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Drug paraphernalia arrest in Red Oak Friday

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August 8th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a Red Oak man for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a traffic stop Friday.  At 9:00pm Officers initiated a traffic stop at the corner of North 3rd Street and East Reed Street in Red Oak.  During the stop Officers arrested 25-year-old Keaton Kevin Ebrecht of Red Oak for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and also cited Ebrecht for Careless Driving and Failure to Provide Proper Insurance.  Ebrecht was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was cited and released with a future court date.

Bluffs man arrested on sex abuse charges

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August 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 48-year-old Council Bluffs man has been charged with five counts of sexual abuse of a girl over an eight-year period. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Steven Cain turned himself in on Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and three sexual abuse counts.

Police say the abuse started in 2006 and continued until last year. Cain’s alleged victim is now 18. Police say during a search of Cain’s home, investigators found naked pictures of the victim among Cain’s collection of pornography.

Cain remained in Pottawattamie County Jail on $75,000 bond Saturday. He is set to make his next court appearance on Aug. 17.

Carson hopes to capitalize on Thursday’s debate with stops in Iowa

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August 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is the first stop for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson after Thursday night’s FOX News debate. Carson says he’s gotten a “phenomenal” response to his performance. “I think we got our message out, looking at you know what’s happened with Facebook and Twitter and you look at the social media,” Carson says. “Obviously the message got out in a very, very substantial way.”

Carson says the debate has helped him connect with voters on social media. His campaign staff told reporters he’s gotten around 24-thousand new Twitter followers since the end of the debate when he delivered an “off-the-cuff” closing statement that mentioned his surgical career. “You know, a debate stage? You’re not going to really get to know the person that well. Six minutes? I don’t think so,” he says. “When I finally got some questions, it went well.”

Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

Carson will be in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines today (Saturday), for what his campaign has called “Family Festivals” featuring food and entertainment from a Christian musician. “Well, we didn’t have the strawpoll, and that normally would attract a lot of families, so this is the substitute,” Carson says. The Iowa G-O-P’s Straw Poll would have been held this Saturday in Boone, but it was cancelled after none of the candidates agreed to participate. Carson has begun airing campaign ads in Iowa.

On Sunday morning he’ll speak at a church in Osceola, and on Sunday afternoon he’ll hold another “Family Festival” outdoors in Council Bluffs.

(Radio Iowa)

Stuart P-D asks for help identifying theft suspect

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August 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Stuart Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a female theft suspect. A woman wearing a white “Hard Rock” shirt, is wanted for questioning with regard to repeated thefts from a local grocery store. The most recent theft occurred Friday afternoon in Stuart at Hometown Foods. The suspect left the store driving a white older model Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck with a black cover over the bed.

If anyone has information regarding the identity of this person please contact the
Stuart Police Department at 515-523-1896 or Guthrie County Dispatch at 641-747-2214.

Suspect in theft cases

Suspect in theft cases

Suspect's vehicle

Suspect’s vehicle

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Aug. 8th 2015

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August 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials have confirmed the first case of West Nile virus this year. A woman from Ringgold County is recovering from the illness.

SOLON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a girl who drowned while swimming at Lake Macbride beach in Eastern Iowa was on a field trip with 25 other children from a Cedar Rapids child care center. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office tells the Press Citizen 6-year-old Alaina Joy Hauskins was with Kids Kampus Learning Center Thursday on an annual trip to the beach, part of a 2,000-acre state park 16 miles north of Iowa City, when she drowned.

ATLANTA (AP) —Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will have more than 5 minutes and forty five seconds to address GOP voters on Saturday. Unlike Thursday’s nationally televised Fox News debates that divided the 17-candidate field into two groups on crowded stages, Saturday’s RedState Gathering in Atlanta, Georgia offers several of those seeking the Republican nomination a half-hour all to themselves. Noticeably absent from the event will be Donald Trump. RedState’s Erick Erickson says he withdrew Trump’s invitation because of a comment Trump made Thursday evening about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is looking to parlay a standout debate performance into serious campaign momentum. The former Hewlett-Packard executive reminded 1,000 conservative activists at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta yesterday that several recent presidents were once dismissed as underdogs.

 

So-called sunburn art saddens doctor who treats skin cancer patients

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A summertime fad that’s gaining ground through social media is known as “sunburn art,” and it makes an Iowa doctor who treats skin cancer cases cringe. People deliberately place stickers on their skin, go outside and get burned, then peel off the stickers and take selfies for Facebook to show off the contrasting red and white skin. Doctor Leslie Christenson, a dermatologist in Ames, calls the practice ridiculous.

