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Community Conversations on STEM to be held in Bedford & Creston

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen today (Tuesday) announced a series of community conversations featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and economic development, will take place across the state in September and October. Two of the meetings will be held in the southwest Iowa towns of Bedford and Creston, on Wed., Sept. 19th.

The first session will take place 1:30-p.m. Sept. 19th, at Southwestern Community College, in Creston. The event will be held in Instructional Center Room 180. The second session takes place at 4-p.m. Sept. 19th, in the Auditorium at the Bedford High School. Both meetings feature Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and UNI President Ben Allen.

The community conversations are designed seek feedback from Iowans about what priorities the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council should focus on as the STEM initiative continues to build across Iowa.  Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, says “We are determined to provide Iowa’s young people with engaging STEM education opportunities, no matter where they live. That will help assure more students are well equipped to be knowledgeable citizens and to someday begin college or career training prepared for success. It also will help assure a stronger STEM employee pipeline for Iowa’s businesses and industries.”

All parents, grandparents, educators, business and civic leaders, legislators and other Iowans are invited to attend the hour-long, town hall style meetings. Ben Allen, co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council,  said they  “Are in the process of rolling out STEM programs through our scale-up initiative and these community conversations are a way to foster STEM relationships between local businesses, the regional STEM networks and area schools.  The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM workforce.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index remains “Extreme”, TFN

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Extreme” category in Shelby County, at least until the next update, on Thursday. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says field work is beginning in the County, and there are typically three or four combine fires each harvest season. Seivert says while the short grasses have greened-up thanks to recent rainfall, the major fuel source for explosive fire growth…corn, beans, and tall grasses.. continue to dry-up due to the sunshine and wind.

Extra precautions should be taken while farmers are out in the field, to ensure their machines are free of debris and that fires are not started behind those implements while the harvest is underway.

3 accidents Sunday in SW IA

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol kept busy investigating three separate accidents in southwest Iowa, Sunday. One took place at around 9:30-a.m. on Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County. Officials say the driver of a 2003 Toyota Camry, 53-year old Timothy Gurtis, of Omaha, was injured, when he lost control of the vehicle, which wound-up hitting a guardrail. The accident happened near Neola. Gurtis was transported by Neola Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, for treatment of minor injuries.

The second accident happened at around 11:25-a.m. Sunday, in Fremont County. The State Patrol says 27-year old Chance Greer, of Kansas City, MO, was traveling south on Interstate 29 when the 2000 Toyota CXL he was driving left the road, traveled into the median and struck a cable guardrail. Greer suffered minor injuries. The Patrol says alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges are pending completion of lab results.

The third accident took place Sunday afternoon, in Mills County. The State Patrol says a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, driven by 18-year old Hallie Fitzsimmons, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 230th Street, when the teen lost control while her vehicle as it entered a curve. The car left the road and hit a driveway entrance, before striking a fire hydrant. Fitzsimmons was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Officials say all three of the injured drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Thefts and arrests reported in Clarinda; Pit bull shot and killed

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating recent incidents of theft. Officials say on Monday, a resident on West Logan Street reported a Craftsman air compressor valued at $200, was taken from outside of his home during the late evening hours Saturday or early morning, Sunday. That same day, another resident reported the theft of a five-gallon gasoline container from outside of her home. The theft occurred during the same time frame the compressor was stolen.

Early Sunday afternoon, officers in Clarinda responded to a report of a vicious dog running loose in the 400 block of East Garfield Street. When they arrived, the dog, which was described as being a brown pit bull, repeatedly charged at the officers, one of whom fired his service weapon at the animal, killing it. The incident remains under investigation.

Also on Sunday, a 17-year old female reported to Clarinda Police she had been physically assaulted by an adult male and female, which she was in the area of 12th and State Streets. The teen suffered minor injuries during the incident, which  occurred sometime between six- and seven-p.m, and it remains under investigation.

