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Governor signs health care expansion into law

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has signed legislation that expands low-income health care in Iowa. Branstad signed the bill today (Thursday), in Mason City. The location was selected to acknowledge two lawmakers from the region – Republican House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Democratic Sen. Amanda Ragan – who helped broker the final deal.  Branstad says the deal will “increase access to high quality modern health care.”
 
Under the plan, Iowa will accept federal dollars offered to states that expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The state will use the funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and will pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get insurance on the new health care exchanges.  Branstad says he’s optimistic the plan will get federal approval.

Time for cities to apply for CDBG grants

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with SWIPCO (The Southwest Iowa Planning Council, Region 13), are issuing a call to local community leaders to apply for 2014 calendar year Community Development Block Grants (CDBG’s). Authorized under the Housing and Community Development Act, the main goal of the CDBG program is to “develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate incomes.”

In Iowa, grants ranging from $200,000 to $600,000 are available, based on population. Regardless of the amount, a local match is required, and typically comes in the form of local bonding, a USDA grant/loan package, or a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan. The CDBG program can be used in Iowa, to fund eligible activities, including public facilities and community buildings, housing rehabilitation, and economic development as well as job training.

Cities in the SWIPCO service area (Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties), are encouraged to contact Courtney Harter or Jeremy Middents, at 712-243-4196 for more information.

In addition, SWIPCO has funds available in its Business Revolving Loan Program available for new or current businesses. Loans are available from $2,000 to $125,000, with interest rates starting at 4-percent. For more information, call Barb Barrick at 712-243-4196.

No new trial for NJ man guilty of sex trafficking

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A judge is declining a new trial for a New Jersey man who was found guilty of running a nationwide prostitution ring.  U.S. District Judge James Gritzner ruled Wednesday that the evidence supported Johnelle Bell’s conviction on 12 counts of sex trafficking and interstate prostitution, and testimony from a witness who didn’t appear at trial likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome. 

Prosecutors say Bell was a pimp who ran an Arkansas-based traveling prostitution venture. He lured troubled young women to join under false promises of long-lasting relationships and coerced them through physical abuse and threats.

Prosecutors uncovered the ring after an FBI agent posed as a customer in response to prostitution ads on Backpage.com in Omaha. The federal trial took place in Iowa because the venture traveled to Des Moines.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charge

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports today (Thursday), the arrest of 26-year old Jacky Ray Walters, of Atlantic. Walters was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Delivery of a Controlled Substance. He was transported to Cass County Jail where he was booked and held pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 06-20-2013

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June 20th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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(Podcast) 7-a.m. Local/western IA news, 6/20/13

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Carter Lake man injured during motorcycle crash Wed. night

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report one-person was injured during a motorcycle accident late Wednesday night on Interstate 29. Officials say 34-year old Chad Boehmer, of Carter Lake, was found unconscious by his crashed motorcycle near the 54-mile marker of I-29 (or near Avenue G), at around 11:50-p.m.

The cycle and Boehmer were found in the depression between the off-ramp and on ramp from Avenue G at I-29 soutbound. A preliminary investigation indicates the cycle was traveling north on I-29, when for reasons unknown, it left the road to the north. Boehmer was ejected from the cycle, which flipped several times before coming to rest.

Officials say Boehmer, who was wearing a helmet, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Creighton University Medical Center, where he was reported to be in serious condition. Authorities say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

IWCC receives a portion of $2.7-million in grants

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ten AmeriCorps programs in Iowa will receive $2.7 million for projects that include mentoring youth at risk for dropping out of school, building Habitat for Humanity homes, and improving public lands and trails through habitat restoration. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says the money comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that encourages volunteer work. The focus of many of the programs is getting young people involved in community service.

Grants go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, Community Corrections Improvement Association, the Des Moines Independent Community School District, city of Dubuque, Graceland University, Habitat for Humanity of Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Legal Aid, Iowa Western Community College and the United Way of East Central Iowa.

Governor to sign health care expansion into law

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is set to sign legislation that expands low-income health care in Iowa. Branstad is scheduled to sign the bill Thursday in Mason City. The location was selected to acknowledge two lawmakers from the region — Republican House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and Democratic Sen. Amanda Ragan — who helped broker the final deal.

Under the plan, Iowa will accept federal dollars offered to states that expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The state will use the funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and will pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get insurance on the new health care exchanges. The plan will require federal approval. Branstad says he’s optimistic that will happen.

Atlantic firefighters respond to deck fire early Thu. morning

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June 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 7-a.m.)

Firefighters from Atlantic were called to the scene of a residential deck fire early this (Thursday) morning. Fire Chief Mark McNees says the call about the fire at 505 West 14th Street came in at around 12:45-a.m. He says the Thor Jordan family had a barbeque charcoal grill earlier in the evening. Apparently, some ashes blew out from the bottom and started the deck on fire. A neighbor noticed the smoke and fire, called 9-1-1 and awoke the family. 

No injuries were reported. McNees said the damage was primarily confined to the home’s deck. The Chief issued a reminder to persons who barbeque on their decks to make sure the embers and ashes are cool before you leave grills unattended.

He says the home owners will probably need to replace their deck due to the amount of damage it sustained.

 

Fire crews were on the scene for about 40-minutes.