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Thursday Afternoon News, August 14

 NewLink Genetics: Ready to test Ebola vaccine
 
     UNDATED (AP) - An Iowa drug developer says it has enough doses of a possible vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus to launch an initial round of human testing.
     NewLink Genetics Chief Financial Officer Gordon Link says the timing of the trials is uncertain, but the company is receiving help from a number of sources to speed up the process.
     NewLink Genetics Corporation says the vaccine has been 100 percent effective in preventing deadly Ebola infections in non-human primates, and it acts quickly enough to show effectiveness in animals that received a typically lethal dose of the virus.
     There is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola. A current outbreak of the virus in West Africa is the biggest in history. It has killed more than 1,000 people.

 

Former Officer May Be Re-sentenced For 2008 Beating

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appeals court says a former Des Moines police officer sentenced to less than two years in prison for severely beating a man during a 2008 traffic stop should serve much longer.
     A three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Mersed Dautovic's sentence was unreasonably lenient and ordered the case returned to federal district court for resentencing.
     Guidelines placed the sentence at between 11 and 14 years but Dautovic served a year and eight months before his release in January.
     The judges say Dautovic's beating of Octavius Bonds was egregious and warrants a stiffer sentence.
     Dautovic was convicted in August 2012 of using excessive force and obstructing justice.
     His attorney says he will seek a rehearing and consider an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Historic Des Moines House Set For Demolition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 54-year-old mansion on Des Moines' south side prized by preservationists could be torn down soon after the city issued a demolition permit.
     The city issued the demolition permit for the home, which was owned by David and Liz Kruidenier. David Kruidenier was an executive at The Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. and Liz Kruidenier was an attorney and civil rights advocate.
     David Kruidenier died in 2006. His wife died in 2011.
     Preservationists say the house is a significant example of midcentury modern architecture. Steve Wilke-Shapiro, of the Des Moines Rehabbers Club, calls it a "museum of midcentury development."
     The new owners, who bought the property for $645,000, say structural problems make demolition necessary.
     Demolition could begin in a week or two.

 

North Dakota Sues Over Missouri River Flooding

  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota has become the sixth state to have residents join a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over Missouri River flood damage.
     Flooding in previous years - particularly 2011 - prompted a March lawsuit by more than 200 landowners in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
     Plaintiff's attorney Eddie Smith says some people in North Dakota have now joined the lawsuit, and many more are expected after informational meetings in Bismarck this week.
     Rural Mandan homeowner Judy Masset says the lawsuit isn't just about being compensated for damage but also about getting the corps to make flood control a priority.
     The federal government has said the corps shouldn't be blamed for major flooding on the river because the management system doesn't guarantee a flood-free zone.

 

Water Runoff Is Above Normal Levels

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Runoff continues to be above normal in the upper Missouri River basin, but it isn't leading to any flooding concerns.
     The Army Corps of Engineers says runoff above Sioux City, Iowa, in July was 33 percent above normal. Water management chief Jody Farhat says July precipitation in the region was below normal but high runoff persists in some areas because of heavy rains in June.
     The reservoir system still has three-fourths of its flood storage capacity available. Farhat says water in flood control zones will be released during the rest of the year to serve water supply needs and downstream navigation. The corps earlier announced a full-service eight-month navigation season downstream.

 

Iowa And Nebraska State Fairs Compete For Omaha Visitors

 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair's new home in Grand Island places it closer to the center of the state, but the move from Lincoln four years ago has created a potential opening for Iowa.
     Iowa State Fair organizers are working to attract visitors from Omaha, which sits halfway between Nebraska's fair in Grand Island and Iowa's in Des Moines.
     Both fairs are advertising to Omaha residents, but organizers say they aren't competing. They argue that the fairs are scheduled at different times of the month, and offer different concerts and events.
     Marla Calico of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions says fairs want to draw as many patrons as possible, but attendance alone isn't the best way to measure success. Sometimes, revenue will increase even when turnout is down.

 


 



 

 

 
 

   

Thursday News, August 14

Neunaber Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering His Mother

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - An Akron man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he killed his mother. Jonathan Neunaber entered his written plea to the murder charge Wednesday in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars, five days before his arraignment hearing.  Neunaber is being held in the Plymouth County jail pending a $100,000 bond. Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond has said Neunaber admitted to causing the death of Esther Grace Neunaber.   Both Esther and her husband, Don, were found dead at their rural Akron home on July 9th.  

