Wednesday Afternoon News, June 27th
Floyd Valley Nurse Says To Stay Hydrated During Heat Wave
(Le Mars) -- Today the temperature is expected to reach the upper 90's and quite possibly the 100's. The heat index is also forecasted to be at 105 degrees. The combination of high heat and high humidity can be quite dangerous according to Floyd Valley Trauma Coordinator Mary Jo Clark.
Clark says you should wear loose fitting, and lighter colored clothes for additional comfort during hot days. She suggests to stay hydrated with water or sport drinks but stay away from the soda drinks.
The Floyd Valley Hospital official says already this summer the hospital has had a number of heat exhausion cases. She explains the symptoms for heat exhaustion.
After heat exhausion, and in extreme severe cases, heat stroke may set in.
Clark says often times a person with heat exhausion may notice it more on the second day when that person feels nausious and has flu-like symtoms.
Grass Fires Called Arson
(Le Mars) -- Another concern regarding the high temperatures is the number of fires that may start. The Le Mars Fire Department responded to six different grass fires this (Wednesday) morning. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the conditions are nearly perfect for combustion.
Schipper says he is even more concerned about the outbreak of fires since the Independence Day holiday is a week away.
The Le Mars Fire Chief is also worried about his crew during these hot days.
As for those six grass fires this morning...Schipper says he is a bit suspicious.
The fire official asks people not to disgard their cigarettes out the window while driving on a roadway.
Consolidation of Human Social Services
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A social service agency has consolidated its northeast Nebraska residential treatment facility into a Sioux City campus.
The Boys and Girls Home and Family Services location in South Sioux City has closed. Officials say there wasn't enough demand for the organization's services to support the Nebraska operation and
that Nebraska funding had been limited.
The organization provides counseling and other community services for young people.
The consolidation will cost five people their jobs.
A Dakota City, Neb., facility, the Siouxland Family Center, will remain open.
Juvenile Arrests Decline
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are crediting effective programs for a three-year decline in juvenile arrests.
A report from the Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning says juvenile arrests fell 20 percent from 2007 to 2010. Adult arrests fell 7 percent over the same period.
Between 2004 and 2007, arrests of minors rose by almost 14
percent. The report says the decline means fewer youths are committing crimes and illustrates the effectiveness of research-based approaches in reducing crime.
The report also says the number of juveniles tried in adult courts dropped to 446 in 2011 from 521 in 2008.