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King And Mowrer Face Off In Debate

(Storm Lake) -- The candidates seeking the 4th District Congressional seat met for what appears will be their one and only debate.  Republican Steve King and Democrat Jim Mowrers faced off in Storm Lake at Buena Vista University last evening during a debate hosted by Iowa Public Television. 
The two major party candidates engaged in a bit of verbal combat Democrat Jim Mowrer (MOW-er, rhymes with "power") of Boone critized Congressman Steve King of Kiron for suggesting the American soldiers being sent into west Africa to deal with the Ebola epidemic should be volunteers, since Ebola is a "silent killer."

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After the debate, King told reporters Mowrer's remark was an act of "desperation."

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Mowrer accused King of inciting panic about Ebola.

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King, meanwhile, challenged claims in one of Mowrer's ads that King had voted to raise his own pay "by 20-thousand a year."*

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Last night's (Thursday's) debate aired live on Iowa Public Television and is the only face-to-face meeting of the two candidates this election season. The fourth district is the state's largest, geographically, covering 39 counties in northwest and north central Iowa.

 

Ernst Says No To Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has cancelled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board. Ernst spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel issued a statement saying the Register's recent editorials make the newspaper's position "perfectly clear."  The paper has run several editorial pieces criticizing Ernst's policy positions.

 

Remsen-Union And MMC School Boards Approve To Discuss Whole Grade Sharing

(Remsen) -- Approval to continue to investigate whole grade sharing between the Remsen-Union and the Marcus Merriden Cleghorn school districts was approved last evening by both school boards.  Administrators at Remsen-Union and Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn schools will create the framework for a cost-saving plan to share facilities, teachers, and other resources as part of the proposal which will involve eliminating a high school and a middle school.  The proposal comes as both schools face declining enrollment and a troubled financial outlook.

 

Le Mars Residents Reminded Of Odd/Even Parking 

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the new ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months.  The city council approved the new ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st.  Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow.  Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance.  He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight.  Violators of the parking ordinance will face a fine of $25. The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.

 

Sioux City Police Investigate Motorcycle Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that happened on Thursday evening near the South Lewis Blvd and Gordon Drive intersection.  Upon arrival, police saw a Big Dog motorcycle located in the intersection.  Preliminary information has revealed that a motorcycle was traveling north on South Lewis in the passing lane and had made a lane change to pass another vehicle and when doing so, the motorcycle veered off the roadway to the left and struck the curb causing the rider to lose control of the motorcycle.  The driver was transported t Mercy Trauma Care in Sioux City where the driver is undergoing tests and is being tended to for serious head trauma.  The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as 33 year old Colin Engel of Sioux City.

 

University Presidents Call For More Analysis In Study

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The presidents of Iowa's three public universities are calling for more analysis before moving forward with cost-saving plans to restructure administrative jobs.
     The presidents told the Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday that they need more specifics on how recommendations by Deloitte Consulting would be implemented.
     Deloitte recommended earlier this month that the universities restructure their human resources, information technology and finance staffs. Those functions could be performed at a college level rather than in individual departments.
     The consultant says the schools cut could up to 250 jobs through attrition and retirements in coming years by changing the way work is performed, saving millions of dollars. Deloitte is also recommending using fewer desktop computers and printers.
     The regents are scheduled to vote on whether to implement the plans next month.

    

  



 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, October 23

Remsen-Union And MMC School Boards To Discuss Whole Grade Sharing

(Remsen) -- Tonight, the school boards from Remsen-Union school district and the Marcus-Merriden-Cleghorn school district will meet separately to vote on whether negotiations should continue in pursuit of a possible whole grade sharing program.  Superintendent Jan Brandhorst says the Iowa Department of Education requires advance notification as to whether the two school districts wish to examine the feasibility of whole grade sharing for the next academic school year.  He says declining enrollment for both districts is driving the discussion.

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Brandhorst says a second vote will be taken later in the school year.

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The two separate school districts have already entered some mutually beneficial programs of sharing, including middle school athletics and Brandhorst' positon of superintendent for both school districts.

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The school superintendent talks about the two communities sentiments and even fears toward the possibility of sharing programs.
 
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Odd/Even Parking To Begin On November 1st

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the new ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months.  The city council approved the new ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st.  Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow.  Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance.  He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight.  The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.

 

Sioux City Children's Museum Breaks Ground

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Children's Museum of Siouxland in Sioux City has broken ground after a decade of planning. 
     A crowd gathered on Wednesday for the ceremony at the downtown location where children ceremoniously shovel dirt. The museum is intended to provide interactive learning experiences for children ages 6 months to 10 years. 
     Officials say the $7 million museum is slated for a summer 2015 opening. It was awarded a $900,000 state grant in April.
     The demolition on the building that the museum will replace is ongoing.

    

Amazon To Refund Money To Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Online retailor Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service.
     The state Attorney General's Office says the agreement means Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Services LLC will give $122,000 in refunds and credits to Iowa customers. 
     State officials say a free shipping promotion enrolled Iowa customers in a free trial of the Amazon Prime subscription service. Its annual $99 membership fee offers shipping discounts, streaming video and other features.
     Customers who didn't cancel during the free-trial period were shifted to regular Prime memberships.
     The agreement requires that Amazon comply with state law aimed at making the enrollment process for club memberships clear. As part of the deal, Amazon denies any wrongdoing or liability. The company will contact qualifying customers for refunds and credits.

 

Regent Board Members Want A Tuition Freeze

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Key members of the governing board of Iowa's three public universities say they want to table a proposed 1.75 percent tuition increase and freeze rates for the third year.
     In a surprise, three members of the Iowa Board of Regents said they supported the freeze for in-state students Thursday. The nine-member board will vote on the plan in December.
     Their statements came as the regents considered a plan to raise the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
     The board froze tuition rates for the previous two school years, for the first time since the 1970s.
     The proposed increase would have covered the expected cost of inflation and generated $14.5 million in new revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

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