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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT TUES AFTERNOON

News, Weather

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLASCASS-ADAIR-MADISONADAMS-UNIONTAYLOR-RINGGOLDPOTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT…

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT TUESDAY

Heat Advisory Tuesday for Counties in orange on this map.

Heat Advisory Tuesday for Counties in orange on this map.

* TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDEX VALUES…MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE IN THE LOWER 90S WITH DEW POINTS RANGING IN THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 70S. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND MOIST AIR WILL LEAD TO HEAT INDEX VALUES RANGING FROM 102 TO 110 DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES MAY OCCUR SUCH AS HEAT CRAMPS…HEAT EXHAUSTION…AND HEAT STROKE…ESPECIALLY IF PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Bug repellent is an important part of summer activities

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The time most Iowans are spending outside has increased dramatically as we moved into summer. Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk says with so many activities going on, it can be easy to remember to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Doctor Quinlisk says make it easy to remember the bug spray by keeping it along with the other items you take outside. It’s something she does for one of her favorite back yard activities.

“I just put my can of insect repellent right next to my gardening gloves, to make sure that when I go out to start gardening that I don’t forget,” Quinlisk explains. “Because it is easy to forget, but it is important because West Nile is around that they use insect repellent.” West Nile is spread by mosquito bites and in the most serious cases can lead to death.

Quinlisk says they have not had any cases of West Nile virus confirmed yet, but she says it is a little early. She says it first starts showing up in mosquitoes that are being monitored and in horses. Quinlisk says you may not have been bothered by mosquitoes yet while out in the yard, but she says it just takes a little bit of water to get them to become active and seeking out someone to bite.

“These mosquitoes don’t fly a long ways, so one of the best ways of protecting yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry is to make sure that they are not breeding anywhere in your yard. So that means getting rid of all the little puddles that may be in your yard,” Quinlisk explains. “And that may be things as simple as your children’s toys that our left out in the back yard, or the dog’s dish. In my case I have bird baths.”

Doctor Quinlisk says you can make sure mosquitoes are not breeding in the bird bath by periodically changing the water. You can find a lot of different products with insect repellents in them on the store shelf. Quinlisk has this advice to make a good choice. She says there are only three repellents that have been shown to work well, and the Department of Public Health recommends the one called DEET. Quinlisk says the DEET has the added advantage of being able to repel ticks, so you get a two-for-one benefit when you spray it on. DEET can also be used on infants starting at three months of age. You should carefully read the label and any restrictions.

“There’s one called oil of lemon eucalyptus — which sounds very natural — but it cannot be used in children less than three years of age. So that would not be the one to buy if you’ve got young children,” Quinlisk explains. She suggests you check with your doctor if you have questions about the best products for children.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans warned about smoke coming from fireworks displays

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fireworks will be filling the sky tonight and while most people find them spectacular to view up close, for others, they can cause breathing problems. Iowa DNR environmental specialist Chris Maiers says it’s a good idea to keep a safe distance. “We’re not saying ‘don’t go to any fireworks displays,’ it’s just be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid that blow off smoke coming toward you at the end or during the displays,” Maiers says. “That can really hinder the enjoyment…not only will it be difficult to breathe, it’ll be difficult to see too.”

An air pollution monitor in Davenport detected unhealthy levels of fine particles following last year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. Maiers says that’s something to consider when you’re deciding where to sit during the celebration. “These actually have things like heavy metals in them because that’s what they burn to produce the colors and you really don’t want to breath that in…there’s all sorts of stuff in there that can make even healthy people have issues like coughing or even a little bit of chest pain,” Maiers says.

He suggests people with asthma or respiratory issues, children and the elderly should make sure to stay upwind and a safe distance away from the fireworks.

(Radio Iowa/IPR)

Iowa woman dies when homemade cannon explodes at house party

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

GREELEY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Iowa woman was killed when a homemade cannon exploded at a backyard gathering. Davenport television station KWQC-TV reports that 55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was flown to an Iowa City hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department says Heims was injured at the gathering with friends in Greeley around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators say the cannon was loaded and fired, and when it went off, the rear portion of the barrel blew out and sent fragments toward Heims. One of the fragments struck Heims in the head. Heims was taken to a hospital in Manchester before being flown to Iowa City, but doctors were unable to save her.

Greeley is about 80 miles north of Iowa City.

Distracted driving fatalities doubled in Iowa in 2015

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The number of people killed or injured in accidents caused by use of electronic devices doubled in Iowa last year. The Globe Gazette in Mason City reports 14 people were killed in 2015, compared to seven the previous year.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says 601 people were injured in those types of accidents last year, up from 270 in 2014. The overall number of accidents caused by distracted driving rose to 1,100 last year, a 43 percent increase from 2014.

Pat Hoye, bureau chief for the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says one reason for the increase is the growing use of cellphones.

Lenox man arrested for OWI Sunday night

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a call Sunday night about a black Ford F-150 pickup that was running off the road on Corning-Carl Road. Deputies stopped the vehicle on 210th Street just after 11-p.m., and subsequently arrested 54-year old Guy David Matson, of Lenox. Matson was charged with OWI for refusing to give a sample of his breath. His bond was set at $2,000.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/4/2016

News, Podcasts

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/4/2016

News, Podcasts

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:05-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Louisiana man arrested for Possession of Alcohol under legal age

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of a Louisiana man on an alcohol charge, Sunday night. 18-year old Caleb Ross Patten, of Harrisonburg, LA., was arrested for Possession of alcohol under the legal age, at around 8:10-p.m.  Patten was later released on $360 bond, with his case set to appear in court.

New research shows partisans don’t much care for opposing side

News

July 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The latest data shows there are more than 639-thousand registered Republican voters in Iowa and nearly 611-thousand Democrats. A new national survey indicates those partisans have a pretty negative view of people who’re in the opposing party. Carroll Doherty is political research director for the Pew Research Center.

“We knew that people had grown to increasingly dislike the opposing party. The question we had was: ‘Is it getting personal?'” Doherty says. “And, to a degree, it is.”
The Pew Center’s new research shows 70 percent of Democrats consider Republicans “closed minded” — while 46 percent of Republicans think Democrats are “lazier” than Republicans. Doherty says fear of what the other party might do with power is a big motivator.

“The bottom line is that negativity is kind of more powerful than positive feelings and negativity is driving a lot of political engagement these days,” Doherty says. “And the people who are the most negative are the most highly engaged, so there’s a real connection there.”

So-called “independent” voters are the largest segment of Iowa adults who are registered to cast a ballot in November. More than 670-thousand Iowans have checked “no party” on their registration, but Doherty says most of those independents tend to favor candidates of one party over the other. “They are more or less closet partisans and they feel very negatively about the opposing party,” Doherty says. “In other words, if they lean towards a party as most independents do — either lean towards the Republican or the Democratic Party — they don’t want to affiliate because they don’t have a particularly fond view of that party, but they also dislike the other side even more.”

The center’s latest survey found 47 percent of Republicans consider Democrats to be “more immoral” — and 55 percent of Democrats say the Republican Party makes them “afraid.” The Pew Research Center survey released last month found 68 percent of Democrats give Trump a “zero” rating — the very end of the negative scale, while 59 percent of Republicans rate Clinton a zero.

(Radio Iowa)