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Hartington-Newcastle - 10 a.m. start

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge - CLOSED

Menno - 2 hours late

Northeast Community College - 10 a.m. start

Ponca - 2 hours late

Santee Headstart - CLOSED

Santee - CLOSED

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Local News

April 17, 2015
Missouri River Events Planned for May 2nd, Bird Flu Could Become Widespread
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April 17, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

April 16, 2015
Missing Inmate Turns Self In, Accident at Dakota Dome Construction Site, Thune Finances Revealed
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April 16, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

April 15, 2015
Nebraska Considers Minimum Wage, Bird Flu Strikes Iowa, South Dakota National Guard to Hold Food Drive
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April 14, 2015
Yankton City Commission Considers Appropriate Waste Disposal, a Potential Rail Authority and Funding the World Youth Archery Championships; President Obama to Visit Watertown.
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April 14, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

April 13, 2015
City Council/Commission and School Boards to Meet Tonight, Service Members Protest New South Dakota Bill
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April 11, 2015
Timeline Set for Vermillion Pool, Yankton Summer Brochure Released
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April 10, 2015
Yankton Chief of Police Updates Status on Search for Lincoln Hilt, Highway 50 Work Delayed
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April 10, 2015 - Pier's Points

 

April 9, 2015
Yankton County Commission Explores Rail Authority, Opponents Push Against Election Laws
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April 8, 2015
Yankton County Commission and Yankton Area Progressive Growth to Look into Rail Yard, South Dakota Gas Prices Rise Slightly
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April 7, 2015
Search Continues For Lincoln Hilt On Missouri River, Yankton County Commission Meeting Preview
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April 6, 2015
Vermillion City Council to Consider Day Care Ordinance, University Of South Dakota Student Organizations Receive Honors
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April 4, 2015
Governor Daugaard Recaps South Dakota Session, Senator Lederman Resigns
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April 3, 2015
South Dakota Board Of Regents Approves Tuition Increase, Proposed Nebraska Budget Includes Property Tax Relief
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April 2, 2015
Onward Yankton Announces Search For Next Big Idea, New Speed Limits Go Into Effect On South Dakota Interstates
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April 1, 2015
Yankton City Manager Amy Nelson Speaks At Business Community Prayer Breakfast, South Dakota Gas Prices Remain Stable
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Community Calendar

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LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation announces Memorial Park Pool will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29 and close for the season on Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. The Summit Activities Center pool will be available on May 18-28 for open swim. Please call the Summit Activities Center for specific open swim times. Listed below are the summer hours, rates for Memorial Pool, and pool pass information. Pool passes are on sale now at the SAC.
Memorial Pool
Daily Pool Hours
12:30-8:00 pm
Family/Adult Swim
Thursday & Sunday Evenings: 6:00-8:00 pm
Buck Night
Wednesday & Saturday Evenings: 5:00-8:00pm
Memorial Pool Daily Passes
Family (Immediate Family Only) - $10.00
Adults (18 & Over) - $6.00
Youth (17 & Under) - $5.00
Yankton Summer Season Pool Pass
Family - $90.00 (SAC Discount - $70.00)
Individuals - $45.00 (SAC Discount - $35.00)

• Severe Weather Awareness Week is coming up in April 20-24 2015. Yankton County will be testing the storm sirens in Yankton County on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in conjunction Severe Weather Awareness Week. This will allow residents, and business to participate in were there safe areas are, meeting places after the event, check on their emergency supplies, and so on. The Mock Exercise will begin at 10:00 am. The national weather service will issue a mock tornado watch. Then at 10:15 the will issue a Mock Tornado Warning in which the sirens will be blown. They will run for the full 3 minutes. Also we will have Todd Heitkamp of the National weather service presenting the Severe Weather Awareness training on April 23, 2015, 7:00 pm CDT at Yankton Fire Station #2, 201 West 23rd Street Yankton, SD. Everyone is welcome.

