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Average cost of turkey dinner up slightly

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner survey finds the cost for a bird and all the extras has gone up one percent compared to last year. Iowa Farm Bureau research director, Dave Miller, says you can expect to shell out an average of 49-dollars and 48 cents to feed 10 people. “That includes a 16-pound turkey, a dozen rolls, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, peas, a very good basic Thanksgiving feast,” according to Miller. “The biggest cost increase this year came in the cost of the turkey, it was up about 66 cents compared to a year ago. The biggest decrease actually came in dairy products. Whipped cream and milk were down from a year ago.”

Miller says the price of corn and soybeans impacted the feed costs for turkey. He says the widespread drought had corn prices about 25-percent higher and soybean meal was up about 20-percent. “Those costs are beginning to be felt by turkey producers and they started adjusting production downward. That has resulted in a very slight increase in the cost of turkey,” Miller says. “A couple of months ago we were actually producing slightly more turkey than a year ago, and prices were actually slightly less than a year ago.”

Miller says when it comes to the people who grow the products for the meal, turkey producers probably receive between 50 and 60-percent of the cost paid by the consumer for the bird. “The milk also, probably in the 50 to 60-percent of the (cost) of that gallon of milk will end up at the farm level. When you move to something like the rolls — you are probably talking less than 10-percent of the value ends up at the farmer,” Miller explains. “The closer the product is to the way it left the farm, the more that is likely to have a higher value going to the farmer.”

The final impact of the drought on food prices isn’t yet known, and Miller says it could impact future Thanksgiving dinners. “If we looked ahead to next year’s Thanksgiving, the key question may be ‘what is the corn price expectation in July or August next year?’, ie:if we have a very good crop, then livestock people will start increasing production again. And it might show up in turkey by Thanksgiving time. It probably won’t show up until 2015 for pork and 2015 for beef production.” Miller says the five-dollars a person cost for the Thanksgiving dinner is still a very good bargain for the consumer.

Some 150 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, representing every region in the nation, participated in the annual Thanksgiving price shopping survey. The cost of the dinner has gone up steadily in recent years. Here are some of the recent costs: 2008, 44-dollars-61 cent($44.610; 2009, 42-dollars-91-cents($42.91); 2010, 43-dollars and 47-cents ($43.47) and 2011, 49-dollars and 20 cents ($49.20).

(Radio Iowa)

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(Clarification) Former Denison Fire Chief intends to pleads guilty to theft charge

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The former Fire Chief in Denison intends to plead guilty to a theft charge associated with funds missing from the City of Denison. The Omaha World Herald had reported in its Friday edition, that Michael McKinnon, a native of Clarinda, pled guilty to 1st degree theft. However, according to the Crawford County District Clerk’s office, McKinnon’s attorney, F. Montgomery Brown, submitted to the Court a “Notice of intent to plead guilty“.

The notice said McKinnon would plead guilty to a felony Theft in the First Degree charge and pay $9,265, the amount Crawford County incurred for the audit report, in exchange for the State dropping the second felony count of Misconduct. His appearance before a 3rd District Court Judge is set to take place January 7th. At that time McKinnon can follow-through by pleading according to the terms presented in the intent letter, or make a different plea.

As we reported last year, McKinnon left his employment as fire chief amid questionable purchases made by him and questionable payments made to him for training and equipment. A complaint was filed in Crawford County charging McKinnon with Theft in the First Degree, a Class C Felony, and Felonious Misconduct in Office, a Class D Felony. A report by the State Auditor’s Office last year, said questionable expenditures were made by McKinnon while he served as the Denison Fire Chief from 1999 to 2010. The 20 month investigation was prompted by the concern of local officials, and focused on the period from 2005 to 2010.

The questionable expenditures amounted to nearly $96,000. The audit identified a number of purchases that were improper or did not have proper documentation, including webcams, GPS units, a television, a riding lawnmower and snowblade and clothing. The audit also found thousands of dollars paid to businesses owned by McKinnon and included invoices with addresses for post office boxes in Des Moines that did not exist.

McKinnon is currently employed as a fire science program instructor at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.

BBB plans merger for Neb., SD, Kan., Iowa

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Better Business Bureau that serves Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa has announced a merger with The Kansas Plains Better Business Bureau that serves most of Kansas.  The new combined territory will have nearly 10,000 accredited businesses.   Jim Hegarty is president of the bureau based in Omaha says that the merger will let each bureau “build on each other’s strengths, combine resources and initiate new programs to meet the needs of today’s businesses and consumers.”

The bureaus expect the merger to be completed in the next few months. The merged bureau will have its headquarters in Omaha, with in Lincoln, Neb.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Wichita, Kan.

