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SW IA Fire Danger is “High” today (May 13th)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE, says today’s Grassland Fire Danger Category in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, is Very High. The next two days will be hot and dry, leaving conditions for rapid fire development extremely high. If you plan to burn remember to plan ahead and take all necessary precautions as winds and low humidity levels will create conditions for fast and out of control fires.

Iowa home prices, sales rise in April

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Home sales and prices rose in Iowa last month. Don Marple is president of the Iowa Association of Realtors, which tracks the numbers. “We’ve seen a 6.1 percent increase in sales from April of last year to this April and we’ve seen about a 3 percent increase in the pricing of homes,” Marple says.

A total of 2,851 homes were sold in Iowa last month. That’s up from 2,688 home sales in April 2012. The median sale price across Iowa rose from $124,000 to $128,000. Marple says home prices in Iowa have been steadily rising, but it’s still a good time for first-time home buyers to enter the market. “We’re always concerned, but the value and the amount of buyers out there are helping with the increase in the values of properties. But, interest rates have been a big help, staying around 3 to 4 percent,” Marple says. “It just makes it very affordable for anyone to be buying now instead of renting,” Marple says.

The number of homes on the market has been declining, which has contributed to the price increases. But, Marple expects more Iowans will be looking to sell their homes in the coming months. “Our inventory is down. Our supply of inventory is down to about 6 months, which is about a 20 percent drop from last year at this time,” Marple says. “But, we did have about 300 more homes on the market (in April) than last year at this time. Spring is getting here, summer’s coming up, people are getting ready to out of school – so, they’ve got their homes ready to put on the market and they want to join in on the action and make a move.”

(Radio Iowa)

Shelby County Fire Danger Index: “High”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says due to forecast low relative humidity and high wind conditions, along with the presence of dry fine fuels, the fire danger rating in the County is being upgraded to HIGH. Controlled burns should be avoided for the next couple of days. Notify your local fire chief if outdoor burning is planned.

Officials are asking participating agencies to place their “Fire Danger” signs in the High category. The rating will be re-evaluated on Thursday, May 16th, or before as conditions dictate.

OWI arrest in Adams County

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early Sunday morning in Adams County, resulted in an arrest. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says a Ford truck driven by 50-year old Jackie Trichell, of Corning, was pulled over at around 1-a.m Sunday. Upon further investigation, it was determined Trichell was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He was being held in the Adams County Jail on a charge of OWI/1st offense, pending an initial court appearance.

Sioux City officer returns to where he was shot

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May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City police officer Kevin McCormick is back on duty and has already visited the spot where he was wounded during a traffic stop.  Sioux City station KTIV says McCormick retraced his route on the west side of the city on Sunday, remembering the garbage cans and chain-link fence and the van he saw on April 29. McCormick says he’s been replaying the incident in his mind.

He’d pulled over a car for a seat belt violation. As he was preparing to leave his cruiser, a man got out of the car and fired eight rifle shots at the cruiser. A bullet that penetrated the cruiser’s windshield struck McCormick above an eye.  Twenty-one-year-old Jamal Dean has been arrested and is being held on a charge of attempted murder.

8AM Newscast 05-13-2013

News, Podcasts

May 13th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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IA DOT Launches Iowa Travel Planning Websites for Byways & Bicycles

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced the release of two new interactive websites for planning travel adventures on Iowa’s byways and bicycle trails.Officials say the full-feature sites are ideal for planning trips to explore Iowa’s two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways along with Iowa’s many bicycle trails that crisscross and complement the byways. The byways website is: http://www.iowabyways.org; the bicycle website is:  http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm. 
Iowa byways website and tour guide
Discover your Iowa adventure at the Iowa byways interactive website. It is loaded with information about the byways, including a route description and its history, contact information, and listing of local events, attractions and travel services. The stunning photography will undoubtedly draw visitors to discover Iowa’s scenic, natural, historic and cultural resources. The website is updated regularly by local byway organizations. Come see what Iowa’s nationally recognized byways have to offer. You can plan, map and share your adventure, save notes or even send an e-postcard. 

The Iowa Byways website offers several unique features: 

  •          Customize your search: This is not your ordinary search option. Visitors can search the site by type (event, attraction or travel service); category (arts and culture, dining, events and festivals, historic sites, natural areas, recreation, and shopping); or cost. The search results can be added to the user’s trip; saved as a favorite; or shared using social media.
  •          Plan your trip details: Sign up for free and then create trips by selecting events, attractions and travel services of interest; or add something from your list of favorites. Once you’ve finished, you can print an itinerary for your trip; share your trip plans via Google Plus™, email or as a tweet; export the information; or save it for later use. 
  •          Share an e-postcard: Choose a postcard photo from one of the byway galleries. Then add a personalized message and email it to a friend or family member.  
  •          Create your favorites list and make notes: Once you’ve discovered an interesting attraction or event on the site, save it as a favorite. Then you can add it to a trip, print a list of your favorites, come back to it later or retrieve the information en route using your smartphone. 

You can also order a free copy of the Iowa Byways travel guide, or simply print a copy.  

Iowa interactive bicycle map
One of Iowa DOT’s most popular publications, the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, is now online. Explore this interactive map to plan your trip and find bicycle trail routes and amenities, right down to available rest stops and restaurants.

 
Features include trailheads, parking, rest rooms, bicycle shops and other key features.  
  •          Plan your bike trip ahead of time: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
  •          Discover Iowa’s bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, sidepaths and bicycle-friendly roads.
  •          Locate bicycle amenities: Features such as trailheads, restrooms, and water fountains along trails of 5 miles or longer.
  •          Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown.   

You can also request a free Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists.

(Press Release)

7AM Newscast 05-13-2013

News, Podcasts

May 13th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Hot and dry weather in store for the 1st 1/2 of the week

News, Weather

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An impressive warming trend remains certain across Iowa today into Tuesday. The warmest day is forecast on Tuesday where near record or record high temperatures are anticipated. Lower to middle 90s for highs will be common over central Iowa. Windy southwest winds and very dry relative humidity will lead to an enhanced fire danger over western and northern Iowa Tuesday afternoon. A cold front will sweep across the state Tuesday night and provide a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cooler temperatures are expected by Wednesday.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 13th 2013

News

May 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowans are starting to worry about what a debate about IowaCare means for their doctor visits. About 66,000 residents are currently enrolled in the program. Democrats who control the state Senate favor a Medicaid expansion. Republicans who hold a majority in the House oppose the expansion.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s unlikely a bill that would make changes to the state’s system for inspecting school buses will pass this year. A bill that would require buses with serious problems to be re-inspected has passed the Iowa Senate. But some lawmakers now want to shift inspections out of the Education Department and into the state Transportation Department.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is facing charges after trying to evade police at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. The chase happened Friday afternoon when the Ida County Sheriff’s Department tried to stop Barry Young. Young faces a felony charge of eluding arrest, several drug charges and numerous traffic violations.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawyer and former police officer lost his law license after being convicted of drug and forgery charges. Brian Stowe was convicted of possessing methamphetamine and forging two checks in 2011. Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins says theft by lawyers won’t be tolerated.