• Attention youth football parents: Register now for Yankton Area’s 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th grade fall tackle football in the South Dakota Junior Football league. You can register in person on two different dates. Monday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 2nd, 10 a.m. to noon, both at Yankton’s Summit Activities Center, or you can register online at sdjuniorfootball.com. All registration must be done May 3rd to avoid a late fee.

• Yankton School District is in the process of applying for federal funding for the 2013-14 school year under the Leave No Child Behind Act of 2001. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 13, 2002, the statute contains several “titles,” two of which are applicable to a district of our size:
Title I, Part A = Reading Recovery
Title II, Part A = Improving teacher quality to fund staff development activities
A major focus in this legislation is parental, student, and community participation in the planning and designing of programs funded using federal education dollars. Please log onto the following web site the week of Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 19 to complete this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/consolidatedgrant.

• PRIDE Training will be offered in Yankton for those interested in foster/adoptive parent training. The dates of the program will be May 16, 30, June 6, 13, and 16. The class is free of charge and a total of 30 hours. The location is the Technical Education Center in Yankton. For additional information and to RSVP please contact Jody Paulsen at (605) 857-1578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

• The Yankton Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Programs Brochure is now available on the www.cityofyankton.org website and may also be picked up at the Summit Activities Center. You may register online for activities directly from the City of Yankton’s website. You can view, register, and submit payment for a variety of summer programs and activities. It is quick and easy, and you will receive immediate registration confirmation via e-mail. Current Summit Activities Center members may register at the SAC on Monday, April 20 during regular business hours. Online registration for the general public begins on April 21 at 11:00 a.m. All online registrations must be paid with a major credit or debit card. For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD 57078. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department on their Facebook page.

• Yankton County Parents as Teachers will be offering the Bright Start Responsive Parenting Class for parents or guardians of children from birth to three years of age. The class will seek to explain how to match a parent’s expectations with the child’s developmental stage and temperament. The class will also examine early childhood development, age appropriate activities, discipline, stress management, and the appropriate parental response to the children. The 12 hour classes will be April 18 and 25 and will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Any questions can be directed to Deanna, Coordinator/Educator, Yankton County Parents as Teachers, (605) 661-4833.

• Bede Art Gallery Exhibit “Naked Pottery” – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Mount Marty College; 1105 W 8th Street; Yankton. Runs March 30-31, April 1-3, 6-10, 13-16.

• The Yankton Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2015 Women’s and Coed Sand Volleyball Leagues and Coed Softball Leagues. Deadline for team registrations, rosters, and fees is Friday, May 8. Team registration forms and rules are available at the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street or on the City of Yankton web site at www.cityofyankton.org. For further information, call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook page.

• Representative Kristi Noem is accepting applications for spring internships in her Washington, D.C. office, as well as in her offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown. Student interns in Representative Noem’s office will assist staff with various constituent service and communications projects, as well as assist with legislative research. Both South Dakota and Washington, D.C., internships provide students with first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the countless other functions of a congressional office. College students who are interested in interning in any of Representative Noem’s offices should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 20. For more information, contact Christiana Frazee at (202) 225-2801.

• The Annual Youth Art Exhibit with run at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery in Yankton (508 Douglas Avenue) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. March 12 – 14, 16 – 21, 23 – 31, April 1-4, 6-11, 13-14.

• The Riverboat Days Board of Directors is looking for input on a theme as well as Captain and Belle nominations for this year. Anyone with ideas for a theme can submit them in an email and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Captain and Belle nominations should be a short paragraph explaining why the couple has been nominated and can also be submitted by email or mailed to PO Box 483, Yankton, SD, 57078.

• The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring. The first class will be held April 17-19, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30pm. The second class will be held May 8-10, 2015 with the Pre-test on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30pm. Class times for each course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing. Registration begins immediately. Participants may register online at www.cityofyankton.org or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center. Cost for the training will be $140.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. There is an online portion of the class and participants will be required to do online learning prior to class. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed. Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends. Prerequisites are: Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only. Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.
Class One Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 17: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 18: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 19: 8 am – 8 pm
Class Two Course Schedule:
Prerequisite Swim Test: Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm
Friday, May 8: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 9: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 10: 8 am – 8 pm
For further information, please call (605) 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD. Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2015

Sunday, April 12 – Saturday, April 18
During National Library Week, the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street, will take part in a nationwide celebration of libraries with the theme Unlimited Possibilities @ your libraryTM. On Monday, April 13, the Proclamation for National Library Week will be read at the City Commission meeting by Mayor Dave Carda and accepted by library director Kathy Wibbels. The library invites you all week long to take part in events. For more information, contact the library at (605) 668-5276.

