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Regional News for 1/29
(2008-01-29)
(kwit) -
In Iowa...


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Culver says there's no reason
for Iowans to fear the current economic situation.
During a Statehouse news conference yesterday, Culver says
Iowa's economy is strong. He also says the state has a 600 million
dollar cash reserve and is prepared for any "foreseeable rainy
day."
Culver and other governors are lobbying federal lawmakers to
include more direct aid to states in an economic stimulus package
in Congress.
However, some Republican lawmakers say Culver, a Democrat, isn't
doing enough at the state level. They plan to unveil a broader
economic plan this week that proposes a reduction in state payroll
taxes and cuts a spending increase in the governor's budget by 3
percent.
GOP leaders say they were glad to hear Culver said he'd support
a bill that would ensure the state won't tax federal rebates.




DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State health officials are examining
potential links between an outbreak of a rare respiratory illness
and the governor's mansion.
The Polk County Health Department and the Iowa Department of
Public Health have been looking into an outbreak of histoplasmosis.
It's caused by a fungus often found in soil with significant
quantities of bird droppings or bat feces.
Patty Quinlisk is the state medical director. She says the state
had linked some people who had contracted histoplasmosis to an
event at the Terrace Hill on November 29th.
Most people who contract histoplasmosis have only mild symptoms
such as a cough or chest pains. For people with weak immune systems
it can cause longterm problems.
Officials say there's no danger of it spreading from person to
person.
State health officials would like anyone who visited Terrace
Hill on November 29th to contact them at (866) 923-1089 for a
health screening and any necessary follow up. Quinlisk says an
American Lung Association event took place at Terrace Hill on the
night in question.




DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines woman is accusing the
Iowa Christian Alliance of overstepping its tax exempt status by
allowing a presidential campaign supporter to use its resources.
Stacey Cargill, a Republican activist, filed the complaint with
the Federal Elections Commission. She says the group's president,
Steve Scheffler, let a supporter of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt
Romney use the alliance's office and membership database in
December.
Scheffler says the alliance did not endorse any candidate. But
he says he had allowed Marlene Elwell, a Romney supporter from
Michigan, to use the group's office for about two days. He says he
also referred Elwell to about 25 Iowa social conservatives.
Scheffler says he would have done the same for supporters of any
campaign if they'd requested.
The federal commission says it received Cargill's letter
yesterday and would consider the complaint.




SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Arraignments are scheduled for two Sioux
City men facing murder charges.
Samuel Wright and Jeremy Williams are accused in the shooting
death of Zachary Cooper, whose body authorities found earlier this
month on a rural road southeast of Lawton.
Wright and Williams were formally charged Monday with
first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree
murder, according to a copyright story in The Sioux City Journal.
Arraignments for both men are set for Feb. 4 in Woodbury County
District Court.



In Nebraska...


NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - A hotel chain based in Norfolk is
expanding.
Supertel Hospitality recently bought 10 more hotels in Kentucky,
South Dakota and Wisconsin. The company already owns 125 hotels in
24 states across the country.
Supertel's hotels are in the economy sector and some offer
extended-stay options.
Supertel says it spent 21.8 million dollars to buy the new
hotels from Musselman Hotels II.
Supertel's chairman Paul Shulte says the hotels were all
attractively priced and in good shape.
Supertel bought 27 hotels last year before this latest
acquisition.




LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska Medical Center's
College of Dentistry expects to provide $100,000 in services --
free of charge -- to hundreds of children this week.
The one-day Children's Dental Day event will be held Friday at
the college in Lincoln.
The event is being held in conjunction with Children's Dental
Health Month, celebrated in February.
Two-hundred children from Lexington, Grand Island, Hastings,
Madison, Columbus, Norfolk and Lincoln are expected to be served.
They are being bused to the college.
Services provided will include cleanings, fluoride treatments,
sealants, cavity fillings, education and emergency care as needed.
Last year during a similar event, nearly 500 children received more
than $200,000 worth of services.



In South Dakota...


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has killed a bill
that would have given landowners special big-game licenses that
they could have given or sold to hunters.
The bill was rejected on a vote of 10-25 after opponents said it
could lead to the increased commercialization of hunting in South
Dakota.
SB96 would have allowed each landowner with at least 320 acres
of land to get one license that could go to a resident or
nonresident hunter chosen by the landowner.
Supporters say landowners would mostly use the licenses to let
relatives or friends hunt on their farms and ranches. They say a
landowner-sponsored license would repay farmers and ranchers for
damage caused by deer and other animals.




PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state House committee has approved a bill
that would make a major change in the way farmland is valued for
property tax purposes.
HB1005 would value agricultural land based on its ability to
produce agricultural income.
Supporters say the current system of basing assessments on the
selling price of comparable property is broken. The proposed new
system would be put in place after studies were completed on
details of the plan.
County assessors from across the state say they oppose the
measure because they would rather continue using the current
valuation system.




SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The trial of a prison inmate charged
with killing two Vermillion girls 37 years ago has been delayed a
week.
David Lykken (LIHK'-uhn) was to stand trial starting March 18 in
Elk Point on six alternate counts of murder for the May 1971
disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson.
But according to a court document, his lawyers asked for an
extension and the prosecutor agreed, so it will now start March 25.
In another court order filed Monday, Judge Steven Jensen said
defense lawyers and investigators should be allowed to interview
staff members at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.
Lykken is serving 225 years for an unrelated kidnapping and rape
conviction.




SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two outdoor groups are getting $1
million to buy grassland easements in the Dakotas.
Wal-Mart stores is providing $700,000. The National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation is giving $300,000.
It will be split between Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited
to buy easements so prairie grasslands can't be plowed up.
Pheasants Forever will use its portion in South Dakota. Ducks
Unlimited will use its grant money in North Dakota.




PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The current $8,000 limit on recoveries in
small claims court in South Dakota may be increased to account for
inflation.
A bill getting a unanimous nod Monday in the House Judiciary
Committee would set the limit at $12,000.
Rep. Richard Engels of Hartford says HB1122 is needed because
many damage claims now exceed $8,000 and people have to hire
lawyers in those cases to go to circuit court.
He says setting the small claims limit at $12,000 would allow
people to collect a higher level of damages without the expense of
lawyers.
People can represent themselves in small claims court.
The bill now goes to the full House.


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