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Santorum says he prayed for Rick Perry during debate

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he prayed for a rival candidate during a recent debate. The former Pennsylvania senator says it happened several weeks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry pledged to eliminate three Cabinet departments but could only think of two. In the subsequent debate, Perry said President Barack Obama had three options when an American drone crashed in Iran. Santorum says he quickly bowed his head and prayed that Perry wouldn’t “do it again.” The Texas governor didn’t stumble, and Santorum says Perry then leaned over to him and said, “I was taking a risk with that third one.”  The two Ricks are among the candidates competing for evangelical support in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses.

Red Oak man arrested for Domestic Abuse Sunday

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Sunday afternoon on an assault charge, following an investigation into an incident which allegedly occurred in the 500 block of East Washington Avenue, in Red Oak. According to the Red Oak P-D, 41-year old Shane Michael Evans was charged with Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. Evans was taken into custody at around 4:40-p.m. He was being held without bond Sunday, in the Montgomery County Jail.

Romney criticizes Santorum as career politician

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney is criticizing rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum as a career politician and defending his own conservative credentials. Two days before the Iowa caucuses, Romney told reporters his background is “quite different” from Santorum because the former Pennsylvania senator “spent his career in government in Washington.”

At a stop Sunday in western Iowa, Romney also offered his record as governor of Massachusetts as evidence that he is as conservative as Santorum, who has risen quickly in the polls. Santorum has highlighted his socially conservative credentials as he has campaigned across Iowa. Romney still leads in the polls, but he has struggled to win over conservative evangelicals because of his changed position on abortion.

New Year’s Eve arrests in Adams County

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two women were arrested on separate charges Saturday night, in Adams County. Sheriff’s officials said Sunday, Wannita Olsen, of Corning, was arrested just after 9-p.m. on charges of OWI and Open container, following a traffic stop on Highway 148 at Hunter Trailer. Olsen was also charged with Criminal Mischief, after she allegedly destroyed property while being held in the Adams County Jail.

And, Roxy Core, of Corning, was arrested at around 11:30-p.m. Saturday, on a charge of Domestic Assault, in connection with an incident during which she allegedly assaulted her husband at their residence on Loomis Street, in Corning.

Both women were being held Sunday, in the Adams County Jail.

Romney visits Atlantic just days before IA Caucuses

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney his wife Ann and their youngest son Craig paid a visit to Atlantic Sunday afternoon. Their stop brought them to the Family Table Restaurant which was packed with media and others who came to hear what the apparent front-runner leading up to the Iowa Caucuses had to say. Ann Romney told the crowd Iowans have “A job to do Tuesday,” as far as selecting the right person to move on to the November elections.  She said they “Think Iowa can do what needs to be done, which is getting Mitt on the pathway to defeat Barack Obama.”

Mitt Romney at the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic, 1-1-12

Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, said the election isn’t just about replacing Obama, “It’s an election about the soul of America, and what direction our nation is going to take.”  He criticized Obama as being unable to understand the power of the prinicples on which the nation was founded. He said Obama has pushed us away from being an opportunity and merit society into a European-style welfare state. He says that means Obama has turned us into an “Entitlement society, where government takes from some and gives to others.”

Romney said he doesn’t want to radically transform America. Instead, he wants to restore “The principles that made America great.” He said to do that, the government needs to stop spending more money than it takes in. In order to change the country’s current course, he would examine every spending program in the country and subject it to a litmus test. He says the test would determine “If a program is so critical to America, that we should be borrowing money from China to pay for it?” If it fails the test, Romney said he would kill the program in question, including Obamacare, which he says is “At the top of his list.”

He said he would continue to keep a “safety net” in place for those who are poor, and can’t care for themselves. But States he says, are more capable of handling that than the Feds are. That includes turning Medicaid over to the states. He would also link the pay of Federal workers to their counterparts in the private sector.

