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Senate candidates stress support for ethanol


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy.

Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst have both sought to assure voters they oppose a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into gasoline.

Braley is touting his efforts to halt the changes. Ernst argues she supports maintaining the existing standard — known as the Renewable Fuel Standard — though she has taken questions over statements that she is she is opposed to subsidies from a “philosophical standpoint.”

The Iowa Farm Bureau’s political committee endorsed Ernst, while the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC backed Braley.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 7th 2014


September 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A city utility has issued a water boil advisory for the southeast Iowa town of Mount Pleasant following a water main break. The Hawk Eye reports that the areas affected by the boil advisory include the intersection of U.S. 34 and Goodyear Road, west into the town of Westwood, as well as the intersection of Franklin Avenue and U.S. 34 south to Oakland Mills Road. The water main break occurred Wednesday along Franklin Avenue and is expected to remain in effect through Sunday.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — A clerical error has led to the private medical information of nearly a dozen Iowa patients being sent to the wrong addresses. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that it uncovered a handful of local Pella Regional Health Center patients whose hospital bills and medical records were compromised. Eleven patients have been contacted about the privacy breach.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes on city-owned property. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the City Council discussed a possible ban this week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Jake Duzey caught a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock with a minute left in a 17-13 win over Ball State yesterday. Rudock threw for 322 yards and completed 9 of 11 passes on the Hawkeyes’ two scoring drives in the final 6 minutes. Iowa forced a fumble on Ball State’s final possession to end the game.

Helicopter crashes near Macedonia – pilot walks away injured


September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The pilot of a crop dusting helicopter that crashed south of Macedonia Saturday afternoon walked away from the wreckage, but suffered serious injuries. The Daily NonPareil reports the man was flying the chopper while dusting a bean field south of Pioneer Trail at 340th Street, when the craft hit a non-energized power line and crashed into the bank of a cropland terrace.The accident happened at around noon, Saturday.

Fire officials told the paper the pilot – whose name authorities have not released yet – was out of the wreckage and conscious when rescue squads from Macedonia and Treynor arrived. A medical helicopter transported the pilot to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center with serious injuries. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office said the patient was stable when transported.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are likely to investigate the crash.

Lenox man arrested Friday night


September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Lenox arrested a local man late Friday night following a traffic stop. At around 11:30 pm officers observed a vehicle driven by 43-year old Pedro Quintana Flores, of Lenox. Flores was known to have suspended drivers license.10696247_709554942427484_6121450366381010028_n

After the car was stopped in the 400 block of w. Temple Street, Flores was arrested for driven while barred, carrying weapons both aggregated misdemeanors, failure to stop at a stop sign, false use of registration, failure to register, and failure to have insurance.

He was transported to the Taylor County Jail.

Sioux City woman accused of leaving baby in tub


September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City woman whose baby nearly drowned in a bathtub last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment. Police tell Sioux City television station KTIV that 20-year-old Maricela Vasquez left her 10-month-old baby along in a bathtub to go smoke marijuana in a nearby bedroom.

Police say the infant nearly drowned, but has since recovered.  Vasquez also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Organic and specialty crop growers are trying to make a living off the rising consumer interest in locally grown and organic foods. But the smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Pesticide drift is a serious concern for them, and they’ve come up with a variety of defenses.

Many plant buffer strips. Twelve states participate in a registry of organic and other farms to tip aerial and ground sprayers off to areas they need to avoid. And in Iowa, a group has produced a pamphlet that instructs farmers how to protect vulnerable crops.

The aerial spraying industry and pesticide manufacturers, meanwhile, say they’ve made big strides in controlling drift through education and new technologies.

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September 6th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Slausen faces a new, Theft charge


September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman already facing numerous charges associated with allegedly lying about her daughter’s terminal cancer, faces a new charge. According to online court records, Atlantic Police on Friday (today) filed a 1st Degree Theft charge against 30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson.

The theft charge is with regard to the fundraising efforts she initiated for the medical care of her 5-year old daughter, Riley, whom Slauson claimed had cancer that was being treated by oral chemotherapy. An investigation however revealed the girl did not have such an illness, and that her symptoms were instead allegedly manufactured by Leatha Slauson administering cannabis oil and Neupogen, to make her appear ill.

Several fundraisers both locally and on the internet, raised about $25,000 for medical expenses, and to send the family on a trip to Disney World. In addition to the Theft charge, Slauson faces of two counts of Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury, one count distributing drugs to a person under the age of 18, two counts of administering harmful substances, two counts of domestic abuse assault, and 10 counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device.

Her Preliminary Hearing is set to take place September 22. A Pretrial Conference on October 13th, and her trial has been scheduled for November 12th. Slauson remains in the Cass County Jail on $35,000 bond.

(Update) Pair accused of threatening to kill Iowa deputies


September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — A man and a woman have been accused of threatening to kill three Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies in southwest Iowa. The Daily Nonpareil reports 25-year-old Mike Andrew Lawson, of Red Oak, and 24-year-old Justine Sheree Powers, of College Springs, were arrested Thursday on three counts each of threat of terrorism. Their attorneys did not respond immediately to messages left Friday.

Authorities say Lawson and Powers threatened the deputies on Aug. 29, though additional information has not been released. A criminal complaint says the pair also told one deputy they would blow up his house and hurt his family.

Lawson and Powers remain at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for both is set for Sept. 15.

VA Names New National Cemetery in Nebraska


September 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selected the name Omaha National Cemetery for the national cemetery that VA will construct in the Omaha region. Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said “The Veterans of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa deserve a final resting place worthy of their service to our nation.” The VA purchased the Sarpy County land located along South 144th St. (Highway 50), at 14250 Schram Road for $6 million in December 2012. The cemetery will serve more than 112,000 Veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa not currently served with an open national, state or tribal Veterans cemetery within 75 miles of their residence.

In fall 2014, the VA plans to award a design/build construction contract to complete the remaining cemetery design work and construct the cemetery. The  VA anticipates that the initial phase of the design/build project will take 2 to 2 ½ years to complete and develop approximately 35 acres of land for approximately 5,500 interment sites. The project will also incorporate memorial walls to commemorate those whose remains are not available for interment.

In addition to the gravesite development, construction will include access roads, an entrance area, a flag/assembly area, committal shelters; an administration building/public information center with electronic gravesite locator, public restrooms, a memorial walkway, a maintenance complex and more.

National cemeteries are named based on the geographic area in which the cemetery is located. VA relies on local Veterans and community leaders to submit name suggestions. Of the names submitted, “Omaha National Cemetery” best met VA’s naming criteria and is consistent with the requirements specified in United States Code requiring VA property, including national cemeteries, to be named for the geographic area in which the facility is located.

Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children may be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty, their spouses and eligible dependents. Other burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a Government headstone or marker.

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at http://www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.