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Medical calls rise for many Iowa fire departments

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say medical calls to fire departments are rising for many Iowa departments, in part because more and more aging baby boomers are requiring emergency aid.  In Iowa City, for example, the Fire Department, there were nearly 2,800 calls for emergency medical services last year, compared with more than 2,200 EMS calls in 2007.    The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says it handled more than 5,400 EMS calls in 2011, compared with just over 5,000 calls in 2007.  The National Fire Protection Association says the number of EMS calls to fire departments nationally has increased nearly 300 percent since 1980.  Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman Greg Buelow says the increasing demand for EMS services has forced the department to seek firefighters who already have paramedic certification.

During the March 7th City Council meeting in Atlantic, Fire Chief Mark McNees said the total number of calls in 2011 for the department was 183. That was down from an average of 225. McNees said also, the Atlantic Fire Department reached its highest level of strength for quite some time, with 37 members in 2011.

Rising fuel prices haven’t slowed Midwest economy

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey suggests that rising fuel prices haven’t slowed the economy in a nine-state region in the Midwest and Plains. The overall Mid-America index rose to 58.6 in March from 58.4 in February. The index has risen for five months in a row. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says only a significantly higher increase in oil prices or a major world catastrophe would derail the regional economic expansion.  Survey organizers say it uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100 and that any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The survey of business leaders and supply managers covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Severe Weather Awareness week begins in Iowa

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state. National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Johnson says there weren’t many tornadoes in 2011. “In Iowa, we had what I would call a pretty normal year. We had 51 tornadoes, we average 47, that’s pretty close to normal,” Johnson says. “What was interesting about last year though, was that most of those tornadoes occurred on or before April ninth, so many of those tornadoes were early in the year in 2011.”

Johnson says it is too early to tell what type of year 2012 will bring for severe weather.  “A lot of people have been talking about the recent warm weather and if there is a correlation between that and active severe weather, and there really isn’t much of a correlation between an active severe weather season and the early spring warmth,” Johnson says. He says there’s also not much of a correlation between a warm summer after a warm spring. The National Weather Service has special theme days all week to teach Iowans the dangers of severe weather.

Johnson says the theme for today is flash flooding. “Which is the number one thunderstorm-related killer in the United States from weather, it’s not tornadoes, it’s actual flash flooding,” according to Johnson. He says Tuesday will talk about how to get a warning, Wednesday’s theme centers on tornadoes and there will be a statewide tornado drill, and finally, family preparedness is the theme on Friday.

Johnson describes the tornado drill scheduled for 10 a-m Wednesday morning: He says they will come out with a tornado watch at 10 and that will last for about an hour. “And then at about 10:15, give or take a few minutes, we will issue a tornado warning and it will go off over your weather radios, it will go out over the emergency alert system to the radio stations and many, many communities will be testing their siren systems at the same time,” Johnson says. He says this will be a good time for businesses to test their evacuation plans. You can find out more information on severe weather in Iowa at www.weather.gov.

(Pat Powers & Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Iowa (early) News Headlines: Mon., April 2nd 2012

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are looking for a 19-year-old Hawkeye Community College student who disappeared early Sunday morning while walking barefoot in a wildlife area. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office spent most of yesterday searching for Taylor Franco in the Klima Wildlife Area by La Porte City. The search was suspended last night but should resume today.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The main producer of the lean beef trimmings that critics call “pink slime” continues to have the support of the community where the company is based. Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Incorporated and dine on hamburgers made with its beef.

AINSWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a home in southeast Iowa. Officials say the explosion was reported in Ainsworth around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The town is about 30 miles south of Iowa City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The big winner in Iowa from last week’s $640 million Mega Million jackpot was the state treasury. Although a winning ticket wasn’t sold in Iowa, the surge in ticket sales paid off for the state. From the last Mega Millions jackpot on January 24th to Friday night’s drawing, The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Lottery sold nearly $9.7 million in tickets. The newspaper reports the Iowa treasury will receive about $3.4 million in profits from the sales.

2 Megaball tickets sold in western IA came close to winning the big prize

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April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say 108,143 tickets sold in state won prizes in Friday’s world-record Mega Millions jackpot drawing, including two tickets that came within one number of having at least a share of the jackpot and won prizes of $10,000 each. The two tickets that each won a $10,000 prize matched four of the first five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball. They were both purchased in southwest Iowa, at Taylor Quik Pic, in Shelby; and Bucky’s Express, in Council Bluffs.

The winning numbers in Friday’s $640 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23. The Megaplier was 3. Three tickets nationwide matched all six numbers drawn to win a share of the jackpot.

In addition, someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a Council Bluffs supermarket won a $1 million prize in Wednesday night’s drawing. It’s the third $1 million-winning Powerball ticket purchased in Iowa in a little more than a month. The latest big-winning ticket, sold at Hy-Vee, 1745 Madison Ave. in Council Bluffs, came close to winning it all, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers in the $50 million Powerball drawing were: 11-16-29-50-58 and Powerball 33.

Atlantic Coca-Cola Museum to open next Saturday

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April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Coca Cola Center and Museum will open for the first time this year, next Saturday, April 7th. The museum’s hours will be from 1-3pm each Saturday thereafter. An official “Grand Re-opening” of the museum will take place later this summer.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., April 1st 2012

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April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was showing him an apartment Thursday night. Twenty-one-year-old Peng Tang was arrested Friday night on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault. Tang remained jailed and was unavailable for comment yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County prosecutors have filed charges against two former Des Moines police officers accused of assaulting a man during a traffic stop in 2008. The Des Moines Register reports that former officers Mersed Dautovic and John Mailander were charged in March with willful injury, felonious misconduct in office and perjury. Mailander pleaded guilty to a federal charge in the case earlier this year after he and Dautovic were indicted by federal grand jury.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) —Jurors have acquitted a Mason City Lutheran pastor accused of hitting a teen who used profanity during a confirmation class in church. The Reverend Paul Nelson of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was found not guilty Friday night of assault.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing nearly $1,400 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store. The Des Moines Register reports that officers were called to the Git-n-Go around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say a concrete block had been used to smash in the store’s glass door. The cigarettes were taken from behind the store’s counter.

Update: Record High Temperature broken in Atlantic, Saturday

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March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic broke a record high temperature set 44-years ago on March 31st (in 1968), when we hit 87-degrees today (Saturday).  The forecast calls for record high temperatures across the area Sunday, as well. In Atlantic, we could hit 90-degrees Sunday, which would break the record of 87, set as recently as 2003. Temps are expected to cool back into the upper 70′s, on Monday.

Corning teen arrested for driving while barred

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March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year old Shelby Kate Evans, of Corning, was arrested late Saturday morning on a charge of Driving While Barred. Evans was brought to the Adams County Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

Local/Area News (podcast): March 31, 2012

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March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the latest local & area News podcast from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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