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Corning man arrested on drug charges Sunday

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says a Corning man was arrested Sunday afternoon, on drug charges. 63-year old Gary Seaman was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when authorities searched an apartment in Corning, at around 3:30-p.m. Sunday. Seaman was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officials say he was cited for the offenses and released.

8AM Newscast 12-17-2012

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December 17th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowans shipping Christmas presents reminded of deadlines

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are running out of time to ship presents so they’ll arrive at their destination in time for Christmas. Cordell Golden, with FedEx, says today (Monday) is the deadline for shipping via FedEx Ground, the most economical way of shipping through the global delivery service company. “For late shoppers, Saturday (December 22) is the last day to ship FedEx Express,” Golden says. “In both cases, we’ll get your packages to their destinations prior to Christmas.”

Customers can visit a FedEx office and pay for help with packing their presents. Golden says those who choose to save a few bucks and do it themselves should make sure to securely wrap the item or items in the box to prevent any damage during shipment. “We ask that you use bubble wrap or densely packed shredded paper, avoid newspaper as it’s heavy and adds extra weight to the shipment,” Golden says.

The box should also be sealed with packing tape. Today is expected to be the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest mail sorting day of the year, but FedEx’s busiest day was one week ago. On December 10, FedEx moved more than 19-million shipments, according to Golden. It marked the busiest day in the company’s history — topping December 12, 2011 when FedEx moved 17.2-million shipments. FedEx is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

(Radio Iowa)

Flying for the holidays? You’d better consult TSA.gov before you pack..

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who will be hopping planes for the upcoming holidays who haven’t flown lately — or perhaps have never flown — will need to do a little homework first. Roy Criss, spokesman for the Des Moines International Airport, tells not-so-frequent fliers those security lines really aren’t that daunting, as long as you’re properly packed and prepared. “You want to check the website tsa.gov and take a look at all of those items you can and cannot carry on a plane,” Criss says. “That’s going to cause you a problem when you try to get through security. Make sure you pack your luggage well and you’re not trying to take something on a plane that you’re not supposed to have.”

It can save precious time to print your boarding passes on your home computer up to 24 hours before the flight, and Criss says you may want to bookmark that page on your browser. “Go to your airline’s website, check the status of your flight, check it early and check it often, because with weather, during the winter, it can change,” Criss says. “Be at the airport at least 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of a domestic flight. While you’re here, be sure to pay attention to signage inside the airport so you’re going to the right places and doing the right things.”

Some of us are not “morning people,” but Criss says the wee hours around dawn and shortly thereafter are routinely the most hectic at the airport. “Probably about 65 or 70% of all the capacity, all the seats that leave this airport, do it between the hours of about 5 and 8,” Criss says. “We do have a lot of folks here in the terminal but if people have packed properly and know what to do, the lines move pretty quickly and everybody gets to their planes on time.”

Not long ago, the busiest travel days were around the Thanksgiving holiday but Criss says that’s shifted to the Mondays and Fridays during the two weeks of Spring Break.

(Radio Iowa)

7AM Newscast 12-17-2012

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December 17th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Last Chance to see Santa in Atlantic (prior to Christmas) is Dec. 20th & 22nd

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reminds parents and children alike, that Santa will make two more appearances in his cabin at the Atlantic City Park, prior to his busy night on Christmas Eve. The Jolly Old Elf will be in his cabin to visit with the children this Thursday, Dec. 20th, from 5:30-to 7:30-p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 22nd, from 1:30-to 3:30-p.m.  While talking with Santa, kids can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. So far, he’s seen more than 700 children at his cabin here in Atlantic.

Santa’s cabin is sponsored by the Atlantic Rotary Club and decorated by Brink Flower and Gift Company. Area businesses, including Simply Hair, Midwest Health Center and Atlantic Feedwater Systems, are providing the cocoa. Popcorn is also available to children who stop by the cabin. It’s made possible in part through Meyer and Gross Real Estate.

And, don’t forget horse drawn wagon rides will be offered one more time before Christmas: On Saturday, Dec. 22nd, from 1:30- to 3:30-p.m. The free wagon rides start at the City Park at 6th & Chestnut Streets. They’re sponsored by First Whitney Bank, the Leonard Family Businesses and Wells Fargo Bank.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 17th 2012

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa lawmakers are questioning whether Governor Terry Branstad has overstepped his authority by signing off on bonuses paid to two state directors, raising their pay beyond state salary caps. Courtney Kay-Decker, director of the Iowa Department of Revenue, has received an $800-per-pay-period housing allowance for her first year on the job. That makes her annual compensation more than $175,000. Public Safety Commissioner K. Brian London reportedly received a more than $16,000 recruitment bonus, making his annual pay $145,000.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two men and a woman have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found in a Davenport field. Robby Kohn’s body was found December 8th, four days after 20-year-old Barry Hamilton of Chicago bailed Kohn out of jail. Police say Hamilton, 20-year-old Jessica Loerzel of Davenport, and 21-year-old Darious Johnson of Chicago drove the 41-year-old Kohn to a field and shot him.

HOPKINTON, Iowa (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building at Bacon Recycling in the eastern Iowa town of Hopkinton. Fire Chief Craig Wilson tells Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV that the blaze began around 5 a.m. Saturday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s decision to play freshman quarterback Sam Richardson in the final two games of the regular season resulted in a win, a loss and a lot of hope for the future. Now Richardson has the chance to grow some more in Iowa State’s December 31st’s Liberty Bowl against Tulsa.

Area school boards hold regular meetings tonight

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At least two area school district boards of education are planning to hold their regular meetings tonight (Monday). The CAM and Elk Horn Kimballton School Board meetings both begin at 7-p.m., in Anita and Elk Horn, respectively. In Anita, the CAM Board will hold its Annual/Reorganizational meeting in the High School Media Center.

During the session, they will discuss, and possibly act on: a Resolution setting the bid date and public hearing with regard to the multipurpose building; Extra-curricular activities; Semester graduates; Revisions to Board Policies; a Wellness Center request, and the CAM Education Association Initiation of Bargaining toward the 2013-2014 Master Contract.

In Elk Horn, the EHK School Board will discuss the Early Start Calendar for 2013-2014 and try to answer any questions with regard to Reorganization and the related petitions. They’ll also discuss and possibly act on suggested changes to the Early Retirement package, as well as approve the second reading of Board Policies, series 500.

Atlantic Park & Rec Board meeting takes place tonight

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet this (Monday) evening in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. During their session, which begins at 5:15, the board will receive updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area Campground, Park Maintenance Building and Sunnyside Park Tennis Court Reconstruction. They’ll also hear an update on the Schildberg Recreation Area Dog Park, and act on a request to move forward with a proposal to the Atlantic City Council for fundraising.

The Board will also discuss the formation of a Building Committee to put together ideas to be presented to the Park Board, and, they’re expected to hear an update on engineering and a plan that’s in the works for a Boat Ramp near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Prior to adjournment, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide his report to the Board, including a review of his meeting with the Schildberg Committee with regard to kiosks, mileage signs and Vision Iowa grants.

Rollover accident in Pott. County Sunday evening

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December 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Slippery roads may have been partially to blame for a rollover accident Sunday evening, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2005 Ford Mustang driven by 26-year old Santosh Servisetti, of Lincoln, NE., was traveling west on Interstate 80 one-mile east of the Shelby exit, when the car went out of control at around 6:45-p.m. . The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top on a barbed wire fence. Servisetti, who was wearing a seat belt, refused medical treatment at the scene.