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NW Iowa crash kills 3 when vehicle hits creek

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January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police are trying to determine why a vehicle crashed into a creek early Sunday morning and killed three of the five people inside. The Sioux City Journal reports that the vehicle crossed a residential yard and crashed into Perry Creek shortly after 3 a.m. Neighbors say they awoke to a loud scraping sound and a bang. Police say the vehicle landed upside down and was partially submerged in the creek. Two of the occupants climbed out of the creek on their own.

The other three passengers in the vehicle were pulled out by rescuers. Those three all died later, but weren’t immediately identified. Neighbor Beth Bowman says she said many prayers while she watched emergency workers try to help the people in the vehicle.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to receive budget requests Monday

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January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold another Special Session to hear departmental budget requests. During their meeting at the courthouse in Greenfield at 9:30-a.m. Monday, the Board will receive Fiscal Year 2014 Budgetary requests from the Veterans Affairs, Recorder and Treasurer’s offices, and the County Custodian, with regard to General Services and E-911 budget requests.

A session held last Friday morning saw additional departmental budget requests presented before the Adair County Supervisors, whose next regular session takes place Wednesday morning.

Atlantic School Board to discuss budget and Activities survey

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January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in a regular session in the High School Media Center.  During the meeting, which begins at 7:30-p.m., the board will hear an update from Design Alliance Architects’ Jerry Purdy, with regard to the Atlantic Middle School (AMS) Renovation Project, reports from Assistant High School Prinicipal/Activity Director Josh Rasmussen, with regard to the AHS Study Table,  and three teachers, with regard to the Lindamood Bell instructional program.

The Board of Education will also act on approving an agreement with the Fremont-Mills District for Chemistry instruction, and t he Nutrition Fund paying one-half the cost of a Lunch Bus purchased last Fall. They’ll also act on approving 2013-2014 At-Risk Modified Allowable Growth, a bid for bleachers at Schuler Elementary, and a Change Order for the AMS Renovation project.

Following the conclusion of regular business, the Board will discuss the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, and Atlantic High School (AHS) Activities Study.

CAM School Board meeting preview for Mon., Jan. 14th 2013

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January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the CAM School District’s Board of Education will hold a work session Monday evening, in Anita. During their 7-p.m. session in the CAM High School Media Center, the Board will hear from Larry Sigel, President of the Iowa School Finance Information Service (ISFIS), with regard to district finances. The Board will also review the CAM Education Association’s initial proposal.

No action is typically taken during school board work sessions, which are designed for information and discussion.

Audubon City Council to meet Monday evening

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January 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday evening. On the agenda for the 7-p.m. session at City Hall, is approval of specific liquor licenses for Cliffs and the Dollar General Store, along with four resolutions assessing unpaid utility bills at 106, 206 and 312 Second Avenue, as well as 512 1st Avenue, and the adjustment of three utility billings according to Council Policy, of 25% of the overage where a leak has occurred (at 511 E. Division St., 711 1st Avenue, and 708 Brayton Street).

In addition, the Audubon City Council will hear from Adam Schweers, with Computer Concepts of Iowa, prior to the conclusion of regular business and adjournment.

Bird watchers look to Iowa skies for bald eagles

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird watching enthusiasts around Iowa are looking to the skies this weekend for a glimpse of thousands of bald eagles making their way across the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says wildlife workers and volunteers are tallying reports of bald eagle sightings around the state as part of the national Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The annual event is coordinated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Surveyors had most of early January to complete their reports, though target dates are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

An Iowa DNR spokeswoman says migration patterns show the eagles are being spotted in other places besides stronghold spots along the Mississippi River. That includes more appearances along the Des Moines River. More than 3,000 eagles were counted in the state last year.

7AM Newscast 1-12-2013

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January 12th, 2013 by admin

w/Marissa Hovde

Two Arrests in Montgomery County

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January 12th, 2013 by admin

A man wanted a Nodaway County Missouri warrant was arrested on Thursday in Montgomery County. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater of Villisca was arrested for possession of methamphetamine 3rd Offense, driving while barred, and a valid Nodaway County warrant. Fitzwater was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on full bond.

Early Saturday morning, deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year old Jeffrey Malling Brockman of Elliot for Obstruction of Emergency Communications. Brockman was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked and held on $300 cash bond.

 

Survey finds way too many of us go to work when we’re sick

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Plenty of Iowans are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses as we’re approaching the heart of cold and flu season. How many of them are going to work while they’re sick? Far too many, according to a new study. Dr. Mark Rupp, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, says some people will call in sick at the drop of a hat, but many others should stay home when they’re sick, yet they go in anyway. “This is a pretty common practice and actually a phrase has been termed to cover it,” Dr. Rupp says. “It’s called presenteeism. So, rather than abusing your sick time, you’re actually abusing time where you come into work where you probably should be staying at home.”

The survey of Iowans and Nebraskans finds four out of five people questioned say they’ve gone to work sick. You’re not doing anyone any favors, Rupp says, if you’re taking your bug to work and exposing the whole office. “Folks who are coughing and sneezing and hacking and running fevers really should be staying at home and anybody who has a vomitting or diahreal illness, likewise, should stay at home until they’re feeling better and they’re back to good health,” Rupp says. “When they come to work, clearly they can be spreading these bugs to their co-workers and that’s not a nice thing to do.”

If you really must go to work, it’s best to isolate yourself as much as possible from others, use hand sanitizer and cover your mouth with your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Rupp says our great Midwestern work ethic can sometimes backfire in these situations. “Most people are doing this from a sense of being indispensible, that the task they’re doing is just so important that nobody else can do it,” Rupp says. “They also have a sense that they don’t want to let their co-workers down. If they’re not there doing the job, this is going to roll to somebody else.”

The survey showed nearly half of those who go to work sick take -no- precautions to avoid direct contact with others.

(Radio Iowa)

Report finds average state worker salary is $51,700

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January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report issued late Friday shows the state government’s payroll has shrunk since Terry Branstad became governor. Branstad took office in January of 2011 and the Legislative Services Agency analysis covers the first 18 months of his governorship. The report shows state payroll expenses were down nearly five percent compared to when Chet Culver left the governor’s office. More than 900 employees left state government during Branstad’s first 18 months in office. Some were replaced. Some were temporary or part-time employees.

At the start of August, the total number of full-time positions in state executive branch agencies had shrunk by 641. The average salary for a state worker who is not a supervisor is $51,700. The payroll and staffing at the three state universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City are not included in this analysis. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa operate a separate payroll system.

(Radio Iowa)