Romney greets patrons of the restaurant, surrounded by the media

Romney said Obama has failed us in many areas, including protecting the country from the threats overseas. One of those threats, he says, comes from a nuclear Iran, which announced on Sunday they had developed a nuclear rod, and, successfully tested a surface-to-air missle. Romney says Obama has failed to put promised sanctions in-place against Iran, he was silent when the country’s opposition leaders spoke out against their leaders, and when the people of Iran learned the U-S wouldn’t consider a military option to those developments.

He says Obama promised not long after he was elected, he would not run again if he couldn’t get the economy turned around in three-years. Romney said that hasn’t happened, and he’s “Here to collect” on that promise.

High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6-p.m.

News, Weather

January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6-p.m. Sunday (1/1) for the following counties in the KJAN listening area: Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greenem Guthrie, Madison, Ringold, Taylor & Union.

Northwest winds will range from 30-to 40-mph this afternoon and this evening, with gusts of up to 60-mph possible. The winds may be strong enough and prolonged enough to result in tree and property damage. In addition, power outages due to tree damage may be possible.

In addition, a Wind Advisory is in effect until 5-p.m. Sunday, for the far western and southwestern counties, including: Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. Winds of 25-to 45mph are expected in the advisory area.

Mitt Romney says in Iowa he opposes Dream Act

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he would veto legislation that would allow certain illegal residents to become American citizens. During a campaign stop in western Iowa, Romney answered “yes” when he was asked if he would refuse to sign what’s known as the DREAM Act. Romney has said before that he would oppose the legislation, which would allow some illegal immigrant youths to earn permanent residency and eventually citizenship if they attend college or serve in the military.

Romney is scheduled to speak in Atlantic this (Sunday) afternoon (2:15-p.m.), at the Family Table Restaurant.

Driver of an SUV involved in a crash that killed a Bluffs woman remains in jail

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs confirmed Saturday that the driver of an SUV that was involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 480 remained in the Pottawattamie County Jail on Saturday on a $7,000 bond. According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, 45-year old Ronnie Dunbar, of Council Bluffs, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, operating without a valid driver’s license and transporting beer or liquor. Officials say it’s likely those won’t be the only charges to be filed against Dunar.

The crash killed 52-year-old Linda Steskal, of Carter Lake. Police said Dunbar was eastbound in a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer on I-480 near the Dodge Park exit about 3:30 p.m., Friday, when he lost control and struck Steskal’s 2002 Chevy Malibu. The Malibu spun out and hit the center guardrail before coming to rest in the ditch at eastbound exit 1. Steskal died at the scene. Police say it appears the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

Dunbar and a passenger in the SUV, 45-year Michael Barnett, also of Council Bluffs, took off on foot following the crash, but were taken into custody a short distance away. Barnett was treated at Mercy Hospital and released. Police said speed and alcohol might be factors in the crash.

1 person critically hurt in New Year’s Eve Pottawattamie County crash

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s dispatchers in Pottawattamie County report one-person was critically injured in a one-car crash just before midnight Saturday, near Crescent. The male driver of the car was the lone occupant of the vehicle which crashed on New Year’s Eve near the intersection of Old Lincoln Highway and Cold Water Avenue.  The man, whose name was not available early Sunday, was taken to Creighton University Medical Center to be treated for a head injury.

Iowa mom appeals her murder conviction

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman sentenced to life in prison for killing her neighbor as part of a plot to frame her ex-husband is appealing her conviction. Lawyers for 45-year-old Tracy Richter filed notice of an appeal on Thursday. Richter was sentenced in December for fatally shooting 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in her Early, Iowa, home in 2001. In national television interviews after the killing, Richter claimed that Wehde and another man had broken into her home.

But jurors sided with prosecutors who believe Richter made up the attack. Prosecutors say Richter killed Wehde to keep him quiet about his role in a plot to frame her ex-husband. Richter, who lived in Omaha, Neb., before her trial maintains her innocence.