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Bird watchers look to Iowa skies for bald eagles

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird watching enthusiasts around Iowa are looking to the skies this weekend for a glimpse of thousands of bald eagles making their way across the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says wildlife workers and volunteers are tallying reports of bald eagle sightings around the state as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The annual event is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Surveyors had most of early January to complete their reports, though target dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

An Iowa DNR spokeswoman says migration patterns show the eagles are being spotted in other places besides stronghold spots along the Mississippi River. That includes more appearances along the Des Moines River. More than 3,000 eagles were counted in the state last year.

7AM Newscast 1-12-2013

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January 12th, 2013 by admin

w/Marissa Hovde

Two Arrests in Montgomery County

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January 12th, 2013 by admin

A man wanted a Nodaway County Missouri warrant was arrested on Thursday in Montgomery County. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater of Villisca was arrested for possession of methamphetamine 3rd Offense, driving while barred, and a valid Nodaway County warrant. Fitzwater was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on full bond.

Early Saturday morning, deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year old Jeffrey Malling Brockman of Elliot for Obstruction of Emergency Communications. Brockman was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on $300 cash bond.

 

Survey finds way too many of us go to work when we’re sick

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Plenty of Iowans are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses as we’re approaching the heart of cold and flu season. How many of them are going to work while they’re sick? Far too many, according to a new study. Dr. Mark Rupp, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, says some people will call in sick at the drop of a hat, but many others should stay home when they’re sick, yet they go in anyway. “This is a pretty common practice and actually a phrase has been termed to cover it,” Dr. Rupp says. “It’s called presenteeism. So, rather than abusing your sick time, you’re actually abusing time where you come into work where you probably should be staying at home.”

The survey of Iowans and Nebraskans finds four out of five people questioned say they’ve gone to work sick. You’re not doing anyone any favors, Rupp says, if you’re taking your bug to work and exposing the whole office. “Folks who are coughing and sneezing and hacking and running fevers really should be staying at home and anybody who has a vomitting or diahreal illness, likewise, should stay at home until they’re feeling better and they’re back to good health,” Rupp says. “When they come to work, clearly they can be spreading these bugs to their co-workers and that’s not a nice thing to do.”

If you really must go to work, it’s best to isolate yourself as much as possible from others, use hand sanitizer and cover your mouth with your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Rupp says our great Midwestern work ethic can sometimes backfire in these situations. “Most people are doing this from a sense of being indispensible, that the task they’re doing is just so important that nobody else can do it,” Rupp says. “They also have a sense that they don’t want to let their co-workers down. If they’re not there doing the job, this is going to roll to somebody else.”

The survey showed nearly half of those who go to work sick take -no- precautions to avoid direct contact with others.

(Radio Iowa)

Report finds average state worker salary is $51,700

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report issued late Friday shows the state government’s payroll has shrunk since Terry Branstad became governor. Branstad took office in January of 2011 and the Legislative Services Agency analysis covers the first 18 months of his governorship. The report shows state payroll expenses were down nearly five percent compared to when Chet Culver left the governor’s office. More than 900 employees left state government during Branstad’s first 18 months in office. Some were replaced. Some were temporary or part-time employees.

At the start of August, the total number of full-time positions in state executive branch agencies had shrunk by 641. The average salary for a state worker who is not a supervisor is $51,700. The payroll and staffing at the three state universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City are not included in this analysis. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa operate a separate payroll system.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Jan. 12th 2013

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have uncovered an elaborate marijuana growing operation in central Iowa. Television station KCCI reports police this week confiscated approximately 150 marijuana plants from a house in Des Moines. Five people have been arrested and face charges.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters have been struggling with a stubborn fire in a large pile of wood chips at the Dubuque landfill. Officials say the wood chips began smoldering earlier this week and that the fire likely was started by heat buildup within the pile. The pile is about a quarter mile from other parts of the landfill, with a creek in between.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been given 10 years in prison on charges stemming from a drive-by shooting in Sioux City. Patrick Craft of Sioux City was sentenced on Thursday. He’d pleaded guilty last month to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a domestic abuser. No injuries were reported from the drive-by shooting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett, who went from the starter to a third stringer in just over two months, has decided to transfer after two seasons in Ames. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced yesterday that Barnett and linebacker C.J. Morgan will be transferring out of the program. Rhoads says Morgan has some health issues with his family and is looking to play closer to home.

Panel backs $20 million for mental health

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An interim legislative committee recommended the Legislature appropriate up to $20 million to help struggling counties continue mental health services this year. Iowa City Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat, proposed the $20 million figure at a Friday meeting. It’s far more than the $3.8 million recommended by the Department of Human Services. The committee is overseeing implementation of Iowa’s revamped mental health system, which replaces a county-by-county process with a regional approach. Panel members didn’t specify how the $20 million would be funded.

As the state shifts to the new program, 32 counties have sought money to finance the transition. Bolkcom says he will make the recommendation to the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee early in the session so counties can get their funding quickly. The session begins Monday.

IDPH official: Iowa faces the worst flu season in years

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top Iowa health official calls this the worst flu season the state has seen in many years. State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk noted Friday that influenza will likely keep going around until April. She says vaccines are still available, but people may have to call more than one location to find where shots are available.

Complete statewide figures on the number of flu cases are not available. The state gets data from 21 of Iowa’s 118 hospitals. At those hospitals, there were 141 hospitalizations due to influenza in the first week of January. Quinlisk says there were never more than 20 hospitalizations during that same week in the past few years. Flu deaths are not immediately reported to the Iowa health department, so a tally isn’t now available.

Bar Burglary in Adams County

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January 11th, 2013 by admin

An Adams County man was arrested on Thursday for breaking into Carbon Bar on 1008 8th St in Corning. According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Dale Anson was arrested on a warrant for breaking into Carbon Bar and charged with Burglary/3rd Degree and Theft/5th Degree. Anson is being held on $5,000 bond.

Atlantic Medical Center running out of flu vaccine

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at the Atlantic Medical Center (AMC)  announced Friday that they no longer have any flu vaccine available for people over 2 years of age.  Jeri Orstad, RN, AMC Immunization Nurse, checked with Cass County Public Health and the Hy-Vee Pharmacy, and confirmed they have also used all of their vaccine supply. The  AMC does have limited doses available for children ages 6 months to two years.

Officials say some children in that age group will require two doses of vaccine. Your personal healthcare provider will advise you of your child’s needs.  For those who do need two doses parents are reminded to bring them back for the second dose, to ensure they receive the full vaccine benefit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control Website, everyone should utilize the following good health habits to avoid spreading flu and other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.