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Authorities in SW IA search for teen involved in accident

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County and the surrounding area, are asking for the public’s help in finding a teenager from Tabor, who was officially reported missing this morning, in a state-wide report issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Officials say 16-year-old Devon C. Powers.  It’s believed that Powers, who was reported missing to local authorities on Tuesday, was last seen two days ago at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where  he had sought treatment for an injury he suffered in an auto accident.

Powers was described as being a white male, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, with red hair and blue eyes. The DPS was not able to provide of photo of the teen. Anyone with information concerning his location, should call the Fremont County Sheriff’s office or the missing person’s clearinghouse at 800-346-5507.

IDPH: there are shortages, but flu shot still available

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cases of the flu continue to climb in Iowa as spot shortages of the flu vaccine are being reported around the state. Iowa Department of Public Health medical director Patricia Quinlisk confirms the availability is dwindling, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot.  “If you get the shot today, you’ll have a little bit of immunity and tomorrow, a little more,” Quinlisk said. “Depending on how your system responds, you could have full immunity in a week to two weeks.” Last year’s mild flu season prompted some hospitals and other flu vaccine vendors to order less this year and now those locations may be out or have limited supply. But, the vaccine is available.

“People always have to try and predict how many people are going to come in and want the flu shot. In general, there is plenty of vaccine out there, it may just be the one place you try – they may not have it,” Quinlisk said. “There should still be plenty available in the community, you may have to try a couple of places, but you should be able to find the flu shot.” Many Iowa hospitals are busy because of the flu outbreak.

In Des Moines, a group of hospitals issued a press release urging residents to avoid visiting emergency rooms for non-emergent medical care. The release states the hospitals are experiencing “heavy volumes of patients and long wait times due to a large number of flu cases.”

(Radio Iowa)

Important USDA report to be delivered

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Several important agricultural reports will be released today (Friday) that will impact producers in Iowa. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Gerry Bange says the final production numbers report for 2012 will be issued at 11 a.m. Those numbers will be crunched to make new grain and livestock forecasts for supplies and prices. Bange says the reports include information gathered from around the globe.

“We’ll look very closely at the situation in Argentina, where people know there have been excessive rains there,” Bange said. “We’ll also look what’s going on in Brazil, Australia and South Africa. We’ll be looking at some of the final numbers coming out of China with regard to cotton production or whatever the issues are, we’ll be looking at all of those things.”

(Karla James/Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Jan. 11th 2013

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January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says going to jail may be an effective way to protest a federal mandate for employers to cover contraception in insurance plans. On Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace’s (DACE) Wednesday night show, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said civil disobedience is one way to attack the federal healthcare requirement being challenged in a federal lawsuit by Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby stores.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School officials in Des Moines have reversed a decision to hold classes on Martin Luther King Junior Day. The Des Moines school district unanimously voted yesterday to cancel its plans to hold classes on January 21st.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials in central Iowa are asking people with minor illnesses to avoid hospital emergency rooms because of an influx of flu-related cases. Officials at several hospitals in the Des Moines area said yesterday that local emergency rooms are experiencing heavy volumes of patients and wait times due to flu cases. They recommend that people with non-life-threatening illnesses visit their primary health care provider, a local urgent care or walk-in clinic.

GALVA, Iowa (AP) — The CEO of a processing plant in northwest Iowa has released more details about an explosion that caused a small fire. Mark Schuett of American Natural Processors said Wednesday’s fire happened after material being tested by employees at the American Natural Soy plant near Galva caught fire.

Council Bluffs officials lift boil advisory

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January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials have lifted a boil advisory after bacteria tests on the city’s water returned negative. Council Bluffs Water Works director Doug Drummey announced the lift at a news conference Thursday. He says the tests confirmed the water system was not compromised or contaminated. A water main break early Wednesday caused a drop in pressure. Officials worried it could have allowed contaminants to enter the lines, posing a danger to health. Schools, businesses and city residents took extra precautions during the advisory, including drinking bottled water and boiling water for a certain period of time.

Officials at NW Iowa plant release details on fire

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January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

GALVA, Iowa (AP) — The CEO of a processing plant in northwest Iowa has released more details about an explosion that caused a small fire. KTIV-TV in Sioux City Reports Mark Schuett of American Natural Processors says Wednesday’s fire happened after material being tested by employees at the American Natural Soy plant near Galva caught fire. Schuett says the equipment was being prepped for oil seed processing and soy protein production. The fire department was contacted as a precaution although employees were able to contain the flames. No injuries were reported and fire damage is estimated at less than $1,000. The plant sits about three miles south of Galva, in Ida County.

Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition launched

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January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A new partnership involving farm groups, veterinarians, animal welfare groups and Iowa State University has formed to field complaints about animal care in Iowa. Denny Harding is executive director of the new Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition. “We do have times where there are some concerns that area raised by the general public about how farmers raise their animals,” Harding says. “We wanted to answer some of those questions and also offer a service where people can call in if they do have a concern they’d like to pass on regarding a specific farm, so they would have someone to go to, so we can follow up with that concern and see what the situation is.”

Harding, a farmer who used to raise livestock, admits he may have to a bit of an arbitrator sometimes, but he expects he’ll mostly be an educator. “If there is a need for some type of help…we would have a team at Iowa State that would be called that would go visit with that farmer,” Harding says. This new Iowa organization is based on a group that’s been operating in Alberta, Canada for about 20 years.

“Ninety-nine percent of what’s going on in the livestock industry is very positive and we feel that the farmers are doing a great job,” Harding says. “Every once in a while there might be something that needs some examination and we think this is a way to have some input and education and management at the farm level and improve the care of the animals.” The group kicked off their effort this morning (Thursday) with a news conference in Des Moines. Find the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition’s website at www.iowafarmanimalcare.org, or call, 1-800-252-0577 for more information.

(Radio Iowa)

Mills County Sheriff’s report: Thu., Jan. 10th 2013

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January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Department Thursday (Today) issued a report on recent arrests, incidents and accidents. Officials say 45-year old Andrew Peter Smith, of Omaha, was arrested Wednesday, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Smith was taken into custody on Interstate 29 near the 42-mile marker, at around 1:20-a.m. His bond was set at $1,000.

On Tuesday, Mills County deputies arrested 40-year old Michael Scott Jones, of Hastings, on a charge of Public Intoxication, and, 41-year old Kenneth Benjamin McDonald, of Glenwood, for Violating the terms of his probation. McDonald was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail Tuesday night, and held on $10,000 bond. Jones was arrested just before 8-p.m. Tuesday in Hastings. His bond was set at $300.

Authorities in Mills County said also, they were investigating two burglaries.  A burglary was reported by a Glenwood resident, whose property was located along Garfield Lane. And a burglary and theft was reported to have occurred at a property along 190th Street. The report was submitted by a person in Pacific Junction.

There were also two accidents in Mills County. Both happened Wednesday morning, and were attributed to frosty or slick roads. One of the accidents happened on 221st Street, at around 7:15-a.m., Wednesday, when a 2002 Ford driven by Kari Dykstra, of Glenwood, went out of control after hitting an icy spot on the road, about 8-miles northwest of Glenwood. The vehicle spun off the road and hit a power pole. Dykstra was transported to Mercy Hospital, by Glenwood Rescue.

The other accident also happened on 221st Street, about one-mile northwest of Glenwood, just after 8-a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s officials say a 1998 Ford driven by Sharon Sullivan, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 221st when her vehicle went out of control and hit an embankment. No injuries were reported.

Shelby Co. Health officials urge residents to get their flu shots or nasal mist

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January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s number of flu cases is now considered widespread, and officials say the seasonal outbreak could get even worse now that children are back in school. Shelby County Public Health nurse Rachel Birks said that there have been many cases of flu seen by Myrtue Medical Center providers in December and so far in January.  There have been at least two cases that needed hospitalization—a small child and an elderly person.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says at least 151 people were hospitalized state-wide for flu complications in Iowa during the last week of December.  IDPH Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk said that she doubts the surge of illnesses will slow down soon. Dr. Quinlisk has said “We have “all the hallmarks of a relatively bad and prolonged flu season.”   .

Experts say the viruses are affecting more people than usual across much of the nation.  Government health experts say 18 children have died from complications of the flu, and 2,257 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms through the end of December. No child deaths have been reported in Iowa, though the state has had deaths of children in previous years.

Birks urges nearly everyone to get a vaccination now, if they have not gotten one already last fall.  The vaccine (shot or nasal mist) is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year.   Call Myrtue Medical Center at 755-5130 or the Public Health Department at 755-4422 to make an appointment for your immunization.

8AM Newscast 01-10-2013

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January 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson