Tuesday Afternoon News, August 14
Sheriff Employee Association Meets With Supervisors
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Employee Association, represented by Communications Center Supervisor Kirk Hatting and Sergarent Rick Singer met before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning to discuss terms for a new three-year contract.
The Sheriff's Employee Association is asking for a 6 percent raise in pay for the duration of the contract. Hatting says the supervisors appeared to be understanding of the issue.
One issue that was discussed was the payment of overtime and incentive pay given during the time of severe weather warnings.
The supervisors and sheriff's employee association will meet again within the next few weeks to reach an agreement.
Sioux City Council Changes Zoning For Land-Based Casino
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City is moving ahead with plans for a land-based casino.
The City Council on Monday approved changing city code to allow a casino to be built in the downtown area to replace a riverboat casino.
Iowa legalized riverboat gambling in 1989 and land-based casinos in 2007, but Sioux City zoning codes were never updated
The city has created a 462-acre district, and a new casino would have to be built within the zone.
The nonprofit partner that holds Woodbury County's gambling license is accepting proposals for a land-based casino. State gambling regulators recently put the license up for grabs after months of talks failed between the nonprofit group and the owner of the riverboat. The deadline for casino applications is Nov. 1.
USD Masters Programs Deemed "Affordable"
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A website says the University of South Dakota's online master's degrees in education are affordable and good.
The GetEducated.com site rates online university course offerings. Its founder, Vicky Phillips, says several University of South Dakota online master's courses in education get a "Best Buy" rating from the site.
The website says the overall cost of the university's master's degrees in education was about $16,700.
Phillips says that puts the online degrees in the top 20 percent in the country for affordability.
Iowa Cold Cases Material Removed From Website
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit group credited with raising awareness about Iowa's unsolved homicides says it is removing material about several cases from its website written by one of its
Iowa Cold Cases Founder and President Jody Ewing says she agreed to remove case summaries, articles and blog posts written by former vice president Nancy Bowers to avoid an expensive copyright
Ewing says Bowers was removed from her position on the group's board in June for what she called unprofessional behavior.
Bowers then formed a similar website about Iowa's unsolved murders, and her attorney demanded that Iowa Cold Cases remove more than 330 items of her work.
Ewing says she plans to seek to have Bowers' new website taken down, calling it a copycat site.
Bowers declined an interview request.