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19
University of South Dakota Healthcare Careers Camp – For more information about the camp or to download an application, please go to www.usd.edu/medical-school/health-careers-camp.cfm or contact Kathy Van Kley with the Sanford School of Medicine at (605) 658-6329 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application deadline is Wednesday, April 1.

Thursday, April 16 – Monday, April 27
"Seussical", University of South Dakota Department of Theatre. Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; Vermillion. For more information call (605) 677-5400 or visit www.usd.edu/theatre.

Saturday, April 18
Mount Marty College Student Nurse Association Fun Run & 5k – Registration 8:30 a.m., Start time 9 a.m. $5 child, $10 student, $15 adult.

McGovern Day – South Dakota Democratic Party; Holiday Inn City Center; 100 W 8th St.; Sioux Falls.

Children’s Fishing Derby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Gavins Points National Fish Hatchery. Children 5 – 12 will fish for Rainbow trout in the hatchery’s ponds. All events are free.

Sunday, April 19
Special Olympics Polar Plunge – 1 p.m.; Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; East Midway Boat Ramp; Yankton.

Monday, April 20
Long Term Care Educational Session hosted by the South Dakota Department of Social Services – 2 p.m.; Yankton Public Library; 515 Walnut St.; Yankton.

Interested in learning about making homemade noodles? Join the Czech Heritage Preservation Society members at the Tabor Legion hall on Monday, April 20th. The noodle making process will start at 9:00 AM. If you prefer not using the old fashioned method of everything done by hand, bring your heavy duty mixers and noodle making machines. Donations of flour, vegetable oil or eggs are appreciated. Bring a food item for pot-luck lunch and enjoy the day.

Avera Sports Yankton will host an informational presentation at 6 p.m. in the Avera Professional Office Pavilion Amphitheater. This will be an opportunity for athletes, coaches and parents to learn more about the Avera Sports Yankton Summer Performance Programs and other year-round services. There is no cost to attend.

Know Your Farmer Dinner – 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; The Red Steakhouse; Vermillion.

Tuesday, April 21
Yankton Boy Scout Troop 102 Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Feed – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church; 403 Broadway; Yankton. Adults & Youth $5, Children under 5 free. Tickets available from any Troop 102 Scout or at the door.

International Diversity Training – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The 3 p.m. session will be on religion and healthcare while the 5 p.m. session will be on retail and law.

Vermillion Career and Technical Education Open House – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Located at the new building on the south campus- behind the high school. Food and drink will be provided by Mrs. Armbrust’s Food and Wellness class.

Ribbon Cutting – 10:30 a.m.; Schwan’s; 2112 West City Limits Road; Yankton.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Health Needs Assessment Focus Group – 7 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Professional Office Pavilion Conference Room Number 1; Yankton.

Wednesday, April 22
International Diversity Training – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Regional Technical Education Center; 1200 W 21st Street; Yankton. The session will discuss hospitality, lodging and restaurants.

Thursday, April 23
Mount Marty College Noon Forum – 12 p.m.; South Dining Room of Roncalli; free and open to the public. Sr. Cynthia Binder, Dr. Rich Lofthus, Dr. James Sullivan and MMC Students, “Europe Trip: WWII and the Liberation of France”

Severe Weather Awareness training – 7 p.m.; Yankton Fire Station #2; 201 West 23rd Street; Yankton.

Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25
Yankton College Board of Trustees annual Spring Board Meeting – Summit Activities Center; Yankton. For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

Job Search Assistance Program – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1024 W Cherry Street; Vermillion. Parties interested in attending (including those from the North Sioux City area) should register by calling (605) 677-6900 before 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Additional information at www.sdjobs.org.

