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Grassley Nominates Iowa Students to the U.S. Service Academies

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Senator Chuck Grassley has nominated 37 outstanding Iowa students for consideration for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Grassley says “Young Iowans who want to enter the academies and serve our country are remarkable for their accomplishments and leadership. These candidates are an impressive reflection on our state and signal continued excellence in the U.S. armed forces.”

Grassley’s area nominees for the 2015-2016 school year include:
U.S. Air Force Academy
Adrianna Hines, Missouri Valley
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Alexander Jones, Council Bluffs
Tobey Yates, Underwood
U.S. Naval Academy
Dane Livengood, Treynor

Grassley said he will make announcements as appointments to the academies are offered to Iowans. Each year, the Senator has the opportunity as a U.S. senator to nominate either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements. Grassley said he encourages Iowa students to consider applying to more than one service academy due to the highly competitive nature of admissions.
Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school. The academies select students based on the number of vacancies available for the next school year. Iowa Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives also make nominations in addition to both of Iowa’s U.S. Senators. Traditionally, the high quality of Iowa nominees results in several Iowa students being selected to attend each of the service academies.

Truck hits cow southeast of Creston

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A box truck struck a cow Monday evening about 5-miles southeast of Creston, but the driver of the vehicle wasn’t injured. Union County Sheriff’s officials say 24-year old Jacob Cave, of Redfield, was traveling east in the 1700 block of 230th Street at around 6:50-p.m., when the 2007 Freightliner box truck he was driving hit a black cow on the road. The semi sustained $1,000 damage. The cow, owned by David Travis, of Creston, was valued at $3,000.

Report advises Iowa to wait on drone regulation

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A report from the Iowa Department of Public Safety says lawmakers should take a wait-and-see approach toward regulating unmanned aerial vehicles because of their huge potential to help business and government. The report, requested by lawmakers in May, says a consensus has developed that drones will greatly benefit agriculture and other industries, police work and government services.ag drone

Many lawmakers are also concerned about their privacy implications. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is proposing legislation banning the use of weaponized drones, requiring oversight of how police agencies acquire the technology, and directing agencies to delete surveillance information that isn’t necessary for an investigation.

The report cautions against broad regulation, saying problems could be narrowly addressed later when lawmakers “have the full picture” as to the benefits that drones produce.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 12/23/2014

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

State and area news with Ric Hanson.

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Report gives Iowa good marks for disease outbreak preparation

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new report gives Iowa good marks for preparing for a potential outbreak of infectious disease. Rich Hamburg, is deputy director of the Trust for America’s Health. He says it’s an annual report on outbreaks and emergency preparedness for everything from Ebola, the flu to antibiotics resistance. He says Iowa had a pretty good showing.Hamburg says Iowa met six of its ten indicators, which puts it in the upper half of the states.

“One that is critically important for any kind of all hazard preparedness effort is funding. This was two years running that Iowa did increase the amount of state-level funding for public health,” Hamburg explains. Hamburg says Iowa only had 48-point-six percent of residents who got a flu shot. The highest state was 57 percent, and he says to pass the indicator the state needed to have 50 percent immunized.

You can see the full report at:www.healthyamericans.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Afton man arrested for CC fraud

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a man from Afton was arrested over the weekend for Credit Card Fraud. 26-year old Travis Lynn Weland was taken into custody Saturday, at the Union County Law Enforcement Center (LEC). Weland was later released on $2,000 bond.

And, on Monday, 46-year old Susan Rae Lemon, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County LEC on a warrant out of Union County for Failure to Appear in Court. Lemon was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Iowa gas prices at lowest level in 5 years

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa motorists are finding it’s a lot cheaper to fuel up for holiday travels this year compared to last. The Triple-A (AAA) Fuel Gauge Report shows regular unleaded gas, on average, is selling for $2.20 a gallon across the state. Triple-A Iowa spokesperson Gail Weinholzer says the statewide average compares to $3.10 one year ago. “The last time prices were this low over the holiday season was December 2009,” Weinholzer said. At some gas stations right now, Iowans can fill their tank for under $2 a gallon. gas 1.99

While gas prices continue to fall, Weinholzer doubts we’ll reach the point where the statewide average dips below $2 a gallon. She notes the last time Iowa posted statewide average gas prices below $2 a gallon was May 4, 2009. The low gas prices, combined with a longer holiday travel season, has prompted Triple-A to forecast a record number of Americans will be hitting the road. Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Thursdays this year, meaning many people will have some extra time away from work.

“We expect just under 100 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more between December 23 and January 4,” Weinholzer said. “Overwhelming, we expect people to travel by automobile — about 91-percent.” Iowa has the lowest average gas prices of any of the Upper Midwest states, according to Weinholzer. Nationally, the average price of gas stands at $2.37 per gallon, 88 cents less than a year ago.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 12/23/2014

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. Newscast with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Snow outlook for Iowa (issued 5:40-a.m. Tue., 12/23)

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Light snow is expected to persist in across northern into portions of western Iowa today light accumulations of 1 to 4 inches will be possible with the highest amounts near the Minnesota border. The light precipitation is expected to end across much of Iowa tonight with a slow moderation in temperatures into Christmas Day. Christmas is expected to have good weather with temperatures well above normal along with partly sunny skies. The system on Friday is only expected to affect far northwest Iowa.10325642_751705774907620_32861518843821231_n

Arrests overnight in Montgomery County, including 2 for drugs

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December 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested overnight Monday-into early Tuesday morning, in Montgomery County, including two people who were taken into custody on drug-related charges.

Today (Tuesday), at around 2:20-a.m., 39-year old Brian Louis Reinhart, of Carroll, was arrested on drug charges, following  a traffic stop at Highway 71 and 250th Street, north of Villisca. As a result of the stop and the use of the Montgomery County K-9 Unit, the Sheriff’s Office seized nearly 12 grams of Methamphetamine. Reinhart was charged with Possession of Meth with the intent to deliver, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 bond.

At around12:35-a.m. (Tuesday), Police in Red Oak arrested 30-year old Marcus John Josephson, of Red Oak, on charges of Serious Domestic Assault, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Josephson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held without bond.

Sheriff’s officials say at around 11-p.m. Monday, 30-year old Christopher Allen Lundgren, of Omaha was arrested, following a traffic stop on Highway 34. Lundgren was taken into custody for Driving While Suspended, with 17 withdrawals in effect. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.