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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 24th


Semi Truck Roll-over Accident Happens Near Kingsley

(Kingsley) — A truck driver was injured when his semi rolled off the road near Kingsley at around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver was hauling gravel when his truck went off the road at county road C-66 near Shamrock Avenue, spilling the load. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The victim was taken by helicopter to Mercy One in Sioux City. County road C-66 was closed temporarily because of the accident. The driver’s name has not been released.

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MacGregor Awarded Steven Musson Emergency Services Scholarship

(Le Mars) — John MacGregor of Le Mars has been awarded the 2019 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. The Musson family established the Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Education Endowment in 2003 to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. This year, the committee was able to award a $500 scholarship.
MacGregor is a certified EMT and is enrolled in the South Dakota School of EMS Paramedics Program. He has also been a member of the area Le Mars Ambulance Services for over 16 years.
He stated in his application, “In the summer of 2018, I decided to pursue my paramedic certification to further my training and provide the best emergency care to the community. At this time, there was also no funding available to supplement my certification and was told I may have to wait until fall of 2019. With that news, I still decided to apply, was accepted to School of EMS Paramedic Program, and chose to fund the cost on my own at the time. It was my strong desire to provide the best EMS services in our community, that I decided to continue on.”
The Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship application outline is available annually through Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, IA. Scholarship funds may be used for either the fall or spring semester to cover direct expenses related to pursuing an education in emergency care including tuition, book, transportation costs, etc. All applicants must reside in Plymouth County and actively engage in or pursue emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include persons interested in paramedic, first responder, or emergency medical technician (EMT) training.

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Briar Cliff University Obtains Court Injunction Against Former President

(Sioux City) — Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has been granted a temporary injunction against its former president.
The university asked for the injunction against Dr. Hamid Shirvani (huh-MEED sheer-VAH-nee) to prevent him from disclosing confidential information about Briar Cliff in a potential lawsuit against the institution. Shirvani threatened to sue the university in May. In asking for the injunction, current president Rachelle Karstens stated that Briar Cliff has genuine concerns that its former president may immediately disclose B-C-U’s confidential information as a result of his threatened lawsuit and demand against BCU. Shirvani was hired as president in 2016, but left the school under a separation agreement in 2017 because of what he called family, personal and professional considerations. ANNOUNCER OUT: A statement released by Briar Cliff indicated university officials are seeking to protect “proprietary” as well as confidential information. The statement went on to say “the well-being of the university’s students, faculty and staff is paramount” in the decision to pursue legal action against the former president



Tax Preparer Sentenced To Prison 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A tax preparer has been sentenced to a year and day in prison for preparing fraudulent returns.
Prosecutors say 49-year-old Serge Cibuyi was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to one count of preparing and filing a false tax return.
In his plea agreement Cibuyi admits that, while living in Cedar
Rapids, he prepared fraudulent returns by claiming false deductions and credits or by inflating legitimate deductions and credits. Cibuyi paid people to let him use their dependents on other taxpayers’ returns to boost refunds.
Prosecutors say he prepared and filed at least 36 false tax returns with a tax loss to the United States in excess of $100,000.



Iowa Public Radio Having Budget To Be Cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Public Radio is losing some state support and will have to find more donors, bigger donations or other sources of revenue in order to maintain current programming.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that a proposed budget submitted to the Iowa Board of Regents shows Iowa Public Radio will receive roughly 8% less than it did the last budget year.
Government funding makes up around 21% of Iowa Public Radio’s operating income, which is expected to reach $8.3 million this year.
The organization’s executive director is Myrna Johnson, and she says it will need to find more non-government revenue to avoid losing one or two of its programs, which she did not identify.
She says fundraising gains supporting Iowa Public Radio’s expansion in recent years have come from corporate sponsors and its listeners.



RAGBRAI Riders Collide Creating Accident With Serious Injuries

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say at least two bicyclists participating in a cross-Iowa ride have been injured in a crash.
Indianola police say a 22-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man crashed Tuesday afternoon as they rode down a hill. Indianola police Capt. Brian Sher says the riders apparently “got tangled up,” went off their bikes, hit the pavement and were seriously injured.
Their names haven’t been released. They were sent to Des Moines hospitals for treatment.
The two had reached Tuesday’s destination of Indianola as part of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. The ride began Sunday in Council Bluffs and is scheduled to end Saturday in Keokuk. Wednesday’s route takes riders from Indianola to Centerville.



School Nurse Sent To Prison For Having Sex With Student

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa school nurse has been given 180 days in jail for having sex with a 16-year-old student. Court records say 47-year-old Angela Beik was sentenced Tuesday. Beik was the school nurse at Linn-Mar High School in Marion and also employed at St. Luke’s Hospital in
Cedar Rapids. Police investigated after learning that state officials were checking a report that Beik told fellow St. Luke’s nurses that she’d had consensual sex with the boy. They reported the conversation to officials.