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7AM Newscast 02-09-2012

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February 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Two arrests reported Wed., in Red Oak

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February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Red Oak Police Department say two men were arrested Wednesday, on separate charges. Officers with the Red Oak P-D, assisted by Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and a K-9 unit, apprehended 33-year old Michael Edward Irvine, of Red Oak.  Irvine, who was wanted on a Page County warrant for Child Neglect,  was booked into the Page County jail, in Clarinda.

Red Oak Police also arrested 24-year-old Timothy James Stewart, of Red Oak, for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Stewart was being held in the Montgomery County jail on a $10,000 bond.

Corning woman arrested Wed. night after she hits a judges’ car

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February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County didn’t have to go far to make an arrest Wednesday night. Authorities say they arrested 41-year old Jodie Hastings, of Corning, outside of the Sheriff’s Office in Corning, after Hastings crashed her vehicle into two vehicles on Davis Avenue, just after 10-p.m.  The vehicles were legally parked in front of the Sheriff’s Office.

One of the vehicles belonged to a magistrate, the other to an Adams County dispatcher. Hastings was taken into custody for Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated, and Operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. She was booked into the Adams County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Water watchers are changing what prompts a flood warning in Iowa

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February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service is changing how it measures the depths of Iowa’s waterways, which also means a change in how much water will be needed to prompt the issuing of flood warnings. Senior hydrologist Jeff Zogg says they’re shifting 44 of the 47 river forecast points across the state’s mid-section. “The reason we’re changing the flood stages and the flood categories across central Iowa is to give our flood warnings more meaning,” Zogg says. “We want to be sure that when we issue a river flood warning for a given location, that it actually means that something is going to occur.” The National Weather Service office in Johnston serves 51 counties in central Iowa. He says the changes will impact about 30 rivers and streams across that area. 

“Over the years, due to mitigation activities, locations that may have been affected at a given stage are no longer impacted,” Zogg says. “That requires us to raise the flood stage and the flood categories.” Almost all of the changes in river forecasting markers are being moved upward, meaning, a warning won’t be issued now until floodwaters reach a higher point.  “Many people have probably become used to us issuing river flood warnings for levels that don’t have much impact,” Zogg says. “Going forward, the flood warnings we do issue will definitely have more impact. They’re keyed in to impacts to life and property in the locations we do flood warnings for, so, they definitely need to pay attention to these flood warnings.” Zogg anticipates the changes will mean a 50-percent reduction in the number of flood warnings the office issues this next year, versus previous years. The National Weather Service is scheduled to release its annual flood forecast for Iowa next Thursday, February 16th. Learn more about the changes at www.weather.gov/dmx.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Iowa Supreme Court plans session in Council Bluffs

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February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will set up shop in Council Bluffs on March 7 to hear oral arguments in two cases. The court, which usually meets in Des Moines, has been holding more sessions away from the capital city in an effort to demonstrate how the legal system works. In announcing the Council Bluffs appearance Wednesday, Chief Justice Mark Cady noted the court traveled to three communities last year and saw a strong turnout of spectators.

Cady’s push to make the court more open to the public followed a 2010 vote in which three justices lost retention elections after social conservatives campaigned against the court’s unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. The Council Bluffs proceedings will be at the Arts Center of Iowa Western Community College.

Iowa News Headlines – Thu., Feb. 9th 2012

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February 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) — Crews in the southwestern city of Creston were struggling yesterday to reach what appeared to be a plugged sewer line. The state Department of Natural Resources says workers discovered the problem yesterday afternoon in an area about a quarter-mile from a road. Gaining access to the line has been difficult and crews were cutting trees to reach the area last night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill that would limit the growth of local government and slow the projected increase in the taxable value of residential and agricultural properties. The bill backed by Governor Terry Branstad now goes to the full House. Some Senate Democrats say they worry the bill would reduce state revenues.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad and China’s consul general are stressing the importance of trade in advance of a visit to Iowa by China’s vice president. Speaking at a Statehouse news conference yesterday, Consul General Yang Guoqaing noted that China’s relationship with Iowa is vital because the state is an agricultural powerhouse. Branstad said yesterday he’s committed to improving trade relations with China.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says Phil Parker could have left Iowa for a defensive coordinator’s job at another major program more than once. Ferentz also said yesterday that departed offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe’s job will be a tough one to fill after O’Keefe left for the Miami Dolphins.

