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Tuesday Afternoon News, November 21st

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LE MARS POLICE DEPARTMENT HIRES TWO NEW OFFICERS

THE LE MARS POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS TWO NEW OFFICERS JOINING THEIR POLICE FORCE.

STEVE KONZ AND JEREMY SINGER, BOTH OF LE MARS, WERE SWORN IN AT CITY HALL ON NOV. 13.

PRIOR TO JOINING THE LE MARS POLICE DEPARTMENT, KONZ WAS A RESERVE OFFICER WITH THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

SINGER IS NEW TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, BEGINNING HIS CAREER IN LE MARS.

KONZ WILL BEGIN HIS 14 WEEK COURSE WITH THE POLICE ACADEMY IN JANUARY, WHILE SINGER WILL ATTEND AN EIGHT WEEK COURSE IN SIOUX CITY IN FEBRUARY.

THE TWO OFFICERS BEGAN FIELD TRAINING ON FRIDAY.

 

TWO REGIONAL ATTORNEYS NOMINATED FOR DISTRICT JUDGE POSITIONĀ 

Two local attorneys have been nominated by a Judicial Commission for the judgeship that was created by the retirement of District Judge Edward A. Jacobson in October.

Tod Deck and Priscilla Forsyth were chosen by the judicial nominating Commission from 13 applicants for the position.

Judicial District 3B consists of Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties.

Governor Kim Reynolds has 30 days to appoint one of the nominees to be a district judge.

Their term of office is six years.

 

BEAN HARVEST IS OVER AND CORN IS WRAPPING UP

The harvest of soybeans in the state is done, while work remains when it comes to corn. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

 

AMBER ALERT OF TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL AND THIRTEEN YEAR OLD ABDUCTOR

An Amber Alert was issued Monday afternoon for a 12-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by at 13-year-old boy. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

 

 

PHASE ONE OF DRIVER-LESSĀ CAR TEST IN EASTERN IOWA INVOLVES ‘PILOTS’ INSIDE

Driver-less cars are being tested on an eastern Iowa interstate, but in phase one of the test the humans inside the vehicles are doing the navigating.

That’s Iowa Department of Transportation director Mark Lowe (LOH). Lowe says the long-term project will help the state be “Autonomous Vehicle Ready.”

Lowe says that means accurate maps and information about the roadway ahead, including hazards, weather conditions and traffic tie-ups. The project’s first phase began a couple of weeks ago. Four-hundred “pilots” are hearing that information broadcast from a hands-free mobile device inside a vehicle.

The test is being done on a stretch of Interstate 380 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. This year, driver-less BUSES have been tested in Paris and Las Vegas. Driver-less CARS have been tested in congested cities like Boston and Phoenix.

 

NEBRASKA COMMISSION APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has approved an alternative Keystone XL route through the state, removing the last regulatory hurdle to the $8 billion oil pipeline project.

The Commission voted 3-2 to approve the long-delayed project Monday, though the decision could still be challenged in court.

The commission was forbidden by law from considering a recent oil spill on the existing Keystone pipeline in its decision.

The alternative route would run farther north than the originally proposed route.

TransCanada Corp.’s plan to build a nearly 1,200-mile pipeline faces intense opposition from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some landowners.

President Trump issued a federal permit allowing for the project in March, reversing President Obama’s rejection of it.