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Chicago-area UI student dies after study abroad injury


April 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — A University of Iowa student from suburban Chicago has died after being seriously injured earlier this year while studying abroad. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said 20-year-old Andrew Mogni died Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The university announced earlier this year he’d been hurt in a fall on January 14, shortly after arriving in Rome.

Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Frank Shuftan says a cause of death won’t be released until Monday at the earliest. Mogni was a third-year finance major from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, who was participating in a semester-long program at John Cabot University.

The university said initial police reports indicated the fall was an accident but authorities were investigating the possibility that Mogni was robbed. The school said Mogni was treated in Rome until late March, when he was flown back to Illinois.

1 person critically injured in Bluffs garage fire


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was in critical condition after a fire Saturday night that was considered suspicious by authorities. According to the Daily NonPareil, crews responded just after 11:15-p.m., to a garage fire at 1209 Fourth Avenue. Authorities say a roommate pulled 55-year-old Clinton Edie from the smoke-filled structure.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze in the detached garage. Council Bluffs Rescue transported Edie to CHI Health Mercy Hospital for treatment of significant smoke inhalation, where he was listed in critical condition at last report.

The garage sustained extensive damage. Officials said a preliminary investigation showed signs of a suspicious fire. The incident remains under investigation.

Iowa pastors play influential role in 2016 presidential race


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cary Gordon isn’t a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But Jeb Bush’s team already has reached as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign heats up in Iowa. Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays.

When it comes to the Iowa Republican caucuses, evangelical pastors are kingmakers, with sway over a key bloc of participants. Lots of potential 2016 candidates are stepping up the courting. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have appeared before groups of religious conservatives. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks frequently about being a pastor’s son.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father is a pastor, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently addressed pastors in Des Moines.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., April 5th 2015


April 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man has reported being shot in the back while stopped at a Des Moines intersection. The Register reports that the shooting happened just after 12 a.m. Friday. Officers were called to the Iowa Lutheran Hospital for a report of a shooting victim who was brought in by a private vehicle. The 25-year-old man was later taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City specialty plant that processes ribs and other pre-cooked meats is planning a $9 million expansion that will bring 30 new jobs with it. The Journal reports that Curly’s Foods, owned by Smithfield Foods, credits a boost in sales and demand for pre-cooked meats at national franchise restaurants. The City Council is slated on Monday to approve a state tax incentive application for Smithfield Fields.

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Ag Partners feed mill plant in northwest Iowa is planning an expansion with $7.2 million in improvements to increase the plant’s ability to make livestock feed. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Partners officials announced the expansion on Thursday. Officials say construction will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in 2016.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Motorists in Mason City could soon have their vehicles impounded for any one of 10 violations, including some misdemeanors. The Globe Gazette reports that the City Council will consider an impound ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.

Red Oak man arrested for Trespassing, Saturday


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Saturday afternoon, of 41-year old Michael Avery Forest Cave. The Red Oak man was taken into custody at around 4:20-pm at a residence on West Grimes Street, and charged with Trespassing. His bond was set at $300.

Omaha bike share program set to double by next year


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Federal money will be used to help Omaha’s bike share program double its number of stations in 2016. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a $900,000 federal grant administered through the Nebraska Department of Roads will help Heartland B-Cycle expand from 31 stations with 150 bikes to nearly 70 stations across the city.

Ben Turner, B-cycle’s coordinator, says the expansion will give Omaha much more connectivity.
Stations are currently scattered in downtown, midtown and north downtown, as well as Aksarben Village. Those interested in using the bike sharing program must buy a daily, monthly or annual pass. They can check out a bike from any station, ride it and return it to any station in Omaha or Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Underwood man arrested in Montgomery County


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Pottawattamie County was arrested late Saturday morning in Montgomery County, following a traffic stop. Sheriff’s officials say 41-year old Chad Randall McAlpin, of Underwood, was stopped at around 11:35-a.m. and subsequently charged with Driving While Barred, with 19 withdrawals in effect. McAlpin was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond. In addition, he had a one-day jail sentence to serve on a previous violation of No Contact protective order.

Police: Rifles, shotguns found in storage unit of wanted man


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LE GRAND, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials say they found nine rifles and shotguns in a storage unit rented by a man accused of threatening reporters. The Des Moines Register reports that officials found the guns, as well as ammunition and drug paraphernalia, Thursday night in storage units rented by 27-year-old Chad Bryant, of Le Grand.

News crew members of Des Moines television station KCCI called police Thursday, saying Bryant poured water over a cameraman’s head and brandished what looked like a rifle outside of a Le Grand home.

Reporters were at the home following Bryant’s arrest Wednesday on a false imprisonment charge and various other crimes in connection with a claim that a 16-year-old boy was being held against his will at the residence.

Police are still searching for Bryant.

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April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Horses & riders gallop across Iowa this weekend, headed for the Des Moines area


April 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several hundreds of  riders on horseback from across the state are saddling up for the journey to Camp Sunnyside near Ankeny this Easter weekend. For 47 years, the riders have traveled to the Easter Seals facility, bringing with them money from dances, toll roads and other fundraising activities. Tim Allen of Whittemore is the president-elect of the Pony Express Riders of Iowa.

“We start in different towns and we all end up at the John Deere plant in Ankeny,” Allen says. “We relay it, mile for mile, on horseback along the side of the road with pilot cars and escorts.” More than 280-thousand dollars was raised last year by the Pony Express Riders to help with the camp that has been in operation for 80 years. After the ride to the camp, Allen says there’s a celebratory dance.

“It’s just a big thank you to all of the volunteers,” he says, “because everything that the Pony Express Riders do, everybody that’s part of that is a volunteer. There’s no kickback. Their time, their fuel, everything is volunteered.” Allen expects between 200 to 300 people will be riding their horses as part of the event this weekend. The ride has been held every year since 1968. Allen has some advice for motorists this holiday weekend.

“If you see a horse out on the highway, respect it,” Allen says. “There are going to be a lot of horses throughout the whole state. They’re going to try to be as safe as they can be but they’ll also appreciate it” if motorists use extra caution. Learn more at: www.ponyexpressridersofiowa.org.

(Radio Iowa)