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No injuries reported following Audubon Co. accident, Thursday

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, just south of the Audubon County Airport. Officials say 59-year old Keith Vokt, of Audubon, was traveling south on Highway 71 at around 2-p.m., and in the process of turning east onto 215th Street, when his 1996 Chevy struck a northbound 2011 Jeep, driven by 50-year old Edward Cooper, of Des Moines.

Damage from the accident amounted to $5,000. Authorities say Vokt was cited for making an Unsafe Turn.

7AM Newscast 12-28-2012

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December 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Drug arrests reported in Red Oak

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people have been arrested on drug charges in Red Oak. According to the police department, 22-year old Nicholas Dean Wright, of Carson, was taken into custody shortly after 10-p.m. Thursday, on a possession of marijuana charge. Wright was being held in the Montgomery County jail this (Friday) morning, on $1,000 cash bond.

And, 34-year-old Joshua Duane Mohn, of Red Oak, was arrested early this (Friday) morning, on charges of forgery, counterfeiting, driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mohn was transported to the Montgomery County jail where he was being held on $5,000 cash bond.

USDA report blames drought for food price rise in 2013

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Some Iowa farmers had a very rough 2012 due to the drought and it’ll translate to a more expensive 2013 for consumers. A report from the U-S Department of Agriculture predicts food prices will be rising in the months ahead. U-S-D-A economist Ricky Volpe says the big hike in livestock feed prices means beef, pork and chicken will cost more.  “We’re going to see strong food price inflation for a lot of animal-based products,” Volpe says. “That’s expected to happen relatively early in the year, in the first quarter or the first half of 2013.” Food prices rose about two-and-a-half percent this year and the agency predicts they’ll rise three-to-four percent in the year ahead.

Volpe says meat prices will go up initially, with many other items costing more by late summer.  “That’s when we can expect to see more significant impacts for all these more packaged, processed, shelf-stabled foods, things like soups, condiments and side dishes, and then even things like breakfast cereals and packaged breads,” Volpe says. “That’s where we’ll start to see the impacts of the drought happen a little bit later. Consumers are going to feel it more for those foods. It’ll be a little bit smaller but it will happen in the second half of 2013 and maybe even in 2014.”

Volpe says the effects of the summer-long drought will continue to have ripple effects in all grocery aisles. “We’ve seen, in the last couple of months, fluid milk prices ticking up,” Volpe says. “It does appear as if, for this food, the drought has really started to hit it. We always expected that fluid milk and dairy would be kind of a good bellwether of where the drought is headed because we’re looking at a food group that is not very storable and doesn’t require a lot of processing. Expect to see dairy products, this large category, on average go up about 4% in 2013 as a result of these higher feed prices.” The report says the price of milk and other dairy products could double if price supports are not addressed by Congress in a new Farm Bill by the end of the year.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa officials remind residents on propane safety

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are reminding residents to be careful about using propane when generating heat or running appliances during the winter. The state Department of Public Safety says people should have a qualified technician inspect their propane system. Officials also warn people to avoid using a stove for space heating, and suggest not using outdoor propane appliances inside. Officials say this is especially critical during a power outage because of possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

Officials also recommend people take immediate action if they suspect a gas leak. That includes avoiding any flames or sparks, turning off the main supply valve on a propane tank, and leaving the area immediately.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Dec. 28th 2012

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who are now eligible to work in the U.S. under an Obama administration program. The department announced yesterday that Iowa law does not allow it to issue driver’s licenses or non-operator identification cards to people who are not in the country legally.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A trade group representing Iowa’s liquid renewable fuels industry says drivers in the state could save a lot of money if they switch to an ethanol-based fuel when buying gas. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says drivers could have saved $69 million in 2012 if they switched to E15, a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol. They calculated the savings based on state Department of Revenue data.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of stealing narcotics from several Iowa pharmacies has been arrested following a high speed chase. Devan Parsons walked into a Medicap pharmacy in Altoona yesterday with a note demanding narcotics. The store’s cashier alerted police after saying he recognized Parsons’ clothing from a November 20th robbery. Parsons has been charged with eluding, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of robbery.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 34-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Nicholas Reed faces first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Bentley Randall. Reed entered the pleas on Wednesday.

Iowa ACLU not happy with DOT’s decision on illegals

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s decision to not issue driver’s licenses to aliens who came into the country illegally as kids is not sitting well with the Iowa A-C-L-U. Ben Stone is the group’s executive director. “The A-C-L-U of Iowa and its allies are profoundly disappointed in the conclusion reached by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and we will vigorously pursue all legal options to change this result,” Stone told Radio Iowa. D-O-T director Paul Trombino said his department’s reading of Iowa law found they could not issue licenses or I-D cards to those who are not in the country legally. Stone does not agree.

