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Tuesday Afternoon News, October 29th


L.E.E.P. Announces It Will Not Hold MenuMasters For 2020

(Le Mars) — During last evening’s Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, Lynn Baumgarter, president of the Le Mars Enhanced Education Project, or L.E.E.P. announced to the school board that there will not be a MenuMaster’s event for 2020.

MenuMasters has been active for eight years. It served as the major fundraising activity for L.E.E.P. which in turn raised money for teachers to use for textbooks or other school supplies. Baumgartner says teachers have not been making many requests during the last couple of years.

Baumgartner informed the school board more than $268,000 has been raised for the Le Mars Community School District during the existence of MenuMasters, with $214,000 having been donated to the school for specific requests. She says there is still more than $60,000 in the LEEP account which will sustain any request from teachers for the next two years.
Baumgartner says they need to find a good group of ladies, or gentlemen, to take over the program. Baumgartner says she and the other organizers are sad to take a year off.



Blackout License Plates Are The State’s Most Popular Specialty Plate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new Iowa specialty license plate with white lettering over a black background is now the state’s most popular.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has issued more than 46,000 “Blackout” plates since July 1.
That makes it the state’s most popular specialty license plate,
surpassing the University of Iowa plate that 30,088 plates in circulation.
Iowa DOT officials say approximately 30% of the Blackout plates are personalized.

Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann says the blackout license plates are also popular in Plymouth County, having issued more than 300 of the new plates.

In September, the Blackout plates were so popular that some counties in the state ran out of them. The new plates cost $35 for a non-personalized, alpha-numeric plate and an additional $25 for a personalized plate.
Sitzmann says the generated revenue from the new popular license plates go to help finance road construction projects.

DOT officials say the plates have generated nearly $2 million in
revenue for road and bridge projects.



Husband Charged With Wife’s Murder

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The husband of an Iowa health care administrator has been charged with first-degree murder in her April death. Records show that 67-year-old Iowa City businessman Roy Browning, Jr. was arrested and
booked at the Johnson County Jail on Monday night. Browning is charged in the death of his wife of 42 years, JoEllen Browning, who was found dead at their home on April 5.



Man Responsible For Causing Accident By Going The Wrong Way Is Found Competent To Stand Trial

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man who allegedly caused a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 has been declared competent to stand trial.
A judge ruled that legal proceedings can continue against 32-year-old Stephen Lucore, of Iowa City. Lucore is charged with first-degree murder, vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and four counts of willful injury. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty.