The U-S House will again try to force a decision on the Keystone X-L pipeline.
The payroll tax extension passed in December contained a section that would have required a decision on the pipeline by later this month.
President Obama in response, decided to deny a federal permit. Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, says there are enough reports that have been done about the proposed route.
The proposed 17-hundred mile, six-billion-dollar pipeline would transport Canadian tar sands oil across Nebraska and several other states to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The pipeline would cross much of Smith's Third Congressional District and he says support will grow as the price of gas goes up.
Smith says he still supports building the pipeline, especially after last year's special legislative session on the subject.
A PLAN TO REDUCE STATE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PASS THOSE COSTS ON TO IOWA COUNTIES HAS WOODBURY COUNTY OFFICIALS UPSET.
BUDGET MANAGER DENNIS BUTLER SAYS THE STATE PLAN WOULD FORCE THE COUNTY TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAX ASKINGS BY OVER 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS:
COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR PATTY ERICKSON-PUTTMANN SAYS THE STATE HAS PUT HER IN A TOUGH POSITION WITH HER BUDGET:
GOVERNOR BRANSTAD WILL MEET WITH COUNTY SUPERVISORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ON THURSDAY AND HEAR THEIR CONCERNS ON THE ISSUE.
AS PLANS FOR THE LIBERTY PARK INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CONTINUE TO TAKE SHAPE, SOME WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISORS ARE RE-CONFIRMING THAT THE PORT NEAL I-29 INTERCHANGE NEEDS TO STAY IN PLACE.
SUPERVISOR DAVID TRIPP SAYS HE FAVORS THE JOB CREATION THE DEVLOPMENT WOULD BRING, BUT NOT AT THE COST OF THE PORT NEAL INTERCHANGE.
MARK MONSON ECHOED TRIPP'S STATEMENT ON PORT NEAL:
ON TUESDAY, SUPERVISORS APPROVED JUST OVER 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A CONTRACT WITH MC CLURE ENGINEERING FOR PRELIMINARY MASTER PLAN WORK.
A COMMITTEE OF AFFECTED LANDOWNERS, BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND OFFICIALS IS BEING FINALIZED TO TAKE THE PLAN TO THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
SUPERVISOR CHAIRWOMAN JACKIE SMITH THINKS THAT PLAN WILL CALL FOR TWO I-29 INTERCHANGES, WHICH THE D-O-T CURRENTLY OPPOSES:
SMITH EXPECTS THE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP TO BE FINALIZED WITHIN A WEEK OR SO.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY CONTINUES TO BE AN ISSUE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SLOW DOWN THAT TREND.
THIS SATURDAY MERCY MEDICAL CENTER WILL CONDUCT CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN.
DR. STEVEN JOYCE OF MERCY SAYS HIGH CHILDHOOD LEVELS OF CHOLESTEROL ARE RELATED TO OTHER CHILD HEALTH ISSUES:
THE TESTS INVOLVE A SIMPLE FINGER POKE TO DRAW BLOOD AND ARE FOR CHILDREN AGES 9 AND UP. NO FASTING IS REQUIRED.
DR. JOYCE SAYS CHILDREN NEED AT LEAST ONE HOUR OF DAILY EXERCISE AND A PROPER DIET TO BATTLE OBESITY....AND TRY TO LIMIT THAT ONLINE TIME:
THE CHILDREN'S CHOLESTEROL SCREENING WILL BE HELD AT MERCY'S BUSINESS AND URGENT CARE CLINIC ON SINGING HILLS BOULEVARD THIS SATURDAY BEGINNING AT 8AM.
YOU MAY MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING 712-274-4273.
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