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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/26/2017

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Iowa livestock official says master matrix rules work & should stay untouched

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says the “master matrix” rules for confined animal feedlot operations in Iowa are working properly and don’t need strengthening. Mike Cline, of Elgin, says it’s critical those regulations are left intact and that there’s one statewide regulation in place for all producers to follow. “We’re strongly in support of one master matrix for the whole state and not have it divided out into a county decision where we could have 99 different decisions across the state,” Cline says. “We’ll be in attendance of any meetings that we can be following it and keeping everybody up to date on where they need to go and give comment on.”

Activist groups are petitioning for putting stricter master matrix rules in place. Cline says the state’s water is being protected by the current rules and changing them now doesn’t make sense. “All the bases are pretty well covered with the current master matrix,” Cline says. “We always need to keep evaluating where we’re at. All of the safeguards are in place and everybody should rest assured that everything’s being watched over.”

He says producers and their animals use the water and don’t want to see any contamination or environmental damage to it. “We would be the first ones to notice any ill effects,” Cline says. “We just don’t want to do the wrong thing and we would be constantly vigilant of watching for anything that might need to be adjusted or changed.”

He says producers and consumers need to work together to enhance the state’s water quality and putting some type of moratorium in place on CAFO operations would be disruptive and hurtful.

(Radio Iowa)

2017 Cass County 4-H & FFA Fair begins today

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The FREE, 2017 Cass County 4-h & FFA Fair begins today in Atlantic and concludes Tuesday, August 1st, with the Livestock Sale and release of the Static Exhibits. Today at the Fair, there’s 4-H Static Exhibit Judging from 9-a.m. until 2:30-p.m., and the Clover Kids Showcase from 9-until 11-a.m. The Food Sale begins at 10-a.m. inside the Cass County Community Center on the Fairgrounds, and then at 6-p.m., Preparation Day for the rest of the activities will begin.

You can view the full schedule of events here: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/cass/2017%20Schedule_Final.pdf

Sioux City Democrat announces run for Congress in 4th district

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A former Morningside College baseball player says he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 4th District’s seat in Congress. J.D. Scholten formally announced his bid to run against Republican incumbent Steve King for the U-S House seat in a short campaign video news release Tuesday. “I’m running to help build an economy that benefits hard-working middle class Iowans. And a health care system that makes sense for the way we live our lives in this district. And a return to decency and integrity in our politics,” Scholten says.

Scholten released an addition statement that says he is “sick and tired of how divisive politics in this country has become, and how divorced it is from people’s lives.” Scholten was born in Ames and raised in Sioux City. He played baseball for Morningside College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with a degree in World/American History. After graduating, he pursued a baseball career that allowed him to play in seven different countries. He currently works as a freelance paralegal and technical consultant.

(Radio Iowa)

Man awarded $4.5M in age bias lawsuit against Iowa hospital

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded $4.5 million to a former employee who sued an Iowa hospital for age bias and retaliation. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury’s decision Monday came after a 10-day trial of Grinnell Regional Medical Center and two administrators. The lawsuit brought by Gregory Hawkins said the hospital fired him in June 2015 from his post as lab director while in remission from breast cancer and hired a younger replacement.

His attorney alleged that Hawkins was targeted because he’d declined an order to retire following his initial diagnosis in November 2013. The hospital’s attorneys deny the firing and subsequent hiring of a new director had anything to do with Hawkins’ age or cancer diagnosis. A hospital spokeswoman says the hospital intends to appeal.

Creston man arrested for OWI

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police report the arrest Tuesday evening of a man on an OWI charge. 41-year old Tommy Watters, of Creston, was taken into custody for OWI/1st offense at around 6:30-p.m. Watters was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/26/2017

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man arrested for Criminal Mischief

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police, Tuesday evening, arrested a man for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree. 43-year old James Reed Mitroff II, of Red Oak, was also charged with Public Intoxication. Mitroff was arrested at around 6:15-p.m. in the 400 block of E. Washington Avenue and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where his cash bond was set at $2,000.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 7/26/17

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July 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in northern and eastern Iowa ravaged by severe weather, heavy rains and flash flooding. The governor’s office said Tuesday that the proclamation covers Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth counties affected by weather Friday and Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa’s largest public pension system says the trust fund that pays out retirement benefits is “sound,” but at least one GOP lawmaker thinks changes might be needed. Donna Mueller, chief executive officer for the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, says her assessment is based on industry standards. She spoke Tuesday to lawmakers at the Capitol. Sen. Charles Schneider says he’s exploring whether to hold legislative meetings to discuss possible changes to the system.

NORTH ENGLISH, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor has declined to charge a southeastern Iowa police officer in the shooting death last month of a North English man. Iowa County Attorney Tim McMeen said in a written statement Tuesday that an investigation showed Police Officer Blake Heller was justified in shooting 53-year-old Robin Blaylock on June 10. McMeen says Blaylock pointing a gun twice at officers and refused to obey officer commands.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A national report has found that Iowa is lagging behind much of the U.S. in foreign language instruction for K-12 students. The Des Moines Register reports the study was conducted by the American Councils for International Education and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It says slightly more than 15 percent of Iowa’s K-12 students were enrolled in a foreign language course in 2014-15. Iowa ranked 35th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., for such instruction.

Cass County Board accepts 911 Director’s Resignation

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July 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Public Safety Commission Board, Tuesday evening, accepted the resignation of 911 Director Rob Koppert. Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein said he and Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren had met with Koppert Monday morning at his request. At that time, he submitted his letter of resignation to them. Wiederstein said there was some brief discussion, but nothing further.

Koppert has been the 911 Director for Cass County since the mid-1990’s. He has been experiencing health issues lately, but it’s not clear if that was the reason behind his resignation. McLaren and Wiederstein would only go on record as saying Koppert resigned at his request, and was NOT asked to do so.  Both Wiederstein and McLaren stated that there is no investigation underway by their respective offices. That does NOT rule out the possibility however, that state or federal agency is conducting an investigation.

The Board appointed Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon as Interim 911 Director. The process will now begin to revise the position’s job description and then seeking applicants.