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Iowa community college enrollment drops again

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – In what may be a sign of an improving state economy, Iowa officials say community college enrollment has dropped for the second year in a row.  The Des Moines Register reports that this fall’s enrollment hit just over 100,500 students, a drop of 5 percent from a year ago. Last year’s drop was less than 1 percent. The Department of Education says enrollment rose nearly 6 percent to peak at more than 106,000 students in 2010. It rose more than 14 percent in 2009.

M.J. Dolan is executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, and he says that “when the economy improves, people that were going to school go back to work. When the economy declines, people come to community college to hone their skills.”

Survey suggests economic slump looming in Midwest

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 46.5 last month from 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The overall index figure was 49.7 in August, 48.7 in July and 57.2 in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “growth in the regional economy is definitely moving lower.” The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

IA SUPCO to hear Pottawattamie County Attempted Murder Case

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has granted a request for a review of a case involving a Pottawattamie County man convicted of attempted murder. According to the Council Bluffs Daily Non Pareil, the decision was made by the court last week, in the case against Craig Finney, of Macedonia, who pleaded guilty in Nov. 2011, to the attempted murder of Patricia Harker, of Minden. Finney shot the woman, with whom he had a failed romantic relationship, during an altercation in June, 2011. Another man in the home hide a in the bathroom during the shooting, and narrowly missed being shot when a bullet passed through the door.

Finney was apprehended June 17th near the Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. He was later sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison. He remains at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Court documents say during his appeal of the guilty plea and sentence, Finney argued he received ineffective counsel because a factual basis to support the charge of attempted murder hadn’t been established. The court of appeals ruled in favor of Finney, and the Iowa Attorney General appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has now followed suite in granting a review of the case, but no decision on whether the or not the justices will hear oral arguments, has been made. The court also hasn’t scheduled a date for hearing the case, just yet.

Iowa morning News Headlines – Thu., Nov. 1st, 2012

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late yesterday morning. Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a parent of a 5-year-old girl refused medical treatment for her after the girl was struck by a minivan while waiting for a school bus in Davenport. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Davenport police spokesman Martin Lopez says the girl ran in front of a minivan, which struck her.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Davenport man has been accused of biting his 4-year-old stepchild in order to punish the child. The Quad-City Times says James Darby was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child endangerment. Scott County Jail records say Darby remained in custody yesterday, pending $5,000 bail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for a former Iowa school superintendent is praising prosecutors for their decision not to charge him with misusing public funds. Attorney Brandon Brown said Tuesday his client, former Starmont Community School District Superintendent Gary Stumberg, is “elated and grateful” to prosecutors in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, who closed the investigation without filing charges.

Iowa evening News Headlines – Wed., Oct. 31st 2012

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An aide says President Barack Obama will return to Iowa at least once more before Tuesday’s election. A campaign aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the event hasn’t been announced says Obama will hold a rally Saturday in Dubuque, directly across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin’s Grant County.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — While the presidential race is getting the most attention, a handful of state Senate races could determine whether Iowans get their most conservative state government in years. Republicans have launched an aggressive bid to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. If Republicans pick up two seats and retain a majority in the House as expected, the GOP would control both houses of the General Assembly and the governor’s office for the first time since 1998.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Criminal complaints allege two Iowa men fired shots that attempted to kill six Iowa police officers during a high-speed chase after a bank robbery. The complaints filed today allege that 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford and 19-year-old William Clayton planned yesterday’s armed robbery of Maynard Savings Bank.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa inmate who was listed as escaped from a Sioux City work release facility has been captured. The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Miller was apprehended by U.S. marshals and was taken to the Woodbury County Jail last night. Miller has been sought since he didn’t return to the facility as scheduled on October 12th.

Weekend alcohol-related arrests in Clarinda

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police  Department reports two alcohol-related arrests took place over the weekend. Officials say Wednesday, 19-year old Samantha Rae Peterson, of Shenandoah, was arrested at around 1:20-a.m. Sunday, for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the 900 block of North 12th Street.  Peterson was transported to the Page County Jail where she later posted $1,000.00 bail and was released pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court. A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year old Jennifer Ann McCoy, of Shenandoah, was ticketed for possession of alcohol by persons under legal age.

And, on Saturday, Oct. 27th, officers with the Clarinda P-D arrested a 17-year old female at around 1:50-a.m., for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The arrested occurred at the intersection of West State Street and the state highway 2 bypass.  The teen was released to the custody of her parents pending action by Page County Juvenile Court Services. A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year old Shayla Elizabeth Notwehr, of Clarinda, was ticketed for possession of alcohol by persons under legal age.

Clarinda man arrested Wednesday on an assault charge

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports one person was  arrested Wednesday (October 31st ) on an assault charge. 34-year old Jeremy Lyn Martin, of Clarinda, was taken into custody shortly after 6:00 a.m. , when officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 614 S. 14th Street. Martin was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 24-year old female who resides at the residence with him. Martin was charged with simple misdemeanor domestic abuse assault and taken to the Page County Jail, where he was being held without bail, pending an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate Court.

Man found dead after explosion in NW Iowa

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 3:45-a.m. Nov. 1st)

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones, of Smithland, owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late Wednesday morning. Smithland Fire Chief Curt Larson says the cause of the explosion remains under investigation. The state fire marshal’s office is helping to investigate the fire, which gutted the building.

Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

Habitat For Humanity event Thursday in Council Bluffs

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A “Re-purpose” ground breaking ceremony will be held Thursday on two historic implement buildings in Council Bluffs. Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Gina Primmer, says one of their buildings will become their “Re-Store.” The “Re-store” will essentially be a retail outlet that sells new and used building materials, appliances, furniture and more, for do-it-yourself projects. Both buildings are historic 1880’s structures which will be fully restored to their original conditions.

The other building at 12th Avenue and South Main will become HFH’s new office. If all goes as planned, both buildings will be open by Nov. 2013. Construction is expected to begin Feb. 1st, 2013, with occupancy slated for September 1st, 2013, and a grand opening at about this same time next year.

(Radio Iowa)

Lewis man arrested for assault

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest Tuesday, of a Lewis man. 32-year old Harold Shoemaker was taken into custody on a charge of Serious Assault. He was booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an initial court appearance.