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Shelby County road closed for culvert replacement

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Shelby County say Zinnia Road, which is shared between Shelby and Audubon Counties, is closed for a culvert replacement project. The culvert is just north of the Dale Peterson residence at 526 Zinnia, the Lanny Olson residence at 3048 Zinnia, and Brad Baylis residence at 3056 Zinnia.

Officials say the area has many dirt, or Level B, roads. Considerable alternate route planning will be necessary for emergency personnel needing to respond to homes in the area. If you have any questions, contact the Shelby County Engineer’s Office at 712-755-5954.

Massena man arrested on Theft charge

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, a Massena man was arrested Monday on a Theft charge. 34-year old Aaron Lee Latus was taken into custody for Theft in the 3rd Degree. Latus was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released today (Tuesday), on $2000 bond.

Iowa DOT launches the Iowa Statewide Park and Ride System website and interactive map

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation has begun implementation of the Statewide Park and Ride System Plan. As a part of this implementation process, the Iowa DOT is launching its first statewide Park and Ride System website www.iowadot.gov/ParkRide and accompanying interactive map. The interactive map identifies the locations of state-owned and operated park and ride lots as well as amenity information.IA DOT

Park and ride lots can be used as places to park your car when connecting with car pools, van pools, and public transit. The Iowa DOT provides many park and ride lots throughout the state that are open to the public and free of charge. For more information on park and ride locations in your area, please visit the website at: www.iowadot.gov/ParkRide.

Hwy 6/7th Street Construction project update in Atlantic

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa DOT District 4 Transportation Coordinator Scott Suhr, in Atlantic, provided an update today (Tuesday), on the Highway 6/7th Street construction project. Suhr says last week, the contractor completed the taper on the west end of the project and poured two intersections and completed some sidewalk work.

Plans for this week include paving from Cherry through Plum Streets tomorrow (Wednesday), which completes the pavement for the west bound lane and turn lane. Next, the contractor will begin paving the east bound lane, starting at Plum Street. They will continue paving west until they reach the west end of the project.

They will also continue pouring driveways and intersections between mainline pours.

Funeral service set for airman of Iowa Air National Guard

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — A funeral service has been scheduled for an airman of the Iowa Air National Guard who drowned while stationed for duty in Guam. The Iowa National Guard says a service for Drew Bellairs will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage. His burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

The 20-year-old Bellairs, of Osage, was a member of the Iowa National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City. He drowned on July 25 while swimming at Marbo Cave on the eastern shore of Guam. He was temporarily assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam at the time of his death.

Entryway towers shine brighter thanks to new LED lights

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Towers that welcome visitors to Council Bluffs will shine a little brighter at night thanks to the installation of new LED lights. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the LED lights are more energy efficient than the tower’s original neon lights and allow for more colors. The structures were built in 2002 as part of an Iowa West Foundation project.

The retrofitting process took around four months, and Iowa West switched tower lights back on in late July. The tower lights currently feature red, yellow, orange and green as part of a summer theme. It’s scheduled to remain until Aug. 15, when it will be followed by a rainbow theme until the end of the month.

Clarinda P.D. Make Drug Arrest

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports his officers responded to a disturbance late Monday evening, and arrested a man on drug charges. At approximately 8:30 p.m. officers were called to 301 N. 14th Street where the male and female residents of the home were arguing. Taken into custody was 27-year old Brandon Donald Akers,  who resides at that location.

Akers was arrested for illegal possession of controlled substances without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia commonly used for the ingestion of illicit substances.  He was booked into the Page County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail pending an initial appearance before a magistrate.

Deere recalls more than 2,000 lawn tractors for crash risk

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) – Deere is recalling more than 2,000 lawn tractors because the brake arm can fail and cause a crash.  There have been no reports of injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. The recall is for John Deere models D110, D125, D130, D140, D155, D160 and D170 with serial numbers beginning with 1GXD. They were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other stores since May. They cost between $1,700 and $2,700. About 1,700 were sold in the U.S. and 370 in Canada.

Deere & Co., based in Moline, Illinois, said customers should stop using the tractors and contact the company for a free repair.  Owners can call (800) 537-8233 or go to http://www.deere.com and select “Recall Information” from the Services & Support menu.

U. Iowa grad student union praises ruling on student fees

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa graduate student union is praising a legal decision requiring the university to bargain over student fee reimbursements. The union, which represents 2,300 teaching and research assistants, said Tuesday the ruling strengthens its campaign to have members reimbursed for their mandatory student fees.

In its new two-year contract, the union negotiated a provision reimbursing members 25 percent of fees – about $250 out of $1,000 a full-time student pays annually. The union will push for additional reimbursements in future contracts. During negotiations, the Iowa Board of Regents argued that student fee reimbursements were not a mandatory subject for bargaining. The Iowa Public Employment Relations Board ruled that they were.

District Judge Karen Romano rejected the regents’ appeal Friday, saying reimbursements are “supplemental pay” that must be negotiated.

Iowans pay 6.4 percent more in income taxes to state in July

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August 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowans paid over a quarter of a billion dollars in personal income taxes to the State of Iowa last month. There are a record number of Iowans in the workforce now and that amount of personal income taxes paid to the state last month was nearly six-and-a-half percent more than Iowans paid in July of last year. Many Iowans have their income taxes withheld from their paychecks.

There was a four percent increase in withholding payments in July, along with a big surge of nearly 21 percent in estimated income tax payments to the state. Estimated payments come from farmers, retirees and self-employed Iowans who do not have a regular paycheck and must estimate their annual income and the income taxes they’ll owe the state. Revenue

The monthly report from the Legislative Services Agency also shows corporate income tax payments to the state were down this July compared to July of 2014. Sales tax collections were up about two percent. A panel of experts has predicted corporate income taxes will not be as robust this year, but the panel IS predicting a five percent increase in sales tax collections for the entire 12-month fiscal year.

(Radio Iowa)