 

Successful "Scoop The Loop"

(Le Mars) -- The classic cars came cruzin into Le Mars last evening for the annual "Scoop the Loop" car show and due to the nice weather, organizers believe it was one of the largest car shows. 

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Mary Reynolds serves as the coordinator for the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mainstreet program.  She recaps the evening's festivities.

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Reynolds says cars, motorcycles, and pick-up trucks from different eras and from multiple states participated in the "Scoop the Loop" program, bringing several hundred people to the Olson Cultural Events Center all interested in the nostalgic vehicles.

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Many people walked to the Olson Cultural Events Center and in so doing walked down the alleys of Le Mars, and couldn't help but notice the city's art in the alley project.  Le Mars is getting a lot of attention because of its art in the alley, and for its many murals either already in place, or those in progress.

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Flags Stolen At Hull

 HULL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of U.S. flags in the northwest Iowa city of Hull.
     The flags were missing from homes and school property on the north side of Hull.
     The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the flags were removed from poles between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.
     The sheriff's office didn't say how many flags were stolen.
      Hull is a city of about 2,100 people.

 

Adler Discusses Le Mars Work Force During Business Builder Session 

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County and the city of Le Mars have a low rate of unemployment, which according to Neil Adler, executive director with the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce and the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation can work both in favor and against a community when trying to attract businesses and enhance community economic development.  During the Business Builder session held Tuesday, Adler discussed the work force around Le Mars.

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Adler says more than 4,000 people live outside of Le Mars, but are employed here.  On the other hand, nearly 2500 people live in Le Mars, but are employed outside the community. Adler says it is a statistic that may not be negative, but certainly bears watching.

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The Chamber Executive says both the Chamber and the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation keeps an open line of communication with various businesses and industries, and are ready to assist those companies in expanding.

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The last point Adler shared with the Building Business gathering was to have a positive attitude towards your community, saying you never know who you may be visiting with, and what action may occur from your visit.

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Branstad And Hatch To Hold First Debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch are set to face off in their first debate.
     Branstad and Hatch are scheduled to meet Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. This will be the first of three debates in the race. 
     Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth nonconsecutive term and has been touting a record of job creation and tax cuts. Hatch, a longtime state lawmaker, says he could do more to boost incomes and improve services, such as education and health care. 
     Thus far, Branstad has looked stronger in the race. He remains popular in the polls and had more than $4 million in his campaign account in mid-July. Hatch had less than $200,000 at that time and had lent personal funds to the campaign.

 

Surgeon Fined For Operating On Wrong Finger Of Patient

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Medicine has fined a Mason City surgeon for operating on the wrong finger of a patient.
     The board issued a warning and imposed a $2,500 fine Wednesday on Dr. Rene Recinos. The board said in a news release that the 48-year-old Recinos errantly operated on the patient's right ring finger. The operation was supposed to be performed on the patient's right middle finger. 
     The board says Recinos realized he'd made the error. He told the patient and subsequently operated on the correct finger.
     Recinos has submitted to the board a plan that outlines what he'll do to avoid such errors in the future.
     Recinos has declined to comment on the case.
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Vandals Hit Buchanan County Home

 INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office is investigating extensive vandalism at the former Buchanan County Home near Independence.
     The vandalism was reported Tuesday, and deputies found that someone had entered the building and broken windows, door, toilets and mirrors. The vandals also used spray paint on walls, ceilings, windows and floors and destroyed furniture.
     The three-story brick building dates to 1915.
     The sheriff's office is seeking help from anyone with information about the incident.
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Davenport Police Shoot Suspect

 DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport police say a knife-wielding man shot by officers has died at a hospital.
     Police say the officers were sent around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to check a report about a man with a knife threatening another male who had barricaded himself in a bedroom. The officers entered the house and were confronted by the man with the knife.
     Police say the man didn't obey the two officers' commands that he drop the knife and then came at the officers. Both fired.
     Police say the man died later at Genesis East medical Center. 
     The names of the officers, the dead man and the man who called 911 have not been released.
     County and state officers are investigating.

 

Old Capital Dome To Get Rennovations

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa college says it wants to renovate a building's dome that was once destroyed in a fire and then reconstructed. 
     The University of Iowa plans to spend about $1.5 million to repair the Old Capitol's roof and cupola. Areas of concern include the building's metal roofing and portions of the dome's interior. 
     The Old Capital was built in 1842 and was used by lawmakers. It became the university's first permanent building in 1857 after the Legislature moved to Des Moines.
     A fire ripped through the cupola and dome in 2001. Investigators say the blaze started when workers used torches and heat guns to remove asbestos from the building.
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