Friday, April 24
Ribbon Cutting – Twist of Pine – 10 a.m.; Yankton.

USD Choirs & Brass Choir present Stephen Yarbrough’s Everlasting Is His Love – 7:30 p.m.; Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall; USD Campus; Vermillion.

Sunday, April 26
Get Up and Play: Lancer Day at MMC – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Cimpl Arena. All Yankton third, fourth, and fifth grade students (public and private) are invited to participate in this free event.

Tuesday, April 28
Ribbon Cutting – EconoLodge; 611 W 23rd Street; Yankton.

“Carmina Burana” – 7:30 p.m.; Marian Auditorium; Mount Marty College; Yankton. A free will donation will be taken at the door.

Yankton Community Blood Drive – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Benedictine Center; 501 Summit; Yankton.

Wednesday, April 29
For King and Country – 7 p.m.; Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.

Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day – Sponsored by River City Domestic Violence Center.

Thursday, April 30
Ribbon Cutting – Weston A. Price Foundation; The Chamber Office; 803 W 4th Street; Yankton.

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3
Still Life with Iris by Steven Dietz – High School Performing Arts Center – Vermillion. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and admission is free to those with a Vermillion School District activity card.

Monday, May 4
The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a range of Customer Service Training seminars with David Aker, an internationally recognized Motivational Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Author in Customer Service, Leadership and Communication.

Tuesday, May 5
Ribbon Cutting – Legacy Studio; 217 3rd Street; Yankton.

Friday, May 8
2015 RiverWalk Gala and Artist Celebration; The Old Mill; 106 Capitol Street; Yankton. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Social and Appetizers, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Music, 7 p.m. Artist Introduction. Tickets $30 per person. Tickets are available at South Dakota Magazine, the HyVee customer desk and by calling (605) 660-5989.

Saturday, May 9
The Yankton letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items. City and rural postal customers in Yankton, Mission Hill, Utica, and Gayville should place their food donation by their mailbox in the morning and a carrier or volunteer will pick it up. Non-food items such as soap, paper products, and diapers will also be accepted.

Wednesday, May 13
Mount Marty College Golf Classic – Hillcrest Country Club; Yankton. To register for the event or for more information visit www.mtmc.edu/golfclassic or contact event organizer Shannon Viereck at (605) 668-1542 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, June 2 – Thursday, June 4
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Tuesday, June 9 – Thursday, June 11
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Becoming an Outdoor Family – This program teaches skills for a lifetime of outdoor recreation. As part of the program fee, you’ll get an electrical campsite for two nights, instruction in several outdoor skills classes, and use of program equipment. It’s a great opportunity for beginning camping families or those experienced families who want to expand their outdoor skills. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area; Yankton. $75 per family. Saturday, June 27
Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day - Mount Marty College. The admissions Office at Mount Marty college will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty. For more information on Blue and Gold Campus Visit Days, or to register, visitwww.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

Saturday, July 11
The Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle, a 50-mile race for kayaks and canoes on the Missouri National Recreational River. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 14 – Thursday, July 16
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Monday, July 20
Sheri Ellis Golf Social

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area Fun Camp – A free, fun 2-hour event for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 10. Pick one of four 3-day sessions which will include exciting and educational games, stories, songs, crafts, nature talks, hikes, and hands-on exploration. 4 – 6 year old session – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day. 7 – 10 year old session – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Registration opens April 6. For registration information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the park office at (605) 668-2985 ext. 0.

Tuesday, September 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 13
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Tuesday, December 8
Yankton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer

Iowa News

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer says the country's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years and it could be devastating. Dr. John Clifford spoke Thursday in Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that led to the deaths of over 2 million turkeys and chickens in the Midwest since early March. Clifford says that while new cases should drop close to zero once the weather warms up and kills off the H5N2 virus, there's "very likely" to be a resurgence this fall when the wild waterfowl that are natural carriers of avian influenza fly south for the winter. He says government and industry need to use the lull to learn and prepare.

