KJAN News

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

CAM School Board approves contracts & hears library presentation

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday night, in Anita. Business Manager Linda Edwards told KJAN News the Board approved various contracts during the meeting, including one for a pre-school driver and Co-head Speech Coach. The rest were essentially coaching contracts. Sharing the position of Junior High Wrestling Coach, is Corey Stephenson and Brian Follmann. The Board also made appointments for Junior High Basketball Coaches.

Edwards said the CAM School Board also received a presentation from the Anita Library Board, who pitched the services and opportunities available through the library that will enhance the learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. One of the tools is LearningExpress, while another is EBSCOhost, an online research database, which offers magazines articles, encyclopedias, newspapers, sound, information, pictures and more.

LearningExpress also has SAT and ACT prep information, and basic skills improvements for grades 4 and up. Another service is WILBOR, which includes downloadable audio and electronic books. The Anita Library wants to partner with the school district, so times are being set-up to visit with the staff at the various district buildings to explain what’s available.

8AM Newscast 10-22-2013

News, Podcasts

October 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Play

7AM Newscast 10-22-2013

News, Podcasts

October 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Play

Another delay in Lee Nelson court case

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

There’s been yet another delay in the court proceedings for a former Harlan teacher facing sexual abuse charges. During a hearing held Monday, Judge Tim O’Grady,  continued the pre-trial date for 72-year-old Lee Nelson, who has waived his rights to a speedy trial. A pre-trial will be held January 6th, 2014, with a jury trial slated to begin at 9-a.m., on March 4th, 2014.

Nelson faces charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. A 17-year-old female claiming to be a victim and her parents contacted police on May 30, 2013, and reported that Nelson had allegedly been saying rude and inappropriate things to the female, as well as touching her inappropriately.

The incidents allegedly occurred at school, on band trips and at his residence.

Dusty road blamed for injury accident in Montgomery County

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Investigators looking into a personal injury accident in Montgomery County Monday evening, said no citations were issued following a collision between two semis that sent one person to the hospital. Officials blamed dusty conditions at the intersection of 230th and M Avenue as the reason for the crash between semis driven by Frank Blaha and Shawn Costales, both of whom are from Lincoln, NE.

The accident happened at around 5:23-p.m. Officials say Blaha was driving a 1999 International semi tractor pulling a 2013 Smithco side-dump trailer. He stopped at the intersection to allow another vehicle to enter. Costales, who was coming up behind Blaha in a 2001 International semi tractor which was also puling a side-dump trailer, did not see Blaha had stopped, due to the dusty conditions. He tried to avoid a rear-end collision by turning left, but ended-up hitting the left rear bumper and tire of the trailer being pulled by Blaha’s semi.

Costales’ semi then left the road and crashed through a fence. Costales was transported by Red Oak Rescue to the Montgomery County Hospital, to be checked for possible injuries. Blaha refused medical treatment. Both men submitted to DOT drug testing at the hospital.

Damage from the crash amounted to slightly more than $15,600, including damage to the fence owned by Max Peterson, of Stanton.

Bullying summit registration deadline extended

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The registration for a Nov. 4 bullying prevention summit in Des Moines has been extended through Wednesday. Gov. Terry Branstad says additional demand for tickets is driving the extension. The original deadline for registration was Friday. The Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit registration is online at: preventbullying.iowa.gov

This year’s theme is “Mission Possible: Stepping Up the Response,” and is a follow-up to last year’s summit which drew about 1,100 people. The summit’s keynote speaker is Emily Bazelon, author of the book “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.” The summit will include sessions on how students and adults can make a difference. Participants will explore good legal policy and support schools may need to better deal with bullying.

Iowa businesses are struggling to find skilled workers

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As Iowa recovers from the recession, a worker shortage is making it hard to compete with other states, according to north Iowa business consultant Roger Underwood. He’s part of a state panel that tracks economic trends and the likely effect on tax receipts. Underwood says in the last few weeks, he’s heard from several employers who are struggling to find employees, especially skilled workers. “I’ve been working with one business in north Iowa, trying to fill a position and it’s difficult,” Underwood says. “It’s all across the board, manufacturing, service, wholesalers, even some of the retailers are having trouble.”

Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly during August to four-point-nine percent, up just one-tenth of a point from July. The September jobless numbers should be out this week. Underwood says Iowa’s employers have been in this situation before, desperate for skilled laborers. Underwood says, “It was difficult 10 to 15 years ago to fill slots and then unemployment went up and there were a lot of people available all of the sudden and now we’re getting back to the unemployment rate that’s almost considered a full employment rate.”

Underwood, who’s from Clear Lake, represents the private sector on the state’s three-member Revenue Estimating Conference.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa reaction to study that finds contamination of breast milk sold online

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A new study finds breast milk sold online could contain potentially dangerous bacteria and, in some cases, salmonella. Brandi Jorgenson of Omaha is chief organizer for the Iowa and Nebraska chapters of “Eats on Feets” — a service that uses local Facebook pages to connect mothers who donate and receive free breast milk. The Iowa page had 263 “likes” on Monday. “The premise of safe milk sharing and the peer-to-peer sharing is that it’s free,” Jorgenson says. “When you put a price tag on anything, it becomes a commodity, as in people are less likely to be open and honest about…risk factors.”

Jorgenson says the most important thing with the “Eats on Feets” network is that women donate their milk for free and the family that receives the breast milk interviews the donor. “If the mother consumes caffeine or is a smoker or occasionally drinks, the receiving mother might decline that milk and find a different donor,” Jorgenson says. “Some donors prefer to have their milk to go to babise who are sick or who are otherwise struggling in some way.”

A study published in the journal “Pediatrics” found samples purchased through the milk-sharing website www.onlythebreast.com had high rates of bacteria. The Mother’s Milk Bank at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the only organization in the state that is regulated by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Its milk donations are pasteurized and distributed by prescription.

(Radio Iowa)

Authorities issue description of Woodbine possible arson suspect

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Law enforcement agencies in west central Iowa continue to investigate a fire in Woodbine, at the Everything Ellen Flower shop located at 413 Walker Street.  The fire, which occurred Sept. 26th, is believed to have been the result of arson. The scene investigation revealed the fire was likely set to the west wall of the flower shop abutting the alley that runs north to south behind the building.

Investigators have obtained surveillance video from the alley showing a male subject walk up to the back of the building from the south at approximately 3:21 PM. After a short amount of time the subject turns around and walks back down the alley (to the south). The subject of unknown age appears to be a white male, approximately 5’7” to 6’0” tall, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, light colored baggy shorts that extend past their knees (possibly white basketball style short) with a dark stripe down the side, and dark colored shoes. The fire was reported to Harrison County 911 at approximately 3:29 PM.

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to identify this person. Investigators are also seeking the public’s help in providing copies of any video or photographs taken of the downtown area within an hour prior to the fire or within the first 30 minutes of the fire call. As with any fire, a reward is offered through the arson reward fund of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this or any other fire.

Anyone with information concerning the fire, or who has video or photos meeting the above requirements are asked to contact the Woodbine Police Department at 712/647-2345, the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 712/308-3977, or the Arson Hotline at 800/532-1459.  The Harrison County Sheriff is also assisting with this investigation.

Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Oct. 22nd 2013

News

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The first of what could be several trials in claims brought by black employees and job applicants who allege racial discrimination cost them jobs in Iowa’s executive branch is set to begin with jury selection Tuesday. The cases stem from a class-action lawsuit in which up to 6,000 blacks passed over for state jobs alleged a pattern of discrimination. A judge dismissed the lawsuit last year and the Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to reinstate it.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in Madison County. The Des Moines Register reports a farmer’s game camera caught an image of the mountain lion Oct. 13, about 10 miles north of Winterset. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins says the animal appears to be a 2- to 3-year-old male. The DNR says there have been 16 confirmed mountain lion sightings since 1994.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Registration for a Nov. 4 bullying prevention summit in Des Moines has been extended through Wednesday. Gov. Terry Branstad says additional demand for tickets is driving the extension. The original deadline for registration was Friday. The theme for this year’s Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit is “Mission Possible: Stepping Up the Response,” and is a follow-up to last year’s summit which drew about 1,100 people.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City will hold its annual Halloween Parade and Carnival on Friday. People of all ages are invited to the event, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Weatherdance Fountain in the Pedestrian Mall. Children who attend must be accompanied by an adult. The parade won’t be held if the weather turns scary, but the carnival will go on regardless.