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Am. Cancer Society releases final Relay For Life numbers

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

It was another remarkable year for area Relay For Life committees. The American Cancer Society has released their final numbers for the 2013 fundraising year. The per capita amount is based on money raised and the population of a county. In the state of Iowa, the per capita is around $2 and the national average is $1.25. Cass County raised $76,313 and had a per capita of $5.55.

The Shelby County Relay for Life raised a new record of just over $130,520. The county had a per capita of $10.92. Carroll County raised just under $260,730, with a per capita of $12.61. Crawford County raised nearly $100,396, with $6.12 per capita. The figures from Audubon County were not given.

In addition to the County totals, team totals were also announced. Shelby County had 8 teams raise over $5,000.  Crawford County had 4 teams raise over $5,000, Carroll County 11 and Cass with one.

The American Cancer Society reports with the money raised from Relay For Life events in the Country, 16,500 cancer survivors were given rides to treatment last year, 1 million people were assisted by their free 800 number and 89,000 people were helped by ACS patient navigators on understanding their diagnosis and find the help the patient needed.

Since 1946, the ACS has invested more than $3.9 billion in cancer research that has helped many breakthroughs including establishing a link between obesity and multiple cancers and different treatments. Every year, more than 4 million people come together at Relay for Life events around the world to support the American Cancer Society and help finish the fight against cancer.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Hiring Fair & Jobs workshop for Veterans to be held Nov. 11th

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Hiringourheroes.org have announced the U-S Chamber of Commerce Foundation in association with the University of Phoenix and other, local sponsors, are conducted a Hiring Fair on Nov. 11th, from 10-a.m. until 1-p.m., in Des Moines.x-hiringheroes The “2013 Hiring Our Heroes” event takes place at the Iowa State Fairground, Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building, and is preceded by an employment workshop at 9-a.m.

The workshop is for veterans and other military job seekers. It will focus on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skills translation, and interviewing. To register for the workshop, visit hohworks.eventbrite.com.

 

Businesses may apply for new property tax credit

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa business owners can begin applying for a new property tax credit that was part of a tax reform package approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year. The property tax credit applies to certain commercial, industrial, and railroad properties. The Legislative Services Agency has estimated that the maximum first year credit amount will be about $523.

Lawmakers set aside $50 million to pay for the first year of credits. Applications for credit against 2013 property tax assessments must be received by the county or city assessor by Jan. 15.  Applications may be obtained from the Iowa Department of Revenue.

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Red Oak man charged with burglary

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a local man on a burglary charge Wednesday night. Officials say 29-year-old Zachariah Michael Holland, of Red Oak, was arrested on charges of 3rd degree burglary and interference with official acts. Holland was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

And, the Red Oak P-D reports Victor Audie Stephens of Red Oak was arrested Wednesday on a “Breach of Peace” charge, after officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1000 block of East Corning Street.  As officers tried to interview Stephens in the front yard of the residence, he allegedly was loud and used profanities. Despite being told several times to lower his voice and stop swearing, Stephens persisted, and was placed under arrest. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Iowa regents consider 2nd year for tuition freeze

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents will consider a plan to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates from Iowa for the second straight year. The board that governs Iowa’s public universities meets Thursday at the University of Iowa. Up for discussion is a plan to maintain current tuition rates for in-state undergraduates next year as long as lawmakers give the universities a 4 percent funding increase. The regents adopted a similar strategy last year, which has proven popular and was successful in the Legislature.

The regents will also discuss a plan to reduce tuition for out-of-state students to improve sagging enrollment at the University of Iowa law school. The regents aren’t expected to give final approval to either plan until December. Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to speak at the meeting.

GOP US Senate candidates at forum asked if shutdown “smart” strategy

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Six candidates vying for the Iowa Republican Party’s 2014 U.S. Senate nomination gathered last night (Wednesday) in Des Moines for a discussion of “ObamaCare” and the federal government’s finances. Last night’s forum sponsored by Americans For Prosperity and National Review was the first time the candidates have stood together on the same stage at the same time and faced questions. When asked whether the recent federal government shut-down was a smart strategy for Republicans, David Young was the only one of the candidates to directly defend it.

