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Southwest Iowa Businesses have a chance to win $5,000 for their business or start-up


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa Western Community College say the IWCC Department of Economic and Workforce Development and Small Business Development Center, has partnered with the University of Northern Iowa and will participate in the state wide contest “Dream Big Grow Here”. Dream Big Grow Here is a contest for Iowa small business owners and Entrepreneurs created by the UNI MyEntre.Net team. Businesses can win up to $15,000 to help start or grow their businesses. $5,000 will be awarded on November 1st to a small business or start up in Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison, Mills, Page, Fremont or Cass County.

The regional winner will go on to a state contest for a chance to win $10,000. The contest offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to upload their business growth ideas and/or start up ideas online at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com from September 10th through the 28th, then encourage customers, friends, family and community members to vote for them from October 1st through October 22nd. The top 5 vote getters from the Southwest Iowa Missouri River Region will than participate in a regional pitch off contest at IWCC in Council Bluffs on November 1st, 2012.

The winner of the Southwest Iowa Missouri River regional contest receives a $5,000 cash award (according to contest rules) and a chance to compete for $10,000 in a live, pitch-off during the statewide EntreFest! Conference in April 2013. The Southwest Iowa Missouri River Region contest begins September 10th. To participate, entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit the website to determine their eligibility OR an informational Dream Big Grow Here sessions that will be held on September 10th at Iowa Western Community College in Looft Hall.

Register for the sessions at dreambiggrowhere.iowabiztalk.com or call 712-325-3350. spitts@iwcc.edu. The contest upload phase begins on September 10th – September 28th when contestants will be able to go to www.dreambiggrowhere.com and fill out the questionnaire/application as well as upload a video, power point or photographs outlining their plans for growth and/or start up. The voting will begin on October 1st through October 22nd.

Contestants can encourage friends, family customers and employees, and fans to vote for them. The top 5 vote winners will be asked to present at the Southwest Iowa Dream Big Grow Here contest on November 1st at IWCC The Winner will be announced at the end of the evening. If you are interested in participating in the contest the Iowa Western Small Business Development Center offers free technical assistance and consulting for business planning, marketing, websites, pitches and more. You’re encouraged you to take advantage of the expertise the SBDC offers to make sure you are fully prepared and ready for the publicity you will gain during the voting phase. The SBDC will also help you prepare to work with social media and digital marketing so you are prepared to get votes during the voting stage. Dream Big Grow Here is sponsored by Iowa Bankers Association, Renew Rural Iowa, ISU Community Vitality Center, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa and Technology Association of Iowa.

For more information on the Dream Big Grow Here competition and for complete rules, go to www.DreamBig GrowHere.com or contact Sue Pitts at spitts@iwcc.edu. For help in preparing for the contest, contact Sue Pitts at the IWCC SBDC at 712-325-3350 or spitts@iwcc.edu.

Iowan seeks uniform rules with missing children


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Falls child care provider wants Iowa to implement uniform standards for how law enforcement responds to a missing child case. The Des Moines Register says Robin Arnold says the first few hours are critical and a missing child is a missing child. Questions have been raised about whether the state could have done more when the two cousins disappeared in Evansdale on July 13 and remain missing. A search began immediately, and within hours, local residents and the media were notified. But an Amber Alert wasn’t issued. Officials say those are issued only when it’s known that a child has been abducted. Arnold wants the alerts regardless. Sen. Jeff Daniels, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says he’ll push for a review of Iowa law dealing with missing children.

Sentencing set to take place Tuesday in sexual exploitation case


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A plea hearing and sentencing is set to take place Tuesday morning in Atlantic, for a former Anita Community School District teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

William Glenn Foulkes (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

65-year old William Glenn Foulkes pled Not Guilty in March, to charges he sexually exploited a minor female over a period of 13-months.

A former long-time Math teacher at the Anita High School, and Anita Elementary School, Foulkes was arrested March 15th on a felony warrant for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee/Scheme, and 49-Aggravated Misdemeanor counts of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee/Arousal.

If convicted on all of the charges, he faces a maximum time of 103 years in prison and fines of more than $300,000. Foulkes resigned from his teaching position in November 2010. He’s accused of engaging in sexual conduct on numerous occasions with a minor female while teaching the student in a math program from August 2009 until November 11, 2010.