Google seeks $1 billion expansion of Council Bluffs center
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Google Inc. wants to expand its Council Bluffs data center spending an additional $1 billion and doubling the size of its staff to 70. The California company is asking the state for an additional $19.8 million in tax refunds bringing its total tax incentives to more than $36 million. The company received nearly $17 million in tax incentives to build the first phase of its data center in exchange for a promise to employ 35 people. Google's total investment in Iowa will come to around $2 billion. The Iowa Economic Development Authority is to consider the project expansion Friday. Microsoft is spending about $2 billion to build two data centers in West Des Moines and Facebook has invested about $1 billion in two Altoona data centers.

Iowa native named to lead The Des Moines Register
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gannett Co. has hired an Iowa native as president and publisher of The Des Moines Register. The media company announced Thursday that David Chivers would lead the Register, the state's largest news gathering organization. The 39-year-old Chivers was born and raised in Des Moines, and his first job was delivering the Register. He replaces Rick Green, who is now president and publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Chivers also will have strategic and financial oversight of the Iowa City Press-Citizen, St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Springfield News-Leader in Missouri and The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Chivers most recently worked as chief digital officer at Jostens, which sells yearbooks and class rings. He's also worked at The Wall Street Journal and Meredith Corporation.

Lab worker says ex-lawmaker's DNA found in wife's room
GARNER, Iowa (AP) — A lab worker says the DNA of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia was found on her quilt and bed sheets, but not on the woman's clothing. Amy Pollpeter, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab employee, said Thursday that she tested for 78-year-old Henry Rayhons' DNA in samples taken from his wife's room at a Garner nursing home. Rayhons, accused of having sex with his wife in May after being told his wife was no longer mentally capable of consenting, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. Pollpeter testified that her testing wasn't able to determine how old stains on the sheet or quilt were, which Rayhons' defense attorney says had previously been on the married couple's bed.

Des Moines appeals directive to remove traffic camera
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Des Moines has appealed an Iowa Department of Transportation order to remove its automated speed camera. City Attorney John Lester filed the appeal Thursday seeking a reversal of the department's March 17 directive to uninstall the camera on Interstate 235, a highway that runs through Des Moines. According to a DOT report, Des Moines' camera location had a low crash rate before the cameras went up, contrary to rules dictating that cameras target "high-crash or high-risk locations." But the appeal claims the site has the highest level of traffic flow in the state and complies with DOT regulations. Iowa is the only state in the nation that allows the permanent installation of cameras along interstate roads or highways managed by the state.

Cedar Rapids police search for suspect in nonprofit burglary
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are searching for a suspect in a burglary at a Cedar Rapids nonprofit. Cedar Rapids spokesman Greg Buelow said Thursday that the burglary occurred Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Polk Unit. Police say the suspect broke into the building and stole electronics and the Boys and Girls Club van. While inside, authorities say the suspect urinated and defecated on sporting equipment. No arrests have been made in the case. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has released surveillance footage and photos of the suspect.

Survey suggests economy slowing in rural areas of 10 states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University's Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March's 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes range between 0 and 100. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong U.S. dollar continues to hurt exports of agriculture and energy products. And demand for farmland remains weak, so land prices are declining. The farm equipment sales index sits at 15.6, up slightly from March's 15.2, but well below the neutral level of 50. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

NYC Mayor visits Iowa to talk about income inequality
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling income disparity a "profound challenge facing our country." De Blasio appeared Thursday at Drake University in Iowa the invitation of former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. He spoke before about 50 people. Among his proposals to address income inequality were raising the minimum wage and offering paid sick leave to all workers. De Blasio is seeking to be a voice for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, alongside U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts. His efforts to raise his national profile include making a play for the 2016 Democratic National Convention and hosting a meeting of liberals at the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion, this month. The first-term mayor took heat this week for not immediately endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

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Nebraska News

Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs. A bill to repeal the death penalty won first-round approval from lawmakers Thursday. Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto. Two additional votes are required, and death penalty supporters are still working to block the legislation. This year, the measure has won support from a coalition of Republicans who say the death penalty costs too much and the state doesn't even have the drugs to kill those on death row. Nebraska last executed someone in 1997. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, has fought for four decades years to abolish capital punishment.