“I was proud to watch the House of Representatives and the Senate fight ObamaCare — defunding it, delaying it, repealing it,” Young said. “You know, Ted Cruz was on the floor for 21 hours and it was so nice to see, finally, the senate deliberating…We need to do more of that.” Matt Whitaker said he was “disappointed in the solution.” “We cannot continue to manage this government by crisis, going from debt ceilings to fiscal cliffs and doing it all over again three months later,” Whitaker said, “and that’s where we’re heading with this.” Sam Clovis criticized Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s role in brokering the deal that ended the shutdown and Clovis blasted what he called a “carve-out” of two-billion dollars for a project in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky that was inserted in the final compromise.

“Is that compromise?” Clovis asked. “Is it compromise kicking the can down the road? Is that the compromise that Iowans want from their next senator?” Joni Ernst said politicians need to “stand on principles,” but they also need to “work together.”  “I don’t believe any Republican member of congress wanted to see a government shutdown or for us to default on our obligations,” Ernst said. “But I do believe they brought to light what is the tragedy of ObamaCare and what is our $17 trillion debt.” Each of the candidates comdemned the Affordable Care Act. Scott Schaben argued advocates of ObamaCare have a “hard time selling their product.”

“150 years ago those people would have been drug out of D.C. behind a horse,” Schaben said. Paul Lunde, the other candidate on the stage, frequently used the forum to tout some of the books he’s written. “You can go home, you can get it on your computer, you can open up a book and you can see exactly what I’m proposing to do,” Lunde said.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan notes the phrase “middle class” was not mentioned during the debate, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz was touted as the ideal for Republican senators to follow. Congressman Bruce Braley is the only Democratic candidate who is seeking Iowa’s senate seat in 2014.

(Radio Iowa)

ISU researchers part of national effort to speed up bridge building

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Researchers at Iowa State University’s Bridge Engineering Center are joining with counterparts at a federal accelerated bridge center based at Florida International University to create ways to replace bridges faster. The I-S-U center’s director, Brent Phares, says they’ll get approximately 800-thousand dollars from the U-S D-O-T over the next two years for research.  “It’s not just all about building bridges faster, it’s more about limiting the amount of time roads are closed to the traveling public,” Phares says.

He says high-volume traffic areas in cities and also bridges along interstates in rural areas like Iowa are part of the focus. Phares says the detours are often much longer than the original — causing drivers to use many more resources. “Additional travel time, they use additional fuel which causes additional pollution. Additional miles, which causes additional wear and tear on their vehicles,” Phares explains. One new technique was recently used by the Iowa D-O-T to replaced a 1930 bridge on State Highway 92 just outside Massena in western Iowa’s Cass County. The new bridge was built next to the old one and the old bridge stayed open during construction.

Once the new bridge was done, the old bridge was torn down and the new bridge was rolled laterally into line where the old bridge sat. The construction of that bridge took only nine days. Another idea is to use self propelled transporters so a new bridge can be built some distance away from the old bridge. “They are basically multi-wheeled vehicles, and then you drive the vehicle down the existing alignment and you drop it (new bridge) very carefully in place in the existing alignment,” according to Phares. “And again, the down that you have is pretty minimal.”

He expects their research will be conducted in the lab studying new techniques, but some will also be out in the field. “Also testing existing bridge details and how they function, how they perform in a bridge that is constructed in an accelerated environment. Because there are some differences in the loads that those bridges see,” Phares says. The researchers need to find another 400-thousand dollars in matching grants for a total of 1.2-million dollars of bridge research over the next two years. The University of Nevada-Reno is also a partner in the project.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa News headlines: Thu., Oct. 24 2013

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October 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Court documents say a Marshalltown man accused of killing another man put fingers, teeth and patches of tattooed skin in bags set for curbside garbage delivery. Unsealed search warrants made public Tuesday say 30-year-old Jeremy Gartin carried five trash bags out of his Marshalltown home on October 1st. That’s the same day 59-year-old David Warnell was found dead inside with a gun wound to the head.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal control officers in Des Moines used a tranquilizer to capture a Boer goat that had dived into traffic and was on the run for hours. The Des Moines Register reports officers chased the goat around the dealership before using a tranquilizer to stop her. Authorities are now looking for the goat’s owner.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine woman has been given a gold medal and a title from a Chinese group. The Muscatine Journal says Sarah Lande has been dubbed a “friendship ambassador” by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Lande is an old acquaintance of Chinese President Xi Jinping. She and her husband, Roger, hosted Xi for a dinner when he visited Iowa in 1985.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A state group has approved a $78,000 grant to partially fund an amphitheater in a Waverly park. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Vision Iowa’s Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism program has awarded the grant for the amphitheater in the northeast Iowa city’s Kohlmann Park.