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Stanton apartment building damaged in Sat. afternoon fire

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A fire that apparently started on a kitchen stove of an upstairs apartment in a downtown Stanton building resulted in one apartment being a total loss, with three others sustaining heavy water damage. According to reports, the blaze at 402 Broad Street began at around 3-p.m.

Crews from Villisca and Red Oak provided mutual aid in battling the flames for about three hours. No injuries were reported.

(Update) Audubon County k9 succumbs to his injuries

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon County Sheriff’s Department K9 was who injured during an accident with his partner Friday night, has died from his injuries. Audubon County Deputy Kent Gries reported on his social media page that K9 “Harry” was euthanized after his injuries proved to be insurmountable. Gries was the dog’s former handler. “Harry” and Deputy Shawn Young, of Audubon, were traveling in a 2012 Chevy Tahoe that missed a curve near 345th Street and Lark Avenue in Audubon County, a few miles north of Interstate 80. The SUV ended up in a field on the southwest corner of the curve. According to reports, the pair were enroute to assist other officers with a situation on I-80, when the accident took place.

K9 "Harry"

K9 “Harry”

Young, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Exira Ambulance to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while “Harry” was transported to a vet clinic in Atlantic.

Officials say the accident, which remains under investigation, happened at around 11:12-p.m. No other details were released.

Judge to review suspect statements to police before trial

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March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A judge will review video and a transcript of a homicide suspect’s interview with investigators to determine if his statements to police can be used as evidence at his upcoming trial. The Sioux City Journal reports that Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond submitted the copies during a 10-minute hearing Friday. He argues that Jonathan Neunaber’s statements are admissible evidence.

Neunaber, of Akron, Iowa, is charged with first-degree murder in the July beating death of his 80-year-old mother, Esther Neunaber. Neunaber’s attorney, public defender Billy Oyadare, is seeking to suppress Neunaber’s statements, saying Neunaber was never given the opportunity to have an attorney present and that an investigator continued to question him after he invoked his right to remain silent.

Iowa is #12 in obesity & we’re nudged to “Rethink Your Drink”

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Almost one in every three Iowans is obese, according to the latest rankings, and what we’re drinking can be just as fattening as what we’re eating. Carol Voss, a registered dietician and a nutritionist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says just one 12-ounce soda contains around 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation. It’s much worse for the 20-ounce pops.

“If you were thinking of opening those sugar packets you find at a restaurant table, the 20-ounce bottle would be 16 of those dumped into that plastic bottle,” Voss says. “So, you can see how that might exceed what we’re supposed to be consuming.” A state survey in 2012 found that 72-percent of Iowans consumed between one and three sugar-sweetened beverages daily. For women, it was 67-percent and 77-percent for men.

Voss says a campaign called “Rethink Your Drink” is urging Iowans to consider cutting out at least some of those sweet drinks and trading them for water or a non-sweetened tea. “It’s just a way of being a little more realistic about the calories we’re taking in,” Voss says. “When people are looking at ways to balance your calories, we look at the food we eat rather than the beverages we take in and beverages can be a very easy thing to modify.”

Drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year. The latest “State of Obesity” report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds 31-percent of all Iowans are obese, the 12th highest rate in the country. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet, and that contributes to things like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

(Radio Iowa)

Knowing severe weather facts vs. myths could be matter of life and death

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Weather experts have been spending this past week preparing Iowans for springtime threats such as tornadoes, hail and lightning. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Heitkamp is also trying to dispel the many myths associated with severe weather. For instance, lightning can strike twice in the same spot. “There’s no doubt that’s a myth,” Heitkamp says. “Lightning can strike as often as it wants to and more often than not, lightning will strike the same place multiple times.”

Some Iowans might believe it’s a good idea to open windows and seek shelter in the southwest corner of a home in event of a tornado. That’s not the best advice, according to Heitkamp.”We want people to seek shelter underneath something sturdy or in a small, interior room. Stay out of the corners because the corners are actually the worst possible places to be during a tornado,” Heitkamp says.

“Opening the windows — it makes no difference. If the tornado wants the windows open, believe me, it is going to open them whether you like it or not. You better utilize that time to get yourself and your family members to your place of safety.” Another common falsehood about tornadoes is they’ll never cross a body of water.

“Nothing stops a tornado other than the tornado itself,” Heitkamp says. “Tornadoes can cross bodies of water — lakes, rivers and streams.” Heitkamp says knowing the difference between weather myths and weather facts may help save your life. The past week was designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

(Radio Iowa)

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2 FSC employees overcome by anhydrous fumes in Harlan

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A release of anhydrous ammonia at  the Farm Service Cooperative facility in Harlan Friday morning, resulted in two employees being sent to a hospital in Omaha. According to Harlan Lt. Fire Chief Jason Wickizer, the two, unidentified employees were working on a semi tanker believed to have contained anhydrous ammonia around 10 a.m. Friday, when the incident occurred.

Ron Kenkel, of Farm Service, said the workers were taken to Myrtue Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center. Farm Service Coop was evacuated but returned to normal operation within two hours.

The cause of the anhydrous ammonia release remained under investigation.

2 MN residents injured in Pott. County rollover accident

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two, Maple Grove, Minnesota residents were injured Friday night during a rollover accident in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2006 Saturn Ion driven by 18-year old Laryssa K. McClouth, of Maple Grove, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 10:42-p.m., and was taking the offramp from I-29 onto I-680 southbound, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on the offramp.

When the car went off the road to the left, McClouth overcorrected, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and cross the offramp before it entered the right ditch, where it rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side.

McClouth was not injured in the crash. Her passengers, 21-year old Rayna McClouth and 16-year old Nolan McClouth, both of whom were wearing seat belts, were injured and transported by Crescent Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. A report on their conditions was not immediately available.

Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputy & k9 injured in SUV accident

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputy and his K-9 partner were injured during an accident late Friday night. The Iowa State Patrol says 25-year old Deputy Shawn Young, of Audubon, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Exira Ambulance to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while his k9 partner suffered life threatening injuries, and was transported to a vet clinic in Atlantic.

Officials say the accident, which remains under investigation, happened at around 11:12-p.m. near 345th Street and Lark Avenue. When a Trooper arrived on the scene, he found a 2012 Chevy Tahoe in a field drive on the southwest corner of a curve.

No other details were released.

State unemployment rate drops again in February

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The state’s unemployment rate continues on its downward trend with February dropping down to four-point-one percent from January’s rate of four-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says it’s the fifth straight month with a drop. “We continue to see drops in the number of people who are unemployed. We are down four-thousand from a year ago for the number of people who are unemployed,” Koonce says. “And our number of people who are actually receiving unemployment insurance is down almost 12-thousand from last month as well.”

The number of unemployed dropped, even though the state lost some jobs in the month, the first decline in jobs since September.”We dropped 400 jobs, which isn’t very big. Most of that being in the trade, transportation and utilities area. We saw a larger growth in that last month than really was expects, so I think that was just some leveling out,” according to Koonce. “We saw nice growth in manufacturing, nice growth in education and health services — so those really helped the state as well,” Koonce says.

Workforce Development figures show manufacturing added 12-hundred jobs, the education and health care areas increased jobs fueled entirely by gains in private education of one-thousand jobs. The number of unemployed Iowans dropped to 70-thousand-100 in February from 71-thousand-800 in January. Koonce says warmer weather should lead to more job gains.

“Because you will have a lot of those people who are on temporary unemployment coming back to work. And we saw some gains in construction this month, the biggest gains are coming in industrial, which is good, because that shows overall growth,” Koonce says.

The national unemployment rate was five-point-five (5.5) percent in February.

(Radio Iowa)