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Mosquitoes likely to have West Nile still thriving

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – This time of the year is the peak season for two mosquito species most likely to carry the West Nile virus, which can cause high fevers and brain-swelling, an Iowa State University researcher said. Brendan Dunphy, an entomology researcher with the university, told The Des Moines Register that “we’re right in the thick of that time.”

Dunphy said the virus tends to be carried by the mosquito species, culex pipiens and culex tarsalis, and that late summer and early fall are the peak season for them. He said those species tolerate cool weather better than their cousins do. He said high numbers of mosquitoes buzzed into Iowa this summer, noting that in one week in July, special traps in Des Moines caught more mosquitoes than had been caught throughout the entire state in 2012. “The numbers were astronomical,” he said. “It was unbelievable.”

Overall, the bug numbers have fallen since July, but Dunphy said continued rainfall has helped the bugs continue to thrive in the state. “The bottom line is that water is the magic ingredient,” Dunphy said. Ann Garvey, deputy state epidemiologist, said that so far this year, the Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed 11 illnesses and two suspected cases of the West Nile virus.

More than 40 Iowa residents were ill from the virus last year, which first appeared in the state in 2001. To avoid mosquito bites, Dunphy recommended repellents and emptying swimming pools and clogged rain gutters, where mosquitoes breed.

Another reminder about IRS phone scams

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

We’ve warned you several times in the past about an IRS scam, and now Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers is reiterating the warning. Brothers says he wants to ‘Alert the public that the [Clarinda] Police Department has received numerous calls this week from Clarinda residents [who are] reporting they [have been]contacted [over the phone by] someone purporting to be with the Internal Revenue Service and requesting personal information in order to deal with a tax problem.”

The Chief reminds you an such attempt is fraudulent, and if you receive a similar call, just hang up. NEVER provide any personal information regarding your social security numbers, bank account numbers, and so on.

The Internal Revenue Service does not communicate with taxpayers in this manner. The IRS sends individuals with tax concerns a letter in the mail.

That Makes Me Sick….IDPH annual report summarizes what made Iowans ill in 2013

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued the 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report. The annual report provides a yearly snapshot of what, how, and when events impact the public’s health. In 2013, more than 71,000 laboratory results of infectious diseases and conditions were submitted to IDPH disease surveillance programs.

In general, the number of reported cases of vaccine-preventable diseases decreased when compared to the previous three-year average (2010-2012); however, the number of reported Hepatitis A cases increased.

Diseases spread via insects continue to impact Iowans. In 2013, there was a notable number of these diseases reported to IDPH including Dengue fever, Lyme disease, malaria, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and West Nile virus. Of these diseases, Lyme disease and West Nile virus increased when compared to the previous three-year average. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “We expect to see an increase in imported insect-borne diseases in the future. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that has become common in the Caribbean and Iowans who vacation and are bit by an infected mosquito there can come home and become ill. If you’re traveling to areas outside the U.S., it’s important to know what diseases are circulating there and how to protect yourself against them.”

During the summer of 2013, 136 Iowans from 35 counties were diagnosed with Cyclosporiasis as part of a multi-state outbreak linked to consumption of a bagged salad mix. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that can cause prolonged, watery diarrhea, which, if left untreated, can last weeks to months. Only 10 cases of Cyclospora had been reported in Iowa prior to 2013. Cases increased by nearly 315 percent last year. In addition to the Cyclospora outbreak, 59 other outbreaks affecting more than 1,100 people were reported and investigated in 2013. The most common implicated pathogen was norovirus and outbreaks occurred most frequently in restaurants, long-term care/assisted living facilities, schools/child care facilities, and homes.

Other significant elements of the 2013 report include an increase in enteric or diarrheal diseases, which are typically associated with contaminated food or water. For instance, there were 342 cases of Shigellosis reported to IDPH last year, an increase of 518 percent from 2012, when 91 cases were reported.

For the complete IDPH 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report, visit http://bit.ly/1uZMudv.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral announcements, 9/19/2014

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug charges

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Thursday evening on drug charges, of 23-year old Jordan L. Hoag, of Creston. Hoag was booked into the Union County Jail on charges of Possession of Marjuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He later was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 9/19/14

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Complaints against Red Oak School District remain unresolved

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An alleged violation of Iowa’s Open Meetings Law by the Red Oak Community School District won’t be resolved any time soon. The Daily NonPareil reports the Iowa Public Information Board directed its staff Thursday, to work with the Red Oak school board and three complainants to resolve concerns about the alleged violation of state open meetings law in an effort to bypass a formal process.

The IPIB received reports at its regular meeting that recommended probable cause be found for violations of state law by the Red Oak school board for its April 10 and April 14 meetings. Margaret Johnson, the deputy director of the IPIB, said the school board’s president and its attorney asked during a teleconference Tuesday to explore an informal resolution. The school board had previously rejected negotiating a settlement because it maintained closed sessions that drew two of complaints were properly conducted.

The Red Oak school board currently is defending itself in three cases before the IPIB: a complaint filed by former Red Oak High School principal Jedd Sherman on May 5 about meetings in April and May, a complaint filed by resident Don Rogerson on May 15 about a meeting in May; and a complaint filed by resident Margaret Stoldorf on July 9 about a meeting in June.

