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Work Release escapee captured

News

August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Department of Corrections Assistant Director Fred Scaletta said today (Saturday), a prison inmate serving time for the death of a child, and who was listed Friday as escaped from a facility in eastern Iowa, has been apprehended. Thirty-nine-year-old John Mohr had failed to return from his job to a work release facility in Davenport.

Mohr was sent to work release back in April. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1997 for the death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old son in Clinton. Mohr was 19 at the time. The child was the victim of shaken baby syndrome.

John F. Mohr

John F. Mohr

Retired Catholic priest charged with invasion of privacy

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August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A retired Catholic priest in western Iowa has been charged with five counts of invasion of privacy over an alleged incident at a high school track meet in April. The Des Moines Register says a news release Friday from the Diocese of Des Moines announced that the Rev. Paul Monahan had been suspended on July 8 after the diocese learned of the investigation.

Monahan was charged by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which has not released details of the April incident. The Register says Monahan was ordained in 1960 and retired in 2004. Afterward, he served as a senior chaplain at St. Albert Schools in Council Bluffs.

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August 27th, 2016 by Chris Parks

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Two arrested for Disorderly Conduct in Red Oak

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August 27th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of two men early Saturday morning.  At 1:21am officers arrested 24-year-old Nathan Allen Aldrich of Red Oak and 30-year-old Jesse Ray Nelson of Red Oak for Disorderly Conduct.  Both men were arrested in the 300 block of East Joy Street.  Both were taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond each.

King ‘uneasy’ about Trump’s shifting sentiments about immigration

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August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says he has “an uneasy feeling” about Donald Trump’s “softening” immigration stance. King told A-B-C News there is “not much” about Trump’s evolving comments about immigration that have “encouraged” him. King has been one of the most vocal opponents in congress of what King calls “amnesty” for people who entered the country illegally.

King told A-B-C is it “okay to soften some things,” but King says it is “not okay to let people violate the law and be rewarded for it.” King is calling on Trump to “reject real amnesty with clarity.”

King backed Ted Cruz in the Iowa Caucuses. King has said he will vote for Trump in November. But King told Radio Iowa earlier this month saying he’ll vote for Trump is not a “full-throated” endorsement.

(Radio Iowa)

Trump to keynote Ernst’s second annual Roast and Ride fundraiser

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August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Senator Joni Ernst will host her second annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser Saturday (Today) and the featured speaker will be G-O-P presidential nominee Donald Trump. Ernst says the event is a “build-up” to November “It is about exciting our base and energizing them and this is perfect opportunity,” Ernst said. “We’re right coming up against that Labor Day weekend which traditionally kicks off the campaign season.” Ernst will be the lead motorcyclist on a late morning ride that will start at the Harley Davidson dealership on the north side of Des Moines.

Sen. Joni Ernst on last year's "Roast and Ride."  (pic from Radio Iowa)

Sen. Joni Ernst on last year’s “Roast and Ride.” (pic from Radio Iowa)

Last year’s ride raised about $15,000 for a veterans charity known as the America’s Fund. This year’s beneficiary of ticket sales for the motorcycle ride will be Soldier Strong. It’s a non-profit that partners with high tech companies that help wounded veterans. The ride will cover about 42 miles and end at the state fairgrounds early Saturday afternoon. That’s where crews have set up a stage — complete with bales of straw — inside the fair’s huge livestock show ring.

“We did choose to do it inside the pavilion,” Ernst says. “We were a little concerned aboutg the rain, so in order to get it set up on time we just made that call.” Ernst gave about a dozen members of the media a tour of the set-up late Friday afternoon. During a news conference, Ernst was asked about the current campaign charges of racism and bigotry being thrown about between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not going to get into that,” Ernst said. “What I would say with both of them, because there have been a lot of barbs thrown at each other, is that they need to take this into a civil discourse and we’re not seeing that right now. I don’t like it when campaigns go that direction and I would say of both of them, you know, ‘Back down and let’s really talk about the policies and the issues.'” Ernst says the bleachers that ring the livestock pavilion can seat about two-thousand people and there will be more seating inside the show ring, in front of the stage. Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s three Republican congressmen and Republican congressional candidate Chris Peters will speak to the crowd, along with Trump, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.

(Radio Iowa)

Insects and diseases threaten some Iowa soybean fields

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Some common August threats are showing up in Iowa soybean fields. That’s according to agronomist Randy Kool, with Syngenta, in Adel, who says spraying for insects is coming to an end for most growers. “Usually R5.5 to R6 (development stage) is about the end of any application treatments for insects. We’ve had some spraying for soybean aphids and we’re starting to hear about the second generation of bean leaf beetles,” Kool said. Kool’s territory includes parts of western Iowa where excessive rainfall has disease pressure mounting.

“I would say (we’re starting to see pockets of) SDS in the western half of Iowa, but it’s not as prevalent as on the eastern side of the state.” Kool says variety selection and seed treatments are ways to manage Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases moving forward. And late emerging weeds like water hemp are causing problems again. “That’s a little bit more of an issue this year since beans were a little slower to canopy. We’ve got good bean height now, but its been a challenge to take care of some of those weeds earlier,” Kool said.

Kool recommends cleaning harvest equipment before switching fields to limit the spread of weed seeds. The most recent report from the USDA placed 82-percent of Iowa’s soybean crop in good or excellent condition.

(Radio Iowa/Brownfield Ag News)

Iowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a wind turbine operation it says will be the nation’s largest wind energy project. Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy is behind the planned $3.6 billion wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity. The utilities board says that’s enough to power 520,000 homes and that the project will see 85 percent of Iowa’s electricity needs met through wind energy by 2020.

Bill Fehrman, the utility’s CEO and president, announced the project in April. MidAmerican Energy said Friday in a news release that the location of the 1,000 turbines for the project is still being determined. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

DHS says over 225 grievances filed under new Medicaid system

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August 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa agency overseeing the state’s transition to a privately managed Medicaid program says it recorded over 225 grievances in the first three months of the new system. The Iowa Department of Human Services says three insurance companies that now run the program received the notices of dissatisfaction in April, May and June from Medicaid patients. The department says the grievances were resolved within 30 calendar days.

The department provided the information Friday as part of a roughly 60-page quarterly report, which was required by the Legislature. Some lawmakers are expected to review the report Monday. DHS estimates in the report that the switch to the privatized system saved the state more than $22 million in the program’s first three months.

CANCELLED-“Dutch Oven Cooking” Program

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board and Friends of Lake Anita said Friday, that “Due to unforeseen circumstances… the “Dutch Oven Cooking” Campground Program” has been cancelled for Saturday.  The free public program was to be held at the Primitive Campground at Lake Anita State Park in Anita, on August 27th at 11-a.m.

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