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Can’t quit smoking? Study: Genetics may be key to quitting

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December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking. Now, smokers from western Iowa and eastern Nebraska are taking part in a study to determine how genetics may impact their ability to quit smoking. Dr. Julia Houfek (HOE-feck) is lead researcher for the study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Houfek says they hope to learn why some smokers can quit and others can’t.  “We’re studying a certain genetic characteristic that’s related to nicotine dependence,” Houfek says. “This information may help smokers, especially those who have tried to quit and have difficulty quitting decide the best way to quit for them. We’re also interested in knowing how smokers understand this information and then use it in their smoking behaviors.”

Recent studies have found perhaps 70-percent of the reasons a person can’t quit smoking may be genetic. “This is very new information, the research is ongoing right now,” Houfek says. “We’re learning more and more about this every day. There’s a real interest among researchers to understand if we give people this type of information about their genetic predisposition to smoking or nicotine dependence, what impact that might make on their smoking behaviors.”

After extensive testing, volunteers are being given the information about their genetics and then tracked to see if they seek out the best ways to quit smoking based on that genetic makeup.  “They do not have to stop smoking as part of this study,” Houfek says. “We’re just interested in knowing how they understand the information and if they use it in any way in their smoking cessation. We need a control group though, to follow along, for comparison purposes.”

Of the 90 people being enrolled in the study, half are receiving information about their genetic profile, while the others won’t receive the information until after the study is over. The UNMC College of Nursing received a 40-thousand dollar grant to conduct the study which may help smokers determine their best path to quit.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 31st 2012

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December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A group of Iowa City residents is gathering signatures on a petition to ban the use of traffic cameras and drones in their hometown. The group has collected between 500 and 1,000 signatures since October. The group hopes to get 10,000 signatures by April 1st to put their proposal on the ballot.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a head-on collision that killed an 18-year-old woman and injured two other people in eastern Iowa. KWWL reports that Angela Harrison of Washington died yesterday morning after the crash in Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol says Harrison was driving along Highway 22 south of Iowa City when her car crossed into oncoming traffic near Utah Avenue. Harrison’s car collided with a pickup truck.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man is facing murder charges after some Iowa children found a dead body near the trash at a Des Moines apartment complex. Police say the children found the body of 27-year-old Gerald Bonner of Des Moines Saturday evening. Their mother called police. Police arrested 27-year-old John D. Edwards early yesterday morning.

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa hunter has been hospitalized after shooting himself in the foot with a shotgun while getting into a pickup truck. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it is investigating the incident that happened near Eldora. Officials say that 53-year-old Tim Oelschlager of Roland shot himself in the foot Saturday morning.

7 Adams County residents arrested on drug charges, Friday

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December 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say seven people were arrested Friday in Corning, on drug-related offenses. Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers with the Tri-County Narcotics Division of Narcotics Enforcement, arrested 18-year old Jacob Jones at around 1:10-p.m. Friday, following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Corning. Jones faces a Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, charge. His bond was set at $5,000.

At about the same time, 19-year old Devin Heimke, and 18-year old Mikel Hilton, both from Corning, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The pair were taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at 404 12th Street in Corning. Their bonds were set at $1,300 each.

Officials said also, 18-year old Abigail Vaill, 20-year old Mark Morris, and 23-year old Cody Silence, all from Corning, were arrested at around 2:10-p.m., Friday.  The trio were arrested following a traffic stop at the Casey’s Store in Corning. All three were brought to the Adams County Jail. Their bonds were set at $5,000 each.

And, Jeffrey Wiechman, of Corning, was arrested at around 7:35-p.m. Friday, on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana charges. The arrest took place following the execution of a search warrant at 401 Loomis in Corning. Wiechman’s bond was set at $1,300.

Drug bust in Lenox Friday evening nets 2 arrests

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant served Friday evening at a residence in Lenox netted more than a pound of marijuana, cash, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, and two arrests. The Lenox Police Department reports officers with the Lenox P-D, along with deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Task Force, executed a search at a home in the 500-block of West Temple Street in Lenox, at around 5:30-p.m.  Arrested at the scene was 20-year old Nathan Drew Simington, and 17-year old Mason Wageman, both of Lenox.

Nathan Drew Simington (photo provided by Lenox P-D. Mugshot of Wageman was not available Saturday afternoon)

Simington was charged with Possession of more than one pound of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. Both charges are Class-D Felonies. He was transported to the Taylor County Jail by the Lenox Police Department. Wageman was taken into custody by Adams County Sheriff’s deputies,  and charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. He was transported to the juvenile holding facility in Eldora. Additional charges may be filed as a result of the investigation.

Lenox woman arrested on drug charges Friday night

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Lenox Police Chief Jon Huggins reports the arrest late Friday night of 20-year old Chesly M. Ward.

20-year old Chelsy M. Ward

Ward, of Lenox was taken into custody by officers with the Lenox Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, at around 11:30-p.m., after a search warrant was served earlier that evening at her residence. Ward faces two felony charges: Possession of more than one pound of marijuana with intent to deliver, and failure to afix a drug tax stamp. She was being held in the Ringgold County jail.

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Slick roads cause Page County accident Friday morning

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Slippery roads were apparently to blame for a single-vehicle accident Friday morning, in Page County. The Sheriff’s Department reports a 1980 Chevy van was traveling south on V-Avenue at around 10-a.m., when the vehicle went out of control due to surface road conditions. The van went off the left side of the road near 210th Street and into a ditch, before hitting and coming to rest on a barbed wire fence belonging to a Clarinda man. The driver of the van was not identified in the Sheriff’s report, and it was unclear what the extent of any injuries were, but they were not transported to the hospital.

The van sustained $500 damage, while damage to the fence was estimated at $100.

Adams County man arrested Friday evening

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Carbon was arrested Friday evening. 52-year old Ricardo Avila was taken into custody at around 5:10-p.m., on a charge of Harassment in the 2nd degree, after deputies were called to investigate a report  Avila was threatening harm to another person, and that person’s animals. Avila was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Shenandoah man wanted on assault charge arrested Friday

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Shenandoah man facing three felony charges associated with an incident on December 21st, has turned himself-in to authorities. 74-year old Robert Earl Christianson was wanted on a warrant  issued by a Page County Magistrate, after a complaint was filed by the Shenandoah Police Department.

The warrant, issued Dec. 27th, charged Christianson with Assault with a weapon on a Peace officer, Eluding, and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, all of which are Class-D felonies. Christianson posted bond and was released pending a court hearing.

Iowa group announces search for best egg recipes

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — A group that monitors Iowa’s egg industry is looking for the best recipes that think outside the shell. The Iowa Egg Council is kicking off its “Incredibly Good Eggs” cooking contest. Recipes can include party foods or drinks, breakfast entrees, main dishes, side dishes, snacks or desserts. The recipes must be original and contain at least four eggs in the form of whole eggs, yolks or whites. The contest will be divided among adults, culinary arts students and general students from sixth grade through high school. Winners will be selected online after a preliminary judging period.

All contest entries must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5 PM. To enter, visit www.iowaegg.org for a downloadable entry form and a complete list of rules. Or call 877-IOWAEGG for mailed contest information.