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Midwest economic index rises slightly

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump will continue over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions index rose slightly in November to a weak 48.0 from 46.5 in October. The figure was 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says it is tracking “economic weakness, particularly for nondurable-goods producers.”  The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

7AM Newscast 12-03-2012

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December 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowa Guard troops deploy to Honduras

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Forty Iowa National Guard soldiers deployed yesterday (Sunday) for a mission in Honduras. The soldiers are part of a Military Police unit and Colonel Greg Hapgood, a spokesman for the Iowa Guard, says they will be part of “Joint Task Force Bravo” based in Honduras.
“Particularly they work on countering what they would call ‘transnational’ organized crime, narcotics and other kinds of criminal activity,” Hapgood says. “They do humanitarian assistance and disaster relief down there and they work on building up the militaries of those nations in Central America and that entire region to make them stronger bearers of their own security.” The Iowa soldiers will spend a couple of months at Fort Bliss in Texas for training before moving on to Honduras.

“Certainly going to Honduras is somewhat new for the Iowa National Guard in recent history,” Hapgood says. “We’ve previously operated down there particularly in the 1990s and the early 2000s, but the 186th Military Police Company is excited to go do this job…and they’re ready to go.” The Iowa unit is based at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, and a send-off ceremony was held there Sunday afternoon.

“The Iowa National Guard has done a number of deployments, particularly starting in the mid-1990s through the present day in more than 35 nations around the world,” Hapgood says. “Certainly, with Honduras, it’s been a while since the National Guard has been there on any type of lengthy basis but these soldiers are trained and ready to go do their job.” This particular military police unit has been deployed to Iraq three time — in 1996, during the first Iraq War, then in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2007 and 2008. They were deployed in 1996 to provide law enforcement at U.S. military installations in Germany. Honduras has been ravaged by drug-related corruption and violence and the country has the highest homicide rate in the western hemisphere, 16-times higher than the U.S. murder rate and more than double Colombia’s.

(Radio Iowa)

Woman seeks money for freeing long-imprisoned men

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A monthlong trial of two men seeking $100 million for their wrongful conviction in a 1977 Council Bluffs killing could end next week, but a former prison barber who is largely responsible for their freedom wonders if she’ll be compensated for her work. Anne Danaher of Kansas City spent years researching the case against Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, two Omaha teenagers who were convicted of killing a former police officer. They had spent decades in prison when Danaher discovered investigators withheld records from defense lawyers.

This evidence led the men to be freed, and both received large settlements. Now they’re seeking more money from investigators and Council Bluffs. Danaher says Harrington promised to share any settlement with her, but she’s received no money. She’s filed a lawsuit seeking compensation.

(Updated with the names of all 3 victims) 2 die, 1 hurt in Woodbury County plane crash

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of the three people on board a small plane that crashed in northwest Iowa this weekend. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s office says 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, was flying the plane when it crashed into a farm field 2½ miles south of Correctionville Saturday evening. Knaack’s two passengers died in the crash, and Knaack suffered serious burns. The passengers were: 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville. Former Anthon Fire Chief Mike Berning says Schroeder was a longtime firefighter who was scheduled to portray Santa Claus at a town celebration next weekend.

Knaack was taken to a Sioux City hospital and later transferred to a burn center in Lincoln, NE. Saint Elizabeth spokeswoman Betty Thompson says Knaack was in critical condition Sunday.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 3rd 2012

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December 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people on Saturday attended the funeral of Iowa native Army Sgt. Joseph Richardson, who died Nov. 16 while on patrol in Afghanistan. The service was held in Algona, and family members say the 23-year-old previously had served in Iraq and had asked to Afghanistan because he loved serving in the Army.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A month-long trial of two men seeking $100 million for their wrongful conviction in a 1977 Council Bluffs killing could end next week, but a former prison barber who is largely responsible for their freedom wonders if she’ll be compensated for her work. Anne Danaher, of Kansas City, spent years researching the case against Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee and discovered investigators had withheld records from defense lawyers.

