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8AM Newscast 12-27-2011

News, Podcasts

December 27th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 12-27-2011

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December 27th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Audubon City Council to meet this evening

News

December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon will holds its regular meeting this evening. The Council is set to discuss and possibly act on an abatement, an application for renewal of a Class C liquor license for a local bar, and, discuss: parking in yards; a listing agent for 118 E. Division Street; Compensation practices, and Raises.

The meeting begins at 7-p.m.

TX Gov. Rick Perry to be in SW IA today and next Mon.

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December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry will be in western Iowa today (Tuesday), holding several “Meet and Greet”-type events. The Governor from Texas will begin with a 10:45-a.m. event in Council Bluffs at the Main Street Cafe’ (102 S. Main St.).  This afternoon, Perry has stops in Clarinda (Glenn Miller Museum, 1:15-p.m.), Creston (3:30-p.m., Adams Street Espresso), and in Osceola at 5:30-p.m.

Perry will also be in west Central Iowa Monday, Jan. 2nd, with stops planned in Sioux City (12:30-p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn), Carroll (Santa Maria Vineyard, 4-p.m.), and in Perry, he’ll hold  a campaign rally in advance of the Iowa Caucuses (6:30-p.m., at the Hotel Pattee).

Branstad opposed to user fee to spruce up parks

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s opposed to enacting a user fee to help spruce up the state’s parks and would rather rely on the Iowa State Parks Foundation to generate donations for park maintenance. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande says Iowans have told him they would be willing to pay such a fee to improve state parks. The Sioux City Journal reports Lande raised the possibility of reinstating a user fee during budget talks with Branstad. DNR funding has declined since 2008 and with it the number of seasonal workers hired to maintain parks. Public complaints resulted in more money for maintenance and the number of seasonal workers should nearly double from 80 in 2011 to 150 for the year that ends June 30.

In pursuit, GOP contenders rumble through Iowa

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December 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Republican presidential candidates, each claiming to be the truly conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, are launching bus tours today (Tuesday) through this early nominating state. Just a week before Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich prepared to rumble through small towns aboard their campaign buses. They’re looking for supporters one at a time and hoping to become a roadblock for Romney, who is looking stronger than expected. Romney returns to Iowa on Tuesday after a quick stop in his long-established stronghold of New Hampshire.

Ahead of the Jan. 3 caucuses that officially begin the GOP’s nominating calendar, the candidates were returning for a final rush of speeches, meet-and-greet stops and town hall-style meetings. And they are bracing for one last round of advertising, which most observers are expecting to be nasty. Each campaign has also tried to gauge the level of enthusiasm for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. The libertarian favorite has built a strong organization here and recent polls suggest he is peaking, a rise that has him tied with or even ahead of Romney — and drawing more scrutiny for his views. “There’s really three primaries going on here,” former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania told reporters in Adel, where he went hunting for pheasant and quail. “There’s the libertarian primary, which Ron Paul is going to win. Then you’ve got the moderate primary, which Gingrich and Romney are scrumming for. And you’ve got three folks who are running as strong conservatives.” He included himself, Bachmann and Perry in that conservative camp. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman signaled early on he would not compete in Iowa and instead plans to start his campaign in New Hampshire.

But with time ticking down in Iowa, several hopefuls are packing their days with rambling road trips to sparsely populated corners of the state. If history is a predictor, some of these candidates will be former candidates after the first contest. Bachmann last week began her effort to visit each of the state’s 99 counties, an ambitious pace that left her darting into diners and gas stations for quick visits. She was set to return to that pace early Tuesday in Council Bluffs, on the state’s western edge. By nightfall, she was slated to have visited another 10 counties.

