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Authorities identify 5 people killed in Iowa crash

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November 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified the five people killed in a head-on crash near Sloan this weekend. The Iowa State Patrol released the names of the people who died in the Saturday afternoon crash that happened on Iowa Highway 141 east of Sloan.

The State Patrol says 46-year-old Kibrom Gebremicael, 34-year-old Yohanes Tesfamariam and 60-year-old Bahta Gebremedhen died while riding in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 53-year-old Shishay Gidey. Everyone in the SUV is from Sioux City.

Eighty-year-old Donna Timm, of Ute, Iowa, and 70-year-old Myrna Malone, of Des Moines, both died while riding in a GMC pickup truck driven by 70-year-old Larry Malone, of Des Moines. Both drivers and an unidentified passenger in the pickup were taken to Sioux City hospitals.

Iowa Democrats regroup after midterm losses

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November 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After a bruising midterm election where they lost a competitive Senate race and emerged with just one of four congressional seats, Iowa Democrats are trying to regroup. The recent results mean that Iowa will no longer have a congressional delegation evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. The retirement of longtime Sen. Tom Harkin creates a leadership void. And despite a significant voter outreach effort, many Democrats stayed home this year, suggesting the party’s message was lacking.

State Sen. Janet Peterson, a Democrat from Des Moines, says the party is in a “rebuilding mode.” Democrats did maintain control by a narrow margin in the Iowa Senate, while Republicans expanded their majority in the Iowa House.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Nov. 23rd 2014

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November 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says egg production in Iowa was as a record high in October at 1.41 billion eggs. The department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says that number is up 3 percent from September and up 4 percent from October last year. Iowa also had a record number of egg laying hens on hand in October at 59.2 million.

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a 37-year-old Akron man after they say he twice threatened to blow up the White House. The Sioux City Journal reports that the man called the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon and asked to speak with sheriff. Authorities say that when the man was told he would have to leave a message for the sheriff, he told the dispatcher he was going to blow up the White House.

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) — Five people have been killed and three others taken to a hospital in serious condition after a head-on crash east of Sloan. Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew tells the Sioux City Journal that the crash happened about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at Highway 141 and Eastland Avenue.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Grocery store chain Hy-Vee has donated $500,000 for the construction of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The university’s foundation tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that the new 480,000 square-foot pediatric hospital is scheduled to open in 2016.

5 killed 3 others hurt in NW Iowa crash

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) — Five people have been killed and three others taken to a hospital in serious condition after a head-on crash east of Sloan, in northwest Iowa. Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew told the Sioux City Journal that the crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Highway 141 and Eastland Avenue. Drew says a white Chevy Trailblazer was westbound on Highway 141 when the driver veered onto the gravel and overcorrected, causing them to lose control and crash into an eastbound black Ford truck. There were four occupants in each vehicle.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the victims. Drew said road conditions were not a factor in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

BOIL ADVISORY ISSUED FOR CITY OF DUNLAP

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Saturday evening, issued a Boil Advisory for the City of Dunlap, in Harrison County, following a water main break. The broken water line had not yet been located Saturday afternoon, but the boil advisory will remain into effect even after water pressure has been restored and until two sets of bacteria samples have been completed to determine the water is safe.

Water pressure has been retained at the nursing home in Dunlap so the facility is not currently under the boil advisory that has been issued for the rest of the city.

Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source such as bottled water be used until further notice.

Residents of Dunlap are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

1st reading of new Mowing Ordinance expected in Atlantic

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will get a jump on the next mowing season during their next regular meeting, when they act on the first reading of a new “Mowing of PropertiesOrdinance. The ordinance requires “Any property in the City of Atlantic, whether vacated or non-vacated….to be mowed when the vegetation reaches a height of more than 12 inches by the first and the fifteenth day of the month in May, June, July, August, September, and October.”

If the property owner fails to comply, the City, or its agents, may mow any property, by the aforementioned dates, and charge $75-per hour to do so. In addition, a surcharge of $100 will be charged to the property owner. The Ordinance says “Any property owners who fail to mow their properties, thus allowing the same to be mowed by the City or their agents, and who do not provide payment for the mowing as required, will be assessed by the City for such costs, which will be collected in the same manner as general property taxes.”

Any billings for mowing done by the City or its agents will be sent by regular mail and are payable within 30 days of the billing date. The ordinance will go into effect from and after its final passage, approval, and publication as provided by law.

NW Iowa man is arrested after threatening White House

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AKRON, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a 37-year-old Akron man after they say he twice threatened to blow up the White House. The Sioux City Journal report that the man called the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon and asked to speak with sheriff. Authorities say that when the man was told he would have to leave a message for the sheriff, he told the dispatcher he was going to blow up the White House.

Federal and local authorities went to the man’s home Thursday evening to investigate the threat. Investigators say after the man again threatened to blow up the White House and to kill the investigators, he was arrested.

Crash leads to diesel spill in western Iowa

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Crews were busy cleaning up a 100-gallon diesel spill in western Iowa’s Council Bluffs following a collision between a pickup and semitrailer. Authorities tell the Daily Nonpareil  that the crash happened Friday afternoon on the westbound Interstate 80 ramp going into Omaha, Nebraska from the South Expressway. Investigators say the pickup hit the semi’s fuel tank.

Assistant Council Bluffs Fire Chief Matt Thomas says the fire department assisted until a cleanup crew out of Omaha was hired by the company that employed the semi driver. Thomas says neither driver was injured.

Fatal accident in Audubon County Saturday morning

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November 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident early this (Saturday) morning in Audubon County, has claimed the life of an Audubon man. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says authorities received a report at around 1:30-a.m., about an accident in the 200 block of 190th Street, about 3-miles northeast of Audubon. When deputies arrived, they found a wrecked pickup truck and the driver, 19-year old Matthew Terry Sunberg, of Audubon, deceased.

The accident remains under investigation. The sheriff’s department was assisted by Audubon Fire and Rescue, officers with the Audubon Police Department, and Audubon County Medical Examiner’s Office.

(Podcast) KJAN Local/State News w/funerals

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November 22nd, 2014 by admin

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