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Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 5th 2013


April 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More details are available on Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s health proposal for low-income residents. Legislation for Branstad’s Healthy Iowa proposal came out yesterday. The plan would cover an estimated 89,000 residents with incomes below the poverty line. According to the bill, participants would have access to a primary care doctor within 30 minutes or 30 miles of their home. Branstad’s proposal will now be debated in the House.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Democrats say they will reject Governor Terry Branstad’s nominee for the Iowa Utilities Board. Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines said yesterday the nominee, former Republican Representative Nick Wagner, doesn’t have enough Democratic votes for the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation. Wagner says he’ll continue to fight for his nomination.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say property damage to a Cedar Rapids harbor from a recent ice jam will be between $20,000 and $25,000. The Cedar Rapids River Recreation Commission said yesterday the ice broke electrical poles at the Ellis Boat Harbor on the Cedar River and forced crews to make service repairs to connect boat houses.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. Officials at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque believe the tortoise named Cashew was stolen, but that the thief quietly returned the animal. She appears to be in good health.

Popular air show is cancelled by sequestration


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After four decades of history, a highly-popular annual air show in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area is being cancelled due to federal budget cuts. There will be no “Defenders of Freedom” Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base this year, in fact, there will be no air shows there until further notice. Colonel John Rauch, the 55th Wing Commander, says cancelling this much-loved event wasn’t an easy call but it may be revived, some year.  “We hope to be able to do it in the future if the fiscal situation lets us do it,” Colonel Rauch says. “It’s our apology that we can’t open up the base like we’d like to because we do know that the community provides a lot of support and a lot of welcome to the military members here.”

Rauch says the air show cost about 200-thousand dollars to put on last year. Due to the across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, that money needs to go elsewhere. “There is a lot of things that go towards readiness,” Rauch says. “Just maintaining the base and that sort of thing the money will be used for rather than things that we would do on the weekend.” The air show and base open house were originally scheduled for late August.

The event has drawn tens of thousands of spectators every summer since 1975.

(Radio Iowa)

CCHS Hosts Spring Forward Your Diabetes Health Clock, Wednesday, April 17th


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System in Atlantic reports CCHS is hosting Spring Forward Your Diabetes Health Clock, a free community event, on Wednesday, April 17th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital atrium. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes, ways to stay healthy with diabetes, and even how to prevent developing diabetes.  There will be vendors with diabetes products and product samples, interactive education areas, and cooking and exercise demonstrations. No advance registration or reservations are necessary.

Emily Krengel, RD, CCMH Dietician, will present healthy cooking demonstrations.  Mary Fuller, PA-C, Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist, will present a brief program on diabetes, including the effects of tobacco use and prevention tips.  CCMH Diabetes Center Educators Barbara Petersen RN, CDE and Aubrey Molgaard RN, CDE, will be on hand for one-on-one discussions with participants along with other clinical specialists from throughout the health system, including:

  • Kim Kopp, RN, Wound, Ostomy, Continence Care
  • Peggy Dunbar, RN, Cardiac Rehab
  • Sara Arnold, PharmD, Pharmacist
  • Regina Hansen, RN, Health Coach
  • Lisa Parker, RN, Health Coach

If you have any questions about diabetes, or would like to make an appointment, call the Cass County Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center at 712-243-7833.


Fontanelle man arrested on drug charges in Cass County


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Adair County man was arrested today (Thursday) on drug charges, following a traffic stop. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested 48-year old Jason Shane Steckelberg, of Fontanelle, on felony charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. Steckelberg also faces varying degrees of misdemeanor charges for Prohibited Acts, OWI 1st Offense,  and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and held on $100,000 bond.

Anti-bullying bill among those likely dead


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the bills that appears to be dead in the Iowa Legislature this week is an effort backed by Gov. Terry Branstad to crack down on online bullying. Branstad says Thursday he’s still hopeful there might be action on the issue during the legislative session, but the cyberbullying bill did not survive a procedural deadline.

While major initiatives like health care, education policy and property tax reductions remain alive, a variety of other proposals appear dead this session. Among them are bills that would require schools to test for radon, mandate suicide prevention training for teachers, make the names of gun permit holders private and make it harder for government officials to seize land for the development of lakes.

Moped accident in Atlantic


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday) said no injuries were reported following a moped accident last Friday. Authorities say 53-year old Deborah Lambrecht, of Atlantic, was riding a 2005 Yamaha Zuma westbound on the Airport Road at around 5:17-p.m., when the moped lost traction on the sand-covered road, and slid onto its side. Damage to the moped was estimated at $400. Officials say Lambrecht was cited for Failure to have a Valid License.

(12-p.m. News)

State auditor resigning to head national board


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State Auditor David Vaudt says he is resigning his elected position to become chairman of a national nonprofit accounting board. Vaudt, a Republican who has served as auditor since January 2003, announced Thursday he would leave the position to become chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.  His new position will begin July 1.

Gov. Terry Branstad will appoint a replacement, who will serve until Vaudt’s term expires. The next election for auditor will be in November 2014.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index upgraded to “Moderate”

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April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management agency says because vegetation in the county is very dry, and fires that start can spread quickly, the Fire Danger Index is being upgraded to the “Moderate” category.

Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says several weather systems will be passing through the area over the weekend. The resulting, shifting winds, will created problems with controlled burns . Seivert advises residents and land owners to develop a burn plan, and check the weather prior to lighting any controlled burns, as well as your local fire chief.

The next, scheduled update on the Fire Danger in Shelby County will be on Monday, April 8th.

8AM Newscast 04-04-2013

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April 4th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Education reform debate inches forward


April 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A 10-member panel of legislators could be assembled as soon as this afternoon (Thursday) to begin work on a compromise education reform plan. On Wednesday afternoon Democratic Senator Herman Quirmbach, of Ames, urged his colleagues to quickly vote to advance the legislation. “See how fast we can get the ping-pong ball bouncing so that we can get it to conference committee,” Quirmbach said.

Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, suggests it won’t be easy to strike a deal. “Although the House and Senate plans share many components that we all agree upon, there are numerous differences,” Ernst said. Aside from the policy debate, there’s a more than 100-million dollar difference in the spending levels Democrats and Republicans have proposed.