Johnson said the cases are being treated separately but “there’s some intertwining” with the shared subject of the complaints. The board decided to give Red Oak one more month, asking a report to be brought back for its October meeting. Separate votes were held on each of the complaints, although the IPIB discussed all three at the same time and referenced elements of the different cases.

Unresolved issues could force 2 Fremont County school districts to be dissolved

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A long list of unaddressed problems could cause school districts in Hamburg and Farragut to lose accreditation by the end of the school year. The Daily NonPareil – citing two reports released Wednesday by the Iowa Dept. of Education – reports the Fremont County districts have struggled with overspending, compliance with state regulations and continued enrollment loss.
The districts have 30 days to respond to the Department of Education. The report recommended Hamburg and Farragut resolve district issues individually, together as part of a merged district or part of another district. The report said the districts lacked facilities compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. The cost to make facilities ADA compliant is unknown. However, it would likely outweigh the districts’ resources. The report also said districts have administrative, curriculum and other policy issues.
Hamburg Superintendent Terry Kenealy wrote in a letter on the district’s website earlier this week that the districts should have ongoing conversations with neighboring communities. For 2014, the Hamburg and Farragut districts have a combined enrollment of more than 300 students.
The report said the districts’ priority on whole-grade sharing and reorganization has pushed the best interests of students to the back burner. In addition, the districts’ current finances would likely hinder necessary improvements required for the facilities’ continued operations.

Report chronicles graduates of community colleges

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new report from the Iowa Department of Education tracks the history of graduates of the state’s 15 community college and where they end up in the job market. Education consultant, Paula Nissen, compiled the report in conjunction with Iowa Workforce Development. Nissen says more than 86 percent of the students stay in Iowa after graduation. “A lot of them will transfer, aproximately half will transfer to either another program within the college that they were attending, or to another two or four-year institution in the state. A small portion of them will transfer to another institution out of the state, and then another 40 to 50 percent of them will go on to employment,” Nissen says.

She says three-point-five percent of those who went on to jobs went out of state. A majority of awards to graduates were in the liberal arts and sciences, health professions, business management, marketing, mechanics and general programs. “There’s a lot of advance manufacturing type positions. Of course computers are always very hot, they’re going to be very high demand, high-paying jobs. Of course health care is big one across the state, it remains an in demand position,” Nissen says. Nissen says the report shows the investment in community colleges has been a good one for the state.

She says the annual report will help the community colleges and potential students. “Moving forward it will give us a lot of information to make those strategic decisions, and to be able to counsel our kids in high school much better to get into the positions that are in demand…or that they can get study onward and further their education in certain types of occupations,” according to Nissen.

The report finds on average, 48 percent of associate-degree students completed within two years. She says they’ve found students sometimes don’t think of a two-year degree as an option.  “I think that it opens a lot of doors and a lot of eyes to kids for them to know that they don’t have to just go straight from high school to a four-year, they attend a two-year college, they can go straight into employment,” Nissen says. “There’s a lot of training, short term training opportunities for those kids to acquire to go right into employment and make a living wage.”

The report finds more than 80 percent of the graduates in each type of degree found a job within one year of graduating. Those graduating with an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree had the highest median wage at 30-thousand-379 dollars. Nissen says she plans to dig deeper into the demographics of the students in future reports to detail things like the ages of students who are getting a two-year degree. You can find out more details on the Department of Education’s website at: www.educateiowa.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa falls from 12th to 18th on ranking of highway conditions

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s score has fallen on a national report that ranks our highways based on their condition and cost-effectiveness. The study’s lead author, David Hartgen, with the Reason Foundation, explains how they compile the rankings which show Iowa at number-18 this year, down from 12th a year ago.  “Each of the 50 states is required to send detailed information to Washington each year on the condition of pavements and bridges and congestion and so on, and also information on their budgets,” Hartgen says. “We take that information and roll it up and compare it one state versus another, we look at how states are doing on each measure and then how they’re doing overall.”

The study shows an uptick in the percentage of Iowa’s interstates that are in poor condition. Hartgen says Iowa’s seen a doubling in the percentage of poor interstate conditions in urban areas over the course of the past year. “That suggests to me they may be letting these sections of pavement go a little too long before they’re repaired,” Hartgen says. “Usually, states want to grab those sections when they get to the fair level and not let them get down to the poor level where the costs are much higher.”

The report shows Iowa is making significant strides in trying to maintain the quality of its roads, as the state’s ranked 18th now, up quite a ways from its 33rd place showing in 2009.  “Iowa’s done pretty well overall on a number of statistics,” Hartgen says. “Their budget is a little bit less, actually, per mile than the average state so they’re working on a relatively thin resource base. They scored in the middle of the pack on most of the items we looked at.”

Iowa’s highways rank 26th in the nation in the fatality rate, 35th in the percentage of deficient bridges, 17th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 37th in urban Interstate pavement condition and 32nd in urban Interstate congestion.

(Radio Iowa)