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Latham/Boswell running in district that now leans Republican

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest data indicates two incumbent congressmen in Iowa will be battling for reelection in a district that has a slight Republican voter registration edge. After the 2010 Census Iowa lost one of its five congressional districts and Republican Congressman Tom Latham of Clive and Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell of Des Moines are running against one another in the new third district. That district now leans Republican. The district covers 16 counties in southwest Iowa and includes the city of Des Moines. 

The latest statistics indicate nearly 35 percent of voters in the district are registered Republicans, while about 33-and-a-half percent are registered Democrats. The rest are independents. The other two Democratic congressmen from Iowa — Bruce Braley of Waterloo and Dave Loebsack of Iowa City — are running in districts which have a Democratic voter registration edge. 

Republican Congressman Steve King has been representing a district that has a significant G-O-P edge. The new fourth congressional district has a 47-thousand more registered Republicans than Democrats. Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack is challenging King’s bid for a sixth term. Go to www.radioiowa.com to see the latest information on voter registration in each of the four congressional districts.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

8AM Newscast 02-28-2012

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February 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Lewis man wins Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man is set to receive a $1,000 cash award for his work in sustainable agriculture. Bernie Havlovic, of Lewis, will receive recognition and the 2011 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture award during a ceremony Thursday, March 1st, in Ames. Havlovic is the superintendent of two Research and Demonstration (R&D) farms, the Armstrong ISU R&D Farm near Lewis, and the Neely-Kinyon R&D Farm in Adair County, south of Greenfield. He’s conducted agricultural research since the 1970’s, but has been involved in farming since childhood, while growing up in east-central Nebraska. Havlovic was the ninth out of 14 children born to his parents. He says his siblings helped out with the farming activities, but the opportunities to farm on his own were limited, so he went to graduate from ISU and work for the University’s Agronomy Department before moving on the work in the Research Farm system. 

He says that gave him an opportunity to farm, and get a better understanding of how crops grow and what affects their growth. He says he’s able to turn that knowledge around and show visitors to the research farms how new practices foster productivity in farming, and, provide an education to a wide variety of people. That includes “Master Gardeners,” and school children. Havlovic says interest in horticulture has really grown over the years, and blossomed from the simple “Green Thumb” gardener, to people who grow grapes for locally produced wine, and to those who use the “High Tunnel” structures to earn a living growing specialty crops. He says one of the latest special products being used in agricultural, is a material called “Bio-char,” which is a centuries old charcoal product created by a process known as “pryrolysis.”   Havlovic says it’s a material designed to make the soil more usable and sustainable. 

Havlovic and Michael Natvig, who owns a 420-acre organic farm in eastern Iowa’s Howard County, will share the Spencer Award for their efforts in developing sustainable farming practices and enhancing the stability of family farms, during the quarterly meeting of the Leopold Center Advisory Board, in Ames. The presentation of those awards will take place at around 11:30-a.m. Thursday, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The award, which was established in 2001 by an endowment from the Spencer family, was named in honor of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed near Sioux County, for 40-years. Learn more about the award at www.leopold.iastate.edu/spencer-award.

7AM Newscast 02-28-2012

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February 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Bluffs to Chicago bound train hits Grinnell College student

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) – A 20-year-old college student is expected to survive injuries she received when struck by a train near downtown Grinnell. Anika Manzoor was struck just before 5 p.m. Monday. Manzoor was hit after she fell while she and two friends were crossing tracks just west of downtown. The two other people were not struck. Iowa Interstate Railroad officials say the train was going about 21 mph, headed to Chicago from Council Bluffs.  Manzoor was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Severe Weather Possible Across SW IA today

News, Weather

February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines) — A strong storm system will push through the region today into Wednesday with the surface low tracking from NE Nebraska northeastward toward Minneapolis and into central Wisconsin by Wednesday. This system will bring a mix of winter precipitation to much of northern Iowa today, and spread rain showers and thunderstorms across central and southern Iowa mainly this afternoon into tonight. There is a slight risk of severe weather across portions of southwest Iowa with large hail the main severe threat. Strong west to northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible during the day Wednesday as the system lifts northeast of Iowa.

Atlantic man arrested 3rd time for public intox

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Friday, on a charge of Public Intoxication, 3rd and subsequent offense. The Atlantic Police Department says 50-year old Robert Atkinson was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Adel man claims he tried to scare, not kill man

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa man accused of fatally shooting another man says in court documents that he fired a rifle to scare him, not kill him.  Brandon Madren, of Adel, is charged with first-degree murder and reckless use of a firearm causing injury in the Feb. 18 shooting of Nathan Greene, also of Adel. Court documents show the gunshot that killed Greene was fired from a third-story apartment window.

Madren told police that Greene tried to kick down his apartment door, then left the building and was standing on Madren’s car in the parking lot. Madren says Greene was threatening him when Madren fired a rifle, hitting Greene in the chest. Madren remains in the Dallas County jail on $500,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 28 2012

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With yesterday’s hasty vote, the Iowa Board of Regents will close a public school long tied to University of Northern Iowa’s teacher training program. Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls will close before June 30, a move that infuriated local politicians and school supporters. The regents said it was too expensive to operate. The school is known for its small class sizes and research into cutting-edge practices.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Iowa State University on Thursday to speak about creating manufacturing jobs. The visit further solidifies Iowa’s importance as a swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Iowa to release a resignation agreement with a former medical employee who is trying to keep the document and his identity a secret. District Judge Thomas Reidel agreed with The Associated Press that the settlement was a public record under Iowa law and said the public has a right to know the details, including a $100,000 bonus offered if he left the university’s employment before a specific date.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will not to invite the University of North Dakota to an April track meet because of the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname. Policy prohibits Iowa’s athletic department from scheduling competitions with schools using Native American mascots, unless those mascots are approved by the NCAA.

Public Hearing in Atlantic Wednesday, over loan agreement & bond purchase

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday, will hold public hearings on loan agreements amounting to $4.95-million, followed by action from the Council on a resolution expressing the City’s intent to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purchase and Refunding Loan Agreement, and approval of a bond purchase agreement with Ruan Securities. The hearings and action will come during a Special Council Meeting that begins 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall.

City Administrator Doug Harris says the bonds will help to cover nearly $4.9-million altogether, in Capital Improvement Projects (for Streets, Storm Water, Park and Building Improvements as well as Equipment Acquisition), and, the refunding of 2007 General Obligation Bonds. Harris says refunding the 2007 G-O Bonds will save the City $45,845 in interest, over the next 5-years.

The Council will consider a resolution authorizing the issuance of 2012 G-O Bonds during its meeting on March 7th. In other matters, the Council this Wednesday, will enter into a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, following the conclusion of regular business.