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RIVERVIEW SURGICAL CENTER: Construction begins on northeastern Nebraska surgical center

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November 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — Construction has begun on the planned Riverview Surgical Center in northeastern Nebraska. Television station KTIV reports that the center is being built South Sioux City along the Missouri River, just across from Sioux City, Iowa.

Tri-State Specialists have teamed with Delta Hotel for the 52,000 square foot surgical center. The center will built adjacent to a Delta Hotels by Marriott, allowing patients who are not ready to return home to stay and recover with supervised care.

Tri-State CEO Lee Michael Hilka says the project has been in the works for nearly three years and will be a less-expensive surgical option than a traditional hospital stay.

The new center will boast $28 million in new equipment and feature four hospital-grade operating rooms.

Police: Ames man shot to death by 2 masked intruders

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November 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Police in central Iowa say an Ames man has died after two masked men burst into his apartment and a shot was fired. Ames police say officers were called to the man’s apartment around 3:40 a.m. Saturday for a report of a shooting. Arriving officers found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound to his upper chest. The man was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police that two people wearing masks entered the apartment in what seemed like a robbery, and one of them shot the victim. Witnesses told police the suspects sped away in a black or blue pickup truck.

Police are asking public for any information about the shooting. The victim’s name was not released pending notification of family members.

Des Moines airport to limit taxi service

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November 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the Des Moines International Airport are pushing for a crackdown on the number of taxi companies permitted to pick up travelers. The Des Moines Register reports the move follows an increase in customer complaints over service.

Airport Executive Director Kevin Foley says taxi operators have been violating the airport’s rules by having too few drivers, using damaged vehicles, charging minimum trip fees, failing to post fee lists and only accepting cash payments.

Foley wants to restrict the number of taxi companies registered for airport pickups to two. He says a limit would allow airport officials to respond quickly to issues. It could also protect riders from unfair fees and unsafe vehicles.

Airport officials plan to request applications in December from companies that want to serve the airport.

Council Bluffs man head-butts another man and steals his cell phone

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November 18th, 2017 by Chris Parks

A Council Bluffs man was arrested on a robbery charge on Friday night after taking another man’s cell phone. At 8:59pm Council Bluffs Police responded to the area of 829 2nd Avenue regarding a Robbery. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim, Gary Vohs. Vohs claimed that he was approached by Shane Vancleave who wanted him to got to another residence with him. When Vohs refused, Vancleave head-butted him in the forehead causing a cut and stole his cell phone and charger. Officers later located Vancleave and he had the cell phone and charger in his possession. He was then arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery.

Sidney man arrested after traffic stop Friday

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November 18th, 2017 by Chris Parks

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The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Sidney man on Friday night after a traffic stop. At 10:30pm Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Highway 275. After investigation 27-year-old Jacob Corbett of Sidney was arrested for Driving While Barred, Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Corbett was taken to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center and held on $4,300 cash bond.

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Red Oak man arrested for Public Intoxication

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November 18th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the early Saturday morning arrest of a Red Oak man for Public Intoxication. At 2:04am Officers responded to a call of a possible intoxicated male in the 100 block of North 3rd Street. Officers then arrested 19-year-old Tyler Austin Sowers of Red Oak for Public Intoxication. Sowers was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $300 cash bond.

Iowa man sentenced to life for child sex trafficking

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November 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a central Iowa man to life in prison for hooking girls aged 12 and 15 on crack cocaine, having sex with them and later providing them to his drug dealer for sex acts in exchange for drugs.

Federal prosecutors in Des Moines described Clark Wesley Betts Jr. as a dangerous predator who should spend the rest of his life in prison. The 41-year-old Betts, from Urbandale, was sentenced Friday. He was convicted by a jury in June on two counts of child sex trafficking.

He was ordered to pay nearly $350,000 in restitution to one girl and nearly $375,000 to the other, amounts calculated to provide them counseling and appropriate medication for the rest of their lives.

Court: Kids of divorced stepparent must pay inheritance tax

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November 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that siblings who inherited a large share of their stepfather’s estate must pay inheritance taxes in a case that challenged the way Iowa’s tax laws treat stepchildren.

The Iowa Legislature in 2003 changed the state’s inheritance law so that children left money from a stepparent after the parents divorced couldn’t qualify for an inheritance tax exemption afforded natural or adopted children.

Paula Tyler and Mark Alcorn sued the state to recover $200,000 in taxes claiming the law violates the Iowa Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. They inherited the bulk of the estate of their stepfather, Donald Hitzhusen, a Rockford area farmer.

The court found that the state did not violate the constitution by revising tax laws as a way to promote close family relationships.

Iowa officials award $10M to 5 companies promising jobs

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November 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Economic Development Board has approved nearly $10 million in financial incentives for five companies promising to create 436 jobs. The board on Friday awarded TPI Composites in Newton $1.6 million to create 351 jobs. The company leases space in the former Maytag factory to make wind turbine blades. It plans to rent additional space to make bodies for electric powered passenger buses.

The board also approved $1.5 million for Riverdale aluminum manufacturer Arconic Inc. to support a $160 million expansion creating 30 jobs. John Deere received $2.9 million for a project in Urbandale to set up a new software and hardware technologies business to help farmers improve yields, creating 31 new jobs.

Other projects funded included a Swisher whiskey distillery and a Fort Dodge livestock feed additive maker.