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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 28th 2012

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — A bald eagle that was part of a Decorah family of birds watched by millions of Internet viewers has been electrocuted. The bald eagle died Monday near Rockford. It is the second known death of the 14 eagles hatched at the Decorah nest. A camera streamed the birds’ actions over the Internet.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a man found dead near Drake University is the victim of a homicide. Nicholas White was found Monday in his home just north of campus. Police have not released details about the cause of death or when the 20-year-old died.

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Two deer hunters have been charged for not having a hunting license after they were involved in a bow accident. Iowa officials say Robert McCauley and Derrick Johnson were injured after they chased deer earlier this month. McCauley cut himself after his head struck his bow. Johnson ran into McCauley, pushing an arrow about nine inches into his back.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Appliance maker Electrolux is moving 80 jobs from Iowa to North Carolina. Electrolux says product design and testing will be discontinued next year at the company’s Webster City, Iowa, site. The Sweden-based appliance maker moved its North American headquarters from Georgia to Charlotte in July 2010.

2 deer hunters charged after bow accident

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Two deer hunters have been charged with failure to obtain a hunting license and several other charges after they were involved in an accident. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 21-year-old Robert McCauley and 27-year-old Derrick Johnson were practice shooting with bows near Guthrie Center on Nov. 10th, when they saw deer crossing a nearby road.

They were chasing the deer when McCauley tripped. His head struck his bow, cutting him above the left eye. Johnson ran into McCauley, pushing an arrow about nine inches into his back. McCauley was hospitalized overnight but later released.

Both men were charged Tuesday. Other charges include failure to pay a habitat fee and failure to obtain a deer tag. 

Utilities board approves natural gas rate increase for Allliant

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a request by Alliant Energy’s subsidiary Iowa Power and Light (I-P-L) to raise the delivery cost charged to customers for natural gas. Alliant spokesman, Justin Foss, says the company will use tax credits it has from projects to do a three-year phase in program. “What that means now is that when customers see their bills, they will see the increase on there, however, they will also see a credit on there, and that will negate the increase,” Foss explains. “And customers really won’t experience the affects of this rate case until at least 2016.”

Natural gas customers pay the utility the cost of delivering the gas, and the second part of their bill is for the actual gas itself.
“For residential customers, that’s about 60 to 70-percent of the cost of gas. There’s another 30 to 40-percent that they see, and that cost is the cost of providing the service — and that’s really what this rate case is addressing. And while there is a small increase in providing the service, the majority of the cost is made up of the cost of gas itself,” Foss says.

He says the company has put some 70-million dollars into the delivery system the company uses to bring the gas to homes and the increase lets them recover that cost. Alliant customers will see a couple of changes on their bills. Foss says they will see the customer charge go up about three dollars a month and the cost for the amount of gas they use will go down slightly.

The cost of natural gas has dropped over the last couple of years, which has led to an average 20-percent drop in a customer’s bill.
“Supply and demand has really benefited customers and consumers right now. There is a large supply of natural gas, and demand has stayed relatively unchanged. And so as supply and demand work their way together, consumers right now are benefiting with some really low natural gas costs,” Foss says.

Alliant’s I-P-L subsidiary supplies natural gas to some 220-thousand Iowans in 240 communities.

(Radio Iowa)

IDPH Launches Bullying, Suicide Hotline

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today (Tuesday), at the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit, Governor Branstad announced the launch of a new “go-to” resource where youth, parents, school personnel and all concerned Iowans can get help and information about bullying and youth suicide. Available 24/7, Your Life Iowa is a phone call or text away at www.Yourlifeiowa.org or 855-581-8111.

Trained counselors will provide guidance and support about bullying, and critical help to youth who feel they’ve run out of options and are considering suicide. Your Life Iowa is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health in partnership with Boys Town, the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Committee, and the Iowa Department of Education Bullying Prevention, Intervention and Reporting Initiative.

Four arrests already this week, in Atlantic

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Atlantic Police Department have been keeping busy early this week. Today (Tuesday), they arrested 33-year old Ryan Richards and 26-year old Justin Knutsen, both of Atlantic, on charges of Theft in the 5th Degree. Richards was also cited for Criminal Trespassing and subsequently released, while Knutsen was booked in to the Cass County Jail.

And, on Monday, 24-year old Jonathan Poeppe, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. In addition, 33-year old Essex Mullins, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree/Shoplifting. Both were booked in to the Cass County Jail.

Exira/EHK School Boards hold joint meeting Monday on reorganization

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School District’s Boards of Education met Monday night in Exira for a joint Board meeting on the topic of reorganization. Exira-EHK Superintendent Dean Schnoes said no action could be taken due to the lack of a quorum from the EHK Board. Schnoes said the meeting essentially turned into a work session, which featured Area Education Agency (AEA) representatives Paula Vincent and Lane Plugge.

Schnoes said a few members of the community showed up to listen and ask questions about reorganization and consolidation of the two school districts. He says the Q-and-A and discussion process won’t stop with the most recent meeting. Schnoes said they will continue to hold community meetings every time there is new information that’s made available. Information will also be available on the district’s website and their related FaceBook page.

Once the final petition is put together and approved, the matter could be put to a vote of members in both school districts, by early April 2013. He says if other issues crop up, the vote might end-up being pushed back until June of next year, but he hopes that doesn’t happen.

8AM Newscast 11-27-2012

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November 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Regional approach for Iowa’s blind, deaf students

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – A committee has decided to recommend Iowa provide education services for blind and deaf students at existing campuses in Vinton and Council Bluffs and three new sites in a regional system. The proposal will be forwarded to the Iowa Board of Regents. A board vote isn’t expected until February.

The proposal will cost $3.2 million more than current spending to serve the deaf and blind students. But School for the Deaf Superintendent Patrick Clancy says the extra cost would be shared by various entities, including local school districts.  The regents charged the committee to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the services.

The state serves about 500 students who are blind or visually impaired. It serves about 1,500 students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Walnut Charter School request denied

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A request to expand educational opportunities in the Walnut School District by establishing a Charter School was rejected during a meeting Monday night, of the Walnut School Board. The Board voted 4-to 1 against the proposal after a lengthy period of discussion during their regular meeting.

A local group comprised of parents, a school district member and a community member, had asked the School Board to consider the proposal for a K-through 12 Charter School as an option for their students. During Monday night’s meeting, information was brought up about students having researched and debated the matter. Their conclusions raised concerns, and, it was pointed out efforts to establish a Charter School in Des Moines had failed.

The Walnut School District has experienced a decline in enrollment, to the point where there are just over 100-students. The school currently has a sharing agreement with A-H-S-T.