(correction) No injuries following Adams County accident Thursday

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, north of Corning, in Adams County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the driver of a 2007 Chevy Impala, 55-year old Teresa A. Pratt, of New Market, and two unidentified passengers were traveling south on Highway 148. When Pratt lost control of the car, the vehicle entered the east ditch.

Red Oak Police cruiser hits deer: $5,000 damage to the car

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak Police Department patrol vehicle sustained $5,000 damage Thursday night, when the vehicle struck a deer. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Allen was traveling east on Coolbaugh Street at around 10:15-p.m., when the 2007 Dodge Charger he was driving hit a deer that entered the road from the north. The deer was killed in the collision, but Officer Allen was uninjured.

Theft and other investigations underway in Clarinda

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department is keeping busy these days, investigating reported incidents of theft. Chief Keith Brothers says on Wednesday, November 7th, the Kum & Go Convenience store in Clarinda reported a gas drive off amounting to just over $35. That same day, Clarinda resident Michael Foster reported the theft of a Lenox 3 ton air conditioning unit and 4 bin stainless steel buffet table from the rear of a business owned by Foster located at 215 South 16th Street. The loss was estimated at $3,800.

On Monday, November 5th, Mikayla Westover, of Clarinda reported to Police that a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier she owned had been tampered with while the vehicle was parked in the 300 block on N. 11th Street. Officials say it appeared a white granular substance had been poured into the gas tank. The incident occurred sometime during November 2-5th.  There is no damage estimate available. Also on Monday, Rodney Johnston, of Clarinda reported that a chainsaw and case valued at $250was stolen from the bed of Johnston’s truck while it was parked in the Hy-Vee Food Store parking lot.

And, on Saturday, November 3rd, Griff Taylor, of New Market, reported his identity had been fraudulently used at the Akin Building Center in Clarinda to purchase approximately $2,700 of building and construction supplies.

All of the incidents remain under investigation by the Clarinda Police Department, with the Page County Sheriff’s Department  assisting in the identity theft investigation.

King says “it doesn’t look good” for those who oppose same-sex marriage

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says he is not optimistic those who share his viewpoint on “traditional” marriage will prevail. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota all voted to support same-sex marriage and an Iowa Supreme Court justice who participated in the 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa was retained. King says that likely means same-sex marriage is here to stay. “That’s, I think, the kind of prediction that we can expect from looking at these results around the country,” King says. “Here in Iowa, there’s not going to be a vote on it that I can see and if that’s the case and another two years go by, I would never say never…but it doesn’t look very optimistic for people who believe in traditional marriage as I do.”

King supports the “Defense of Marriage Act” — a 1996 federal law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. King says he’s not sure that law would be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Justice Roberts has delivered us a decision on ObamaCare that will forever cause us to wonder and speculate as to how he might come down,” King says, “and he right now is the swing vote on the Supreme Court.” King has been a frequent and vocal opponent of “ObamaCare” — calling for it to be “pulled up by the roots” and repealed. But Barack Obama’s victory this past Tuesday means King now is exploring options like trying to “shut down” federal funding to implement parts of ObamaCare and encouraging states to balk at some of the provisions.

“I’m not sure any of that can get done. I want to look at all of those options, but it looks to me like the people in America voted for dependency,” King says, “not only dependency with regard to health care, but dependency with regard to believing that government is going to take more and better care of them and they’re going to ask somebody else to pay the bill rather than themselves.” King made his comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program that airs at 7:30 tonight (Friday) on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines – Fri., Nov. 9th 2012

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November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 3-year-old girl has died nearly three months after she pulled a large television down upon herself. Family friend Lena McElvogue told The Des Moines Register that Aleena Coe died yesterday at a hospice in Johnston. She was injured August 9th in her Des Moines home.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man’s second set of guilty pleas has been accepted and his sentencing has been scheduled. A judge rejected the first guilty pleas from 31-year-old Bobby Wolf of Waterloo, on October 30th. Wolf had made a plea deal with Linn County prosecutors on charges stemming from his ramming of three police cruisers during an August 25th chase in Hiawatha.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines therapist has been accused of having a romantic relationship with a client. Forty-five-year-old Darla Krom is charged with sexual exploitation by a therapist. Police say a 39-year-old woman began seeing Krom as part of couple’s therapy and continued as a client when the couple’s relationship ended.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 30-year-old Nebraska man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to traveling across state lines to engage in sex with a minor. U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey on Thursday sentenced Robert Andrew Larson of Cozad, Nebraska to 87 months in prison. Police say Larson had engaged in sexually explicit Internet chats with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl who was actually a law enforcement officer.