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Suicide Prevention week begins Tuesday

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September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

“Suicide Prevention Week” begins Tuesday in Iowa and runs through the 15th. Pat McGovern of the Iowa Department of Public Health says this year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business.” He says they are trying to let everyone know they can help others. “That it doesn’t take special skills, special credentials or anything like that to really ask how people are doing,” McGovern says. “I think in Iowa and the midwest in general, we are all pretty good about greeting people with ‘hi how are you doing,’ but we don’t always listen to the responses — it’s just kind of a social nicety.”

McGovern say you can help by being aware of the need of those around you. “If you see a neighbor or a classmate or a child or a good friend who just seems off. Maybe they’ve had a rough day or may a rough week,” McGovern says. He says follow up with them and ask if there is anything you can do to help. McGovern says taking that step can be difficult for some people. n — if it’s a student you can talk to a guidance counselor or their parents,” McGovern says. “If it’s just a neighbor or somebody you are worried about, there are resources available to make you feel more comfortable about following up with them, or that you can give to them for them to seek some assistance.”

McGovern says people can be hesitant that getting involved might make the situation worse.  He says people might think it will push the person over the edge, but he says research and discussions with people who have survived, shows that isn’t the case. McGovern says it may actually give them hope to take steps to right whatever’s going on in their lives,” he says. McGovern says if you see someone you think is in immediate danger of committing suicide, you should call 9-1-1. Otherwise getting involved will help.

“Research has shown that if we can even day delay by just as little as 30 seconds to a minute, between when overwhelming urge to follow through on suicide hits, if we can just delay that a little bit, we can work through what is going on,” according to McGovern. The Iowa Department of Public Health shows 445 Iowans died by suicide in 2013. To get help, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You may also contact Your Life Iowa at (855)-581-8111 or go to www.yourlifeiowa.org, or by texting HELP to 85511 from 3:00 to 11:00 P-M. daily.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 8th 2014

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September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa troopers say a 33-year-old man has been fatally struck by a train after trying to drive around a railroad crossing. The Iowa State Patrol says Jesse Froehlich was killed Sunday near Eagle Grove. Troopers say two Union Pacific engines were traveling eastbound with no train cars attached when they hit his truck. Troopers say the crossing was lit and the drop-down crossing gates were operating when the collision occurred. They say Froehlich drove around the crossing guards. The Wright County medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene. The state patrol is investigating.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy. Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst have both sought to assure voters they oppose a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amounts of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile pipeline would likely cross 17 counties as it crosses from northwest to southeast Iowa. Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado says public meetings will take place across Iowa in December.

MACEDONIA, Iowa (AP) — The pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter is being treated for injuries after crashing in western Iowa this weekend. The helicopter crashed in a field near Macedonia after hitting a power line Saturday afternoon. Treynor Fire Chief Russ Maguire says the male pilot was out of the wreckage and conscious when paramedics arrived.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old and a 19-year-old were killed when an Iowa man’s car collided with a semi shortly after the man took his two children in a custody dispute. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the accident happened near Clarion Friday evening.

2 arrested on drug charges Sunday morning in Montgomery County

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Sunday morning in Montgomery County resulted in two people being arrested on drug and other charges. The Sheriff’s Office says at around 9:30-a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 200th Street and P Avenue. The driver, 26-year old Jacob Tanner Franson, of Villisca, was charged with OWI/1st offense -Drug related, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driving. Franson was also cited for Failure to Yield half the roadway, Failure to Maintain Control, and No Insurance-Accident related.

His passenger, 19-year old Abigail Jusdean Cook, of Red Oak, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond, each.

Sunday afternoon accident in Red Oak

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Sunday afternoon, in Red Oak. According to the police report, the accident happened at around 12:15-p.m. at the intersection of North 8th Street and East Washington Avenue. Officials say a vehicle driven by 46-year old Raymond Dale Choate, of Parnell, was traveling south on N. 8th Street and stopped at the controlled intersection with E. Washington. When Choate continued into the intersection, his 2009 Dodge Journey struck a westbound 1995 Ford Escort, being driven by 80-year old Marilyn Sue Westover, of Red Oak.

After the impact, the Escort spun around and hit a legally parked 2005 Dodge Caravan. Choate was given a warning for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign. Damage from the crash amounted to $8,500.

Officers with the Red Oak P-D were assisted at the scene by Red Oak Fire and Rescue personnel, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Landowners want details of proposed pipeline route

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile pipeline would likely cross 17 Iowa counties as it crosses from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner.

Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado says public meetings will take place across Iowa in December. Landowner Don Kreber agreed to let the company survey some of his farmland in O’Brien County, but he still hasn’t heard many details yet.

Atlantic School Board to meet Mon. evening

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in the Media Center, at the High School. The Board will hold its annual meeting beginning at 7:30, during which they will handle various administrative matters, including the nomination and election of a Board President and Vice President for one-year terms, the appointment of a Board Secretary and Treasurer, and setting of the dates, times and place of school board meetings for the 2014-2015 school year.

During their regular session that follows, the Atlantic School Board will act on approving: Open enrollments requests; contracts for General and Special Education instructors…Letters of assignment…amended contracts and/or Letters of Assignment; Volunteer coaching positions, and any resignations.

Action items on their agenda include approval of the FFA trip to the National Convention, and the Spanish Club’s 2016 Costa Rica trip, among other matters.

2 arrests in Red Oak Sunday morning

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two arrests took place early this (Sunday) morning. 26-year old Jason Rolfe Aherns, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 1:45-a.m.  at a residence in the 400 block of East Reed Street, on a warrant for Theft in the 4th degree. During his arrest, Aherns was found to allegedly be in possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,300 cash bond.

And, at around 3:30-a.m., Police in Red Oak arrested 22-year old Dustin James Danick, of Red Oak, on a charge of Domestic Assault/Serious misdemeanor. Danick was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Look for an active weather pattern this coming week…

News, Weather

September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines say the weather will turn very active next week. After a pleasant day today (Sunday), a few storms return on Monday and Monday night. A greater threat for severe weather is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening. Along with that, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are becoming more likely Tuesday evening and overnight into early Wednesday. Very cool Canadian air arrives Thursday evening and will last through Saturday. Lows will fall into the 30s and 40s at times!

Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy.

Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst have both sought to assure voters they oppose a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into gasoline.

Braley is touting his efforts to halt the changes. Ernst argues she supports maintaining the existing standard — known as the Renewable Fuel Standard — though she has taken questions over statements that she is she is opposed to subsidies from a “philosophical standpoint.”

The Iowa Farm Bureau’s political committee endorsed Ernst, while the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC backed Braley.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 7th 2014

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September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A city utility has issued a water boil advisory for the southeast Iowa town of Mount Pleasant following a water main break. The Hawk Eye reports that the areas affected by the boil advisory include the intersection of U.S. 34 and Goodyear Road, west into the town of Westwood, as well as the intersection of Franklin Avenue and U.S. 34 south to Oakland Mills Road. The water main break occurred Wednesday along Franklin Avenue and is expected to remain in effect through Sunday.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — A clerical error has led to the private medical information of nearly a dozen Iowa patients being sent to the wrong addresses. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that it uncovered a handful of local Pella Regional Health Center patients whose hospital bills and medical records were compromised. Eleven patients have been contacted about the privacy breach.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes on city-owned property. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the City Council discussed a possible ban this week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Jake Duzey caught a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock with a minute left in a 17-13 win over Ball State yesterday. Rudock threw for 322 yards and completed 9 of 11 passes on the Hawkeyes’ two scoring drives in the final 6 minutes. Iowa forced a fumble on Ball State’s final possession to end the game.