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Powerball jackpot reaches $400M for Wednesday

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Dreamers hoping to strike it rich quick plunked down $2 a ticket hoping to win a Powerball jackpot estimated to be at least $300 million.  The winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing were 21, 24, 36, 42, and 45, with the Powerball 15. There were no jackpot winners for Saturday’s drawing.

The next drawing will be Wednesday, and the revised estimated jackpot is $400 million, well below the record $590.5 million jackpot that was won in May by an 84-year-old Florida widow.  Saturday’s pot was big enough, though, to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big and potentially life-changing.  The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175.2 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Aug. 4th 2013

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August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Representative Bruce Braley says he will travel to Israel next week as part of a 37-member Congressional delegation as peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders resume after a three-year hiatus. The trip is sponsored by the nonprofit American Israel Education Foundation. Due to security considerations, a detailed itinerary will be not published prior to the trip.

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — Two men are dead after being hit by a train in southern Iowa. Osceola Police Chief Marty Duffus tells Des Moines television station KCCI that officials are looking into why the men were on the tracks in a residential area of Osceola around 5 a.m. yesterday. Officials didn’t release the names or ages of the two dead men Saturday.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Police say a Davenport man being held on kidnapping and rape charges is now facing another charge after having his father hand-deliver a threatening letter to his victim. The Quad-City Times reports that 29-year-old Nathan Ronnau has had a charge of first-degree harassment added to first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse. Ronnau is being held in Scott County Jail on $1 million bond.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. The Sprint Cup driver has won in his last three Nationwide starts, also topping the field at Richmond in April and Kentucky in June.

Iowa inmate fails to return from work release

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August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who did not return to jail from a work release facility in Council Bluffs. The U.S. Marshal’s Office and Iowa State Patrol say 52-year-old Michael Hannum was last seen at a work release facility around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say they discovered he was missing during an inmate count at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that Hannum is believed to be driving a silver car with the Iowa license plate number SIS-613. Authorities believe he may be across the Missouri River in Omaha, Neb.

Motor Home Fire in Fremont County

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August 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office responded to several 911 calls of a motor home on fire West of Bluff Road on Highway 2 at approximately 1:30pm Friday (8/2).  Upon arrival at the scene Fremont County Personnel found a motor home completely engulfed in flames.  Deputies were informed that everyone was out of the motor home and that it had several propane tanks and diesel fuel on board.

Authorities then shut down all traffic on Highway 2 at the time due to the dangerous situation.  Responding fire departments from Sidney, Hamburg, and Percival were able to bring the fire under control in about an hour.  The motor home was a total loss and the fire is still under investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

After the scene was cleared up the owner of the vehicle John Cobb of Ft. Myers, Florida was questioned about the incident.  Cobb stated that he was traveling with his wife Sherry west bound on Highway 2 in their 1996 motor home through Waubonsie State Park when their motor home started to run funny.  After they came out of the park area they started to smell smoke and then saw the rear of the vehicle on fire.  They were able to pull to the shoulder and exit the vehicle.  They unhooked a jeep they had in tow and were able to get away from the motor home safely.

State says Exira district has taken steps to be re-accredited

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August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The State Board of Education approved a recommendation this week to re-accredit the Exira School District, in Audubon County. Department of Education deputy director, Jeff Berger, recommended the board take the action in the wake of work that has been ongoing with the district. “The Exira district had struggled for years with some financial problems, and it got to the point where the school budget review committee recommended that the state board considering doing a phase two accreditation visit. Because in our view of it, the financial problems were right on the verge of causing programmatic issues because of lack of funding,” Berger explains.

The state did the review and presented a plan to Exira officials. He says they developed a plan with some 38 corrections the district needed to take, and he says the district has done its “due diligence” and made the corrections that were necessary. Berger says voters in Exira and Elk Horn-Kimbalton voted in June to approve a merger between the two districts, and that will help solve some of the short term problems for Exira.

“Part of the process of consolidation brings the fiancees together, they merge tax rates, they merge fund balances, and so it will help them,” Berger explains. “The problem that they will have in five or six years is that the merged district may be right back in this same situation. Because like many small districts, they aren’t growing like they should be.” The two districts will merge after this school year.

(Radio Iowa)

Casey’s chain now requires ID to buy Energy Shot drinks

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August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of an Iowa-based convenience store chain will now have to show an I-D to buy certain beverages — and they’re not alcoholic drinks. The board at Casey’s General Stores decided not to sell “Energy Shots” to anyone under 18. The chain’s vice president of finance, Brian Johnson, says they worried about young people drinking too many of them. Johnson says, “It’s just kind of one of those things that doesn’t feel right to sell to kids and so we’ve made the decision not to do it.” With each shot having more caffeine than a cup of coffee, Johnson says it’s easy for teenagers to get carried away with them. The Ankeny-based Casey’s has more than 17-hundred stores across the Midwest, more than 470 of them in Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

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FDA links stomach bug in 2 states to Mexican farm: Salad mix served at Olive Garden & Red Lobster

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August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are apparently zeroing in on the source of at least some of the cyclospora infections that have sickened more than 400 people in 16 states. The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states. The salad mix was supplied by a Mexican farm.

Both Olive Garden and Red Lobster are owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants. A Darden spokesman said the FDA’s announcement is “new information” and that there have been no previous problems with the supplier — Taylor Farms de Mexico. It’s the Mexican branch of Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif.

The FDA says its’ investigation has not implicated any package salad sold in grocery stores. It’s also not clear if there is a connection to illnesses in 14 other states.

3 injured during 2 separate accidents on I-80 in Cass County, Friday

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August 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three people were injured during two separate accidents Friday on Interstate 80 here in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, two people on a motorcycle were injured when their rear tire blew out at around 8:35-p.m. about 2.5-miles east of the Wiota exit. Officials say a 1997 Harley Davidson cycle driven by 32-year old Robert Shuttleworth, of Sterling, VA, was traveling westbound when the tire blew, causing the cycle to go out of control and end up in the median. Shuttleworth and his passenger, 32-year old Michelle Gaffey, also of Sterling, VA, were injured. Both had been wearing their helmets. They were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Anita Rescue.

The second accident happened near the Marne exit on I-80 westbound, at around 4:50-p.m., Friday. The State Patrol says a 2012 Buick Murano driven by 33-year old Jessica Winston, of Bennington, NE, and a 2009 International semi driven by 44-year old Ceferino Oquendo-Garcia, of Omaha, were traveling west in the right hand lane of I-80, when the front of the semi hit the rear of the SUV. Both vehicles pulled-off the interstate at Exit 51. Winston, who was wearing her seat belt, complained of pain and drove herself to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked out.

State warns drivers to be cautious amid tall corn

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August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State transportation officials are warning motorists that as Iowa’s corn crop grows taller, they need to be extra cautious at intersections and railroad crossings. The Iowa Department of Transportation says the state had 33 crashes in 2012 that were blamed on obstructed views due to trees or crops. Those crashes left one person dead and at least 40 people injured.

Although most people who have lived for any stretch in Iowa are accustomed to crops occasionally hindering views, state safety engineer Jeremey Vortherms says people still underestimate the danger. At uncontrolled intersections, Vortherms says drivers should act as if a stop or yield sign were posted.