DES MOINES, IA – Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural  Resources report 5 hunters were shot Sunday during the second day of shotgun deer hunting season. One of the incidents occurred in Crawford County, while another involved the shooting of a Red Oak man near Indianola. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. All of the incidents remain under investigation.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why an Iowa driver collided with a Cedar Rapids police cruiser. Cedar Rapids police say the westbound driver hit the marked police car around 1:40 a.m. yesterday, injuring both drivers.

5 hunters wounded while shotgun deer hunting Sunday in Iowa

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At least five hunters were wounded during separate shooting incidents during the second day of the shotgun deer hunting season, in Iowa. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say a Red Oak man was injured at around 8:30-a.m. Sunday, while hunting deer west of Indianola. 58-year old Miles Sagen was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party. The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen. Dense fog in the area is believed to have played a role in the incident. Visibility at the time was limited to about 100-yards.

A Halbur woman was injured during another hunting accident in Crawford County. 32-year old Stacy Wiltfang, was hunting with one other person north of Arion at approximately 3 p.m.  While she was sitting, a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle penetrated her boot, but did not penetrate her foot. She was treated at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, and released.

A Cedar Rapids man was injured Sunday afternoon, after his gun discharged while deer hunting in Iowa County. 46-year-old Steven Thompson was hunting about two miles east of Victor, when his shotgun accidentally fired, striking one of his big toes. He was treated in Marengo before being transferred to the University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

A rural Mason City man was hospitalized Sunday after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot while deer hunting in Floyd County. 29-year old Jeffrey Esser was wounded around 4 p.m. Sunday while hunting in heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs.  The DNR says Esser’s 12-gauge shotgun accidentally fired, hitting him in the right foot. He was taken to North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, where he underwent surgery Sunday evening.

And, 48-year-old Clint Morgan, of Saucier, Miss., was wounded around noon Sunday southwest of Blakesburg, in Monroe County. Morgan was struck in the elbow by a slug fired by another member of his seven-member hunting party. Morgan was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.

Each of the incidents are under investigation. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. The DNR estimated more than 100,000 hunters took to the field in pursuit of deer this weekend. So far this year, there have been at least 11 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.

Minor injury accident on I-80 in Cass County, Sunday evening

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A passenger in a vehicle driven by a Washington State man suffered minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident Sunday evening on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by 23-year old Joseph Gregerson, of Des Moines, rear-ended a 2009 Honda Civic, driven by 46-year old Jerry Hagerstrom, of Edmonds, WA. A passenger in the Honda, 31-year old Melissa Hagerstrom, also of Edmonds, WA, suffered minor injuries but was treated at the scene by a Medivac Ambulance crew, and did not require transport to the hospital. The accident happened at around 6:20-p.m., as both vehicles were traveling east on I-80, about a mile west of the Elk Horn, or Highway 173 exit. The Patrol’s report did not indicate if any citations were issued.

Red Oak man injured during hunting accident in southern Iowa

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a Red Oak man was injured Sunday morning while hunting deer west of Indianola. 58-year old Miles Sagen was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen, according to Allen Crouse, recreational safety officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sagen was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

During the preliminary investigation of the incident, Crouse said it was impossible to see someone more than 100 yards away because of the dense fog, even if the person was wearing blaze orange. He  strongly urges hunters to “Reconsider hunting” in conditions where dense fog is present, because “It just isn’t safe.”

The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.

Shenandoah man arrested Saturday for possessing a gun as a felon

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December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer, Sunday, said deputies from his county arrested a Shenandoah man Saturday afternoon. 43-year old Thomas Duane Ayres was arrested for allegedly being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Class-D felony offense. Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of officers with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, took Ayres into custody a little before 4:30-p.m. Saturday.

Ayres was transported to the Page County Sheriff’s Office where he later posted bond and was released.  A court date has not yet been set.