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7AM Newscast 10-10-2012

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October 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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BBQ events this weekend in Atlantic

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Smoke will be rising from the Rock Island Depot area in Atlantic this weekend, but residents shouldn’t be alarmed—it’s all part of the Atlantic Area of Chamber of Commerce’s & McCurdy Pumpkins’ Harvest Fest activities. A new event, “Rib Fest” will take place Friday, Oct. 12th, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free for live music from country, rock, and blues band “Dirt Road Acoustic Rehab.” In addition, rib samples will be available for one dollar each, and includes a slip to vote for People’s Choice ribs. A beverage garden will be open during the festivities as well.

The cooking will continue through the night as smokers prepare pulled pork and beef brisket to be judged on Saturday afternoon. AtlantiCash prizes will be awarded for the top three places in both categories. A Harvest Feast of beef brisket or pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, apple pie, and ice cream will be served at 5-p.m., Saturday. The $7 meal includes a beverage. Partnering with the Atlantic Fire Department, the Chamber will also host the Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp. and the Salem Stepping Saints for a performance at the Depot at 5-p.m., prior to the Atlantic Firemen’s Parade at 6.

Registered BBQ teams include: 2 Guys and Some Pork – Ryan McAlpin of Shenandoah, Born Again BBQ – Adam Roberts of Atlantic, D&D BBQ – David Jensen of Avoca, Nelson BBQ – Brad Nelson of Griswold, Rad Men BBQ – Jeff Myers of Atlantic, Robinson’s Hardware BBQ – Dean Beach of Atlantic, RRR BBQ – Rick Kanning of Anita, Shmokin Hot – Zac Thielen of Griswold, Weirich Custom BBQ – Duane Weirich of Lewis, and Willie’s Homeless Hut BBQ – Cameron Williams of Clarinda.

More information can be found on AtlanticIowa.com or by calling the Chamber at (712) 243-3017.

Congressmen Boswell and Latham meet in Creston for their first debate

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first of a series of debates between Congressman Leonard Boswell and Congressman Tom Latham took place last night (Tuesday) in Creston. The 90-minute exchange included topics ranging from the farm bill to health care and education to the deficit. Democrat Boswell noted one of the biggest problems looming, is the deficit. Latham said despite the economic difficulties, there are still things that need to be done, like passing a Farm Bill.

He says farmers are willing to contribute to the deficit reduction, by doing away with Direct Payments, revising counter-cyclical payments if there is a safety net such as crop insurance, and through risk management tools.  Boswell agrees the farm bill needs to be passed. He also sees the need for rural infrastructure, and suggests ways to pay for it. He says they have to look at the revenue side of the equation, because of infrastructure costs.

Staying competitive in the global economy was a topic of discussion. Latham looks to the community college system and programs like Iowa’s STEM initiative. He says people need to understand they should be trained for marketable skills to fill the jobs and careers that are available today in the work force. Boswell and Latham are facing off in November to represent the Third District. Latham is seeking his 10th term, Boswell his 9th.

(Radio Iowa)

NW IA man gets 80 months for selling crack cocaine

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 26-year-old Iowan has been given 80 months in federal prison for two more drug convictions.  Federal prosecutors say Roscoe Perry, of Sioux City, pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine and conspiracy. Perry admitted selling cocaine from October 2011 through February this year. Prosecutors say Perry traveled to Omaha, Neb., to obtain the crack cocaine he sold in Sioux City.  Perry had been convicted in November 2006 in U.S. District Court in Nebraska for selling crack.  Perry must serve eight years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

Iowa harvest speeds ahead

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year’s harvest as they work to get drought-damage crops out of the fields as cooler weather arrives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 76 percent of the corn has been harvested, which is a month ahead of normal. Eighty percent of the soybeans are in from the fields, which is two weeks ahead of normal.

The USDA says in Tuesday’s report that the corn condition is 47 percent poor or very poor, 33 percent fair and 20 percent in good or excellent shape. Soybeans are 31 percent poor or very poor, 37 percent fair and 32 percent in good or excellent condition.  The statewide average rainfall was .05 inches. It’s the 20th week of the past 22 with below normal precipitation.

Father appeals order for kids to visit female inmate from western IA

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A father has appealed an Iowa judge’s ruling that requires him to travel across the country to take his two children to visit their mother while she serves prison time for first-degree murder. Michael Roberts said Tuesday his attorney appealed the ruling last week. Judge Nancy Whittenburg ordered Roberts last month to take his children from California to visit Tracey Richter at the women’s prison in Mitchellville three times while she appeals her conviction. The judge says Roberts also cannot move back to his native Australia until then.

Whittenburg says the 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl have a positive history with Richter. She says the visits will help them bring closure to events that ended with Richter being convicted in the 2001 execution-style death of neighbor Dustin Wehde in the Sac County town of Early.