Goal of federal grant is to better lives of Iowans with disabilities


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State health officials have landed a large federal grant to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. The 900-thousand dollar C-D-C grant will focus on reducing health disparities for Iowans with disabilities in a host of ways. Lonnie Cleland, a program director at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says more than one in ten Iowans have a disability. Cleland says, “We ultimately want to be able to include people with disabilities in Iowa in local public health promotion activities and then identify sources of financial assistance to help lower-income people get access to services.”

That assistance could include things like housing, building an access ramp or getting a health issue diagnosed. He says the goal of the grant is to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life for Iowans with disabilities.
“What we want to do with this grant is get folks at the table who can write disabilities into their policies,” Cleland says. “It could be ramps. It could be falls prevention. It could be brain injury groups. It could be any sort of disability groups.”

More than 336-thousand Iowans have some kind of disability which is more than 11-percent of the population. For Iowans over 65 years of age, more than 33-percent have a disability. Cleland says most people don’t realize how many Iowans have a handicap. “We may see that the parking space for the disabled is empty at QuikTrip and so we wonder, ‘Well, who uses that? Do they really need that?’ Yes, they do need that. There’s a greater proportion of the population than we readily think of.”

About 38-percent of people with disabilities rank their health as fair-to-poor compared to just six-percent of those without disabilities. Iowa is among 18 states getting the grants. The state health department will work with local public health agencies and the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development to target health disparities for Iowans with disabilities. Access to spiritual, recreational, community and civic activities will also be targeted. The grant will also promote personal emergency preparedness planning for individuals and family caregivers of those with disabilities.

(Radio Iowa)

7AM Newscast 09-03-2012

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September 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Some Iowans must wait for mental health services


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Dallas County has started a waiting list for some mental health services, hoping to stretch its budget so it can meet residents’ most vital needs.  Community Services Director Darci Alt expects more than 600 people will obtain mental health services through the county this year.  Alt told The Des Moines Register that, “with the downturn in the economy, financial problems and job loss are causing people to have more crisis situations.”

Alt says the waiting list will not affect therapy services, but there will be limited access to transportation, day programming, community living and employment services. The waiting list will affect an estimated 30 percent of the county’s patients. The overall number could increase if more people seek services.

Iowa Lottery says $1M prize awaits ticket buyer


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Lottery officials say someone who bought a Powerball ticket in suburban Des Moines has won $1 million.   The lottery said in a news release Sunday night that the ticket matched five of the six Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night: 8, 11, 21, 44 and 49. The ticket didn’t match the Powerball number of 22, so the buyer didn’t win the $80 million Powerball prize.  The ticket was sold at a Hy-Vee store on Douglas Avenue in Urbandale.  The lottery says it’s the sixth $1 million-winning ticket sold since the $2 Powerball began in January.

Forgery arrest in Red Oak


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County says a Red Oak man was arrested Sunday morning. Officers with the Red Oak Police Department took 32-year-old Michael Wayne Parsley into custody at around 8:30-a.m., on a valid police department felony warrant for forgery. Parsley was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News headlines: Mon., Sept. 3rd 2012


September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa. The Quad-City Times reported yesterday that Glenn Smith of Frisco, Texas was the pilot killed in Saturday’s crash of a Soviet-era L-39 jet.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man will face tougher criminal charges because of what he yelled out while he was being arrested after a July shooting at a Waterloo bar. Prosecutors have now charged 53-year-old Roland Anderson of Waterloo with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 39-year-old Maurice Stovall on July 22nd. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anderson yelled that he wished Stovall was dead as he was being put into a police car. Stovall was wounded several times in the attack but he survived.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge will decide soon whether a former Drake student sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a fraternity brother should get a new trial. A Polk County judge may rule tomorrow on Anthony Bertolone’s motion.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for an Iowa woman facing a second death penalty trial for her role in the execution-style killings of five people in 1993 are planning to challenge the process used to select jurors. Angela Johnson’s attorneys on Friday asked for years of data to analyze the racial and gender makeup of juries in the federal district that covers the northern half of Iowa.

Des Moines woman arrested on drug charges in Adams County


September 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Polk County woman was arrested Saturday evening on drug charges. 40-year old Margaret Rhoads, of Des Moines, was taken into custody at around 6:30-p.m., following a traffic stop for speeding. Rhoads was also arrested for Driving While Suspended. A search of her vehicle by the Adams County K-9 unit resulted in the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rhoads was subsequently charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. She was being held this (Sunday) morning in the Adams County Jail on $1,748.50 bond.