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Persia boy falls off, and is run over by a tractor

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A 10-year old boy from Persia suffered serious injuries after he fell from, and was run over by, his fathers tractor. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports Cole Pauley was riding on the fender of a 1066 International tractor at around 9:30-p.m., Monday, when he fell off the machine being driven by his father, Robert Pauley. After being run over by the tractor, Cole was transported by LifeNet Helicopter to an undisclosed hospital in Omaha. The accident took place in the 400-block of Shelby County Road M-16, a Level-B road. Shelby Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

(8-a.m. News)

Gay pair awarded $147K in Council Bluffs bias case

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs jury has awarded a gay couple $147,000 in their discrimination lawsuit. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission had sued an apartment management company, New Life Multi-Family Management LLC, on behalf of Charles Anderson and Brandon Morehead. The commission says the jury last week found in favor of the couple. 

The commission says a maintenance technician employed by New Life Multi-Family had harassed Anderson and Morehead, who shared a one-bedroom in a complex managed by the company. The commission also says the technician continued to deride the men with epithets even after they complained to the apartment complex manager. 

The lawsuit says the company didn’t correct the technician’s behavior, which was discriminatory against Anderson and Morehead, based on their sexual orientation.

Atlantic School Board approves extracurricular activities & bus purchases

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education Monday night, approved by a three-to-two vote, the addition of certain extracurricular activities for the 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 school years.  For 2013-’14, that includes dance and an archery club, with swimming and bowling being added for the 2014-15 calendar year. The only stipulation, is that those programs would be on a three-year probationary period, with regard to how many students continue to express an interest in them.

Board members Phil Hascall and Dennis Davis voted against adding the activites. Hascall said he’d rather spend the money on Lindamood Bell teacher training and related programs, which seeks to strengthen students’ reading, comprehension and math skills by evaluating students in need of extra help and tailoring instruction specifically toward those individuals.  

The Board Monday also approved the purchase of an 84- and 65 passenger bus, similar to those purchased last year. As with last year, one of the buses will be powered by propane. The total cost for both vehicles is $204,378. It’s expected the district will receive them sometime later this fall.  

And, the Board approved a lease agreement for a new mobile classroom to handle class overload at the Washington School. The building would handle those classes that meet less than 30-minutes per day, and which do not require water and sewer accessibility. They also approved the purchase of a new walk-in cooler for the Schuler School food prep area.

Atlantic P-D hosts Zoo Fun Day

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department say 14 children ranging in age from seven-to 10, boarded a SWITA bus and headed to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo last week. The June 4th trip was made possible by the Atlantic Police Department’s Children’s fund.

Back row, pictured left to right: Lt. Jon Parsons; Sgt. Paul Wood; Dispatcher Brittany Shampang; Amber Singleton, & Officer Devin Hogue

Back row, pictured left to right: Lt. Jon Parsons; Sgt. Paul Wood; Dispatcher Brittany Shampang; Amber Singleton, & Officer Devin Hogue

Three A-PD officers and two female volunteers accompanied the kids as they explored the many zoo exhibits and learned about the animals. Officials report the kids and officers had a great time at the zoo, and hope to do it again, next year.

The Atlantic Police Department’s Children’s fund is sustained by private donations from citizens and charity organizations, and enables the department to interact with local, area youth during several different activities, including an upcoming weekend campout.

Officials with the A-PD thank the parents of the children who attended the zoo event for allowing their kids the opportunity to do so, and all those generous persons and businesses who contributed funds to make the trip possible.

Officer Devin Hogue & a few kids take  abreak at the zoo & share some laughs. (both photos courtesy the Atlantic Police Dept.)

Officer Devin Hogue & a few kids take abreak at the zoo & share some laughs. (both photos courtesy the Atlantic Police Dept.)

