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State’s domestic violence helpline marks 6 months in business

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An around-the-clock crisis hotline that is Iowa’s first statewide resource focused on domestic violence is marking six months in operation. Jessica Rohrs, director of the Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline, says the service is still growing and evolving to ensure everyone gets the assistance they deserve. “The Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline is a 24-7 helpline that victims, survivors, friends, loved ones, anyone who’s trying to get help with a domestic violence situation can call,” Rohrs says. “We have trained advocates ready to answer the phones 24-7. It’s free. It’s confidential.”

The staff of 15 is based in the northwest Iowa community of Sioux Center. Since the helpline was launched in October, it’s taken more than six-thousand calls. March was the busiest month yet, with nearly 12-hundred calls. “We’re continuing to work on getting our number out there,” Rohrs says. “We continue to have more programs across the state. Local programs can roll their phones to us after hours and on the weekends just to relieve that pressure and stress off of the advocates.”

Iowa-based convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores is launching a promotion this week, putting information about the helpline on gasoline pumps statewide. “We’re the only helpline like us in the United States, where we have 24-7 awake, in-the-same-building advocates,” Rohrs says. “Other helplines may have people on call where people have a phone by them, but we’re actually the only helpline that has our model in use.”

In addition to domestic violence, other crimes the helpline deals with include: child physical abuse, stalking, sexual abuse, human trafficking, assault, burglary, elder abuse and more. The helpline is: 800-770-1650. www.survivorshelpline.org.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/11/2016

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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3 Creston youth referred to Juvenile authorities

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three Creston youth have been referred to Juvenile authorities following alleged incidents that took place over the weekend. 14-year old Chance Morgan faces a charge of Theft in the 5th degree. 13-year old Hunter Patterson and 12-year old Bryce Larkin were charged with Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. All three boys were released to the custody of their mothers.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/11/2016

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Bluffs RCF escapee in custody

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A former Harlan resident who was listed as escaped from the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility, Sunday,  is in custody at the Shelby County Jail. Iowa Dept. of Corrections Assistant Director Fred Skaletta says 25-year old Colton Edward Benson-Blaine was apprehended late Sunday night.

Benson-Blaine was listed as escaped from the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility after he failed to return from his place of employment. He was serving a 12-year sentence out of Shelby and Pottawattamie Counties for Voluntary manslaughter, Operating a Vehicle without consent and Voluntary Absence. His sentence began Aug. 5th, 2011. He was transferred to Work Release on March 16th, 2016 under the authority of the Iowa Board of Parole.

Colton Edward Benson-Blaine

Colton Edward Benson-Blaine

Certified budget and school calendar hearings set for the CAM District

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Public hearings are set for Tuesday evening in Anita, with regard to the CAM School District’s proposed 2016-17 School Calendar and Certified Budget. The hearings take place in the CAM High School Media Center, beginning at 6:30-p.m., Tuesday, followed later on by action approving the calendar and budget.

In other business, the Board will consider bids to sell a Suburban and School bus, and discuss the structure of the District Administration, along with holding discussion on Capital Projects.

The Board will conclude with an exempt session for collective bargaining negotiations.

Exira-EHK School Board meeting tonight (4/11/16)

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton School Board will hold its regular meeting this evening at the High School, in Elk Horn. On the agenda for their 5-p.m. session, are Public Hearings on the 2016-17 School Budget and 2016-17 School Calendar, followed later on by a vote on approving the budget and calendar.

In other business, the Board will act on: A Student Teacher agreement with Buena Vista University (BVU); Salaries for Support Staff; Master Contract changes for Teaching Staff; and, Administration salaries.

The meeting takes place in the High School Conference Room.

2 arrests in Montgomery County Sunday night

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on separate charges Sunday night, in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Department reports that a little after 11-p.m., 27-year old Aaron Wade Opdyke, of Emerson, was arrested at the intersection of Highway 34 and G Avenue. Opdyke was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was cited into court and released from the scene.

And, at around 6:50-p.m., 29-year old Anthony Duane Pond, of Villisca, was arrested in Villisca and charged with Driving While Revoked. Pond was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Ag Secretary Northey endorsed Congressman King’s reelection bid

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey has endorsed Congressman Steve King’s bid for reelection. “This district needs to support a strong conservative, a hardworking candidate and we have that candidate,” Northey said Saturday. “That’s our Congressman Steve King.” Republican businessman and state senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City is challenging King in June’s Republican Primary.

Northey’s endorsement may provide some cover for King, who has been under fire from some in the G-O-P for backing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, an opponent of the federal ethanol production mandate. “I don’t know how that will all play out,” Northey says. “We’ve had some conversations with some folks that care a lot about that issue…When I think of who I want in the room talking with conservative congressmen and senators, talking with a potential president on ethanol issues, I want Steve King there.”

Northey is currently in the middle of his third term as state ag secretary. Northey describes King as a “great friend of agriculture.” King describes Northey as a third-generation farmer who is “deeply steeped” in agriculture. “His statewide presence and his activity among all of the ag issues, I think that that’s a reminder of where I have long been and none of that has changed,” King says.

Northey announced his endorsement Saturday at the Iowa G-O-P’s fourth district convention in Fort Dodge, about 100 miles southeast of the Northey family farm near Spirit Lake. Northey has a history of weighing in on Republican Primary contests. Northey endorsed Mark Jacobs in the 2012 Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. Joni Ernst won that primary and the general election.

(Radio Iowa)

Grassley says he’s in middle of ‘severe’ campaign

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April 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Chuck Grassley says his bid for a seventh term in the U.S. Senate isn’t the kind of “slam dunk” he’s had in the past. Grassley delivered a brief midday speech to the delegates gathered for the Iowa G-O-P’s fourth district convention in Fort Dodge.
“I’m asking you, I’m begging you, I’m imploring you: Will you do all you can to help me win reelection?” Grassley focused most of his remarks on the fight over the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme court.

“Something you already know because you’re on top of the severe campaign that I’m involved in against the White House and Harry Reid and everybody else,” Grassley said, to applause. “…A lot of people in this state think that because I previously won by slam-dunk wins, this is not going to be such a race.” Grassley told reporters the “Washington establishment” will spend “big resources” promoting Democrat Patty Judge, the candidate he says has been “recruited…by the White House” to run against him.

Grassley got a standing ovation from the more than 600 Republicans in Fort Dodge when he called for letting the “next president” choose the next Supreme Court justice.

(Radio Iowa)