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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/11/2015

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area news, from Ric Hanson.

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Iowa, Nebraska high on list of states with worst puppy mills

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Nebraska and Iowa rank high on a list of states with what are described as some of the worst puppy mills. A report from the Humane Society of the United States says Nebraska ranks third on “The Horrible Hundred 2015” list, with 14 of the breeders. Iowa ranks fourth with 11 breeders on the list. The list was led by Missouri, with 23, and Kansas, with 16.

The society says its list doesn’t include all of the worst breeders. The Des Moines Register reports that a puppy mill is described by the Humane Society as “an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.”

3 arrests in Creston

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested recently, in Creston. The Creston Police Dept. reports 50-year old Robby Carter, of Creston, was arrested at around 10:45-p.m. Sunday, for OWI/1st Offense. Carter was later released from the Union County Jail, on $1,000 bond. Also arrested Sunday, in Creston, was 46-year old Christopher Selvy, of Creston, who was charged with Public Intoxication and Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. Selvy was later released from custody on $300 bond.

And, last Friday, Creston Police arrested 41-year old Luke Johnson, of Creston, on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. Johnson was later released from the jail on a $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN morning News, 5/11/2015

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:05-a.m. report from Ric Hanson.

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Mo. Valley woman injured in collision between semi & a car in Harrison County

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Harrison County Sunday night resulted in one person being sent to the hospital. The Iowa State Patrol reports 53-year old Marilee Louise Collier, of Missouri Valley, was transported by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Hospital in Omaha, after the 1998 Ford Taurus she was driving crossed the center-line of Highway 30 and hit the driver’s side of a semi before continuing and striking the dual wheels of the semi’s trailer. Collier was ejected from her car and came to rest on the south shoulder, while her car came to rest in the south ditch.

The semi, a 2009 Freightliner, stopped on the south shoulder of the road. The driver of the rig, 57-year old Merlin Jay Howley, of Sioux City, was not hurt.

The accident happened at around 10:20-p.m., as the car was traveling westbound on Highway 30, and the semi was traveling eastbound, at about the one mile-marker. The crash remains under investigation.

Storm survey team to assess damage across parts of Carroll, Calhoun, Pocahontas & possibly Audubon Counties, today

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the National Weather Service in Johnston say a storm survey team will fan out across three northwest Iowa Counties today (Monday) to assess damage from a tornado or tornadoes, that moved across the area, Sunday.

The damage assessment team will cover Northern Carroll, Calhoun, southeastern Pocahontas, and possibly northern Audubon County, where damage caused by high winds may have been due to a tornado.  They’ll also be in Lake City, where the roof of a high school was torn off while as many as 100 people attending a ceremony, took shelter in a basement.Trees two-to three-feet in diameter were also uprooted in the community at around 7:40-p.m., and multiple roofs were blown off houses. A multiple-vortex tornado one-quarter of a mile wide was reported in the area south of Lake City, at around 7:30-p.m.

A possible tornado was spinning-up debris four-miles northwest of Lidderdale, in Carroll County, at around 7:15-p.m.  No injuries have been reported. A tornado was also reported in Pocahontas County, at around 8:20-p.m., four-miles northwest of Manson. The twister was seen on the ground and bouncing before going back into the clouds. A second twister, or possibly the same one, was observed at around 8:15-p..m. 1 mile southwest of Manson, in Calhoun County.

Three-miles southeast of Jolley, in Calhoun County, a tornado was reported on the ground heading toward the Twin Lakes Wildlife Refuge, just after 8-p.m. Another reported tornado was observed three-miles west of Lohrville, in Calhoun County, at around 7:35-p.m.

Other damage reports from around Iowa include downed power lines and power poles south of Van Meter, in Dallas County. In Audubon County, a machine shed was destroyed on a farm about 6-miles south/southeast of Gray, at around 7:45-p.m., Sunday. Here in Atlantic, two waves of heavy wind and rained downed at least one power-line and a large tree. Pea-sized hail fell as well, at around 1:30-p.m.

The results and conclusions of the survey (which typically includes the level and type of damage, determining a possible tornado’s path and width, along with length of time on the ground), will be completed and transmitted through a public information statement disseminated by the media, and on the Weather Services’ website (www.weather.gov/dmx) later today (Monday).

Severe weather in Iowa prompts reports of tornadoes

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May 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe storms have prompted reports of tornadoes in central Iowa. Meterologist Frank Boksa with the Des Moines office of the National Weather Service says an apparent tornado hit Lake City, in Calhoun County, on Sunday night and authorities have reported structural damage and uprooted trees.

Boksa says a school was damaged and multiple roofs were blown off houses. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries. A tornado was also reported in Pocahontas County.

In Nebraska, a frost advisory is in effect for much of the western part of the state, which also saw snow on Sunday. More than 18 inches were reported near Chadron.

Atlantic School Board to act on maternity leave & resignations

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May 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in the Media Center, at the High School. During the 7:30-p.m. session, the Board will act on approving: Open enrollment requests; General Ed and Special Ed contracts, Amended Contracts and Letters of Assignment, as well as Volunteer Coaching positions.

Resignations pending approval by the Board include: Jennifer Thurston, High School Guidance Counselor; Bonnie Church, Varsity Volleyball Coach; and Allison Berryhill, AHS Fuel Adviser.

The Board will also act on the second reading of a Maternity Leave Policy.

Griswold School Board to meet Monday evening, May 18th

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May 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects date of meeting to May 18th – not May 11th!)

Members of the Griswold School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening, May 18th, in the Central Office at the Middle School/High School Building. The session begins at 5:45-p.m.

During the meeting, the Board will act on: Certified Staff Negotiations approval; Nutrition prices; approving bids for a van purchase; approving – Fuel Bid specifications, Technology Support Specs., Registration Fees and various Board Policies.

Severe weather still possible across Iowa, eastern Nebraska Sunday

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May 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe storms may continue to develop in Iowa or eastern Nebraska on Sunday, but Omaha is no longer covered by a tornado watch. The National Weather Service’s tornado watch covers eastern Nebraska and much of western and central Iowa until 9 p.m. Central. But Omaha was removed from the tornado watch Sunday afternoon.

The Weather Service says the greatest tornado threat Sunday is in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Large hail, high winds and a few tornadoes are possible Sunday afternoon and evening.

On the other end of Nebraska, more than a foot of snow fell in the northwest corner of the state. Near Chadron, more than 18 inches of snow was reported Sunday.