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Cass Supervisors approve new signs in courthouse

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, approved a request by Teddi Grindberg with Healthy Cass County, to place signs or banners in the courthouse promoting community wellness.

A sample of the new wellness signs to be rotated every 3 months at the courthouse.

The signs are made possible as part of a 5-year, $88,000 per year, Community Transformation grant. The grant comes from the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention which was funded through a number of states, including Iowa. In Iowa, there were 26 counties chosen for the grant, which focuses on community wellness. Funds for the grant flow through Cass County.

Grindberg, whose office is at the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic,  says there are a number of different wellness aspects that are focused on locally. The first year, 2012, focused primarily on the City of Atlantic. But the idea is to move the focus from community-to-community in Cass County, with emphasis on several areas. That includes: smoke-free multi-unit housing; chronic disease management, and work site wellness.

Teddi says they are also working with Live Healthy Iowa and other ways to make the communities in the county more physically active. Another aspect of the Community Transformation Grant, is information placed at strategic locations on an on-going basis, geared toward promoting health awareness, such as high blood pressure, etc.  She says new messages will be placed at different locations every three months or so.

The messages will be on easels in the courthouse, so as to not mar the finish on the walls.

Atlantic man arrested for Possession of marijuana

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Thursday on a drug-related charges. According to Atlantic Police, 60-year old Samuel Miller faces two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Miller was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 02-01-2013

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February 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Cass Supervisors pass resolution on bridge weight limits

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, passed a Resolution setting the gross load weight limits for certain secondary road bridges in the County. Cass County Engineer Charles Marker explained that as part of the County’s bridge inspection process, a consultant recommends any changes to posted weight limits based on the inspection results. Marker says there are currently 46 bridges which are below what is termed “Legal limit.” Even if the weight restrictions didn’t change on those particular bridges, the signs must still be put in place.

Marker said they inspect more than 230 bridges in the County. He says 46 out of 230 may seem like a large number, but percentage-wise, they are “Trying to hold our own” and keep up with repairs and replacements. Supervisor Charles Reiken said setting lower limits would create problems for some crop produces because they would have to haul smaller loads more frequently. The solution he said, would be to replace those structures with new bridges. He asked Marker if the issue was going to be more closely explored.

Marker says with the money that’s coming in from the State and/or Federal government for bridge replacement, it takes about three-years to accumulate enough money to replace a bridge of any substantial size. He says the money is not coming in fast enough to replace them, and while they’re replacing as many bridges – usually smaller length structures, 20-to-40 feet — as they can using County crews, they can still only handle about 3 or 4 per year.

In other business, the Supervisors passed a motion awarding a contract for the replacement of a 30-foot bridge over the Nishnabotna River on Lansing Road, to Murphy Heavy Contracting Corporation, of Anita, which had the low bid of $963,826.   The bid amounted to 75-percent of the engineer’s construction estimate. Work is expected to begin no later than May 6th.

7AM Newscast 02-01-2013

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February 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Ex-Bluffs pastor sentenced to 30-years for sexual assault of a child in NE

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A judge in Douglas County, NE, sentenced a former Council Bluffs pastor to 30-years in prison Thursday, for sexually assaulting an 11-year old girl who had turned to him for help in dealing with a family situation. The Omaha World-Herald says 57-year old Efrain Umaña had been charged with first-degree sexual assault. In 2011, Umana was sentenced in Iowa to 35 years in prison for sexually assaulting the same girl as well as at least two women in Council Bluffs. The paper says he pleaded no contest to his assaults of the girl in Omaha in exchange for the prosecution’s recommendation that any sentence in Nebraska be served at the same time as his prison time in Iowa.