And, late Friday afternoon, Police in Clarinda arrested 21-year old Justine Sheree Powers, of College Springs, on a charge of driving with a revoked license for a previous OWI conviction. Powers posted $1,000 bond and was released pending a court appearance.

SD man injured in Saturday motorcycle crash

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A South Dakota man was critically injured during a motorcycle accident on Saturday night in Monona County. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 8-p.m., near 190th Street and County Highway L-32 south of Mapleton. Officials say 52 year old John Haas of Rapid City, SD was traveling southbound on Hwy L-32 when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his motorcycle. Haas was airlifted to Mercy Medical in Sioux City in critical condition. An update on his condition is not available.

The accident remains under investigation by the Monona County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

Four injured during Audubon County crash

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports four people were injured during a single vehicle accident Sunday evening, north of Exira. Officials say the driver of a 2006 Chevy Equinox, 49-year old Julieanne Marie Knutsen, of Audubon, along with her passengers, 26-year old Micheal Todd Cooley, of Emmetsburg, 19-year old Tanner Lynn Knutsen and 16-year old Taylor Marie Knutsen, both of Audubon, were transported to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital by Exira Fire and Rescue.

The accident happened at around 5:15-p.m., as Knutsen was traveling north on Highway 71. The SUV left the pavement onto the shoulder. When Knutsen attempted to steer back onto the pavement, she overcorrected, sending the SUV out of control. It rolled three-times before landing on its wheels facing south, in the east ditch. The vehicle sustained $10,000 damage in the crash. Knutsen was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.

Former Anita teacher pleads guilty to 2 counts of sexual exploitation

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A former teacher for the Anita Community School District today (Tuesday) entered a voluntary plea of guilty to two-counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a School Employee, Counselor or Therapist, with the intent to arouse, in violation of Iowa Law. 65-year old William Glenn Foulkes appeared in Cass County District Court in Atlantic, along with his Attorney, F. Montgomery Brown.

Brown told Fourth District Court Judge Richard H. Davidson, that he and Cass County Prosecutor Dan Feistner has reached a plea agreement in Foulkes’ case, which stipulates Foulkes would plead guilty to Counts 2 and 3 (Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee/Aggravated Misdemeanor), in exchange for a felony charge of Sexual Exploitation, and the remaining Aggravated Misdemeanor charges (Counts 4-thru 50) being dropped at Foulkes’ cost.

Foulkes admitted to kissing a juvenile female on numerous occasions while teaching the student in a math program, from August 2009 until November 11th, 2010. He resigned from his teaching position in November 2010.

Foulkes has agreed to waive his Pre-Sentence Investigation, or PSI. His sentencing was set for October 1st, 2012.  He will remain free on $50,000 bond pending his sentencing date. As part of his pending sentence, he will be required to complete a Sex Offender Treatment Program in a residential correctional facility, pay restitution to the State and Victim, and have no contact with the victim.  Foulkes will likely be required to serve two, two-year terms of supervised probation for the combined counts, with the time to be served consecutively, or back-to-back. He had faced a maximum of 103-years in prison and fines of more than $300,000. He’ll also be required to pay fines for each count ranging from $625 to $6,250, plus court costs and surcharges. Foulkes will have to register as a sex offender after his sentencing.

8AM Newscast 09-04-2012

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September 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Political campaign signs: Where can they be legally posted?

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September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation are reminding campaigners of the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to the placement of political campaign signs in the state. A section of the Iowa DOT’s website is devoted to answering the most frequently asked questions about legal posting of such signs – www.iowadot.gov/iowaroadsigns/pol_sign_info.html

Iowa DOT spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher says “We realize that most sign violations are the result of efforts of ardent campaign supporters who are unfamiliar with the laws. Therefore, the Iowa DOT has prepared information to be used as a guide for political candidates, party chairs, campaign workers and election officials, to help them become acquainted with the laws before this year’s signs are posted.”

The Iowa DOT is urging individuals to visit the website or speak to their political headquarters to insure campaign signs are properly placed and to avoid having signs removed from the public right of way.

7AM Newscast 09-04-2012

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September 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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