during a standoff at Trott's house in Rockwell City. Officers say they were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault on his mother.
     Trott has pleaded not guilty. A mental health evaluation earlier this year determined he is competent to stand trial. 
     The trial was moved to Wright County at the request of defense attorneys.
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Iowa Republicans Stand Behind Texas Governor Perry

 HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans say Texas Gov. Rick Perry has not been tarnished by a recent indictment.
     Perry was in Iowa on Tuesday, campaigning for 1st Congressional District candidate Rod Blum. It's the potential 2016 presidential candidate's first Iowa visit since he was indicted last month on two felony counts alleging he abused the power of his office.
     Republicans gathered for an event in Hiawatha said the indictment was politically motivated. During brief remarks at a local political office, Perry spoke about job gains in Texas and drew applause when he talked about sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.
     Perry entered the 2012 presidential race with much fanfare but quickly stumbled. He finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses in early 2012 and quit the race two weeks later.

 

Regents Release Plan To Make Admissions To Universities Easier

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa's three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees.
     The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.
     They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index.
     Another change would require the schools to calculate students' admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don't keep class rankings.
     A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.

 

U Of I Students Report Sexual Abuse

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says two students reported recently that they were sexually assaulted on campus.
     The school issued a notification Tuesday in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires that colleges and universities disclose timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.
     The notification says one student reported Sunday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall. Another student reported Monday that an acquaintance sexually assaulted her in a residence hall.
     Another student reported on Aug. 22 that she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall.

 

Iowa State University Not In Compliance For Reporting Sexual Abuse Crimes

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus.
     The June 17 report says the school's recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn't meet Clery Act requirements.
     The report says administrators must issue "timely warnings" required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don't require individuals to search out the information.
     University attorney Keith Bystrom said Wednesday that ISU started sending them in mass emails last spring, after auditors identified the problem. He said posting the information online wasn't meant to hide the crime reports, noting that news outlets knew where to look for them.

 

State Settles Lawsuit Over Employee Firing

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has settled a case with a state worker who had sued after being fired from the Polk County Clerk of Court's office in 2004.
     The state agreed Tuesday to pay Tina Lee more than $377,000 in back wages and post-judgment interest.
     The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in March that Iowa had violated Lee's rights under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Lee was fired after she took time off to cope with anxiety. Lee sued, alleging wrongful discharge and retaliation. In 2007 a jury found in her favor and she was awarded lost earnings totaling $165,122, attorney fees and expenses.
     The state had argued originally and in appeals that it had sovereign immunity against being sued for damages under the federal act.
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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