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Noon Newscast 9.5.19

Plymouth County Jail

A northwest Iowa woman accused of lying about killing her husband has entered a plea.  

Plymouth County District Court records say 35-year-old Becky Hebert, of rural Akron, entered a written Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts.

In an Alford plea, a person doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Her sentencing has not been scheduled.

She had originally been charged with second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Jeremy Hebert.

The charge was dismissed just weeks later.

Deputies reported that she said numerous times that she shot her husband — statements they later concluded were lies.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced that a committee will review the school's policies and procedures for investigating sexual violence and harassment.

A move students and staffers have been pushing administrators to do for months.

The committee will include members from 25 campus organizations and will advise university Chancellor Ronnie Green on matters related to Title IX and violence prevention.

Buena Vista University in Storm Lake is establishing a new rural entrepreneurship center with a nearly 3-million dollar gift from the founder of Casey’s General Stores.   

Credit Buena Vista University
BVU President Joshua Merchant, Don Lamberti, founder and longtime chairman/CEO of Casey’s General Stores, Inc., Charlene K. Lamberti, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

BVU plans to include resources for business leaders and students, with the goal of growing new businesses and expanding existing ones. 

Governor Kim Reynolds attended the launch event. 

“This center will offer diverse and vibrant pathways to ignite a movement in rural Iowa and rural Iowa entrepreneurship.”

BVU is also developing an academic program for students to earn a minor in rural entrepreneurship.

Congressman Steve King is holding two town hall meetings in northwest Iowa today and tomorrow.  At three this afternoon he’ll be at the American Legion in Ashton in Osceola County.  Tomorrow morning, he visits Monona county with a stop at the Public Library in Onawa at 9 a.m.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced the birth of an endangered rhinoceros species.

The zoo says the Indian rhinoceros calf was born Friday.

It's the first rhinoceros born in the Omaha zoo's 120-year history.    

Credit Henry Doorly Zoo

Zoo Director Dennis Pate calls the birth one of the most for the zoo in recent history, saying "it counts when it comes to sustaining this species in zoos; it counts as a backup to vulnerable wild populations."

The 140-pound calf is believed to be male and is with its mother in a private area. The calf will be named at zoo fundraiser next week.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.