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New science standards prompt local control debate

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January 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are considering whether to adopt model science standards for what’s taught in the state, but critics say doing so would intrude on local school decisions. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa was one of 26 states that helped develop the national guidelines for science classes called Next Generation Science Standards. The guidelines emphasize in-depth instruction and hands-on experiments. Many experts say that’s a good approach.

But some teachers worry about sacrificing the breadth of lessons. Jill Jennings served on a state committee that reviewed the standards. She says she’s concerned that these national guidelines take control over what’s taught away from local school boards.

If the state adopts the Next Generation Science Standards, they would replace Iowa standards that have been in place since 2008.

Authorities ask for your help in solving a burglary in Villisca

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January 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County are asking for your help in solving a burglary. Authorities say the incident took place sometime between Friday (1/24) and Sunday (1/26) at the Villisca Senior Center, located at 312 S. 3rd Avenue, in Villisca.

The facility was broken into and U-S currency was taken from the office. If you have any information about the crime, contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107, or your local Crime Stoppers.

Iowa forecast says bitter cold will follow snow

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January 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Parts of Iowa are likely to experience blizzard conditions Sunday before the entire state plunges into bitter cold on Monday.  The National Weather Service says northeast Iowa received 1-to-3-inches of snow Sunday morning. And much of the state could see another inch or two Sunday afternoon and evening.

The snow itself isn’t significant, but forecasters warn that strong winds expected to arrive Sunday afternoon will blow the snow around and make travel dangerous.  Then temperatures will fall Sunday night. Wind chills between 25 degrees below zero and 40 degrees below zero are expected Monday morning with the coldest weather in northern Iowa.

The cold will shock many Iowa residents. In Des Moines, the temperature was 40 Sunday morning. A day later, wind chills of 30 degrees below zero are expected.

1 killed, 2 injured in Dallas County crash

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January 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and two others injured during a collision Saturday night in Dallas County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a 2002 Chrysler Sebring from Des Moines died in the crash at around 9:35-p.m. south of Waukee, near 3400 Ute Avenue. The individual was not wearing a seatb belt. Two people in the other vehicle who were wearing their seat belts, both of whom are from Minburn, were hurt and transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

The accident happened as the Sebring was traveling north on Ute Avenue and crossed the centerline of the road before collided with a southbound 1997 Chevy pickup. The names of the victims have not yet been released. The accident remains under investigation.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., Jan. 26th 2014

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January 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings for parts of eastern northern and central Iowa today (Sunday). Temperatures are also expected to plummet late Sunday, with lows coming in around 15 below zero in the northeast to near zero in the south.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal transmission of HIV will have his case heard before the Iowa Supreme Court. The HIV-positive man had a one-time sexual encounter in 2008 with another man during which they used a condom. Iowa law makes it a felony for someone with HIV to engage in intimate contact with another person. The man argues he did not intentionally expose his partner because he practiced safe sex.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — The Muscatine County sheriff has refused to publicly disclose how he determined that no rules or policies were broken when a mentally ill jail inmate was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun last fall. Now, members of the sheriff’s own political party are calling for an independent investigation. The Muscatine County Democratic Central Committee plans to meet next week to discuss next steps.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t announced whether she will run for president in 2016, but her supporters in the early voting state of Iowa are getting organized anyway. Top Iowa Democrats gathered Saturday in Des Moines for an event aimed at building support for a potential Clinton White House bid. Craig Smith, senior adviser to the Ready for Hillary group, says he wants to make sure Iowa support is in place should Clinton decide to run.

Updated School Board Agenda leaves out bond petition

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January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In a late revision to the Atlantic School Board Work Session agenda for Monday night, the planned reception of petitions asking the Board to call for a Special Election has been withdrawn. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein sent a copy of the revised agenda to KJAN News late Friday evening.

Thursday night and Friday, we had reported the Atlantic School Board was scheduled to vote on a Resolution setting the date for a vote on a $19.9-million dollar bond referendum, after receiving a petition from the Atlantic School Improvement Committee (ASIC). Both of those items have been removed from the updated agenda. The reason was not given.

Other action items during Monday night’s Atlantic School Board Work Session include approval of personnel recommendations, and payment for the Spanish Trip. Discussion items during the work session include:The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and Board Long-term goals. The meeting will conclude with an informal evaluation of the Superintendent.The meeting begins at 7:30-p.m., Monday.

(Update) Former Police Officer accidentally shoots himself in Glenwood

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January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha World-Herald reports a man who accidentally shot himself while in his vehicle outside of an elementary school in Glenwood, was a former police officer. Douglas Trent Good was hit in the leg when his .9-mm weapon discharged sometime between 3:15-and 3:30-p.m., Friday, outside of West Elementary, in Glenwood. The vehicle was parked in a playground area as children were walking out of school, but no children were hurt. Good was waiting to pick up a child at the time the gun went off.

The Mills County Attorney told the paper Good called 9-1-1- and was taken to a hospital, but there is no report available on his condition. Good is a former Glenwood and Creston Police Officer, and has taught firearms training classes for people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons.He reportedly has a Master’s degree from Bellevue University.

Police are investigating why he had the weapon on school property and what caused it to fire.

Blizzard watch issued for parts of eastern Iowa

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January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans are preparing for another blast of frigid and dangerous winter weather this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting Saturday night in parts of eastern Iowa, and a blizzard watch for parts of northern and central Iowa into eastern Iowa on Sunday. Snow is expected in the northeast Saturday night. But by Sunday, strong winds of up to 50 mph are expected to create whiteout conditions in some areas.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet late Sunday, with lows coming in around 15-below zero in the northeast to near zero in southern Iowa. Wind chills of almost 50-below could hit some areas.

Controlled burn – no house fire south of Atlantic

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January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An initial report of a possible house fire early this (Saturday) morning south of Atlantic turned out to be a controlled burn or trees and other debris. The Atlantic Fire Department was initially dispatched to a possible house fire at 7:13-a.m. Two separate callers had reported seeing flames from a distance, possibly from a home east of Highway 71 off the Landfill Road.

Once fire officials arrived on the scene, it was determined there were several fires…all trees and other types of debris cleared from a field or ditch…that was part of a controlled burn. The flames were easily visible from Highway 71. Fire officials were set to have a talk with the person responsible for the controlled burn…reminding them they need to call the Fire Department when such activities are planned, so false alarms do not cause the fire department to respond needlessly, with personnel and equipment.

Possible house fire south of Atlantic Saturday morning – updated

News

January 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 7:22-a.m.)

The Atlantic Fire Department has been called to the scene of a possible house fire this (Saturday) morning. Two separate callers reported seeing flames from a distance, at a home near Highway 71 and the Landfill Road, not Lansing Road, as the first caller had initially indicated. The first call came in at around 7:13-a.m.

We’ll update this information as it becomes available.