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Officials address public fears about treating Ebola patient in Omaha

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the State of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska say treating a doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa at an Omaha hospital poses no health risk to the public. Dr. Joseph Acierno  is director of the Nebraska Department of Health.  “Considering the way the facility has been designed, considering the expertise we have with that facility, considering our partners, we believe any risk is minimal and we think there shouldn’t be fear, but we understand there will be fear,” Acierno says. “We stand ready to answer those questions.”

Dr. Rick Sacra, the patient, went on a mission trip to Liberia in August to work in a hospital there. He got a fever last Friday and was diagnosed with Ebola early this week. Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. today (Friday) at Offutt Air Force Base, just south of Omaha.

Dr. Phil Smith is director of the “biocontainment” unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where Sacra is being treated. “It’s likely that we’re going to continue to see people like this,” Smith  says. “They want to test the capacity of different places and have more than one facility on call.” Jeffery Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, says staff at the hospital have been preparing for this type of situation for “a very long time.”   “Not only will this patient receive world-class care,” Gold says, ” but all of our patients, students, faculty and staff will be completely protected during this entire episode of care.”

During this Ebola outbreak in west Africa, 36-hundred people have fallen ill and more than half of them have died. Sacra is a family practice doctor who was volunteering in the obstetrics unit of a hospital in Liberia. Two other American medical missionaries were flown back to the U.S. and treated at an Atlanta hospital’s isolation unit. They have both been released. The unit at Emory University in Atlanta, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Montana operate containment units that are similar to the one in Omaha.

(Radio Iowa)

Lenox man arrested on a warrant, Thursday

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox arrested a man Thursday night who was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. Officers took 21-year old German Phillip Rodriguez, of Lenox, into custody at around 11-p.m. at his place of employment.

German P. Rodriguez.

German P. Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was wanted for failure to appear on an original charge of assault causing injury. He was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was being held without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Creston man arrested Thu. evening on drug charges

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Thursday evening on drug charges, following a traffic stop. According to Creston Police, 21-year old Ely Will was taken into custody at around 5:30-p.m. in the 900 block of N. Lincoln Street.

Will faces charges that include Driving While Revoked, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was released from the Union County Jail after posting $1,000 bond.

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(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 9/5/2014

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Special school elections to be held Sept. 9th

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills Counties will head to the polls Tuesday to participate in special school elections. The Daily NonPareil reports the Lewis Central Community School District is asking voters to renew an existing instructional support levy, while the Missouri Valley and East Mills school districts will hold votes on voter-approved physical plant and equipment levies.

Lewis Central voters will choose whether to reauthorize a levy that is a mix of property taxes and an income tax surcharge that is used for textbooks, curriculum materials, Chromebooks, musical instruments and software licenses. Last year, the levy generated about $1.27 million, with $710,000 from income surtaxes and $560,000 from property taxes. The property tax portion of the levy was the equivalent of 54 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

The income tax surcharge portion is 6 percent, which is levied against a taxpayer’s state tax liability, not income. For example, someone who owes $1,000 in state taxes would be charged $60 – that is, 6 percent of $1,000. Lewis Central voters can go to the polls Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lewis Central Middle School.

Missouri Valley voters are being asked to double its existing physical plant and equipment levy, which pays for infrastructure needs, to a combined $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The expanded levy would be offset by expiring bond payments. Even if voters approve the proposal, they would still see a decrease of 86 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation in property taxes next year.

With voter approval, the levy would generate $2.9 million to help pay for a $7.5 million investment in the district’s campus, connecting all the schools together and making safety and wellness improvements. The remaining $4.6 in funding would come through state sales tax revenue. Missouri Valley voters can head to the polls Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rand Center.

East Mills voters are being asked for a similar levy of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for infrastructure projects. The district has faced a financial crisis, which resulted in the closing of Chantry Elementary School in Malvern this year to control costs. A school bond is on the horizon for next year following the levy vote next week. With voter approval, the levy would generate nearly $4 million over the next decade. How the money would be spent would depend on the fate of the school bond, based on several scenarios developed by Iowa Schoolhouse Construction & Planning Services.

If the bond issue would fall significantly short of passing, the consultant recommended the district consolidate its schools to Nishna Valley, which could be renovated using the levy funds. If the bond vote is close but unsuccessful, the district could try again. A successful bond vote could see all grades consolidated into the existing high school in Malvern.

East Mills voters living in the former Nishna Valley district can vote at Indian Creek Museum, 59256 380th St. in Hastings, from noon to 8 p.m.  Those voters living in the former Malvern district vote at Malvern Public Library, 502 Main St. in Malvern, from noon to 8 p.m.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & Funeral report, 09/05/2014

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Smoking materials blamed for deck fire in Atlantic, Thu.

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Discarded smoking materials are being blamed for a small deck fire Thursday evening, in Atlantic. Firefighter Gene Schmeling told KJAN News the damage to the deck at 806 Locust was minimal. The incident, which was originally dispatched as an overturned grill that landed on a deck and caught it on fire, was reported at around 6:28-p.m.

No other details are currently available.

Police: Iowa woman charged with child endangerment

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Storm Lake police have arrested a woman who they say played a game with her children that deprived them of oxygen. The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune reports 31-year-old Jennifer Cordova was charged with two counts of child endangerment on Thursday. Police say she played a “pass out game” with her 13- and 7-year-old sons. They say she pushed on the 13-year-old’s chest until he passed out. The 7-year-old wasn’t injured.

It’s unclear if the older child was hospitalized.  Cordova was released from the Buena Vista County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Keeping an eye on credit and debit accounts should be done all the time

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The latest report of a major retailer being hacked has prompted warnings for customers to keep an eye on their credit and debit card accounts. The spokesman for Iowa’s Attorney General, Geoff Greenwood, says the Home Depot announcement shows why you should make it a habit to track you accounts. “We urge consumers, regardless if there has been a report of data breach, to monitor their bills,” Greenwood says. “That is sometimes not just your best, but your only defense in detecting when someone has compromised your card.”

Greenwood says you can take all the right steps and still have your data stolen. “These are likely eastern European, perhaps Russian hackers who have infiltrated a system according to media reports, and have sold credit cards on the black market, in what they call the Dark Web. And so, you may’ve done everything right and you may’ve been compromised, and the best way to figure that out is to look at your bills, look at your account statements. Keep on top of your accounts,” Greenwood says.

Another way to keep up with your accounts is through a credit report. “Credit reports are available for free. There are three credit reporting agencies, and you are entitled to one free credit report every year and you can get many more if you want to pay for them,” Greenwood says. “What some consumers do, is they will spread it out over several months. They will get a report from one agency and then three or four months later get one from another agency.”

He says there are some specific instructions for Home Depot customers. “Any customer who used a credit card or debit card at Home Depot in the last six months should act accordingly and look at their account activity,” according to Greenwood. You can go to the Attorney General’s website to find out more. He says there is information on the website about what you can do. Right now you can call Home Depot directly if you have more questions, as Greenwood says Home Depot has not released specific information yet on the time frame involved in the hacking.

The latest retailer hack comes after Target reported having its data stolen near the end of last year.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa officials say heroin deaths spike in 2013

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September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say the number of fatal heroin overdoses more than doubled in the state last year. The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Department of Public Health says 20 people died in 2013. That’s up from eight in 2012. There were about one to four heroin deaths a year prior to 2008.

An Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement director says Iowa’s heroin problem seems to be worse in the eastern part of the state. He says those areas are closer to Chicago suppliers. The department didn’t say who the victims were or where they died.

An addiction-treatment specialist says the national increase in heroin use correlates to a rise in the abuse of prescription painkillers.