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State officials decided not to seek MHI accreditation years ago

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Employees at the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant that are being closed say the hospitals have provided high-quality care, even if the facilities do not have the “gold star” of accreditation. Cindy Fedler, a nurse clinician, was hired at the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant in 2007 — to prepare for the tests required for the accrediting process. “That plan was aborted due to financial reasons,” Fedler says.

Fedler worked at the M-H-I in Mount Pleasant until April 6th, when she was laid off. “The accreditation would not have changed the way we admitted folks,” she says. “It would not have changed the way those who had payment, insurance — the way they paid, it would not have changed that.” And Fedler says Mount Pleasant’s M-H-I met all the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “best practices” guidelines.

“The accreditation we keep hearing in the media, I want the truth to be known that that would have affected us not at all,” Fedler says, “other than a nice little title and a gold star behind our name.” Governor Terry Branstad has said the two M-H-I’s are being closed because they’re antiquated and are not accredited. Ann Davison, a nurse clinician at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute, was hired in 2005 to prepare for the accreditation process there — but the state decided not to spend the money.

Davison and Fedler made their comments this week during testimony before the Iowa Senate Government Oversight Committee.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston man arrested on drug charges

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Union County man was arrested Thursday evening on drug charges. Police in Creston report 41-year old Luke Johnson, of Creston, was arrested at around 6:45-p.m. for Possession with the Intent to Sell/Marijuana, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. Johnson was later released from the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, 51-year old Timothy Fector, of Creston, was arrested at around 12:30-p.m. Thursday at Vine and Carpenter Streets, on charges that include Disorderly Conduct, Attempted Burglary in the 2nd Degree, and Interference with Official Acts. Fector was later released on $5,000 bond.

Iowa turkey hunters need to take precautions to prevent spread of bird flu

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With a third avian flu outbreak confirmed in Iowa, turkey hunters are being urged to take special care to halt the spread and not to shoot a bird that might be sick. Kevin Baskins, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says turkey hunters need to help minimize the risk of spreading the disease, which has already forced the euthanizing of tens of thousands of turkeys and millions of chickens in the state.

“We’re advising turkey hunters to avoid any commercial types of flocks like chickens or turkeys,” Baskins says. “Once that virus gets into a confinement situation, it will spread very rapidly and probably throughout the entire operation.” Hunters need to be vigilant for any birds that have died in the field or that appear sick. Signs include: ruffled feathers, swollen wattles, discoloration of the feet and impaired balance.

Baskins says if a dead or sick bird is spotted, hunters should mark the spot using G-P-S if possible and notify the D-N-R right away. They should not touch or try to move the birds. The avian flu is believed to be spread by migrating flocks of wild waterfowl, specifically, ducks and geese.  “We don’t expect to see a lot of avian flu in turkeys,” Baskins says. “Turkeys tend to be more solitary. They move around in smaller groups. If there is an outbreak, it’ll be fairly isolated. It’s not like a confinement situation where we have commercial flocks and once it gets into a building, it spreads from bird to bird very rapidly.”

Between the shotgun and archery seasons, turkey hunting will be underway in Iowa through May 17th. Baskins says turkey hunters should follow some common sense precautions, like washing their hands with soap and water immediately after handling game — or if they’re in the field, use alcohol wipes. “We advise that you dress your game birds in the field whenever you can,” Baskins says. “Make sure you’re using the same tools, whether in the field or at home and that you don’t use those tools around other poultry or pet birds. Make sure you double-bag the internal organs and feathers so once you dispose of those, any virus that might be in there is contained.”

For more tips, visit the website: www.iowadnr.gov. There is no food safety concern, according to Baskins. Game meat should be thoroughly cooked, he says. Poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill disease organisms and parasites.

(Radio Iowa)

Ambassadors Visit Atlantic’s Masonic Lodge

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Chamber Ambassadors in Atlantic met recently with local Masons, while visiting Atlantic’s Masonic Lodge. The lodge is a beautiful building located in historic downtown Atlantic and recently available for event rental. There are two rooms, a smaller and a larger room. The lodge has a kitchen, stage, tables and chairs.

For rental inquiries, please contact Donnie Drennan at United Group Insurance.

