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Carson Rodeo begins Thursday

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The community of Carson, in Pottawattamie County, is hoping you’ll get into the cowboy spirit and mosey on over to watch some of the craziest eight-seconds ever, during their annual rodeo. The 37th Annual Carson Community Rodeo is scheduled to take place from Thursday, July 31st to August 2nd. The event hosts Mutton Bustin’ every night starting at 8-p.m., followed by professional riders doing their best not to get bucked off by the bulls. Sherm Rotten, Vice President of the Carson Rodeo, says Thursday is kid’s night.

“Thursday night we also have a stick horse race for the kids and I think the first one hundred through the gates get a Carson Rodeo get a wristband they can have. It’s just kind of a good fun, family night.”)
He says the numbers continue to increase. “We end up with over 30 bull riders and almost 30 saddle bronc riders so we are real pleased with that. That’s the third year in a row our numbers have been up so it should be a good show for everybody.”

On Friday, Carson will feature a street dance after the rodeo on Main Street of Carson and Saturday starts with the Carson parade at 10:30-a.m. “It’s a really good parade mainly because the shriners come over for us and make up half the parade. They just have a lot of neat stuff, old cars, motorcycles and acts going through there.”

Carson also features the 33rd annual Country Showdown musical event on Saturday evening before the rodeo. The Carson Rodeo was named Best Small Rodeo of the Year for 10 years by the PRCA but Rotten says with the numbers increase Carson isn’t considered a small rodeo any longer. “We jumped up a class and that’s part of the reason we got a few more cowboys. We put some added money in so we are no longer considered a small rodeo now we are a medium sized rodeo.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at many locations across southwest Iowa at $10 a piece for adults and $4 for kids or the day of the event for $13 and $5 respectively. You can find more information and the nearest location by visiting www.carsonrodeo.com.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Third party candidate on ballot for Iowa governor

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former Des Moines school board member will be on the ballot for governor as a third-party candidate. Jonathan Narcisse announced Tuesday he had been certified by the Iowa secretary of state’s office to run as the Iowa Party candidate.

Narcisse attempted to run as a Democrat in the primary election, but the secretary of state’s office ruled his nomination petitions were incomplete. His attempts to overturn the ruling in the courts were unsuccessful. That meant that state Sen. Jack Hatch was the only Democrat running for governor.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term. Narcisse has owned a number of publications, including the Iowa Bystander. He served on the Des Moines School Board for two years. He also ran for governor in 2010.

Norwalk murder, woman’s disappearance unsolved

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – It’s been three years since 79-year-old Bill Wood of Norwalk was found dead in his burned home and his 72-year-old wife, Kay Wood, couldn’t be found but investigators and family members remain determined to find who’s responsible. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Michael Motsinger says leads have slowed but he’s hoping that letting the public know the crime remains unsolved may help uncover important information.

Bill Wood’s body was found inside the couple’s burned out home on July 30, 2011. He had been shot.  Kay has never been found. Their red Chevrolet Silverado pickup was located at a Kansas City apartment complex.

Composite police sketch of Person of Interest in Wood murder and disappearance.

Composite police sketch of Person of Interest in Wood murder and disappearance.

Motsinger says a man seen walking away from the truck has never been identified and remains of interest. An $8,000 reward for information remains in place.

Cases of West Nile Virus Increase in Iowa: 3 reported so far

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, three cases of the illness have already been reported in the state. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), current surveillance data shows one case each in Clay, Monona, and Woodbury counties. Sentinel sites have also collected mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in Central Iowa. The IDPH reminds Iowans to protect themselves against mosquito bites, the way by which West Nile virus is transmitted.

IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “There has been a lot of media attention on the Chikungunya virus, another mosquito transmitted disease. No cases of Chikungunya have been reported in Iowa; however, it’s important to remember that the best way to avoid Chikungunya, West Nile virus, or other mosquito-borne diseases is to protect and prevent – protect yourself against mosquito bites and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by getting rid of the places they lay eggs.”

She offers these tips to protect yourself:

Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
Prevent:

Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs.  Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies. Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2013, there were 44 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths.

