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6 communities named newest Blue Zones

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa communities will become Blue Zones as part of a privately funded program designed to reduce obesity. Sioux City, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Oskalooska and Marion were named Blue Zone demonstration sites Wednesday. They join 19 other Iowa cities that are participating in the effort. Under the program, teams will work with the communities for two years to develop healthier food options and create effective public health policy.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has donated $5 million toward the program each year since it started in 2011. Gov. Terry Branstad says the program is essential to reaching his goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.

Domestic abuse arrest reported in Atlantic

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report the arrest on Tuesday, of 35-year old Eric Ostrander, of Atlantic. Ostrander was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant charging him with Domestic Abuse Assault. Ostrander was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Nebraska man injured during Mills County crash

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Nebraska was injured Monday, when the semi he was driving left Highway 59 and rolled onto its right side. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says John McGuire, of Lincoln, NE, was driving a 2013 semi north on Highway 59 at around 1:40-a.m., when the vehicle popped out of gear. When McGuire looked down to shift gears, the semi drifted off the road onto the right shoulder and rolled over. The accident happened about eight-miles south of Emerson.

McGuire was transported by Emerson Rescue to the hospital in Red Oak.

Lenox man arrested on Meth charge in Mills County

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say a Taylor County man was arrested last Friday (Jan. 25th) on a drug charge, following a traffic stop. In their report issued today (Wednesday), authorities said 48-year old Joey Lane Moses, of Lenox, was arrested on Interstate 29 at around 10:45-p.m.  Moses was taken into custody for Operating a motor vehicle While under the Intoxicated (OWI), and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine. Moses posted a $2,000 bond Monday. His preliminary hearing on the charges is set for February 19th.

The following day, 22-year old Thomas Scott Ware, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on an OWI/2nd offense charge. He posted a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 5th.    And, on Sunday, 44-year old Donald Raymond Livingstom, of Silver City, was arrested in Glenwood, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

Snowfall total across the State of Iowa (weather graphic)

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is a weather graphic displaying the general snowfall totals from across Iowa for the storm spanning Jan. 29th-30th, 2013:

Iowa DOT reaches out to truckers for Tweets about snowstorm

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

“Breaker-breaker-one-nine” was how truck drivers used to communicate on the citizen’s band radio, but technology has changed. The Iowa Department of Transportation is reaching out to truckers during this latest snowstorm, hoping they’ll send Tweets, pictures and video about the messes they’re encountering. Bob Younie is the D-O-T’s state maintenance engineer.  “We think it would be very useful for professional drivers and other motorists to let us know what they see,” Younie says. “We can’t be in every part of the system all the time, although we’re continually plowing snow. We think the use of social media will help us understand what people are seeing and experiencing.” The snowstorm that hit December 19th and 20th dropped nearly 14 inches of snow on parts of central Iowa. Younie says situations arose during that storm that were teachable moments where a quick note via Twitter or Facebook would have gone a long ways to helping overcome winter travel obstacles.

“People experience a condition that sometimes we don’t see, for example, a slow-down in traffic or people being unable to move or people being stranded,” Younie says. “We had some comments about that during the blizzard.  Those are the kinds of information that’s valuable to us. We want to know things we can take action on.” Today’s snowstorm is much less ferrocious than the late December blizzard, but parts of Iowa may still get six to eight inches of snow from this blast. Plus, the winds are whipping up the snow and causing white-out conditions in some areas.

Younie says, “There’s snow on the roads, snow’s blowing and people need to be concerned with their own personal safety by slowing down, giving a little extra space around them, and let’s just all travel safely.” The Iowa DOT is using the following hashtag — #iatraffic — during this event and recommends other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase. If you’re sending pictures or video, use the “geotag” function, so your location can be pinpointed. Keep up on conditions by calling 511 or visit “511ia.org”.

(Radio Iowa)

9AM Newscast 01-30-2013

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January 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

(updated 9:22-a.m.) Bluffs woman dies in Adair County crash Tuesday

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story posted early this (Wednesday) morning on KJAN.com, the Iowa State Patrol says a Council Bluffs woman injured in an accident on Interstate 8o in Adair County Tuesday night, has succumbed to her injuries. Officials say41-year old Heather Ann Roberts, of Council Bluffs, died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Roberts was traveling west on I-80 at around 10:30-p.m., when her full-sized Chevy pickup went out of control.

The pickup crossed the median and entered the eastbound lanes of traffic, where it was hit on the passenger side by a 2006 Volvo semi.  Both vehicles then came to rest in the east ditch off of eastbound I-80. Roberts, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to the hospital in Des Moines, by Stuart Rescue. The driver of the semi, 49-year old Michael P. Cole, of Oswego, IL., was not injured.

Some area snowfall totals: Jan. 30th 2013

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January 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

These are from various reports received through 7-a.m. by the National Weather Service and media outlets: In Atlantic (KJAN studios), 4.2″….Creston 4.5″….Glenwood  6″….Audubon  5″…Avoca  4″.. and Hamburg 4″.  The snow had begun to taper-off to flurries by 8-a.m. across most of western Iowa, but the wind was still creating some whiteout conditions.

8AM Newscast 01-30-2013

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January 30th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson