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Man admits robbing 2 banks in Nebraska, 1 in western Iowa


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Lincoln, Nebraska man has admitted robbing two banks in Nebraska and one in western Iowa. The Lincoln Journal Star says 53-year-old Cameron Mitchell made his guilty pleas Thursday in a federal courtroom in Lincoln after making a deal with prosecutors.

While being questioned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart, Mitchell acknowledged robbing a Union Bank branch in Lincoln on July 16, 2012, a First National Bank branch in Omaha on Aug. 13, 2012, and an American National Bank branch in Council Bluffs, on Aug. 24, 2012.  Prosecutors say Mitchell carried a small-caliber gun during each robbery.

Mitchell agreed that restitution of more than $74,000 would be ordered as part of his sentence. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14.

7AM Newscast 10-18-2013

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October 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Audubon City Council Special Meeting today


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon will hold a special meeting today (Friday), at noon. The lone item on their agenda, is the approval of a change order pertaining to the Water Tower Project. The cost  increase of $5,275 reflects sealing work necessary on all interior roof seams using an NSF approved sealant.

During the Council’s meeting Monday night, City officials approved a pay estimate for the project amounting to nearly $119,900.  The water tower project includes cleaning the tower inside and out, as well as painting.  Officials say it’s hoped the tower will be refilled by the end of the month.

he Audubon water tower project is set to wrap up.

Audubon City Clerk Lora Hansen said the project included cleaning the tower inside and out and painting. She said they are hoping to have the tower filled back up by the end of the month. The Audubon City Council approved a pay estimate for the project at their meeting last night in the amount of $119,894.75.

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Creston man arrested in Adams County Thu. evening


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Union County man was arrested Thursday evening on Highway 34. Alexander Reidler, of Creston, was pulled over at around 6:50-p.m. for speeding. He was subsequently found to be driving with a suspended license, and having no insurance on his vehicle. Reidler was booked into the Adams County Jail, where his bond was set at slightly more than $1,132.

Red Oak woman arrested Thu. evening


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a 69-year old woman Thursday evening, for Failure to Appear in court. Officials say Karen Jean Tuntas, of Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 500 block of Broad Street at around 7:15-p.m., for failure to appear on a Driving While Revoked charge. Tuntas was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center.

Iowa News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 18 2013


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — Herbert Hoover’s presidential library has reopened in his Iowa hometown after Congress voted to end the government shutdown. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library in West Branch said yesterday that it is once again open to visitors and researchers after being closed since October 1st, when funding for its activities ran out.

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — A school official in Grinnell says about 40 students and a teacher were taken to a hospital after being exposed to sewer line gases. Superintendent Todd Abrahamson tells KCCI-TV the students and teacher are from Grinnell-Newburg High School. After being exposed to the gases due to a crack in a sewer line, they complained of headaches, dizziness and nausea and were evaluated at a hospital yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police says they’re investigating the first theft of the rental bicycles commonly used in downtown Des Moines. The Register reports four of the bikes were rented between Monday and Wednesday, and then not returned. The bikes are valued at $4,800. The bikes are rented by swiping a credit card, and the owner of the card used says it must have been stolen.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A pot-bellied pig nicknamed Willie is no longer free. KCCI-TV reports after weeks of roaming an eastside Des Moines neighborhood, residents say Willie was caught in a live trap near a dental office. Animal control workers took the roughly 200 pound animal into custody.

Governor signs order on “Common Core” to ease conservatives’ concerns


October 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s Republican governor has signed an executive order aimed at addressing complaints from conservatives about the so-called “common core” standards for Iowa schools. “I think there’s a lot of concern about the federal government dictating what the state is going to have in terms of academic standards,” Governor Terry Branstad says. “And I wanted to make it very clear that we’re very commited to Iowa-controlled academic standards and the ‘Iowa Core’ and we are not going to let the federal government dictate this to us.”

Forty-five states, including Iowa, have adopted “Common Core State Standards” for schools, an initiative launched by the National Governor’s Association. The standards outline what math and language skills students should master at each grade level. Critics say the “common core” standards will insert “liberal propaganda” in the required reading material for U.S. students. Branstad says he wants “good state standards” focused on improving student achievement, but he signed the executive order to make it clear local districts will be able to choose their own classroom materials.

“Standards are what a student should know and be able to do each year along the way,” Branstad says. “Curriculum should be a local determination made by the school district as to how students can achieve that knowledge.” In his executive order, Branstad asserts that “student and family privacy is paramount” and the governor will resist any attempt by the federal government to gather what he calls “intrusive, unnecessary” data about Iowa students. However, Branstad is not abandoning the idea that the state should maintain its “Iowa Core” — a set of benchmarks for academic achievement in each grade.

“So we want to give flexibility to school districts on curriculum, but we do want something that Iowa was the last state to adopt and that is standards that measure what students can do at each grade level,” Branstad says, “and I think that’s the balance that we want to achieve.” The “Common Core” standards have sparked heated political battles in places like Florida and Louisiana where Christian conservatives and Tea Party groups have suggested national standards for schools are akin to a federal take-over of local school districts.

(Radio Iowa)

Fire destroys garage/workshop in Griswold


October 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A fire in Griswold Thursday evening destroyed a combination garage/workshop belonging to an 82-year old man who for many years, has worked from there to build small-scale replicas of tractors, including those used for adult pedal tractor pulls and parades. The blaze at the George and Phyllis Rush home, located 94 Maple Street, was reported at around 6:34-p.m.

Fire at 94 Maple St. in  Griswold. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Fire at 94 Maple St. in Griswold. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Griswold Fire Chief Jim Wyman said George Rush was working on an International tractor in the garage. While the gas line on the tractor was off, nearby wires sparked the flames. Rush had some gasoline on his hands, but was not injured.

Wyman said when crews arrived, they observed a lot of black smoke and flames. Inside the garage, tires on the tractors along with some gasoline were burning. Phyllis Rush was not home at the time. She was in the hospital for reasons unrelated to the fire.

The Chief said firefighters spent most of their time trying to get between the double roof sections of the added on garage, which was a total loss. There was also some damage to the roof of the home, as firefighters cut several holes to ventilate the structure and get to some additional flames.

It was the second fire crews from Griswold have fought in less than a month. On Sept. 22nd, a fire leveled a barn and work shop on the Dean Orstad farm on the northwest corner of town.


Griswold garage fire reported


October 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Griswold Fire and Rescue have been called to the scene of a garage fire attached to a house at Whitney and Maple Streets. The call came in at 6:34-p.m. There are a couple of vehicles in the garage. It’s unknown if anyone is at home or in the garage at this time. No other details are available,

Slow growth likely in rural parts of 10 states


October 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states in the months ahead. The overall index for the report released Thursday rose to 54.3 in October from 52.4 in September. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the recent decline in crop prices will likely slow economic growth.

The index is based on surveys of rural bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. It ranges from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. A score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

October’s hiring index for the region jumped to 56.1 from September’s 53.2 in an encouraging signal.