“I think it’s very sad,” Dr. Christenson says. “We know that sunburns increase your risk of subsequent skin cancer. They advance aging and we can do so much to prevent skin cancer, so it’s hard for me to watch people promote it.” Damage to the skin by the sun’s harmful rays can add up. Christenson says if you get five sunburns early in life, it can raise the risk of developing skin cancer later by 80-percent.

“We know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime,” she says. “One in 65 will develop a melanoma, which is the most agressive form of skin cancer. We can prevent a lot of these skin cancers by just protecting ourselves from the sun.” Some “sunburn artists” use sunscreen in select locations to create the patterns while others may go so far as to cut out sections of their clothing. The melanoma form of skin cancer can be fatal. Christenson isn’t recommending you stay inside, but use your head when you go out.

“We do strongly recommend that you wear sun screen, not expose yourself to sunburns, but actually wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, blocking UVA and UVB rays,” Christenson says. “Wear protective clothing and a hat but that you do enjoy being outside. Just be smart about it.”

(Radio Iowa)

Air Force jet makes emergency landing in Des Moines

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 has made an emergency landing at the Des Moines International Airport after a windshield cracked during the flight. Airport Director of Operations Alan Graff says the plane landed safety Friday morning and all nine people on board left the jet safely.

The white unmarked jet landed around 9:30 a.m. after making a distress call seeking to divert its flight plan to land at the airport. Airport officials referred further questions to the Air Force. A public affairs officer at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. couldn’t immediately provide further details on where the flight originated, where it was going or what caused the windshield to crack.

Wildwood Road to be closed Mon., Aug. 10th in Shelby County

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports Wildwood Road will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 10th, for a bridge rebuilding project. The bridge, located over Indian Creek, is in the 700 Block of Wildwood Road, between Jackson Township Sections 35-36. Construction is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

Residents in the area and emergency responders to plan to take alternative routes until the project is completed. If you have any questions about the project, call the Shelby County Engineer’s Office at 712-755-5954.

Iowa education board OKs new science standards

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State education officials have approved new science standards and have taken a significant step toward replacing the Iowa Assessments with other tests. The Iowa State Board of Education unanimously voted on Thursday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which sets learning expectations in classrooms for grades K-12.

Learning will focus less on memorization and put more emphasis on the scientific process, such as analyzing data, developing a model and constructing a logical argument. The board also voted to start the rule-making process that would allow for the adoption of the Smarter Balanced exams. The tests give students harder or easier questions based on if they answered previous correctly, which better pinpoints their ability.

Ethanol producers work to “rebrand” gas pumps nationwide

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August 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa and Nebraska, the nation’s two largest ethanol-producing states, are launching a joint effort to “rebrand” gasoline pumps nationwide with stickers promoting the American Ethanol brand. Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says the project stems from the past five years of partnership with NASCAR and the pro stock car racing circuit’s use of E-15 fuel.

“This American Ethanol brand has really started to stand out as a very recognizable brand within NASCAR,” Brunkhorst says. “As states work in partnership with NASCAR through this, we thought this was a great opportunity to continue that brand awareness, now on pumps.” The plan is for stickers with the red-white-blue and green logo to be placed on gas pumps nationwide that offer the ethanol blends. Brunkhorst says this initiative will help provide consumers with a consistent experience at the pumps, whether they choose E-10, E-15, E-30 or E-85.

“As consumers pull up to the pump, they can see that American Ethanol brand and that American Ethanol label and understand the value it brings to them,” he says. “As they travel across the United States, they’ll be able to consistently see this label on blends, especially in states that require labeling such as Nebraska and Iowa, and they’ll know the consistency of a home-grown, renewable-based biofuel that’s grown right here in Nebraska and Iowa.” Brunkhorst says the stickers are already going out to hundreds of retailers.

“For those retailers who haven’t submitted their requests for those new, updated American Ethanol labels, they can just go to Nebraska-Corn-dot-org,” he says, “and there’s a form they can fill out and submit to us and we’ll get them sent out.” Iowa is the nation’s leading ethanol maker, producing 3.8 billion gallons a year, while Nebraska is second with more than two-billion gallons a year. Iowa has 42 ethanol plants and Nebraska has 24.

(Radio Iowa)