“We can make no sense of the reading that they have put forward. It makes no sense, it’s wrong and we will attempt to convince them otherwise. And we are optimistic that we will be able to do that,” Stone says. The issue gained attention in June when the U-S Department of Homeland Security issued a memo saying it was up to the discretion of the states on how to handle the illegals given what’s called “deferred action” status by the U-S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Stone says the state is messing with the lives of those in the group.

“I think what we are encountering here is a state agency that is basically bending over backwards to find something in which to justify it’s conclusion. And frankly it’s nonsensical,” according to Stone. “These people are not going to be deported, they are authorized to be here by the federal government. All of this is just semantic shenanigans.” One estimate says there are some five-thousand people impacted. Stone says it is a public safety issue.

“It makes no sense to have people who are here who are not going to be removed by the federal government, who are permitted to work, who have been issued papers to that affect. And yet the state of Iowa doesn’t seem to think that there is any obligation to provide them with the ability to lawfully obtain a license,” Stone says. “And that results in our roads being occupied by people that have not been properly licensed, and that is not in the interest of public safety.” Stone says they will seek all legal means to get the D-O-T to change its mind and if that is not successful, will seek other ways to change the decision.

(Radio Iowa)

ICA honors 3 western Iowa beef producers

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three Iowans who have devoted their lives to improving cattle and beef production in the state were honored during the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in December. Together, their work totals 125 years. Darrell Busby, of Oakland, was honored as the ICA 2012 Hall of Fame recipient.

Since Busby came to Iowa in 1980 as an Extension Beef Specialist, he has worked to provide a better understanding for producers of how what’s going on inside cattle can improve outcomes on the outside. As an extension specialist for 30 years, he collected in-depth growth and carcass data, and showed cattle producers how the information is useful in ‘cause and effect’ ways that impact their bottom line. Although he retired from Iowa State University in 2010, he continues to focus on collecting data about beef cattle as manager of the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity cooperative in southwest Iowa.

Lee Faris, of Mt. Ayr, was named the 2012 Outstanding Commercial Producer Award winner. Faris has been involved in cattle production for 40 years. He began his beef operation near Mt. Ayr when he purchased 27 head of three-year-old bred cows in 1973. Over time, he has grown that herd to more than 200 cows. Faris credits his success to a good health program for both breeding stock and calves, and keeping good records on cow production. In recent years, he has been able to document a 95% calf crop or better.  The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Breeds Council jointly selected Faris as the award winner for the Outstanding Commercial Producer Award. They also worked together to select the final recipient of producer awards.

And, Everett Shepherd of EJ Shepherd Charolais, Stuart, is the Seedstock Producer of the Year for 2013. His journey to focusing on Charolais cattle is much like the journeys he has taken across the country “looking for the right genetics.” Shepherd has been in the cattle business for 46 years, starting with a registered Angus herd, and then crossing them with Simmentals for 10 years in his commercial cow/calf operation. He gradually transitioned to purebred Charolais, and focused on seedstock production, providing quality bulls and heifers to commercial herds in Iowa, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 9,500 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”

NE woman injured in I-80 accident near Walnut

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman was transported to the hospital in Harlan after the car she was driving went out of control and rolled into a ditch Thursday morning, about a mile west of the Walnut exit. The Iowa State Patrol says 54-year old Vickie Blaisdell, of McCook, NE, was traveling west on I-80 at around 11:35-a.m., when her 2006 Chevy Malibu skidded on the snow and ice and entered the north ditch, where it overturned and ended up on its roof.

Blaisdell was transported to the hospital by Walnut Rescue. Officials say she was wearing her seat belt, and the injuries appeared to have been minor.

New Mexico couple injured in Pott. County accident Thursday

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from New Mexico suffered what were described as minor injuries during a single vehicle accident Thursday morning on Interstate 80, near Shelby. The Iowa State Patrol says 60-year old Jose Flores, and a passenger in his vehicle, 51-year old Emma Elias-Marquez, both of Albuquerque, NM, were transported by Shelby Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, for evaluation. The Patrol says the pair were traveling west on I-80 at around 10:20-a.m., when the 2003 Chevy Avalanche they were in went out of control on the snow covered road.

The pickup truck entered the median about a mile west of the Shelby exit and rolled over before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of I-80. Flores was able to drive the vehicle onto the south shoulder after it rolled. The Patrol says both occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.