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Atlantic woman suffers burns trying to put out a fire, Sunday

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May 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman living in an apartment on West 6th Street in Atlantic suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns to her hand and leg while trying to put out a fire this (Sunday) morning. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News said they received word at around 9:45-a.m. there was a fire in an upstairs apartment at 304 W. 6th. IMG_20150503_100825709_HDR

Upon arrival, crews found the victim, 42-year old Angela Jo Hillhouse, and a lot of smoke in the apartment, but the fire was out. During an investigation, McNees observed several candles burning in the apartment, and Hillhouse told officials a candle started the blaze, but the exact cause remains under investigation. For now, the cause is listed as accidental.

Hillhouse was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, for treatment. Her 8-year old son was not injured. The apartment sustained some light smoke and carpet damage. The building houses four apartments, but none of those residences were damaged. The fire department ventilated the apartment and left the scene at around 10:25-a.m.

Difference over surplus money delays legislative adjournment

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May 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement on how to count the money. On one side are Senate Democrats and Gov. Terry Branstad, who support using some surplus budget dollars to balance the books. On the other side are House Republicans, who say the state should not spend more than the projected revenue for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The fiscal clash means lawmakers are at odds over how much to spend on individual departments, differing on key areas like education. While Friday marked the final day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, they cannot adjourn until they craft a budget deal. Branstad says he hopes they can reach a budget resolution in May.

Speeding in Council Bluffs will really hit your wallet

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May 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Don’t speed. And definitely don’t speed in Council Bluffs. The Daily NonPareil reports a study by website NerdWallet.com ranked Council Bluffs as the most expensive Iowa city in which to receive a speeding ticket. The study estimated the “true cost” of a ticket for speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit is $560.70.

Drivers in Iowa pay $168 in fines, fees and court costs for a speeding ticket, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The total reached by NerdWallet accounted for the average increase in insurance premiums after a citation – $130.90 – multiplied by three years.

Steve Cates, a Council Bluffs Allstate insurance agent, noted that the increased premium for a ticket generally last three years if a driver doesn’t receive another ticket afterward. Jeff Chu with NerdWallet said vehicular thefts, population density, driving record, marital status, employment status, age and gender are among the factors that determine a driver’s insurance rates.

On average, Iowa drivers pay $786 for car insurance yearly, NerdWallet said. After a single speeding ticket, annual car insurance premiums will increase by an average of $104.65, to $890.65 a year, according to the study. The average annual cost per driver in Council Bluffs is $921.60 and $1,052.50 after a ticket.

Cates said he believes rates in the area are higher because of a large number of crashes in Council Bluffs compared to other cities. Bettendorf has the second-highest “true cost” of a ticket, at $553.50, followed by Sioux City ($553.60), Des Moines ($531.81) and Davenport ($529.71). Pleasant Hill ($522.24), Urbandale ($518.25), Dubuque ($513.21), West Des Moines ($502.74) and Boone ($500.67) round out the Top 10.

Other findings in the study, according to NerdWallet:

• The average Iowa driver’s car insurance rate goes up 13.3 percent after a single speeding ticket.

• All Iowa drivers face the same speeding ticket fine of $168, but the true cost of a speeding ticket varies depending on location. Not all drivers face the same insurance increases. After three years, drivers in Council Bluffs will pay $124.83 more than those in Knoxville.

• Four of the top 10 most expensive places to get a speeding ticket – Des Moines, West Des Moines, Pleasant Hill and Urbandale – are in Polk County, the state’s most populous county.

Sioux City picked to try out new traffic safety campaign

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City will try out a new Iowa traffic safety campaign before the program is rolled out through the rest of the state. The Sioux City Journal reports that the goal is to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Iowa through enforcement, education, and street engineer work. The program is a partnership between the Sioux City Police Department, Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bureau chief Pat Hoye says the results in Sioux City will determine where the program is implemented next. Police Chief Doug Young says Sioux City was picked because of its high number of pedestrian-related traffic accidents – 132 from 2009 to 2013, including eight pedestrian deaths.

Glenwood man injured in Montgomery County crash

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a crash Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 72-year old Steven Harshaw, of Glenwood, was transported by helicopter from the scene of the crash at Chestnut Street and Highway 48 in Elliott, to a hospital in Omaha. A report on his condition is not available. The driver of the other vehicle, 25-year old Alexandria Strauss, of Elliott, refused treatment at the scene.

Authorities say a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Strauss was traveling east on Highway 48 at around 1:45-p.m., when she slowed to turn left onto Chestnut Street. In doing so, she failed to she an approaching 2002 Kia driven by Harshaw, and pulled into the path of the car, causing the collision.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Elliott Fire Dept., Elliott 1st Responders, Red Oak Rescue, and the Red Oak Fire Department.

(Update) 2 from MN injured in Cass County crash

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Minnesota residents were injured during a crash on Interstate 80 this (Saturday) morning, in Cass County. The Iowa State Patrol says a semi driven by 62-year old Ross Schultz, of Denison, and a car driven by 40-year old Levelle Harris, of St. Paul, MN., were traveling westbound on I-80 just west of the exit to Highway 71, when for reasons unknown, the car approached the semi and swerved to avoid it.

The 2005 Nissan made contact with the front right side of the semi, which came in contact with the left rear corner of the car, causing the car to be disabled on the traveled portion of the road. The accident happened just before 7-a.m.

Harris, and a passenger in his car, 36-year old Brandy Richardson, also of St. Paul, suffered minor injuries during the collision. They pair, who were wearing their seat belts, were transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic.

Bird flu virus raises questions scientists working to answer

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the U.S., and producers have lost more than 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers with federal agencies acknowledge they still know little about the virus’ origin and how it spreads, especially with heightened biosecurity measures at commercial poultry farms and the apparent lack of widespread deaths in largely unprotected backyard flocks.

A leader with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says not much is known about the virus because it only surfaced in the U.S. in early December. Unanswered questions include how exactly the virus finds its way into sheltered commercial chicken and turkey flocks and if wild birds spread the virus why more backyard flocks haven’t died.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/2/2015

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/2/2015

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

Accident on I-80 Sat. morning

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May 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(updated 6:59-a.m.)

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance were dispatched to a car-versus-semi accident this morning on Interstate 80, just west of the 60-mile marker, westbound. According to Cass County Communications, the female driver of the car was suffering from chest pains, but was otherwise conscious and breathing. No other injuries were reported. The accident happened at around 6:55-a.m.

No other details are currently available.