To see the latest surveillance report on Lyme disease and to learn more about how to prevent it, visit http://bit.ly/Ux5ZgW.

 

8AM Newscast 07-30-2014

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July 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Sioux City riverboat casino prepares for last day

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Argosy riverboat casino is preparing to take its last bets Wednesday, having told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that it will close by 5 p.m. as ordered.

Last week the Iowa Supreme Court rejected a request that the operation be allowed to remain open while its owners pursued court action. The casino parent, Penn National Gaming Co., wanted to remain open while appealing a ruling by the gaming commission. In April the commission ordered the casino to close because it doesn’t meet license requirements.

Penn National lost its bid last year to operate a land-based casino in Sioux City. A Hard Rock casino and hotel by another developer is scheduled to open Friday night.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News/Funeral report, Wed. 7/30/2014

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Study: 80% of future flying drone use will be for agriculture

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is the subject of much debate, but those remote-control flying robot-cameras may be the wave of the future — for farmers. Craig Hill, a farmer in Milo and president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, predicts the use of emerging technologies that give a farmer a full-color perspective on his fields from far above will prove quite successful for agriculture in the years ahead.ag drone

“Eighty-percent of the use of drones in America will be for agriculture,” Hill says. “This will be a big feature and it actually could be an economic driver in agriculture, both in the services provided and in increased productivity.”

Drones were a topic of conversation at last weekend’s third annual Iowa Farm Bureau economic summit, held in Ames. Hill says another topic was farmland values and how fast they’ve been rising for years. “We have seen about a 345-percent increase in land values over the last decade,” Hill says. “That was not sustainable in the future. Any asset class would have difficulty appreciating by that amount and not having a setback or a period of more stable growth.”

He says most of those who attended the summit believe ag land values will stabilize in the future.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa, 12 other states, take action against “predatory military lender”

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Thousands of military service members, including nearly 100 Iowans, will be receiving millions of dollars in debt relief after becoming victims of a predatory lender. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says an agreement has been reached with Rome Finance Company. “It will provide $92 million in relief for over 17,000 service members around the country, in regard to some outrageous price gouging and interest rates that have been charged to service members over the last few years,” Miller said at a news conference Tuesday morning at his office.

The agreement, which involves 12 other states, also requires Rome Finance to forgive debts and repair the victims’ damaged credit scores.

AG Tom Miller and James Wilson

AG Tom Miller and James Wilson

Iowa Air National Guard Staff Sergeant James Wilson, who grew up in Winterset, said he bought a computer that ended up costing $5,000 because of deceptively high interest rates. “I’m mostly angry and slightly embarrassed with myself,” Wilson said.

The agreement forces Rome Finance to forgive his outstanding balance of $2,500. Wilson said he signed up to purchase the laptop in 2010 and felt the online company appeared trustworthy. A statement on the website claimed the company was “military friendly.” The purchasing deal allowed the company to take a monthly payment directly from Wilson’s military pay.  “The gentleman I spoke with on the phone and through instant messaging, as he helped set up my allotment…he was very friendly, thanking me for my service the whole time. He just walked me through it and made it really easy,” Wilson said. “From my perspective, it was just a simple way to get a laptop.”

Active duty military members are an easy target for predatory lenders, according to Wilson, since many enlist right out of high school.  “I joined the military when I was 17 and I didn’t even have a checkbook at the time,” Wilson said. “I feel better knowing that this company isn’t able to do this to service members in the future.”

The agreement requires Rome Finance to liquidate. Miller said Rome Finance, which is based in California and Georgia, charged interest rates of up to 200 percent.

(Radio Iowa)

Wilson Island State Recreation Area set to reopen

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July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A state recreation area near Council Bluffs is scheduled to reopen soon. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the Wilson Island State Recreation Area will open its gates Monday. Workers are currently adding fire rings and picnic tables.

The park was originally scheduled to reopen more than a month ago. It was delayed by storms and flooding in June that caused damage to the area. The park has been under cleanup and restoration for several years. Its campground has been closed since it was flooded in 2011.