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Governors at odds over Missouri River management

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October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Missouri River state governors are clashing with Montana over flood control as federal officials tell them damage from this year’s high water will make them even more vulnerable during next year’s flood season. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer lashed back against a developing notion that downstream flood control should dominate upstream reservoir management. He told the downstream governors Monday such a plan would lead to empty reservoirs in Montana when a drought hits.

Schweitzer called into what was expected to be a private meeting attended by governors from Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota. The host, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, clashed with Schweitzer during the meeting. Schweitzer invited reporters to his office to listen to the meeting. He criticized the others for closing the doors to the public.

Wellmark proposes 9.35 percent hike in premiums


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is proposing a 9.35 percent increase in premiums for more than 70,000 individual customers in Iowa, saying it’s needed to offset rising health care costs. The Des Moines-based health insurer announced the increase Monday. Wellmark executives say the primary factor behind the increase is increased use of health care services as Iowans become less healthy, in part because of obesity. The proposal would translate into an increase of up to $47 per month. Earlier this year, Wellmark imposed an 8.5 percent increase on individual customers. That followed an 18 percent hike in 2010. Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, calls the proposed increase “outrageous” during a time of economic crisis. A public hearing on the increase is scheduled for Dec. 10.

I-80 EB in Pott. now open after semi fire (update 11:29-a.m.)


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports all lanes of I-80 eastbound near Shelby are now open, following a semi-tractor trailer fire earlier this morning.

Reminder: Conversation on mental health to be held in Cass County


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Mental Health Coordinator Teresa Kanning says seats are still available for this Thursday evening’s “Conversation on Mental Health,” which takes place at Iowa Western Community College, in Atlantic. The event begins at 7-p.m., with keynote speaker Joan Becker.

Becker’s son Mark shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg Football Coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. A jury found him guilty of 1st degree murder in March 2010, after rejecting his insanity defense. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

Joan Becker, who has two other sons, is making her way around the state to hold conversations about mental health issues. She spoke last month at the Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient, about her son‘s struggle with paranoid schizophrenia.

Kanning told the Board of Supervisors during a meeting earlier this month, that Becker will discuss what parts of the mental health system failed her son, and which parts were helpful. A local mental health panel discussion will follow Becker’s presentation about how the system works or doesn’t work, in Cass County.

Several mental health and medical professionals, as well as Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren and County Attorney Dan Feistner, have signed-up for the program. Some of those individuals will participate in the panel discussion that evening. The event is open to the public. To reserve your seat, call 712-243-4424.

Fremont County arrest report


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s office reports five people were arrested over the past week and a half. On October 10th, 62-year old Mary Jane Hammes, of Tabor, was arrested for 5th degree theft, and 19-year old Alexandra Brooke Odell, of Hamburg, was arrested on a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

On October 8th, 47-year old Michelle Dawn Campbell, of Thurman, was arrested on a Mills County warrant for 3rd degree theft. She posted a $2,300 cash bond that same day. And, 24-year old Lester A. Gonzalez, of Bellevue, NE, was arrested for 1st Offense OWI.

And, on October 6th, 21-year old Amy Marie McConahay, of Glenwood, was arrested on two counts of allegedly providing alcohol to minors. The woman posted $1,000 bond. Her arraignment is set to take place October 31st, with a jury trial scheduled for December 6th.

Accidents reported in Fremont County


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department today (Monday), released a compiled report on accidents which occurred over the past couple of weeks. Officials say two people suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident Oct. 11th, northeast of Sidney. The accident happened when Justin Carter, of Nevada, MO, missed a curve on 195th Street, as he was traveling north onto 305th Street. The car rolled into the east ditch. Carter, and a passenger in the car were injured, and transported by Sidney Rescue to Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg.

Another accident happened October 8th, near the Sidney Recreation area. Officials say Rosemary Spiegel, of Hamburg, was traveling north on Highway 275. As she passed 230th Street, Spiegel lost control of her 1998 Buick LeSabre and overcorrected, sending the car across the opposite lane of traffic and into the west ditch, where it rolled onto its top. Spiegel and a passenger in the vehicle were transported to the hospital in Hamburg by Sidney Rescue.

And, on October 4th, two passengers in a van were taken to the Shenandoah Hospital after a car driven by Brittany Corbin, of Tarkio, MO, collided with the van as Corbin was passing a semi. The accident happened on northbound Highway 275. Neither Cordbin, nor the driver of the van, David McSorley, of Sidney, were injured in the crash.

Downed power line leaves Lewis residents in the dark


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A downed power line north of Lewis Sunday left residents of the community without power for a little more than five-hours. The downed line caused a small ditch fire just north of Highway 6, near County Road M-56.

The power was knocked out at around 3-p.m.. Crews from Mid-American Energy were on the scene and able to restore service to the utility’s customers, at around 8:00 p.m.

Area Police/Sheriff’s reports (compiled)


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Shenandoah report a traffic stop Sunday resulted in the arrest of one person on a drug charge. 18-year-old Treyton Sunderman was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia, after a Shenandoah Police Reserve officer stopped Sunderman’s vehicle in the 400 block of West Nishna Road.The police report said the officer discovered drug paraphernalia in the vehicle during a search. Sunderman was subsequently cited into magistrate’s court.

Police in Shenandoah are investigating the theft over the weekend, of a pickup truck. Officials say Chris Hogue of Shenandoah reported his 2008 Chevy Silverado was stolen at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, from the 300 block of Church Street. Police located the pickup a short while later in the 1000 block of 7th Avenue. Officials say anyone with information about the theft should contact Shenandoah Police at 712-246-3512.

Police in Red Oak say an alleged shoplifter was arrested Sunday evening. 42-year old Darren Scott Foncree was taken into custody for allegedly taking a pack of cigarettes from the Red Oak Hy Vee Store. Foncree was charged with 5th degree theft and held in jail on $300 bond.

8AM Newscast 10-17-2011

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October 17th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


DNR says number of electronics recyclers has increased


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there are now over 150 locations where you can take old computers, cell phones and other electronics for recycling. D-N-R spokesperson, Susan Johnson, says the number of people willing to take electronics for recycling increased after a change in regulation. She says they changed the process in July from requiring a permit, to just requiring those businesses that recycle cathode ray tubes and other electronics to register. Johnson says that made the collection easier without compromising the protection of the environment.

Johnson says the electronic gadgets have become common place in almost every home and business. She says there seems to be more electronics produced each day as the faster and more convenient devices replace the old ones. She says it’s important to recycle the old devices properly to keep from polluting.

There are a variety of toxic materials that can be found in electronic devices that can pollute the soil and groundwater if they are not properly disposed of. Johnson says the change has appeared to have increased the recycling effort. Johnson says they don’t have an exact number on the recycling effort, but she says from the collection events she’s seen, it seems like people have had old computers and things stored in their basement and are now recycling them.

Johnson encourages you to find a recycle for your old electronics. She says you can do to the Iowa D-N-R website under the solid waste page and look under electronic recycling. Or you can call her 515-281-7892, and she will e-mail you the list. The D-N-R’s website also has an application for those who want to register to recycle electronics. The address is: www.iowadnr.gov.

(Radio Iowa)