Perry was set to begin his tour in Council Bluffs several hours later. He planned just four stops during his day. Gingrich was ready to return to the opposite side of the state, with three stops in Dubuque. Paul was set to return Wednesday for a late push ahead of the New Year’s holiday. Many of those expected to participate in the caucuses remain undecided, and most of the contenders have seen their fortunes rise quickly and then deflate. Romney and Santorum have remained relatively steady: Romney solidly near the top and Santorum consistently struggling to build support. Yet Santorum alone has achieved the accomplishment of visiting all 99 counties. With more than 350 campaign events behind him this year, he is hoping the early groundwork — and a possible late surge — help him beat expectations. He was slated to start his day in Fort Dodge, in the deeply conservative far northwest corner of the state.

Bachman to visit Atlantic & nearby towns, Tuesday

News

December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will continue her 99 county bus tour today (Tuesday, December 27th), visiting with voters in nine towns throughout Iowa. The Minnesota Congresswoman will be in Atlantic Tuesday evening at the Pizza Ranch Restaurant, beginning at 7:10 p.m.  Other stops include Council Bluffs, Harlan, Glenwood, Sidney, Shenandoah, Red Oak and Hamlin.

Bachman events, time and locations…

EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:
Council Bluffs Tour Stop and Media Availability
9:30 am CT
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
3030 W. Broadway Suite 1
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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WHEN:
WHERE:

Mondamin Tour Stop
10:25 am CT
King’s Crossing Cafe
97 Maple Street
Mondamin, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Onawa Tour Stop
11:10 am CT
Dairy Queen
2805 Iowa Avenue
Onawa, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Harlan Tour Stop
12:45 pm CT
Pizza Ranch
613 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Glenwood Tour Stop
2:30 pm CT
Oasis Steakhouse & Lounge
104 South Walnut Street
Glenwood, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Sidney Tour Stop
3:45 pm CT
Penn Drug
714 Illinois Street
Sidney, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Robin Read House Party
4:40 pm CT
Home of Robin Read
404 South Center Street
Shenandoah, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Red Oak Tour Stop
5:45 pm CT
Pizza Ranch
1511 North Broadway Street
Red Oak, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
WHERE:

Atlantic Tour Stop
7:10 pm CT
Pizza Ranch
1512 East 7th Street
Atlantic, Iowa
EVENT:
WHEN:
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Hamlin Tour Stop
8:30 pm CT
Darrell’s Place
4010 1st Street
Hamlin, Iowa

Strange odor leads to 5 arrests in Red Oak

News

December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into a strange odor in Red Oak Monday morning led to the arrest of 5 people on drug charges. Police in Red Oak Police arrived at 1660 E Summit, and after an investigation, arrested 19-year old Timothy Gene Humphrey, of Omaha, 18- year old Ashley Ann Wood and 19-year old Jodi Michelle Booher, both of Shenandoah, 24-year old Madison Christina Parson, and 20-year old Brett Michael Donnelly, both of Red Oak, for gathering where a controlled substance was being used.

Humphrey was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. All five persons were brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on 1,000 dollars bond each. Red Oak Police was assisted in their investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Website to send bullying reports to Iowa schools

News

December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some people, advocacy groups and Iowa school districts have been seeking innovative ways to battle bullying of students. A website being launched this month, http://ReportBullyingIowa.com, will take reports from students and parents and forward the reports to school districts. The website is run by the Eychaner Foundation, a Des Moines nonprofit group that says it wants to promote tolerance and nondiscrimination.

Iowa law requires school districts to report bullying cases to the Iowa Department of Education. But last year, more than half of Iowa school districts didn’t report any bullying. Foundation executive director Michael Bowser told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/tVCWsa ) there are many reasons for why reports aren’t being made, but he says the website could make it easier to report bullying.

Christmas Day fire destroys western Iowa home

News

December 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Friends, family, neighbors and strangers have been helping members of a western Iowa family who lost their home to a fire on Christmas Day. The family of Mary Pierson and her husband had been celebrating Sunday morning when they noticed a smoky smell. They soon found the attached garage was in flames. The family members fled the house safely. They turned to watch as flames consumed it, their possessions and their new presents inside.

Pierson told Omaha, Neb., television station KETV that she wanted someone to slap her and tell her it was a bad dream. But soon, people began stopping by with offers of money, clothing, replacement presents and other help. The fire cause is being investigated.