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Snowy roads cause accident in Atlantic Thursday

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Snow covered, slipper roads contributed to a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, in Atlantic. The Police Department reports vehicles driven by Michael Bald and Danny Anderson, both of Atlantic, collided at around 1:25-p.m., at the intersection of 10th Street and Hospital Drive.

Officials say Bald was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle due to the road conditions. The vehicle slid and hit a SWITA bus driven by Anderson, as the bus was traveling west in its normal lane. No injuries were reported. Damage to the SWITA bus amounted to $500, while Bald’s vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. No citations were isssued.

South Dakotans arrested on drug charges in Fremont County

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reports three South Dakota residents were arrested early this (Friday) morning, on drug charges. 33-year old Florencell James, Jr., 29-year old Roseanne Weddell and 23-year old Rochelle Bordeaux, all of Sioux Falls, SD, were taken into custody at around 2:40-a.m., on Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges.

The trio were arrested at the Pilot Truck Stop in the 2400 block of 210th Avenue in Fremont County, after deputies responded to investigate a reported suspicious vehicle. Each of the individuals were brought to the Fremont County Jail and held on $1,000 bond each.

Second snowstorm of the season drops more than 4″

News, Weather

December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The snow is still falling across northwest and north-central Iowa, with two to four new inches of flakes on the ground. 13 counties across the region are under a Winter Weather Advisory through noon. Meteorologist Mindy Beerends, at the National Weather Service, says the flurries will be flying for a while yet. The light snow and flurries should linger throughout the morning and may start to taper off mid- to late-afternoon. She reminds — the roads are slick and visibility may be reduced by blowing snow.

Here in Atlantic, we received nine-tenths (.9″) of an inch of snow for the 24-hour period that ended today at 7-a.m.  That melted into four one-hundredths (.04″) of an inch of liquid precipitation.

From 7-a.m. to 8-a.m., we had picked up an additional tenth-of-an inch (.1″), and light continue was continuing to fall as of 8:40-a.m.

8AM Newscast 12-28-2012

News, Podcasts

December 28th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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

Ag/Outdoor, News

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.