Americans already spoke
In a Thursday story from The Journal's Des Moines bureau, United States Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said this about unwillingess by majority Republicans on the committee to consider any nomination made by President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: "It's about the principle of letting the American people speak" in November's presidential election.
Hmmm. Didn't Americans speak when they re-elected Obama president four years ago?
On Wednesday, Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew, The Associated Press reported.
According to the AP story, the new missile firings were the latest in a series of recent tests aimed at demonstrating Iran will move ahead with its ballistic program after scaling back its nuclear program under a deal reached last year with the United States and other nations.
It's time for spring cleaning
The city of Sioux City will sponsor a two-day citywide cleanup on May 27 and 28, The Journal reported on Tuesday.
Volunteers who wish to participate can pick up litter cleanup supplies at the Utilities Department on the fourth floor of City Hall and the city's Field Services Office at 1823 18th St.
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We encourage residents to support this effort. Simply put, how our community looks should be important to all of us.
Aesthetics play a significant role in the success and growth of any city. In addition to providing environmental benefits, an overall clean, pleasing view builds community pride and self-confidence, increases the value of property and contributes to economic development by attracting visitors and new residents and businesses.
For more information on the cleanup, call 279-6222 or 279-6349.
Sheldon project gets boost from state
The Vision Iowa Board on Wednesday approved an $840,000 grant to help finance a $5.3 million events center in Sheldon, Iowa.
Plans call for construction of the 14,500-square-foot center near the U.S. Highway 60 interchange on the city's east side to begin this spring; opening is anticipated for sometime next year.
Vermillion center welcomes tenants
Boca Raton, Fla., based Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corp. will lease space in the 32,000-square-foot Vermillion, S.D., Technology Center, local leaders announced on Tuesday.
The company will create 50 jobs with an expected annual payroll of $1.8 million and should be moved in by October.
The $4.2 million, state-of-the-art Tech Center, located on the city's north side near Highway 50 and the University of South Dakota campus, also will lease space to Irvine, Calif., based Navigant Cymetrix Corp. The company, which employs 70 in Vermillion, will move to the center from its present location within the city by May.