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Branstad: Workforce Development veto will prevail

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s confident the Iowa Supreme Court will support his right to veto funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices, calling it a key test of gubernatorial authority.Branstad used his line item veto power to reject $3 million to pay for running Workforce Development offices around the state. Instead, the state has installed computer terminals at libraries and other spots where people can access employment services. A lawsuit charged that Branstad exceeded his authority, and last week a Polk County judge agreed.Speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad expressed confidence, saying he’ll seek an expedited Iowa Supreme Court review of the decision. Branstad says it’s an important marker for deciding how far the governor can go to control spending.

Red Oak woman arrested in Taylor County on bad check charges

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Lenox Police Department report a Red Oak woman was arrested last week on a 4th degree theft charge. The arrest of 20-year old Desiree Willis was the result of an investigation into bad checks allegedly written to the Lenox Computer Store. Willis was transferred to a Taylor County Deputy and was transported to the Taylor County Jail.

Vehicle stolen from Sioux City Little League unit

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A thief or thieves broke into an equipment room at Headid Park in Sioux City and stole the Little League’s utility vehicle. The vehicle was stolen one night last week. Headid Little League board member Tim Scherle says the vehicle is used to prepare the fields for the 375 Little Leaguers who play at the park.The vehicle was valued at $6,500.

Scherle says people shouldn’t steal from anyone, “but to take something from a Little League park was pretty disheartening, pretty upsetting, actually.”

Imogene man injured in rollover crash

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports today (Monday), an Imogene man was injured during a rollover accident last Tuesday (Dec. 6th).  Jacob Orr was traveling south on Highway 59 in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, when the car went out of control and slid across the intersection with 160th Street. The vehicle entered a ditch and rolled once, coming to rest on its wheels. Orr was transported to the Shenandoah Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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BHU fate to be determined today (Wednesday) NOTE: Time change to 7:30-a.m.

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The future of the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, will be determined during a meeting early this (Wednesday morning). The CCMH Board of Trustees are slated to meet at 7:30-a.m. in Conference Room 1, to vote on whether the facility should remain open or other options. 

Options to be considered when the Trustees meet this morning, may include eliminating the mental health unit entirely, or downsizing it from 8- to 4-beds. The smaller facility would be relocated to the Special Care Unit after remodeling is complete. Hospital officials have said even if the BHU is relocated, it would still cost $250,000 per year to operate. 

An audit report showed the facility lost more than $344,000 in Fiscal Year 2011, and used-up more than $500,000 in funding.

Red Oak F.D receives a donation of more than $75,000

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, Incorporated, has received a donation of more than $75,500 from the estate of a local woman. According to reports, the bequeath comes from the estate of Doris Allquist, which also contributed to other local nonprofit groups and organizations. Funds from the donation will be used for the Association’s free smoke detector program, the goal of which is to place a working smoke detector in every home in the Red Oak area. The detectors are available at the Red Oak Fire Department.

3 Carroll residents injured during head-on crash in Sac County

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December 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Three people from Carroll, two men and a teenager, were injured Saturday evening in Sac County, during a collision between two pickup trucks. The Iowa State Patrol says the drivers of both trucks, 27-year old David Bloyer, and 46-year old Richard Wallace, along with a passenger in his vehicle, 13-year old Jacob Wallace, were injured in the crash, which happened at around 5-p.m. Saturday, south of Auburn.

Officials say a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by Bloyer was traveling south on Highway 71, when the vehicle went out of control due to the icy road and blowing snow. The vehicle crossed the center line of the road and hit a 2011 Chevy pickup driven by Wallace. Richard Wallace was flown from the scene by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. David Bloyer and Jacob Wallace were transported by ambulance to the Carroll Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. All three of the crash victims were wearing their seatbelts.

Two western IA utilties among 8 share $40.6-million in grants to help rebuild or strengthen power grid

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December 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two western Iowa power companies are among eight utilities from around the state that have been awarded a portion of more than $40.6-million in FEMA grant money, in reaction to recent severe storms, and are part of a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Senator Tom Harkin announced late last week, that more than $3.3-million was awarded to the Western Iowa Power Cooperative, which serves portions of Audubon County and Harrison County. The grant will be used to retrofit nearly 57 miles of electrical distribution lines. And, more than $2.3-million was awarded to Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative, to strengthen over 49 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines.