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Iowa businesses recover along highway to Nebraska

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Businesses are continuing to recover from Missouri River flooding that closed a highway connection between southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. Iowa Highway 2 runs between Interstate 29 in Iowa west into Nebraska City. The highway was closed by rising waters in June, which forced businesses west of the interstate to shut down. The highway pavement was broken, and receding floodwaters left mounds of silt everywhere. But the mess has been cleaned up and road repairs have been made.

Brad Buckingham of Sapp Brothers Travel Center told an Omaha television station that “the business is just coming back every day.” Grant Hickey manages a bar and restaurant in Nebraska City, which lost pass-through business from travelers. He says his sales are back to normal as well.

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Cell phone store robbed in Council Bluffs

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery Monday night of the U-S Cellular Store on West Broadway Street. Officials say at around 7:45-p.m., a black male, about 25-to 35-years of age, walked into the store at 2015 Broadway. The man said he had a weapon and threatened the clerk while demanding money.

He was given an undetermined amount of cash and fled the store on foot. No get-away vehicle was ever seen. The suspect was described as being thin and short. He wore a black mask, hoodie and blue jeans. If you have any information on the crime, contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-328-4728.

Shenandoah man arrested for sex offender registry violation in Page County

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a man from Shenandoah was arrested Friday night.

Johnathon Tuttle (Photo via IA Sex Offender Registry)

 28-year old Johnathon Richard Tuttle was taken into custody at a residence outside of Coin on an outstanding warrant out of Page County for violation of the State’s Sex Offender Registry (Failure to Register Address). Tuttle had been convicted on a charge of 3rd Degreee sexual abuse in July 2005, in connection with incidents involving a female age 13 or under. He was being held Monday in the Page County Jail on a $2,000 cash only bond.

Authorities in Page County report also, 35-year old Adrian Latham was arrested Saturday in Clarinda, on an outstanding warrant out of Montgomery County. Latham was arrested with the assistance of the Clarinda Police Department and brought to the Montgomery County Jail for disposition.

Midwest economic survey suggests further slowdown

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy will grow slowly over the next three to six months, if at all. The Business Conditions Index dropped to a growth neutral 50.0 in December from 52.6 in November. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says surveys over the past several months “indicate that slowdowns in the national and global economies are putting downward pressure on the regional economy.”

The survey of supply managers and executives uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say that any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Up-and-coming bull riders to compete at Iowa venue

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders will showcase some of its rising stars in a weekend of bull riding in Council Bluffs. The Omaha Invitational PBR Touring Pro Division will be held March 16 and 17 at the Mid-America Center. Up-and-coming bull riders will have a chance to compete alongside veterans in PBR-sanctioned events. Tickets cost $12 to $40.

For details, go to www.frontierrodeo.com.

Where to caucus?

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Not sure where to attend your caucus tonight? Go to one of these two websites…

For Republicans (GOP): http://iowagop.org/caucus/findmycaucus.php

For Democrats: http://thecaucuses.com/yourcaucus.php

For information on how the caucuses work, check out this Des Moines Register link

http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/how-to-caucus/

New Year’s Day OWI arrest in Audubon County

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report one person was arrested 30-minutes into the start of the new year, Sunday. 51-year old James Leroy Nicholl, Jr., of Audubon, was taken into custody at 12:30-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Highway 71, near Hamlin. Nicholl Jr., was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before the magistrate.

No tax books coming out this year

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The start of the New Year means it’s time to think about filing your taxes for 2011. You’ll have to seek out the forms if you want to file your state taxes the old fashioned way. The Iowa Department of Revenue will stop sending out paper tax booklets for the first time this year. Department spokesperson, Victoria Daniels, says you can still get the paper forms, but you’ll have to call their office or stop by. Daniels says it’s a cost-savings step and she says about 85-percent of individual filers already file electronically. Since this is the first year they are not sending out tax booklets, Daniels says the department is expanding its telephone and e-mail customer service hours during the month of January.

“Now is the time when those books would be coming out and…if they haven’t heard already, they are probably wondering when am I going to get my book in the mail, and they’re not, but there are still ways to get the forms in the mail if they want the paper forms,” Daniels says. The e-mail and telephone hours for January are 7:30 a-m until five p-m.

“We just encourage people if you have questions to call, that is why we are here. We don’t prepare returns for people be we certainly are available to answer questions by telephone or by e-mail,” Daniels said. There are walk-in hours at their offices in Des Moines Monday through Friday from eight a-m until 4:30 p-m. Or you can go to the departments website at: www.iowa.gov/tax.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)