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Voting Strategically

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

Political experts say the phenomenon of “early” voting has changed the dynamics of modern campaigns. Ann Selzer is president of the company that conducts the “iowa Poll” for The Des Moines Register.  Both political parties in Iowa are engagined in a battle for those marginal voters who may not be enthusiastic about the two major parties, but can be convinced to vote early. And Chris Larimer, a University of Northern Iowa political science professor, says campaigns are using different strategies to reach different voters. Drake University political science professor Art Sanders says the campaigns are focused on finding “unlikely” voters. Sanders, Larimer and Selzer made their comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program. Early voting in Iowa began on September 25th. Campaigns are telling voters if they cast their ballots early, they’ll stop getting campaign calls and mailings. Prospective voters for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst are also being invited to participate in telephone conference calls with rising stars in the G-O-P who encourage early voting.

 

(Radio Iowa)

First Lady in Iowa

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

First Lady Michele Obama spoke to a crowd of over 12-hundred at Drake University Friday afternoon, urging students and supporters to “show up” and “get to work” to elect Bruce Braley to the U.S. Senate. A satellite voting station on the Des Moines campus remained open for 45 minutes after the First Lady’s speech ended and some in the crowd said they were planning to go vote. During her 23-minute speech Obama reminisced about campaigning with her husband in Iowa for the 2008 and 2012 elections and she warned President Obama’s agenda would be stymied if Republicans win the U.S. Senate. Obama mispronounced Braley’s name as “Bailey” seven times before the crowd got involved as she was reciting a web address. The crowd cheered and applauded. Within half an hour of the event’s conclusion, Republicans had claimed the domain name “VoteBruceBailey.com” and linked it directly to the campaign website for Joni Ernst, Braley’s Republican opponent. The Braley campaign handed out cards at the rally, asking for more volunteers to sign up to canvas neighborhoods and turn out voters.

 

(Radio Iowa)

Missouri River will rise 3-4 feet

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

The Missouri River will be rising at least three more feet over the coming weeks as the U-S Army Corps of Engineers prepares for next year with above-normal releases from Gavins Point Dam. Jody Farhat (FAR-hot), chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division in Omaha, says the increased releases now will help lower the risk of flooding next season. Along with flood control, Farhat says excess water will extend the navigation season. She says it will also mean an increase in hydropower generation. Farhat says the Corps is holding public meetings on October 28th in Pierre, South Dakota, and on October 29th in Council Bluffs for people who are interested in the water management operations.

 

(Radio Iowa)

7am News Local/State News with Funerals

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

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Iowa evening News Headlines: 10/10/14

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michelle Obama is urging Iowa Democrats to get out and vote for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The first lady attended a rally this afternoon at Drake University. She said she was “beyond thrilled” to be there with Braley. The four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker from Red Oak and officer in the Iowa National Guard.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The judge overseeing a gay former state official’s discrimination lawsuit against Governor Terry Branstad and several aides is recusing himself. Chief Judge Arthur Gamble says in a court order that he feels a conflict of interest has arisen and he must step aside from former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey’s lawsuit.

OAKVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Workers are demolishing the Apostolic Christian Church of Oakville brick by brick and burning the wood that remains. The Hawk Eye reports the church held its last service in January 2013 in the Oakville building. It moved that same month into a new building in Mediapolis.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A plea hearing is planned next week for an Orange City day care provider who is charged with killing a 3-year-old girl. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister tells the Sioux City Journal details on 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp’s plea agreement won’t be made public until her hearing next Thursday.

Restaurants in Carroll & Menlo receive honorable mention in IPPA Contest

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A restaurant in the central Iowa town of Ogden is serving the state’s best breaded pork tenderloin, according to a contest run by the Iowa Pork Producer’s Association. The Lucky Pig Pub and Grill has won the 12th annual contest and was presented with $500 and a plaque. Craig Christensen and his wife, Carol, own the restaurant. Craig gives credit to their employees.

The Lucky Pig Pork Tenderloin

The Lucky Pig Pork Tenderloin

“We have a great crew that works there in the kitchen and the front of the house,” Christensen says. “We take a lot of pride in what we do and how we prepare stuff. It’s a nice reward to all of the hard work we do in making this food.” The Christensens purchased the restaurant three years ago and provide the pork from the hogs raised on their farm near Ogden

“One of the things you have to have here in the Midwest is a great pork tenderloin, right? So, that was our first effort and our first big push was to add the best tenderloin we could,” Christensen says. “It took a little while and a little trial and error, but boy, we came up with a good one and we think we’re serving up something people seem to like.” Judges noted that the Lucky Pig’s tenderloin is hand-pounded in-house and double coated in a batter and bread crumb mixture. It also has “an ideal meat-to-bun ratio and a unique spice.”

The second place winner is this year’s contest is Brick Street Butler Café in Bondurant,which won a $250 prize and a plaque. The following also placed in the top six, and received Honorable Mention plaques:  TC’s Point After in Dewitt; B & S’s 529 in Carroll; Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill in Princeton, and the Menlo Café in Menlo.

(Radio Iowa)

Mills County arrest report

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests. 47-year old Lisa Mae Bolan, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday (Oct. 10th) at 1:12-a.m. in Glenwood, for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $2,000.

On Thursday (10/9), 34-year old Kale Garrett Hardman, of Malvern, was arrested at the Mills County Jail on a warrant for Theft in the 3rd degree, and Trespassing. His bond was set at $2,300.

On Wednesday, 59-year old Gregory N. Jones, of Malvern, was arrested just after 9-p.m. following a traffic stop on Highway 34. He was charged with OWI/1st offense and held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And on Tuesday, deputies in Mills County arrested 23-year old Derek Edward Rodwell, of Glenwood, on a warrant for Simple Assault. He was taken into custody at the Sheriff’s Office. Bond was set at $300.

Frost Advisory Saturday from 1-am to 9-am for parts of southwest IA

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FROST ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM CDT SATURDAY.

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE MID 30S TO AROUND FREEZING OVERNIGHT. A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

Freeze Warning for much of the KJAN listening area

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A HARD FREEZE EXPECTED FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BECOME CENTERED ACROSSIOWA TONIGHT…WITH CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS EXPECTED. THIS COMBINED WITH A CHILLY AIRMASS IN PLACE…WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRALIOWA TO FALL TO NEAR FREEZING OR BELOW BY SUNRISE SATURDAY.

Counties in dark blue are under a Freeze Warning; Light blue=Frost Advisory.

Counties in dark blue are under a Freeze Warning; Light blue=Frost Advisory.

A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 1-AM UNTIL 9-AM SATURDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-HARRISON AND SHELBY.

TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE MID 20S TO LOW 30S FOR SEVERAL HOURS OVERNIGHT.  A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

USDA ups expected record corn, soybean harvest

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the expected record corn and soybean harvest will be slightly bigger than previously estimated. Farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, up from 14.4 billion last month, and 3.93 billion bushels of soybeans, up 14 million bushels. The October estimate released Friday boosted the per-acre yield for both major crops because of an extended period of late summer warmth in the Midwest.

The USDA says 22 states will set corn record yields this year. Corn farmers are expected to harvest a national average of 174.2 bushels per acre, a significant increase over the record of 169.  A dozen states will set new soybean yield records, and there’s expected to be 47.1 bushels per acre, up from the record of 44.