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8AM Newscast 03-06-2012

News, Podcasts

March 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Cass County Democrats to hold their convention Saturday

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chair of the Cass County Democratic Party says Democrats in the County will hold their election-year Convention this Saturday. According to Sherry Toelle, the event takes place in the Cass County Courthouse, beginning at 9:30-a.m. Saturday, March 10th. Toelle says four delegates will be elected to represent Cass County at the Democratic Party’s District and State Conventions, later in the year. Other agenda i

7AM Newscast 03-06-2012

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March 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Iowa Red Cross worker sees devastation of tornadoes

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa Red Cross worker expects to return to the state today (Tuesday) after moving around to several states helping with tornado recovery. Siouxland Red Cross communications director, Tammy Pech, was in Henryville, Indiana Monday — a town that was hit with an E-F-four (EF-4) tornado packing winds of 175-miles-an-hour. “The town is pretty much leveled, every home has some sort of damage. A lot of the homes have a destroyed status to them,” she says describing the damage. “As you look out over the fields, or you look out over the hill, what used to be homes and trees and schools are gone, just big piles of rubble. So, it was pretty devastating to see,” Pech says.

The Red Cross is providing shelter and counseling to the storm victims. Pech says the disaster mental health volunteers are going out and making sure everyone is well, especially since they had a tornado go through the same area last year as well. Pech had left Sioux City for Harrisburg, Illinois last Tuesday to help with storm recovery in that area, and has been moving from state to state as the tornadoes have moved through. That included a close call with one of the storms. “Friday we learned that this tornado system was coming through, so they prepositioned us over in Kentucky. And was we were heading east, we actually got stuck in a town called Mount Vernon, and we actually had to take shelter ourselves from three tornadoes that came within 10 miles of us as we were driving,” Pech says. You can help the tornado recovery by donating to the effort. “They can call 1-800-Red-Cross. They can click RedCross.org, or they can text Red Cross to 90999, and that’s a 10 dollar donation on their cellphone bill,” Pech says. The tornadoes claimed 39 lives in five states.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Extreme Fire Danger across parts of SW IA today

News, Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says the Grassland Fire Danger Index will be in the “Extreme” category today across parts of southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. In our area, that includes Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties.

Extreme Fire Danger means that fires can start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with Extreme Fire Danger! South to southwest winds at 15- to 30-mph today, will also bring an “Elevated Fire Danger” risk to the rest of the listening area.

Sunderman & McLaren file for re-election in Cass County

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman and Sheriff Darby McLaren have filed papers to run for re-election in the June 5th, 2012 Primary. Sunderman and McLaren were the first two candidates to announce their intentions to run for County office, Monday, March 5th, which was also the first day persons were allowed to file. The final date for filing nomination papers is Wednesday, March 28th, 2012.

Iowa Supreme Court to visit Council Bluffs: Atlantic & Hamburg cases to be heard

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court plan to be in Council Bluffs on Wednesday evening and Thursday. They will hear arguments in two cases, visit seven high schools, and speak at the local community college. The court will hold a special session at Iowa Western Community College to hear oral arguments in two cases. The session, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In the first case, a nude dancing business in Hamburg is challenging a 2008 city ordinance regulating such businesses. The second case involves the American Civil Liberties Union, which wants to find out details of disciplinary action taken against two Atlantic School district employees after a strip search was conducted of five students in 2009. The school visits are scheduled for Thursday.

Western IA man electrocuted in tree trimming accident

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man was electrocuted in a tree trimming accident in Sac County. The sheriff’s office says 63-year-old Edward Peters, of Lake View, died on Monday while working near Nemaha. Sheriff Ken McClure says Peters, who owned Peters Painting and Tree Trimming, was leaning on a boom truck, while a worker in a bucket on the truck was cutting branches. McClure says the 50-foot boom touched an overhead power line. Electricity traveled through the truck and Peters, who died at a hospital in Sac City. An autopsy is pending.

Iowa News Headlines: Tues., March 6th 2012

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March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad made a rare public plea for lawmakers to approve his proposed overhaul of Iowa elementary and secondary schools. He spoke Monday night at a House hearing about the education plan and argued that student test scores have fallen and school reform is needed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governor is defending Iowa’s new law that he signed Friday. The law makes it a crime to lie in order to gain access to a livestock operation to record animal abuse. Governor Terry Branstad says gaining access to property under false pretenses is a serious matter and property owners deserve protections.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Delaware County supervisors will proceed with a $3 million bond to help fund the rebuilding of the Lake Delhi dam. The dam in northeast Iowa collapsed during flooding in 2010 and nearly drained the 9-mile lake that’s surrounded by private homes on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH’-kuh-tuh) River. A public hearing is scheduled for March 19.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a western Iowa man was electrocuted in a tree trimming accident. Police say 63-year-old Edward Peters who owned Peters Painting and Tree Trimming was leaning on a boom truck, while a worker in a bucket on the truck was cutting branches. The 50-foot boom touched an overhead power line and electricity traveled through the truck and Peters. The co-worker wasn’t injured.

Century Old Human Remains Found in Hamburg Cemetery are not those of missing man

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March 5th, 2012 by Doug Evans

The State Archeologist’s Office has confirmed human remains recovered from the Hamburg Cemetery, are NOT those of a man missing since 1968. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday afternoon, the Archeologist’s Office has determined the skeletal remains belonged to an unidentified man of European ancestry, 16-to 23-years of age, who lived sometime between 1850 and the early 1900′s. The remains were found in mid-February, while crews were excavating a new burial shaft.

Prior to receiving official word from the State on the identity of the remains, many had speculated they might have been those of Hamburg resident Gary Sebek, who disappeared in 1968. The Sheriff’s Office says the remains will be returned to Hamburg for reburial within the city cemetery.