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Accessible Iowa: Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a major milestone as the landmark civil rights law that ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was spearheaded by former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and signed by former President George H.W. Bush on July 26 of 1990.

Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says one of the biggest changes in the years since has been the accessibility of public buildings. “Restaurants and grocery stores, courthouses, post offices,” she points out. “And they’re also more accessible to our elders, to people with strollers, to people with other mobility issues. So it’s been good for everyone.”

A number of events to celebrate the ADA anniversary are planned across Iowa in the days ahead including in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Iowa City. While there has been much progress, Harker says there is plenty more to do over the next 25 years and that includes improving job opportunities for those with disabilities.

“We’d like to see more people employed in the community and not segregated,” she stresses. “And it’s going to take a lot of advocacy, a lot of action on the part of people who feel strongly about that.” Statewide, it’s estimated that nearly 17 percent of adults or around 376,000 people have some type of a disability.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/23/2015

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/23/2015

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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MIP party busted in Council Bluffs Thu. morning

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Nearly two dozen people were busted early this (Thursday) morning in Council Bluffs,for being Minors in Possession of Alcohol. According to Bluffs Police, officers were called to 1931 23rd Avenue at around 1:15-a.m., to investigate a reported disturbance at an apartment. Upon arrival, Officers established there were numerous juveniles consuming alcohol at the residence.

Twenty minors were cited for Minor in Possession and Disorderly Conduct. 37-year old Angela Hughes, the apartment renter and mother of one of the minors, was present and cited for having a “Disorderly House.”

Consultant finds problems at Iowa State health center

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A consultant’s report says an array of problems at Iowa State University’s Thielen Student Health Center raises risks for students and the university. Des Moines television station KCCI says that the report by Keeling & Associates cites poor leadership and student access, inadequate medical training and licensing, understaffing, poor record-keeping and low morale. The report says those problems threaten the center’s accreditation and make “student health care at Iowa State a source of increasing concern and serious complaints.”

The Health Center contracted for the review after the former director moved out of her position last September. Martino Harmon, associate vice president of student affairs and interim director of the center, acknowledged that the consultant identified “a lot of challenges.” The report called for changes in 15 areas, including staffing.

Day 1 of the Cass County Fair (July 23rd)

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

While final preparations for the 2015 Cass County Fair began Wednesday, here in Atlantic, many other activities are set for today. The schedule includes: weigh-in’s for the swine and rabbit check-in this morning; 4-H static exhibit judging and the Clover Kids showcase, will also take place this morning, along with the Meat Goat weigh-in and Dairy check-in. A Food Sale will get underway at 10-a.m. as well, at the Community Center next to the Fairgrounds.

The Food Stand is open from 6:30-a.m. until 10-p.m. each day of the Fair. Specials this Noon at the Food Stand include Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork and Ham sandwiches. Hot beef is sold nightly at the Food Stand beginning at 5-p.m., with Hot Pork sold only after 5-p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

This evening, the horse, poultry and sheep weigh-in’s will take place. The big event kicking-off the Fair, is the King and Queen Contest at 7:30-p.m., followed by Senior Recognition, at 8-p.m.  The nine Queen candidates include:

Jessica Aupperle-Wiota CAM FFA, Grant Guys & Gals; Sydney Steffen-Griswold Griswold FFA, Griswold Clubsters; Tierney Sothman – Cumberland CAM FFA, Union Leaders; Emily McDermott-Atlantic Atlantic FFA, Pymosa; Brooklyn Wahlert -Anita CAM FFA, Grant Guys & Gals; Mandi Backhaus-Griswold Griswold FFA, Griswold Clubsters; Alyssa Dean-Griswold Griswold FFA, Cass County Cowpokes; Haley Carlson-Atlantic Atlantic FFA, Pymosa; Katie Aupperle -Wiota CAM FFA, Benton Franklin

Your two King candidates this year are: Tyler Steele-Anita CAM FFA, Grant Guys & Gals; & Blake Miller-Atlantic CAM FFA, Grant Guys & Gals.

The Cass County Fair runs through July 28th, with no parking or admission fees. Check out the daily schedule and get more information about the Fair at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass And, follow the fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theCassCountyFair. Listen for our live broadcasts every day of the fair beginning on Friday, from 1-until 7-pm, here on KJAN.

Public intox. arrest in Red Oak Wed. evening

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested 55-year old Eric Eugene Thornton, Wednesday evening. Thornton (Whose address was not listed) was charged with Public Intoxication and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

1 injured in 2 car collision in Red Oak Wed. afternoon

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police say female passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon in Red Oak, was transported to the hospital following the crash, that took place at around 6:15-p.m. at 4th and E. Valley Streets. Authorities say 24-year old Breanna Hancock, of Chariton, was injured in the crash, and was transported by Red Oak EMS to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Neither driver was injured.

Officials say a 2007 Pontiac G8 driven by 23-year old Christine McGlade, of Red Oak, was traveling east on E. Valley Street, and was struck by a northbound 2012 Kia Forte, driven by 17-year old Bayley Lampe, of Red Oak. McGlade admitted to authorities that she had failed to yield at the intersection.

In addition to Failure to Yield, McGlade was cited for Failure to provide proof of insurance. Damage from the collision amounted to $10,000.

2 injured during motorcycle vs. pickup collision in Montgomery County Wed. night

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man and a teenager were hurt during a collision Wednesday night, east of Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened at around 9:40-p.m. on 200th Street near the intersection with K Avenue, when 16-year old Owen Riley Vondielingen, of Red Oak, attempted to make a U-turn on K Avenue from eastbound 200th Street.

The teen told authorities he saw a small light behind him prior to making the turn, but though it was farther away than it actually was. While making the u-turn, the pickup Vondielingen was driving was struck in the driver’s side door by a 1982 Honda Goldwing, occupied by the driver, 44-year old Dustin Edward Swagel, and his passenger 17-year old, Gustin Glenn Swagel, both of Stanton.

The occupants of the cycle suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported by Red Oak rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Damage from the crash amounted to $7,000. Deputies cited Vondielingen for Failure to obey a stop sign,

Red Oak Police and Red Oak Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., July 23rd 2015

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July 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is authorizing the Iowa National Guard to increase security and arm additional personnel at facilities, including recruiting stations. Last Thursday, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 53-year-old Davenport man convicted of assault in the fight death of his brother-in-law has been sued by the man’s family. The Quad-City Times says the lawsuit was filed last month on behalf of the family of Douglas Whalen. Police say Van Hecke and Whalen got into an altercation during a vow renewal for Van Hecke and his wife, who is Whalen’s sister, at a park in Davenport in June 2013.

SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa highway crews had to plow a bridge crossing the Mississippi River because of ankle-deep mayflies that swarmed the span. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the insects on Saturday night swarmed to the Savannah-Sabula bridge, connecting Iowa and Illinois. The bugs covered the bridge so thickly, and caused such slick conditions, that crews plowed the bugs off the lanes and applied sand for traction.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — IndyCar rookie Sage Karam’s biggest step forward was overshadowed by altercations with veteran Ed Carpenter After the race Carpenter said that Karam “didn’t have a clue.” Karam maintains that he wouldn’t change a thing if he had to race the final 20 laps over again, and he finished third in Saturday’s race at Iowa.