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8AM Newscast 09-17-2014

News, Podcasts

September 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Iowa youngsters set to take first aim at deer

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Around 10,000 young Iowans, 15 and under, are expected to take part in the state’s youth deer hunting season, which opens Saturday. Jim Coffey, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says participation in the season has been growing, even though only one-third of those young hunters are forecast to harvest a deer. An adult “mentor” must accompany the child, who can continue to hunt in future deer seasons if they don’t fill their tag in the youth season.Youth deer season

“A youth hunter’s tag is valid for all other deer (gun) seasons if it’s not filled during the youth season,” Coffey says. “So, we’re seeing more hunters shift to buying a youth tag for those youngsters because they can continue to go out and use that license until it’s filled.” The deer must be harvested by the youth with the tag. Coffey encourages the mentors, often the child’s parent, to focus on teaching hunting ethics, sportsmanship, and safety.

“And, realize that success is not harvesting the animal. Success is being out there, watching the woods, learning the animals, and really just starting to build that base of a good sportsman,” Coffey says. The September 20 to October 5 period allows youngsters to be the first Iowans to take a shot at deer.

Coffey says the early season usually features slightly warmer temperatures, so the experience is less stressful for a young hunter. The youth season coincides with the disabled hunter deer season. Last year, nearly 300 disabled hunters reported harvesting 120 deer.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston Police report

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Tuesday afternoon of 30-year old Stephanie Baatz, of Creston. Baatz was taken into custody following a traffic stop, for Driving While Barred. She was released from the Union County Jail after posting a $2,000 bond.

And a resident in the 300 block of west Adams Street in Creston, reported to authorities someone broke into his apartment sometime between 1:30-pm and midnight, Monday. Approximately $1,080 in coins was stolen during the incident, which remains under investigation.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral announcements, 9/17/2014

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Routes may change to reach Iowa bridge festival

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Rainstorm damage to U.S. Highway 169 has required its closure north of Winterset, the site of Madison County’s annual Covered Bridge Festival.

Iowa Transportation Department officials told Des Moines television station KCCI they hope to have the highway reopened before the end of the year, but that largely depends on the weather.

People headed to the Oct. 11-12 Covered Bridge Festival will have to use Iowa Highway 92 or approach Winterset from the south.

Iowa officials probe drug find at prison

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities are trying to find out how illegal drugs got into the state prison in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta told Des Moines television station KCCI in an email, that “a large amount of what is believed to be illegal drugs were discovered” during a routine inspection last week.

Prison officials won’t comment on the quantity or type of drugs found until the investigation is finished.
Officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are expected to be at the minimum-security prison on Wednesday to investigate and classify the drugs.

BBB Warning: Schools Getting Fake Invoices

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning schools and school districts in the BBB’s service area, about possible fake invoices for educational supplies. In the past few weeks, there has been a rush of complaints filed against “Scholastic School Supply” claiming to have either a Nevada or New Jersey address. Both addresses have turned out to be mail drops.

BBB of Southern Nevada received its first complaint against “Scholastic School Supply” on August 20, 2014, and since then has received more than 70 complaints from schools across the country. So far there have been two from schools in Nebraska and one from a school in Kansas all stating that they received invoices for products they had not ordered.

The company’s online BBB Business Review at bbb.org/southern-nevada has also received more than 3,000 inquiries. An Alert is posted there so visitors, checking on this company, are able to confirm the suspicious nature of the invoice. The company maintains a mail drop in Sewell, New Jersey, as well as Las Vegas, and BBB New Jersey has received more than 20 complaints so far.

The bogus invoices have been for $647.50 for the bulk purchase of “English-Language Arts Practice Books” or $388.50 for math workbooks (although the amounts and products could change at any time). Complainants say they cannot reach the company to inquire about the products or amounts allegedly owed, and all have denied ever doing business with the company previously.

BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty urges schools not to pay the invoices but to send them to the local Postal Inspector and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as their state’s attorney general or consumer protection agency. So far, none of the complainants have sent money; however, BBB has no way of knowing if any schools have unwittingly paid the invoice, since they would not have filed a complaint.

To date, BBB has received complaints from schools in 27 states, including Iowa. Scholastic, Inc. has issued the following statement regarding the fraudulent use of their name and trademarks. “Scholastic School Supply is not affiliated with Scholastic, Inc. It is a company that is illegally using Scholastic’s name and trademark. We only recently became aware of them, but our legal department has demanded that they cease and desist using Scholastic’s name and trademark, which they have agreed to do but have not done yet. In addition, we have been investigating this company and will continue to do so, and if we determine that this company is allegedly violating any other laws, rules or regulations, we will take prompt appropriate action.”

Schools and other organizations should remember the following tips to help avoid scams:
. Encourage your treasurer to watch for invoice scams.
. Make sure the invoice is coming from a valid source.
. Check out the company that is sending the invoice.
. Centralize purchasing and billing so that the person or persons paying the invoices know what was ordered and who the vendors are.
. Do a basic Internet search to see if other organizations have reported similar problems.

For More Information: To check on a business in your area or to report a scam, go to www.bbbinc.org.

 

Brown bag lunch programs scheduled to take place in Elk Horn

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn say two Brown Bag Lunch programs have been lined up to take place at the Museum. The first will be this Thursday, September 18th with “It Takes a Village to Raise a Hausbarn.” Freda Dammann is the director of the German Hausbarn, a 350-year-old structure moved from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany to Manning, Iowa. She will be speaking about the Hausbarn and her experiences with the project.

Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, IA.

Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, IA.

Then, on September 25th, Tom Lundskær-Nielsen will present “Hans Christian Andersen: From the early fairy tales to the life parables.” Lundskær-Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in Danish at University College London. He’ll discuss The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Fir Tree.

The programs begin at noon and are free and open to the public. As the name suggests, guests can bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Programs are scheduled through the end of the year and can be found at danishmuseum.org.

Questions about the programs should be directed to Tova Brandt at 712-764-7001 or curator@danishmuseum.org.

Biden visit to shut down roads in Des Moines

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several roads around the Iowa Capitol will be closed Wednesday (today) due to a visit from Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Biden will join with a Catholic social justice group called Nuns on the Bus on the Capitol’s West Terrace.

Between 7 a.m. and noon, Grand Avenue will be closed from East 12th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, and Walnut Street will be closed from East Seventh Street to East 12th Street. For people attending the event, the entrance is at East Seventh Street and Locust Street.

Biden is considering running for president in 2016. His visit comes just days after former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed Iowa Democrats at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual fundraiser. Clinton is also weighing a 2016 bid.

Court talks about Iowa Constitution in video

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday will offer a short video to high school students about the state constitution. The nine-minute orientation video will be available to social studies classrooms across the state. The high court is encouraging schools to show the video prior to two oral arguments that will be streamed live on the judicial branch website.

The video includes an explanation from Chief Justice Mark Cady on how the state constitution is used to resolve disputes between residents. Justice Daryl Hecht also explains the appeal process and what happens during oral arguments.

The court is releasing the video in partnership with the state Department of Education and the Iowa State Bar Association to celebrate Constitution Day, a national holiday honoring the U.S. Constitution.