All of the assaults occurred in 2004 while Umaña served as pastor of Templo Monte Horeb, a congregation that he eventually left amid accusations of impropriety.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Feb. 1st, 2013

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say cold temperatures and bitter wind chills are hitting most of Iowa early this morning. In Des Moines, the temperature was expected to hit 7 degrees below zero during overnight hours. Officials say it’s been almost two years since the temperature was this low.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State revenues in Iowa were up last year. The Iowa Legislative Services Agency reported yesterday that tax receipts in December totaled about $625 million, an increase of about $37 million when compared to December 2011. That’s up by 6.3 percent. The agency says several factors contributed to the increase, including individual income taxes being up by more than $200 million. Corporate income taxes also were up about $159 million.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has been awarded $1.1 million as part of a national settlement involving improper foreclosure conduct by a mortgage processing company. Attorney General Tom Miller announced yesterday that Iowa is one of dozens of states that will receive some of the $121 million settlement from Lender Processing Services and its subsidiaries. The company will be required to reform its business practices under the settlement.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White had a career-high 27 points and Iowa beat Penn State 76-67 last night in Iowa City. Melsahn Basabe had 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first start of the season for the Hawkeyes, who hit 31 free throws in 39 tries.

Carter Lake house fire may be arson related

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An official with the State Fire Marshal’s Office says it appears arson was the cause of a fire the severely damaged a home in Carter Lake early Tuesday morning.  John Ticer told the NonPareil that the fire at 802 Redick Boulevard was set on purpose, but he declined to elaborate. Firefighters from Carter Lake and Crescent were dispatched to the blaze around 1-a.m., Tuesday.  The fire reportedly caused about $35,000 damage to the unoccupied home.  The structure had been vacant for only about a week, while the owners were in the process of moving.  An investigation into the cause of the fire continues. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the State Fire Marshall’s Office at (712) 308-3977.

Teen from northwestern Pott. County injured during accidental shooting

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County report an 18-year-old from Crescent suffered a serious injury when he accidentally shot himself in the leg, Thursday. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told the Daily NonPareil that the teen, whose identity was not released, shot himself in the thigh at around 6:30-p.m. The accident apparently happened as he  was trying to clear a cartridge from an SKS rifle. Danker said the wound was “severe” enough that the teen was required to be transported from a Council Bluffs hospital by air ambulance to Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center.

Medical marijuana bill killed in Iowa House

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February 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A proposal that would let doctors prescribe marijuana to ease the pain of their patients is going nowhere in the Iowa House. A three-member House subcommittee held a 40-minute public hearing on the concept Thursday, then two of the legislators involved killed the legislation. Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, says it’s an “asinine” idea.  “I’ve watched state government function since 1962 and doing any bill, let alone this one, that would legalize marijuana would be at the top one or two of three stupidest bills that have been passed by this organization, in my opinion,” Baudler says.

Ray Lakers of Des Moines says he needs marijuana as treatment for his multiple sclerosis. “A growing number of people across the United States and the world with multiple sclerosis have shown great benefit of using cannabis rather than FDA drugs,” Lakers says. Representative Deborah Berry, a Democrat from Waterloo, says as her brother was dying several years ago, he smoked marijuana to relieve the pain of his cancer. “Alcohol and tobacco — I think those are much more addictive, much more dangerous in my opinion,” Berry said. “I think that we should at least just open it up and investigate the use of medical marijuana.”

Peter Komendowski, president of the Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa, disagrees. “In your opinion marijuana may not be as dangerous as cigarettes or alcohol,” Komendowski said. “I still think it represents a clear and present danger and one we need to work to the fullest extent of the law to protect our children from.” Mike Niday, of Des Moines, a Marine Corps veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress, urged legislators to allow prescriptions for marijuana.  “I just hope that you listen to Iowans’ voices and you vote for what we want,” he said, “because you’re representing us.”

Erin Kennedy of Nevada works with kids with substance abuse problems. She predicted medical marijuana would wind up in the hands of those who do NOT have a prescription for it.  “I’m sure we’ve put every precautionary method that we can think of in place for tobacco and alcohol,” she says, “and yet our youth continue to get access to that.” Marijuana is illegal in the United States but 18 states have laws which permit marijuana to be prescribed as a treatment for the symptoms of pain and nausea, often associated with chronic and fatal illnesses.

(Radio Iowa)