Thursday Afternoon, News June 13
4th Avenue East Nearing Construction Completion
(Le Mars) -- City officials are reporting the construction on 4th Avenue East is nearing completion. Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says unfortunately the wet spring weather has delayed the work.
Langel anticipates construction on the overlay project will soon be completed.
Le Mars To Build Second Water Tower
(Le Mars) -- Due to the industrial and residential growth of Le Mars, and in order to meet the city's water demands, the city finds itself needing a second water tower. City Administrator Scott Langel says a 2011 water usage engineering survey conducted by McClure Engineering helped determine the need.
Langel says the project is on a 15 month timetable before completion.
United Methodist Church To Expand Facilities
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars United Methodist Church has begun an ambitious construction project involving the expansion of facilities. Julie Roy serves as the church's chair person for the building team committee. She says the church congregation is growing and the church wants to meet its future needs.
The construction project has a cost of $1.6 million dollars, but Roy says the congregation has already secured nearly two-thirds of the financing through cash on hand and pledges.
Roy says church services and other activities will continue inside the church while construction is occurring. She says the actual construction of the expansion will start soon.
Auditions Scheduled For Next Community Play
(Le Mars) -- Auditions for the next Le Mars Community Theater, "The Woman In Black" are scheduled for July 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Postal Playhouse with performance dates tentatively scheduled for September 27th through October 6th. It is a story about a middle-aged lawyer who rents a theater and hires an actor to help him re-enact and thereby, hopefully, exorcise- a ghostly event which befell him many years previously with horrifyingly tragic results. The event occurred when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals. The lawyer has invited friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. Lisa Opheim will be directing the production. For questions, you can contact Lisa at (712) 330-0172 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABC News Asking Judge To Dismiss Case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - ABC News says it intends to ask a circuit court to dismiss a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit now that it has been moved from federal court.
Beef Products Inc. sued for defamation over ABC's coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."
ABC wanted the case considered by the U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, but Judge Karen Schreier on Wednesday ordered it back to circuit court.
In a statement sent Thursday, ABC News said the federal court was clear that in sending the case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.
BPI claims the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.
Iowa Establishing Sister State With Kosovo
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa is establishing a sister-state relationship with Kosovo and that he will visit the nation during a trip to Europe in July.
Branstad made the announcements Thursday, coinciding with a visit to the Iowa Capitol by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
Branstad says Iowa and Kosovo have developed a unique partnership due to more than 700 Iowa National Guard soldiers who have served there on peacekeeping missions since 2003.
The agreement will mark Iowa's ninth sister-state relationship.
Branstad says he'll travel in early July to Kosovo as well as Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
The European trip will cost about $17,000 for Branstad and his wife, Chris. Those costs will be covered by Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation funds, not state funding.
Court Says Groups Need To Disclose Information On Campaign Financing
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An appeals court is upholding an Iowa rule requiring outside groups to promptly disclose information about their spending to support or oppose candidates for office.
In its ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Iowa Right to Life, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld Iowa's law that bars corporations from giving money directly to political
The three-judge panel says it's constitutional to require groups that spend $750 for or against candidates to file disclosure reports within 48 hours. The panel says disclosing information about how much is being spent and for what purposes helps keep voters informed.
But the court struck down requirements that such groups file additional reports up to four times per year detailing their fundraising, saying they are burdensome and chill free speech.
Iowa's Hispanic Minority Continues To Grow
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Government data shows Iowa's Hispanic population continues to increase at a much higher rate than the state's overall population.
U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday shows more than 162,800 Latinos lived in the state in July 2012. That's a 3.2 percent increase from the year before, and 10 times the estimated
increase for the state's overall population for the year.
Latinos still only make up about 5 percent of the overall population, but more counties are gaining noticeable Hispanic populations. They make up 10 percent of the population in 10 counties, a jump from seven counties in 2008.
The Asian population increased by 4.8 percent between mid-2011 and mid-2012, making it the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in Iowa.