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8AM Newscast 02-27-2013

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February 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

7AM Newscast 02-27-2013

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February 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

What pain in the neck….

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Doctors reporting increase in “text neck”

Many people are staring down at their cell phone or tablet so much that it’s literally becoming a pain in the neck. Doctor Chris Cornett is an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He’s reporting an increase in patients who are complaining of neck and shoulder pain. “As we’re all getting more accustomed to using mobile devices, people tend to hold their head and neck in abnormal positions for longer periods of time. That strains the muscles, joints and discs in our neck and causes people to have more postural pain in the neck,” Cornett says.

There’s no quick fix to “text neck,” but Cornett suggests changing how you hold your cell phone or other devices so they’re at eye level. “The best way to treat it is to adjust the device you’re using so it’s at a more appropriate height and really try to be aware and not hold your head in these abnormal positions,” Cornett says.

Regular exercise and having a strong, flexible back and neck will also help with abnormal muscle and skeletal stress. Cornett also suggests simply putting the phone or other device away. But, he admits to experiencing symptoms of “text neck” himself. “This is simply a newer version of postural work pain we used to see more in traditional typists or people who did clerical work,” Cornett says. “Instead of leaning over a typewriter, now people are relying more on these different types of mobile devices.”

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested Tuesday evening on warrant

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report the arrest Tuesday evening of a Red Oak man. 31-year old Keenan Russell Elwood was arrested at around 6:50-p.m., on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Contempt of Court/Child Support. Elwood was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1,000 bond.

Winter Weather Update 4-a.m. Feb. 27th, 2013

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: BOONE-DALLAS-MADISON-UNION-RINGGOLD-

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY… …WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH EARLY MORNING. WESTERN PORTIONS WILL SEE A FEW BREAKS IN THE SNOW FROM TIME TO TIME. AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR TWO OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE YET THIS MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE STORM WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 9 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH THIS MORNING AND MAY CAUSE MINOR BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL REMAIN DIFFICULT DUE TO SNOW COVERED AND VERY SLICK ROADS. PERSONS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE AND WHILE TRAVELING THIS MORNING.

Accident on I-80 in Dallas County blocks traffic early this (Wed.) morning

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Interstate 80 westbound in Dallas County is completely blocked between Exit 106 (County Roads F90 and P58) and Exit 110 (US 169/US 6),  near De Soto.  All lanes are blocked due to an accident involving a semi trailer.

(DOT update from 511ia.org at 3:40-a.m.)

Iowa state troopers group head seeks more funding

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February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa State Troopers Association says budget cuts have thinned ranks so much that many counties don’t have a trooper on duty overnight. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State Troopers Association President Darin Snedden met with legislators and staffers from the governor’s office Tuesday, asking the state to allocate funding to hire an additional 87 troopers.

Snedden says the Iowa State Patrol has 363 troopers, down from 455 in 2000 before repeated budget cuts. He wants the state to hire 29 more troopers a year, for three years. The cost of adding 29 troopers is $4.3 million in the first year and $2.9 million in subsequent years. Branstad’s budget does not include any funding for more troopers.

Two Vehicle Collison in Montgomery County

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February 26th, 2013 by admin

No injuries were reported following a two-vehicle collision late Tuesday morning, in Red Oak. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Red Oak Police were dispatched to the intersection of north 2nd Street and east Maple Street in Montgomery County. Upon arrival, officers discovered an SUV driven by 26-year old Juan Eugenio Rodriguez-Lopez, of Red Oak, had been traveling Westbound on Maple Street and was crossing the intersection when it was struck by a car, driven by 42-year old John Jimmie Herren of Red Oak. No citations were issued.

Theft Reported in Red Oak

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February 26th, 2013 by admin

Police in Red Oak are investigating an incident of attempted burglary and theft, which was reported early Tuesday morning. Officials say Regena Schuster, of Red Oak, informed authorities that as she was leaving for work, she noticed someone had been in her car. Schuster said the center console in her vehicle was up, and items had been moved inside the vehicle. Two strands of electrical wire valued at about $150, were reported missing. It was unclear at the time of the report if any other items were missing, either from the car or Schuster’s garage.

Atlantic School Board discusses budget during work session

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February 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Despite the uncertainties over how much school districts in Iowa will receive from the legislature with regard to allowable growth, the Atlantic School Board Monday night continued discussion on how their budget is shaping up. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said the Board is proceeding as though there will be zero percent allowable growth, but he’s still hoping for around two-to three-percent. The Iowa House has passed a two-percent allowable growth, while the Senate has approved four-percent. Amstein says he’s hoping for a “Happy medium,” and the district will receive a set allowable growth soon, which will help with the budget process.

The Iowa Legislature has been setting the statewide allowable growth rate since 1993. Before that the rate was automatically determined by a formula which examined enrollment figures, state revenue growth, inflation and economic indicators. The monies received typically are used to fund teacher salaries and benefits.

The Atlantic School Board also discussed possible Capital Improvement Projects to expand the instructional space at each of the district’s facilities. Included in the discussion, was the possibility of: Adding a new cafeteria and additional classrooms at the Washington School; a new cafeteria and commons area in the Middle School in an area between the gym and auditorium; seven new classrooms at the high school; and 11 more classrooms at Schuler Elementary. Amstein cited an increased enrollment of students in the lower grades and the district’s shrinking capacity to house all those students as they move through the grades, as the reason why expansion projects are being discussed. No action was taken during the work session however, with regard to the budget or the possible capital improvement projects.