Wastewater Release in Creston

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February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON – The city of Creston discovered untreated wastewater bypassing to Hurley Creek on the southwest side of town late Wednesday afternoon. The Union County city is working to determine the cause of the wastewater discharge and to fix the problem. A plugged sewer line is the suspected cause, but the discharge is at least one-fourth mile north of Adams Road, hampering the city’s repairs. The city is cutting trees to provide access to the location.

The Creston Wastewater Superintendent asks city residents to avoid hiking the south end of the popular trail near McKinley Lake until repairs are completed. The city estimates about 20 gallons per minute are being released, but it’s unknown when the discharge began or how much wastewater has been released. The DNR will check McKinley Lake Thursday morning for effects of the discharge.

Pickup rollover injures two men, charges pending

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February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two men suffered non-life threatening injuries after the pickup truck they were in rolled over early this morning, in Council Bluffs. Authorities say charges are pending completion of a blood-alcohol test on the driver of the truck, 18-year old Kyle Danick, of Red Oak. Danick, and his passenger, 22-year old Tyall Thompson, of Bellevue, NE, were traveling in a 1982 Chevy S-10 pickup when the vehicle went out of control on South Main Street, at around 2-a.m. Witnesses told police the vehicle was traveling south at a high rate of speed when it crossed 16th Avenue and drove through the snow into the Iowa Interstate Railroad yard.

The truck hit the railroad tracks, vaulted into the air and landed on the driver’s side, before flipping onto its roof. Danick and Thompson were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle. The men were transported to Alegent Health/Mercy Hospital for treatment.

Pickup truck burns in Atlantic this morning

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February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An electrical problem associated with an engine block heater is thought to have been the cause of a fire in Atlantic this morning at 801 Olive Street, that pretty much totaled a pickup truck. The call came in just after 10-a.m. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said a diesel pickup was plugged in for nearly an hour after it had been used earlier this morning, when it caught fire. The flames heavily damaged the engine compartment. The Chief considered the vehicle a total loss. McNees said the 1995 Chevy 2500 was parked inside of a carport. He said after the truck’s owner was notified by a passing motorist about the flames, he used two fire extinguishers to try and put the flames out, but was unsuccessful.  Atlantic Firefighters were on the scene for about a half an-hour. No injuries were reported.

Council Bluffs mayor counts city’s blessings

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February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The city of Council Bluffs is sitting in a very unique position, according to Mayor Tom Hanafan.  Mayor Hanafan says, “We live in the largest metropolitan area in the state of Iowa and the largest metropolitan area in the state of Nebraska.” While Omaha continues to draw conventions, Hanafan says the same thing is happening in Council Bluffs. He says the reason some groups choose Council Bluffs instead of Omaha is because they are strictly Iowa-based, like the State Bowling Tournament. 

 “It’s 15 weeks,” the mayor says, “and that brings people from all over the state of Iowa that will come to our community and you wouldn’t have that in Omaha.” A long-term expansion of the Council Bluffs freeway system is in the works. Hanafan says the upgrade is needed as the current interstate system was drawn up many years ago and can’t handle the significant upturn in traffic.  “The design of our interstate system is for about 60-thousand cars a day on I-80 and 29,” Hanafan says. “The new build-out is for 145-thousand cars.” Hanafan says the roadways are now taking about 100-thousand cars a day. He says they will need 175-thousand dollars per year for six years to complete the project. Hanafan is starting his second-quarter century as mayor of Council Bluffs.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)