Survey suggests economy slowing in rural areas of 10 states
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University's Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March's 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes range between 0 and 100. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong U.S. dollar continues to hurt exports of agriculture and energy products. And demand for farmland remains weak, so land prices are declining. The farm equipment sales index sits at 15.6, up slightly from March's 15.2, but well below the neutral level of 50. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Police chief faces charge, accused of not pursuing case
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska police chief accused of not pursuing a case against another city employee has been charged with obstructing government operations. The charge against Sidney Police Chief Byron "B.J." Wilkinson Jr. was filed by Doug Warner, an assistant attorney general. He's been named special prosecutor at the request of Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub. Sidney City Manager Gary Person says the allegation against Wilkinson stems from an allegation against city Public Works Director John Hehnke, whom Warner has charged with viewing a person in a state of undress and with disturbing the peace. Wilkinson and Hehnke didn't immediately return phone calls Thursday from The Associated Press. Online court records don't list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment for them about the allegations.

Omaha man gets 3 years in prison, $91K fine in online scam
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to return $91,000 he stole in an online scam. The Omaha World-Herald reports 42-year-old David Roberts was sentenced Wednesday on one count of wire fraud, with nine counts of the same charge dropped. According to his plea agreement, Roberts wrote fake checks for online purchases of services and products. Once each check was mailed, Roberts requested the sellers wire back a portion of his payment and disappeared with that money before they realized the checks weren't real. He received over $91,000 from 55 wire transfers in an eight-month period. At his sentencing hearing, Roberts told a judge he had nothing to say. He was ordered to report to a federal prison facility May 18.

Lincoln store owner, worker sentenced in food stamp fraud
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A store owner and his employee have been sentenced in connection with a scheme to buy food stamp cards from homeless people in Lincoln. The Lincoln Journal Star reports 40-year-old Jose Banos and 48-year-old Juan Garivay were sentenced Wednesday to probation and 180 days in jail on theft by deception charges. Authorities say Garivay bought food stamp numbers from people at a Lincoln homeless shelter. Banos then entered them into his store's credit card machine for hundreds of dollars in fake grocery purchases and took the money for himself and Garivay. According to court records, the two had been running false transactions since 2010. Garivay's attorney previously called it a one-time, "unfortunate" incident. Banos and Garivay have paid $60,000 in restitution. Their jail terms begin April 21.

Lincoln sex offender accused of child enticement
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln sex offender has been arrested after authorities say he attempted to entice a Bellevue boy. The Bellevue Police Department said Thursday that 48-year-old Robert John Heist II is charged with child enticement by an electronic communication device. Police arrested Heist following a report about a potential child enticement crime last month involving an internet dating site. Undercover communication revealed Heist's identity and location. Online court records don't list an attorney for Heist who could comment on the charges. If convicted, Heist faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Heist is a lifetime registered sex offender as a result of convictions in California.

Accidental fall blamed for Kearney death of Hastings man
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Hastings man whose body was found in a Kearney alley accidentally fell from a fire escape. A passer-by found the body of 51-year-old Craig Demoor a little before 6 p.m. on April 7. Police said Thursday that investigators think Demoor fell from one of the escapes attached to one of the buildings that line the alley. Police say a crime isn't suspected in Demoor's death. Preliminary autopsy results show that he died of blunt force trauma consistent with a fall. Toxicology reports haven't been completed.

DeWitt man died in Gage County crash, authorities say
CLATONIA, Neb. (AP) — A 22-year-old DeWitt man has been killed in a rollover crash that occurred in southeast Nebraska's Gage County. Authorities say Jacob Bridges was driving his sport utility vehicle north on a county road Tuesday evening when the SUV went out of control about a mile east of Clatonia. The Gage County Sheriff's Office says the SUV ran into a roadside ditch and rolled several times, ejecting Bridges. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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