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GOP Candidates Debate in Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- Seven candidates seeking the Republican Presidential nomination participated last evening in what is to be the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses.  The debate occurred in Sioux City at the Sioux City Convention Center and was nationally televised on the FOX News network.  Those participating included former Pennslyvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachettes Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Ginrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, and former Utah governor and ambassador John Huntsman.  The candidates answered questions relating to the economy, foriegn relations, immigration, and supreme court justices.

 

(LeMars) -- Fresh off of last night's debate, the candidates will be scrambling across the state trying to win support of Iowans leading up to the January 3rd caucus date.  Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is making a stop in LeMars today.  She will appear at the Family Table Restaurant at 11:30 a.m.  This marks Bachmann's third appearance at LeMars.

 

(Des Moines) -- Vision Iowa has awarded grants totaling $119,000 to help with 13 tourist attractions across the state with advertising.  Vision Iowa Spokesperson, Jessica O'Riley says four projects were given the maximum amount of $15,000. One of those projects is going to the city of Storm Lake for the indoor/outdoor water park and resort King's Pointe.

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - Two federal wildlife refuges that straddle the Missouri River north of Omaha in Iowa and Nebraska are set to open next month. DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife
refuges were damaged by flooding.


 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A panel of budget experts is adding $25 million to its projection of how much the state will collect in taxes this year.
     The Revenue Estimating Conference also in increasing next year's projection by $41.7 million.
     During its meeting Thursday, the panel agreed that Iowa's economy is slowly recovering from a deep recession.
     Holly Lyons, a member of the conference from the Legislative Services Agency, says Iowa hasn't slid back into recession as may have happened in other states. She also says Iowa's unemployment
rate remains low but that many jobs are low -paying.
    
    
     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - John Deere and Company is considering a nearly $113 million expansion at its plant in Ankeny for the production of self-propelled sprayers. The manufacturer is seeking
state incentives for the project, which would retain 400 jobs.
     The Des Moines Register reports state documents show the Moline, Illinois-based company proposes investing $35 million in the plant, nearly $33 million in equipment and $45 million in research and development. Deere is seeking almost $10 million in state tax credits for the project.
     The  Iowa Economic Development Authority will consider the expansion on Friday.
     Deere said last month its Ankeny plant increased its workforce by 25 percent, to 2,000 employees, largely on the strength of sales of the cotton harvesting, tillage and planting equipment made at the plant.
    
    
    
     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State officials have issued a safety alert about synthetic drugs that mimic pot, cocaine and other illegal drugs after several Iowa teens ended up in the emergency
room.
     The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy is urging parents to talk with their children about the potential dangers of using synthetic drugs labeled as "incense" or "potpourri." Acting Director Dale Woolery says new products may be just as harmful as the outlawed K2 and other synthetic drugs.
     The alert was issued on Thursday from the emergency room of a Des Moines hospital, where several teenagers were being treated after using synthetic drugs.

    

 

   

Holiday Stress

(Le Mars) -- Stress and depression.  We don't typically sing Christmas Carols

about either, but it's still part of the holiday season for many people.  Elissa

Meylor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Plains Area Mental Health

says that over-commitment is one of the biggest stressors during the holidays. 

Meylor recommends making a list to prioritize.

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If you're already over committed, Meylor says to think ahead and delegate.

Physically it's important to fuel your body with healthy foods, eat sweets in

moderation, get plenty of rest and keep exercising to release stress.  Meylor

says there's one simple thing to do if you start to feel the weight on your

shoulders.

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For some people holiday gatherings are a sad and frustrating time because of

life circumstances. Therapist Elissa Meylor says that being social is important,

but making sure you're around the right people without overwhelming yourself is

key.

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Another holiday downer that can get the best of us often relates to finances. 

Before you finish shopping, the American Psychological Association recommends

writing down how much you plan an spending and stick to it.

   

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