Villisca man arrested Tues on contempt charges

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Villisca man was arrested Tuesday afternoon. 50-year old Gary Lee Mattson was taken into custody on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Contempt/Illegal Resistance to Order or Process. Mattson was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $800 bond.

3 injured in accident near Atlantic Tue. night

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three people suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries, during a rollover accident Tuesday night, north of Atlantic. According to dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center, the accident happened at around 10-p.m. on Buck Creek Road, near the intersection with Eastland Street. The victims were out of the vehicle when law enforcement arrived on the scene, prior to Atlantic Fire and Rescue. No other details are available early this morning.

Opponents of oil pipeline warn Iowans they may be next

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Opponents of a controversial oil pipeline being built across the heart of the U-S are making several stops in Iowa this week, warning residents the next version of the pipeline could be cutting through the Hawkeye State. Randy Thompson, a farmer from central Nebraska, says his greatest fear is the widespread environmental damage that would come if TransCanada’s Keystone X-L pipeline ever ruptures. “That’s one of my major concerns,” Thompson says. “I’m also very concerned about the fact we have a foreign corporation coming in here and stripping us of our individual property rights. We have a company coming into America and taking land that belongs to American landowners for their own personal gain and use and that’s not right.” He says landowners are being compensated but “it amounts to a little bit of nothing.”

Thompson raises corn and cattle in central Nebraska’s Merrick County, which he says was in the pipeline’s original path, until TransCanada bowed to pressure and moved the proposed route away from environmentally-sensitive areas. Those include the Ogallala Aquifer and the Nebraska Sandhills. A Hollywood actress was arrested last week during a protest of the pipeline’s southern leg in east Texas. Thompson says he knows the elderly Texas landowner who was taken into custody along with Daryl Hannah. “Eleanor Fairchild, she’s 78 years old and she got arrested on her own ranch for criminal trespass,” Thompson says. “That’s because of an eminent domain court ruling that granted the rights to TransCanada. She went out there and got in front of the construction equipment, they had her arrested and taken off to jail.”

TransCanada’s permit was denied by President Obama in January and the company has reapplied to build, though the pipeline’s future remains in limbo. The seven-billion-dollar project would carry crude 17-hundred miles from the oil fields of western Canada to the refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Supporters say the pipeline would create thousands of construction jobs while the oil it would provide would help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign petroleum. Thompson says that’s a “ridiculous” argument.”If you listen to the political rhetoric surrounding Keystone XL, you would think it has some kind of a magical power,” Thompson says. “Politicians say these few thousand temporary jobs somehow will solve America’s unemployment problem and somehow this oil that’s flowing across our nation and then on overseas, that’s supposed to be solving our country’s energy problems.”

Thompson is convinced the oil would be sold on the world market, lining the pockets of big oil execs and having no beneficial impact on domestic pump prices. He says Iowans need to be aware and be on guard. “There’s trillions of barrels of this stuff up in Canada and the oil companies desperately want to get it down to where they can ship it overseas,” Thompson says. “They’re looking for easy passage. It’s not to say that sometime in the future, they might look to Iowa.” Thompson is being joined on the Iowa trek by a minister, a Native American leader, an Iowa legislator and representatives from at least three environmental groups. Oglala Lakota Vice President Tom Poor Bear from Pine Ridge, Nebraska, claims the pipeline will violate the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and jeopardize the safety of the water supply for the Oglala Lakota Nation. The group has stops planned today (Wednesday) in Des Moines and Ames, and on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Davenport.

(Radio Iowa)

King, Vilsack spar in fourth debate

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King was a bit more aggressive last night (Tuesday) in the fifth face-to-face debate with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack. In their first debate, King said he was “surprised” by Vilsack, who had opened that meeting by saying King was guilty of “a lot of talk and no action” in congress. King closed last night’s session with this rap against Vilsack. “I looked at one of the ads of Mrs. Vilsack’s on the way here, through the text of it, and when I drew a line through everything that was a question, or everything that was untrue, the only thing left was: ‘I’m Christie Vilsack and I approved this message,’” King said. “You deserve better than that.”

About half an hour earlier, Vilsack suggested King had failed to vote for bills that provided money earmarked for expanding Highway 20 and Highway 29, key projects for northern Iowa. “I think that he is one person here and a different person in Washington,” Vilsack said. “And I don’t think that’s the kind of person you want representing you, someone who is disingenuous.” The two covered some of the same ground they’ve debated in their four previous meetings, discussing the Farm Bill, immigration and gun rights. Last night’s debate was sponsored by The Sioux City Journal and the A-B-C T-V affiliates in Sioux City and Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)