Pictured: Sharon Guffey-Lewis, Steve Lewis, Randy Dill, Gary Warwick, Donnie Drennan, John Bricker, Joe Mewhirter, Russ McNeese, John Schroeder, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Bill Saluk, Keith Leonard D.V.M., Lucas Mosier, Melanie Petty, Dan Mehmen, Chrystal Christensen, Russ Joyce, Kate Olsen, Rich Perry, Nedra Perry, Sue Muri, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Carol Schuler, Lana Westphalen, Dianne Gipple and Pat McCurdy.

Pictured: Sharon Guffey-Lewis, Steve Lewis, Randy Dill, Gary Warwick, Donnie Drennan, John Bricker, Joe Mewhirter, Russ McNeese, John Schroeder, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Bill Saluk, Keith Leonard D.V.M., Lucas Mosier, Melanie Petty, Dan Mehmen, Chrystal Christensen, Russ Joyce, Kate Olsen, Rich Perry, Nedra Perry, Sue Muri, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Carol Schuler, Lana Westphalen, Dianne Gipple and Pat McCurdy.

 

Public notice of proposed improvements to U.S. 169 in Afton in Union County

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing public notice of proposed improvements to U.S. 169 in Afton from the south city limits to Filmore Street in Union County. The proposed project provides for reconstruction to the existing highway, including new curb, gutter, shoulders, subdrains, and guardrails.

The proposed project will require the closure of U.S. 169 and traffic detoured during construction using Iowa 2, Iowa 25, and U.S. 34. More information is available on Iowa DOT’s website: www.iowadot.gov/ole/otherprojectinfo.html.

For general information or to make a comment regarding the proposed improvement, contact Don Stevens, assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 4 Office, 2210 E. Seventh Street, Atlantic, Iowa 50022, phone 712-243-3355 or 800-289-4368, email donald.stevens@dot.iowa.gov. Comments must be received by May 7, 2015, to be considered.

Glenwood man arrested Thursday

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood arrested a local man Thursday. Officials say 20-year old Dalton Sacca, of Glenwood, was arrested on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $566.

(9-a.m. News)

Earlham man sentenced to 6-years in prison for Madison County Courthouse incident

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Madison County was sentenced Thursday to more than six-years in prison in connection with an incident at the Madison County Courthouse last year. U-S District Court Judge James Gritzner sentenced 30-year old Cory Lee Daugherty, of Earlham, 77 months in federal prison for possession of firearms in the Madison county courthouse.

Cory Lee Daugherty

Cory Lee Daugherty

Daugherty will also be required to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. His sentence will run consecutively with his ten years prison sentence in State court for possession of controlled substances, and concurrently with his five year State sentence for escape.

In a written plea agreement filed January 20th, 2015, Daugherty admitted that on March 24th 2014, he entered the Madison county courthouse to be sentenced in State court for a drug-related felony, and that after he was sentenced, a Madison county deputy attempted to take him into custody at which time he struggled with the deputy sheriff in the court room. Daugherty pulled a firearm from the deputy sheriff during the struggle and was able to escape from the Madison county courthouse while deputies pursued.

A short time later, Daugherty was taken into custody. At the time of his sentencing in State court, Daugherty was a prohibited person who could not possess firearms. The investigation was conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

(9-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/24/2015

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 4/24/2015

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Ernst explains vote against AG nominee Loretta Lynch

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April 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Senate Thursday, approved Loretta Lynch to be the new U.S. Attorney General despite “no” votes from both of Iowa’s Senators. Republican Joni Ernst spoke with Iowa reporters by phone from Washington shortly before the vote on Lynch’s confirmation. “After closely reviewing her testimony, I am not confident Ms. Lynch will act independently from President Obama when the role requires and therefore could not vote to confirm her as attorney general,” Ernst said.

Lynch, currently the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, was confirmed on a vote of 56 to 43 — with 10 Republicans voting for President Obama’s pick to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Iowa’s senior Senator, Chuck Grassley, voted against Lynch. Ernst said she has “serious concerns” about Lynch’s decision to defend President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“She agreed that it was O-K for him to use executive amnesty in the manner that he did and because of that, I don’t see that she is operating independently. She is being influenced by the political decisions of the White House rather than relying on current law,” Ernst said. Lynch will become the first African-American woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.

(Radio Iowa)