Taylor County man arrested in Corning

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a Taylor County man was arrested early Monday afternoon on an alcohol-related charge. Authorities stopped a car driven by 48-year old Mark Land, of Gravity, after they received a report of him allegedly being intoxicated at the Corning Hy-Vee Store. Upon further investigation, Land was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st offense.

Red Oak burglary reported

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating a reported residential burglary. Officials say they received a call from a woman on E Street late Monday night, indicating someone had entered her home and removed several items, including an XBox 360, XBox 360 games and other, miscellaneous items. There was no visible damage, or indication of forced entry, to the structure. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500, or Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

2 arrested on drug charges in Montgomery County

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Monday night on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say deputies, assisted by Red Oak Police, arrested 29-year old Charles Adam Bradshaw, of Panora, and 29-year old Lacey Jo Smalley, of Clarinda.

Bradshaw was taken into custody on a warrant out of Dallas County for Probation Violation. He was also charged with driving while barred, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to a peace officer. Bradshaw being being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Smalley faces a possession of marijuana charge. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 cash bond.

Survey finds 27% of Iowa companies expect to add workers in next three months

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

More than a quarter of the Iowa business owners who took part in a new survey plan to boost employment between the months of July and September. The third quarter Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found 27-percent of Iowa companies expect to add workers, while just six-percent anticipate a decrease in staffing levels. Manpower spokesperson Karen Miller says the result is a “Net Employment Outlook” of 21-percent. “That’s a really solid number. It’s the same as it was in Q2, so everything looks pretty optimistic for Iowa,” Miller said. The Net Employment Outlook is down slightly from a 24-percent outlook one year ago. Many of the recent Manpower surveys have listed Iowa as one of the best states in the nation for job opportunities. For that reason, Miller is encouraging Iowa employers to bolster their employee retention plans.

“As the unemployment numbers drop and hiring expectations increase, that means competition for top talent will be heating up,” Miller said. “So, if you’re looking for a job, now is a great time to find a job. If you’re an employer, you’re going to want to make sure you have plans in place to retain your top talent or risk losing them to your competition.” The Q3 2013 Manpower survey found job prospects are especially good in Iowa’s capital city.  “Des Moines is expected to be the best metro in the U.S. for job opportunities,” Miller said. In Des Moines, 28-percent of the employers surveyed plan to add workers in the third quarter, while just two-percent anticipate layoffs.

Of the more than 18,000 employers Manpower surveyed in the United States, 22-percent expect to add to their workforces, while six-percent expect a decline in their payrolls between July and September.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa farmers make slight planting progress

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers endured another wet week largely keeping them out of the fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s crop update that 92 percent of Iowa’s corn is now planted. Usually planting is all but completed by now. Eighty-six percent is rated in fair, good, or excellent shape while 14 percent is poor or very poor.

Just 60 percent of the soybean crop is planted much lower than the normal 95 percent and 39 percent has emerged while average is 83 percent. Planting and emergence for soybeans are the latest since 1993.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says temperatures were below normal every day last week at all locations in the state. The statewide average rainfall was 1.1 inches slightly under average of 1.2 inches.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., June 11th 2013

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June 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was missing for weeks before her body was discovered in a river. Palmer and Swank Funeral Homes says a service for Kathlynn Shepard will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. inside the Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School gymnasium in Boxholm. The service is open to the public.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City talk show host is running for U.S. Senate. Republican Samuel Clovis announced his candidacy yesterday at a Holiday Inn conference center in Sioux City. He’s running for a Senate seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Clovis, who describes himself as conservative, is a former fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and hosts a radio show on KSCJ-AM.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa man has been accused of stealing checks from an elderly woman who hired him. The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday that 55-year-old Michael Opperud of Tripoli, Iowa stole up to $18,000 from an elderly Waverly woman between April and June of this year.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has named golfer Scott Fernandez as the school’s male athlete of the year. Fernandez was a first-team All-Big 12 selection this spring, and he earned second-team All-American honors from Golfweek magazine. Fernandez finished the year ranked 18th nationally after breaking the school’s single-season stroke mark.