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(podcast) 8-am News (8/14/13)

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With Ric Hanson

Web-based classroom begins its 2nd year at CAM


August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Students with the CAM School District head back to school tomorrow (Thursday), but some won’t be taking their classes with their classmates. Students taking part in the tuition-free, web-based Iowa Connections Academy, will have their instruction at home for this, the second year of the program.

Principal James Brauer told The Daily NonPareil the Iowa Department of Education recognizes the Iowa Connections Academy as being one of the schools within the CAM Community School District. Brauer said the last school year ended with 230 students. About 84-percent chose to return for the internet-based classes this year, and with new enrollments, they’re expecting to welcome 350 students when the school year starts tomorrow.

Students enrolled at Iowa Connections Academy are able to come up with a school schedule that works best for them, with the help of certified teachers and the students’ parents. By state law, the academy is required to ensure students are completing six hours of school each day – just like any other school.

Even though the instruction is computer-based, students are required to complete many assignments without the use of a computer. They spend time reading textbooks, using workbooks, reading library books and doing hands-on experiments – just like the students at a traditional school. Brauer says that because close to 100 percent of the students between kindergarten and eighth grade showed substantial academic growth at the end of last year and surpassed Connections Academy’s goal, school officials are looking to the revamp their Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.

Aside from regular school courses, students can take courses in law enforcement, criminal justice, business and marketing, sports management and more medical courses. The school also offers Advanced Placement courses; provides Talented and Gifted options; honors options; and Foundations – or essential courses for students who may be experiencing academic difficulties.

For more information on Iowa Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com or call 1 (800) 382-6010.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Web news, Aug. 14th 2013

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August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Winterset teen hurt in Dallas County crash


August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A teen from Madison County was injured during a rollover crash Tuesday night, in Dallas County. The Iowa State Patrol says 16-year old Devin Umbaugh, of Winterset, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The teen was not wearing a seat belt.

Officials say Umbaugh was driving a 1993 Jeep Wrangler when the SUV went out of control on a 90-degree bend on a gravel road near the intersection of South 15th Street and Meadow Drive. The vehicle entered the ditch and landed on its side. The accident happened at around 10:25-p.m.

Absentee ballots available in Adair County


August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The school elections in Adair County will be held Tuesday, September 10th, 2013.  Voter pre-registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 30th.  The law now allows voters to register on Election Day; however, it is a lengthy process and takes extra time at the polls.  Voters may request an absentee ballot from the Auditor’s Office.Absentee ballots are currently available in the Auditor’s Office, for the Adair-Casey, Nodaway Valley and Orient-Macksburg School Districts, and Area College 14/Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and Area College 11/Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Residents may cast their votes at the Adair County Auditor’s Office between the hours of 8-a.m. and 4:30-p.m., Monday through Friday, or request a ballot be mailed to them.

The deadline to request an Absentee ballot by mail, is 5-p.m. Friday, Sept. 6th. The last day to vote Absentee in the Auditor’s Office, is Tuesday, Sept. 10th, from 8-am-to 11-a.m.  Please note that the Auditor’s Office will be closed on Mon., Sept. 2nd, in observance of Labor Day.

The following is a list of candidates have filed papers for the School Election in their respective Districts, and Public Measures to be voted on:

Adair-Casey (vote for no more than 3): At Large Director – Megan Kading, Jeff Leonard, Tobin Muller, and Mark A. Williams; Area College 11/DMACC(vote for 1) – Director District 3 – Jim Knott; Public Measure A (Instructional Support Levy – “ISL”); Public Measure B – Plant Fund Levy.

Nodaway Valley School: (Vote for no more than 2): At Large Director – James Campbell and Tyson Sickles; Director District 1 (Vote for no more than 1) – Roger Jensen; Area College 14/SWCC Director, District 1 (Vote for 1) – Dennis Davis; Public Measure D – Continue to levy a tax.

Orient-Macksburg: At Large Director (Vote for 1 only) – Stephanie Mikkelsen; Director District 1 (Vote for 1) – Wendi Lynn Eslinger; Area College 14/SWCC Director, District 1 (Vote for 1) – Dennis Davis; Public Measure D – Continue to levy a tax.

