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Sen. Grassley says Iowa may soon reach storm damage threshold to get federal aid

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Floodwaters are still rising in parts of eastern and southern Iowa after heavy rains earlier this week. Several severe storms in recent weeks have caused many millions of dollars damage to homes and businesses, crops, roads and bridges. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is in eastern Iowa for town hall meetings this week and called from Muscatine. “On the road, I’m seeing tremendous damage done by downpours and the wind,” Grassley says. “It’s really shocking and recovery will be challenging.” Six more counties were declared state disaster emergencies late Tuesday by the governor, following Monday’s violent weather which included four tornadoes statewide. Grassley says it’s possible Iowa will qualify for federal aid.

Grassley says, “If it’s determined that the federal law threshold has been met for federal disaster requests, I will very promptly urge President Obama to approve the request from Governor Branstad.” The state declarations allow for the use of state resources in the disaster response process, but the federal dollars would bring more tools for rebuilding and recovery.

Grassley says, “The damage is great and there’s loss in agriculture and of both private and public property.” Flooding and storm damage has forced the closure or partial closure of at least a dozen state parks, heading into the 4th of July holiday, what’s typically a very busy camping weekend.

(Radio Iowa)

DCA Invites Iowans to Community Conversations in July

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) invites Iowans to join a statewide series of “Community Conversations” this month to help shape the future of arts, history and culture in Iowa in conjunction with revitalization plans being developed for the State Historical Building of Iowa. In southwest Iowa, the meetings will be held: Monday, July 28h from 3-to 5-pm at the Wilson Performing Arts Center, in Red Oak; Tuesday, July 29th from 8-to 10-am at the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs, and later that same day in Elk Horn, from Noon until 1:30-p.m., at the Museum of Danish America. The meetings will include a brief introduction from DCA followed by an active discussion facilitated by its Master Planning consultant, Lord Cultural Resources.2886329_orig

DCA Director Mary Cownie said “Since the State Historical Building is the hub for the Department of Cultural Affairs, it serves as the heart and soul of our statewide outreach. As part of our revitalization planning, we are hosting Community Conversations to listen to Iowans and gather input about the visitor experience at the State Historical Building, the department and how we can better serve the state. These efforts must go hand-in-hand, so we invite Iowans to attend and share their thoughts and ideas about arts, history and culture, and how they impact our quality of life in Iowa.”

R.S.V.P. for a Community Conversation today at www.culturalaffairs.org. Iowans who cannot attend but want to participate may join the conversation at www.culturalaffairs.org or on Facebook and Twitter by using #iowaculture.

Gov. Branstad announces appointees to Regional STEM Advisory Boards

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today (Wednesday) announced appointments to fill Iowa’s Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Boards. Each of the individuals’ appointments began July 1st, and is not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation.

Branstad appointed Mary Trent, of Carroll, to the Northwest Regional STEM Advisory Board, and, Kimberly Carter from Council Bluffs, Carol LaFaver, from Creston and Lori Stitz from Harlan, to the Southwest Regional STEM Advisory Board.

Branstad tours CCMH Wednesday

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad paid a visit to Atlantic this (Wednesday) morning. The Governor spoke with representatives of the City and County, and hospital administrators before taking a private tour of the Cass County Memorial Hospital.

During the meeting, Branstad spoke briefly about recent storm damage in the state, but his primary focus was on health care, and making Iowa one of the healthiest states in the nation. He said that starts with excellent healthcare, close to home. Branstad said he was aware of, the recent multi-million dollar spending on renovations that have taken place at CCMH as part of that process.

Gov. Branstad with CCMG CEO Todd Hudspeth. (Photo provided)

Gov. Branstad with CCMG CEO Todd Hudspeth. (Photo provided)

CEO Todd Hudspeth went into a little more detail about the changes.  He said they had made a $25-million dollar addition to the facility over the past 3 years, tore down part of the structure and added a new in-patient wing and emergency room surgery. The process also involved extensive remodeling of the rest of the facility.

Cass-Atlantic Development Corporation (CADCO) Vice President Pat McCurdy told the Governor that the hospital plays a very important role in economic development when businesses are thinking about moving to or expanding in Cass County. Branstad said the goal of being the healthiest state in the nation wouldn’t be possible without a public-private partnership. He said that type of cooperation is a better approach than what the Obama Administration is doing.

