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(Update): 2 dead following crash in Council Bluffs Tue.

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier report, the Council Bluffs Police Department today (Wednesday), said two people died in a crash that occurred Tuesday morning.Authorities identified the victims as 47-year old Wendy Hastie and 50-year old Tammi Murray, both of Council Bluffs.
The women were passengers in a car driven by Damian Morgan, that was hit by a van at the intersection of the South Expressway and Vets Memorial Highway. The accident happened at around 9:45-a.m., Tuesday. Officials say their investigation showed the van driven by Armando Mendez of Council Bluffs was westbound on Vets. A Dodge Intrepid, driven by 31-year old Damian Morgan of Council Bluffs was eastbound, turning north onto South Expressway, when it was hit on the passenger side by the van. Hastie, who was a front seat passenger in the car, died at the scene. Murray, who was sitting in the back seat, died at Creighton University Trauma Center, as a result of the injuries she suffered in the crash. Both drivers suffered minor injuries in the crash. Charges are still pending toxicology results on Morgan.

Archery /hunting equipment stolen in Creston

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man reported to police Sunday the theft of numerous pieces of archery equipment. In a report issued today (Wednesday), the Creston P-D said a resident in the 700 block of north Poplar Street in Creston told authorities someone had stolen a Mathews Switch XT compound bow, arrows, accessories and a hard bow case. The items were taken from the victim’s pickup truck.

The loss was estimated at $1,050.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 11/5/2014

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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2014 General Election Results: County-by-County

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

For those looking for specific, County-by-County 2014 General Election Results, go to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at https://sos.iowa.gov/ and click on the “General Election Results” banner. From there, you can navigate to Federal/Statewide races, State Senate, State House, Judicial and County results.

Here is a link to Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Guthrie, Harrison, Montgomery, Mills, Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties: (click on an individual county listed below the “View Result” button to view. Additional Counties can be added to list from the box on the left side of the following page…)

http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabCounty=CountyReporting^Adair%2cAdams%2cAudubon%2cCass%2cGuthrie%2cHarrison%2cMills%2cMontgomery%2cPottawattamie%2cShelby^84&ElectionID=84

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News, 11/5/2014

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

General election results from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Some interesting races for State office in western Iowa

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

While most eyes were focused on the race for Congress during Tuesday’s General Election, there were some results involving candidates for the Iowa Legislature that became interesting, as well.  The Omaha-World Herald reports Republican Jack Drake, who has held the seat for 22 years, will have at least one more term in District 21. Drake successfully defended his seat against Tim Ennis, a Democrat from Corning. Ennis had attempted to make Drake’s years of experience an issue against him in the race, but it didn’t stick: Drake received slightly more than 64 percent of the vote. In House District 20, Greenfield Republican incumbent and former State Trooper Clel Baulder received nearly 60-percent of the vote in defeating challenger Steve Roe, a Democrat from Lake Panorama.

In House District 12, Brian Best, a Republican from Glidden, defeated incumbent Dan Muhlbauer, a Democrat from Manilla. Gun control had become an issue in the race. Both candidates also had spoken of the need to address rural infrastructure.

The House District 15 race in Carter Lake and parts of Council Bluffs was decided by a slim margin. Democrat Charlie McConkey narrowly beat out Republican John Blue for a seat currently held by outgoing Rep. Mark Brandenburg, who is running for Pottawattamie County recorder. In Council Bluffs’ House District 16, incumbent Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, a Republican, handily beat Marti Nerenstone, a Democrat.

In House District 17, which includes Missouri Valley, incumbent Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican, defeated Kenneth Mertes, an Onawa Democrat, by winning nearly 71-percent of the votes cast.  In House District 18, Republican Steven Holt beat out fellow political newcomer and Democrat Paul Thelen for the seat around Denison.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 5th 2014

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Joni Ernst has won Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat, beating four-term Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley. Ernst, a state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, was little known when she announced her Senate bid. Billing herself as a mother, soldier and conservative, Ernst gained attention through television ads and easily won the Republican nomination. She takes a seat held by Democrat Tom Harkin since 1985 and helps to create a GOP majority in the U.S. Senate.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Representative Steve King, a Republican known nationally for his outspoken opposition to the Obama administration, has been elected to a seventh House term representing northwest Iowa. Voters elected King on Tuesday over Democrat Jim Mowrer, a military veteran from Boone who also worked as a civilian in the Pentagon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Northwest Iowa farmer Bill Northey has been elected to a third term as Iowa’s agriculture secretary. Voters Tuesday elected the Republican Northey over Democrat Sherrie Taha, a sculptor from Des Moines. Northey, who farms near Spirit Lake, has served as agriculture secretary since 2008.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Michael Fitzgerald has won his ninth term as Iowa treasurer, defeating former conservative radio host Sam Clovis. Voters re-elected Fitzgerald on Tuesday to the office he’s held since 1983.

Republicans win majority in Iowa House

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November 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans are hanging onto their majority in the state House. All 100 House members stand for election every two years, and voters on Tuesday elected enough Republicans for the GOP to extend its control. The party has held a House majority since 2010. As the majority party, the Republicans will lead House committees and control which measures come up for debate.

The House GOP will likely work closely with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who also won re-election Tuesday. Republicans gained control of the House in the year when Branstad also was elected governor for a fifth term after a 12-year absence.

The state Senate has been narrowly controlled by Democrats.

Bluffs Casey’s Store robbed Tuesday night

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs are searching for a man who robbed a Casey’s General Store Tuesday night. Sgt. Dave Dawson with the Council Bluffs Police Dept. says at around 8:30-p.m., a black male in his early 20’s, entered the store at 701 32nd Ave and came into contact with the on-duty clerk. The man displayed what the clerk believed to be an automatic handgun that was tucked into the suspect’s waistband.

The suspect demanded all the cash in the register and fled on foot southbound with an undetermined amount of cash. The man was described as being about 6-feet 1-inch tall, and weighing about 130-pounds. He wore dark colored clothing.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 712-328-7867.

Northey elected to 3rd term as Iowa ag secretary

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November 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Northwest Iowa farmer Bill Northey has been elected to a third term as Iowa’s agriculture secretary. Voters Tuesday elected the Republican Northey over Democrat Sherrie Taha, a sculptor from Des Moines. Northey, who farms near Spirit Lake, has served as agriculture secretary since 2008.

In his campaign, he called for continued implementation of a voluntary water quality initiative that encourages Iowa farmers to prevent erosion and minimize fertilizer and manure runoff. He also supports promoting technological advances to farmers that will make them more efficient and able to use less fertilizer.