Judge from Harlan applies for IA Court of Appeals opening


August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

22 apply to be new judge on Iowa Court of Appeals

A woman from Harlan is one of 22 Iowans who have applied for the opening on the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Larry Eisenhauer — the chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals — plans to retire this fall. The state Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday of next week to interview the 22 applicants for the court. Among those seeking the appointment is 51-year Susan Christensen, from Harlan, a district associate judge appointed in 2007 in Iowa’s Fourth Judicial District.

Other applicants include former U.S. Attorney Matt Dummermuth of Robins, former state Representative George Eichhorn, of Stratford and Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt, of West Des Moines, an assistant attorney general. Her husband, former State Auditor David Vaudt, resigned in May to chair the Government Accounting Standards Board in Connecticut.

Five district court judges and the Muscatine County attorney have submitted their applications for the slot on the appeals court as well. The Judicial Nominating Commission will submit three names to Governor Branstad, who will select one of the three for the opening on the Court of Appeals.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines: Wed., Aug. 14th 2013


August 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice. The president of Responsible Transportation, Keaton Walker, says that he couldn’t afford to wait for more court deliberations. His company was given federal approval to slaughter horses at the company’s Iowa plant starting Aug. 1st. But a judge issued a temporary restraining order after animal-welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, sued.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered an October trial in a lawsuit that alleges doctors at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics conducted an experimental brain stimulation therapy that left a patient’s face paralyzed and then failed to get her proper treatment. Judge Marsha Bergan last week rejected the hospital’s request to dismiss Tamara Stellmach’s medical malpractice lawsuit. Stellmach contends she was injured by a procedure that involves stimulating the brain using pulses of magnetic energy through the scalp. Hospital lawyers deny that.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has again lowered its estimate of this year’s corn and soybean harvest. The move comes after assess the impact of the wet spring in many states that delayed planting and damaged some crops. Early wet weather worries have rapidly shifted to concerns about the return of drought in portions of the dry western corn belt.

ERIE, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials and a Texas company are investigating a pipeline explosion in western Illinois that sent flames hundreds of feet in the air and left a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield. The blast occurred around 11:15 p.m. Monday near the town of Erie, about 27 miles northeast of Davenport, Iowa. There were no injuries, but dozens of residents were evacuated for several hours. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said that an inspector was en route to the site.

Red Oak woman charged with arson


August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An incident at a group home in Red Oak Tuesday evening has resulted in a Red Oak woman being charged with arson. According to Red Oak Police Lt. John Bruce, officers were called to the Nishna Productions Home located in the 100 block of East Oak Street at around 5:35-p.m., Tuesday, after receiving a report a resident was setting items on fire in her room.

Officers located several burned pieces of paper and noted there was a mild smoke condition within the residents’ room. 18-year old Melody Marie Bentley, of Red Oak, was taken into custody without incident and charged with Arson in the 1st degree. She was transported to Montgomery County Corrections and held on $25,000 bond.

Hyundai recalls 239,000 Sonata, Azera models


August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling 239,000 Sonata and Azera sedans in cold-weather states because road salt can corrode the rear suspension. The recall affects 215,000 Sonata midsize sedans from the 2006 to 2010 model years and 24,000 Azera full-size sedans from 2006 to 2011.

Hyundai says salt can corrode the rear suspension crossmember, which is part of the vehicle’s frame. In advanced cases, the crossmember could detach from the control arms that lead to the wheels, which could affect wheel alignment and increase the risk of a crash. Hyundai will inform owners next month. Dealers will inspect the cars and repair or replace the defective parts.

The recall affects vehicles registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

IA Transportation Commission approves Public Transit infrastructure grants


August 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved more than $1.6 million in funding to support eight public transit projects, including one in Atlantic. The projects are funded under the state Public Transit Infrastructure Grant Fund. Eight projects were approved by the Commission, which will permit construction/improvement of facilities at five systems in Fort Dodge, Quad Cities, Atlantic, Sioux City and Des Moines. In Atlantic a $162, 240 grant will be used to construct a wash bay addition for the Region 13 transportation system.

The Public Transit Infrastructure Grant Fund provides state funding assistance to Iowa’s public transit systems for new or improved facilities to support their public transit services. State participation is limited to 80 percent and the balance must be matched from local sources.The Iowa General Assembly appropriates funding to this program on an annual basis.

Public transit service is available in all 99 counties. It provides more than 27 million rides a year getting Iowans where they need to go. Visit www.iowadot.gov/transitfor more information on Iowa’s public transit systems, and stay connected with Iowa Public Transit on Facebook