He says the State has been working with Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Hy-Vee and others. They also passed the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, which uses Accountable Care organizations in terms of a delivery system. Branstad said “This is a much better approach than just expanding Medicaid, which was the Obama way, and, as you know that’s got plenty of problems and controversy.” He said the State is trying to come up with its own direction “A truly Iowa plan,” that he says so far, is “Off to a pretty good start.”

As a way of “Leading by example” when it comes to healthy living, Branstad said he’s lost 12-pounds – enough to wear the Army uniform he wore in 1971 – while wife has lost 25 pounds. Branstad was scheduled to make other appearances today (Wednesday) in Mondamin, Onawa and Guthrie Center.

2 arrests in Atlantic Tuesday

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report two people were arrested Tuesday on unrelated charges. 50-year old Brenda Buboltz, of Atlantic, was arrested for Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication 2nd Offense. And, 34-year-old Amanda Maier, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Theft in the 4th degree.

Both women were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Frederickson Foundation gives $500 to Wounded Warriors Fund

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has announced proceeds of donations from the issuance of movie tickets in Atlantic have been donated to wounded warriors. Fund spokesperson Melanie Petty says they worked to help bring “The Hornet’s Nest” movie to the Atlantic Theatre for a week in June.

200 tickets were purchased by the Fund with most of them given away to veterans. Other tickets were given away to the public with a suggested donation to The Wounded Warriors Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).

Nate Allen (Center) and Mike Boettcher (right) are pictured with Darrin and Melanie Petty.

Nate Allen (Center) and Mike Boettcher (right) are pictured with Darrin and Melanie Petty.

Nate Allen (who is featured in the movie) and award winning journalist and war correspondent Mike Boettcher who’s work is featured during the film, attended the movie’s premier in Atlantic,  and were able to accept a $500 donation to the Wounded Warriors fund.

Petty says the Frederickson Foundation wants to thank everyone who attended the documentary and supported our troops with their generous donations.

Charges filed in connection stolen property in Guthrie County

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County report charges have been filed against two men in connection with the discovery of stolen property recovered during an investigation in Stuart. Authorities say as a result of the investigation, Joseph Leonard Leclair Jr. of Stuart and Justin Edward Polson, of Des Moines, face felony charges that include Criminal Mischief 2″‘ Degree, Possession of Stolen Property (Motor Vehicle related) and Theft in the 2°’ Degree.

Polson was also charged with Theft in 4th Degree -a Serious Misdemeanor, being a Prohibited Person (Felon) in Possession of a Firearm (A Class D Felony), Alteration or Changing of a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – also a Class D Felony, Carrying Weapons – a Serious Misdemeanor, Driving While Barred – an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine – 2″‘ Offense – also an Aggravated Misdemeanor and various traffic offenses.

Polson was being held at the Guthrie County Jail on $300 cash bond, while warrants are pending issuance on Joseph Leonard Leclair, Jr. Officials say on May 28th, deputies with the Guthrie County Sheriffs Office searched a property located at 112 1/2 North Gaines St. in Stuart, and located numerous illegal items.

During the search, the Guthrie County Sheriff s deputies located a motorcycle reported stolen out of Des Moines, on May 14th, 2014. Also located were stolen tools from a vehicle burglary in Des Moines,  on May 15th, 2014. In addition to locating the stolen property, deputies located a small quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

The Guthrie County Sheriffs Office was assisted by local,county and federal agencies in various capacities during the investigation of this case.

Body found in Mo. River in Mills County

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos reports an investigation is underway into the discovery of a decomposed body found in the Missouri River Tuesday afternoon. The remains – apparently those of a man – were located in the river south of the Plattsmouth Bridge at around 4:47-p.m.

The body was sent to the Douglas County, NE. Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. The Iowa DCI is assisting in the investigation. No other details are available.

(Update) Hogs die in Dallas County semi rollover accident

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July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say more than 200 pigs are dead after a semi rolled over in Dallas County, near the Guthrie County line.  Lt. Adam Infante with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office told KJAN News the accident happened at around 12:50-a.m. Wednesday (Today) in the 2100 block of Beaumont Avenue, southeast of Yale, when the driver of a semi missed a curve in the road causing the vehicle to rollover into a ditch.

The semi was hauling 750-pigs. Most of them survived, and exact number of the hogs that died was not immediately known, although early reports indicated as many was 223 of the animals perished in the crash. The unidentified driver of the semi was injured and transported to a hospital in Des Moines.

Authorities and others remained on the scene late Wednesday morning removing the animals and the wreckage. An investigation into the accident was underway, and additional details aren’t expected to be released until later.

8AM Newscast 07-02-2014

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