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7AM Newscast 02-04-2013

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February 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic City Council to hold a public hearing on re-zoning for a subdivision

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday evening during the City Council meeting in Atlantic, with regard to an amendment of the City’s Zoning Ordinance to allow a portion of land in the southeastern part of the City to be rezoned from Low Density/Single Family dwellings (R-2) to Multiple Family (R-4) dwellings. The hearing and first reading of the ordinance, follows discussion pertaining to traffic issues along 19th Street in the area of a proposed new subdivision.

Local developer Don Sonntag is asking the Council to approve rezoning of a portion of the Southern Heights 2nd addition along East 19th Street. During the City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Jan. 29th, the Commission voted 4-to 3 to approve the matter, and forwarded it to the full Council for its consideration and vote. In approving Sonntag’s request, the Commission agreed that he would not be required to provide for any street connections envisioned in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, or as shown on the original plat.

Concerns about the street connection aspect of the proposal have been raised by the City Attorney and others, with regard to traffic flow on 22nd and 19th Streets, especially with regard to the width of 19th Street, west of Redwood Drive, and the proposed installation of a cul-de-sac, instead of a through street, which some say would be more conducive to better traffic flow and provider easier access to emergency vehicles.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council Wednesday, will act on: Resolutions accepting work on two paving and storm sewer improvement projects; the plans and specs for 2013 Street Improvement Projects and authorization of bids; and the setting of Feb. 20th, as the date for a public hearing with regard to the issuance of General Obligation bonds not to exceed $2.72-million, for the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2014.

Street improvements make up slightly over 70-percent of the bond amount ($1.91-million), with Storm Water improvements coming in at just under 10-percent ($270,000), and building improvements making up three-percent ($90,000), and equipment just under 17-percent ($450,000).

The Council’s meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday.

Know an uber-good Iowan? Recognize them with a Character Counts award

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nominations are now being taken for this year’s Iowa Character Awards. Amy Smit, spokeswoman for Character Counts in Iowa, says it’s important to recognize our community leaders as well as people behind the scenes who exhibit the six pillars of character “There’s tons of Iowans out there so take just a second to think about the people in our lives that show good character and make a very worthy nomination,” Smit says. There are certain guidelines Iowans should follow as they make nominations.

“We look for people who follow the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship,” Smit says. “We also look for people who do work in their community, who stand up for what they believe and do their best work.” This will be the eighth year for what’s now an annual, statewide awards tradition.

Individuals and organizations can be nominated on the group’s website: www.charactercountsiniowa.org, and follow the links to submit a nomination. The deadline for entries is May 14th. The winners will be recognized at the Iowa Character Awards Dinner this August in West Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

King to press for cutting food stamps

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King plans to use a new leadership position to press for a reduction in food stamps or “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” benefits. “These benefits, call them that — nutrition benefits, are for people that need them, that are needy,” King says, “and they’re not for anyone else.” The monthly benefit for a single food stamp recipient is just under 134-dollars. King is the new chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees operations of the U-S-D-A, including the food stamp program. King won reelection in November by defeating Christie Vilsack, wife of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — the chief of the U-S-D-A.

King says he’s worked with Vilsack before when the two were serving in the Iowa Senate and when Vilsack was governor and will be able to do so again.  “Tom Vilsack has excellent credentials and he is always well prepared and he thinks things through well,” King says. “And I’d like to think that we have mutual respect for each other’s ability even though we carry different philosophies into the arena.” King is critical of Vilsack’s philosophy on food stamps. “The Department of Agriculture has been advocating to push more and more SNAP benefits out and, in doing so, the argument that came from the secretary was for every dollar’s worth of food stamps you hand out, you get $1.84 in economic activity,” King says. “I completely reject that economic philosophy.”

King says fraud in the food stamp program needs to be addressed. “One of the things we’ll be looking at is food stamps and the qualifications for food stamps,” King says, “and looking at how the (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card has been used for, oh, tattoos and bailing people out of jail and a number of inappropriate uses.” In 2004 the U.S.D.A. quit issuing paper “stamps” and Americans who qualify for food stamps now get a plastic card they can swipe at the store.

A Government Accountability Office audit found that from 1993 to 2010, fraud had been reduced by nearly 75 percent. About 90 percent of American households that receive food stamps live below the poverty line. For a two-person family, like a single mom with one child, the poverty line is 15-thousand dollars in annual income.

(Radio Iowa.)

Slippery road blamed for accident in Montgomery County, Sunday

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A rollover accident south of Stanton Sunday morning was blamed on icy road conditions. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a vehicle driven by 70-year-old Carolyn Houston, of Stanton, was south bound on O Ave, just south of 250th St. at around 10-a.m., when the vehicle hit a patch of ice and left the road before sliding into the west ditch. In the ditch, the vehicle came into contact with the embankment of a driveway, causing it to go airborne before landing and rolling over onto the driver’s side. Houston, who was trapped in her vehicle, was extricated by the Stanton Fire Department, using with the “Jaws of Life.” She was transported by Stanton Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, for treatment of minor injuries.

No citations were issued.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 4th 2013

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MESERVEY, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a small north-central Iowa town spent most of yesterday without power or water after a fire damaged utility wires and destroyed two buildings. The town water tower was drained as firefighters battled the fire early Sunday morning. Then officials in Meservey could not refill the town’s water tower because there was no electricity. Power and water service was restored by yesterday evening.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The frenzied pace of farmland sales has slowed at the start of the year amid uncertainty about the drought. Fred Greder, who owns Benchmark Agribusiness, says that between Labor Day and the end of 2012, about 100 farmland auctions were held in north Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Young people in Iowa who entered the country illegally, but have been granted temporary residency through a presidential order are getting work permits and driver’s licenses. However questions remain about their access to in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges. Some Democrats in the state Senate have introduced legislation that would ensure in-state tuition at community colleges and state universities for students who are accepted, meet residency requirements and commit to trying to pursue legal citizenship.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting Number 23 Minnesota to a 62-59 victory over Iowa yesterday afternoon. Mike Gesell finished with 11 points, and Aaron White and Zach McCabe each had 10 for the Hawkeyes in Minneapolis.

Red Oak man arrested on burglary and drug charges Friday night

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February 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested Friday night on burglary and drug-related charges. Officials report 30-year old George Allen Alfred Wesbrook , of Red Oak, was taken into custody after he ran from police when officers arrived to investigate a report of an attempted residential burglary. Following his arrest, Wesbrook was found to be in possession of a few small electronic items that did not belong to him, and drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Attempted Burglary and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wesbrook was being in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 cash bond. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the apprehension of Wesbrook.

Medical group to serve Iowa liver disease patients in western & central Iowa

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February 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa and two Des Moines-area health care groups are forming a new organization to improve and coordinate care for patients with liver disease. The university said Friday the Iowa Liver Center will be a partnership between its Organ Transplant Center, the Iowa Digestive Disease Center in Clive and Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and its affiliates.

The center will offer diagnostic, treatment and support services for people with diseases of the liver in central and western Iowa. University officials say it will bring together leading digestive disease physicians, transplant surgeons and others to manage care, with a goal of improving quality and efficiency. The partnership allows the groups to share clinical data. UI professor Alan Reed says the center should provide a better experience for patients.

7AM Newscast 2-2-2013

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February 2nd, 2013 by admin

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Corning Man Arrested for Harassment

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February 2nd, 2013 by admin

The Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man on Friday. Fifty-nine year old Joseph Johnson was charged with harassment for continuous phone calls and threatening his landlord over a dispute about monthly rent payments. Johnson’s bond has been set at $1,000.