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(Podcast) KJAN News, 3/30/2015

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Study Finds Four-Year Degrees Key to Iowa Employment

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

College graduates searching for jobs in Iowa have an easier time than in most states, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce that takes an in-depth look at online job postings across the country. Iowa is listed as 11th best, and the most employment opportunities are for college grads with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Tony Carnevale, the report’s lead author and the center’s director, says the national trend is a higher demand for college graduates. “The texture of what employers are looking for is changing, in the sense that they’re much more focused on specialization and degree specialization,” he explains. “They care what you majored in in college, as much as they care whether or not you went.”

The report assessed jobs requiring four year college degrees, and concludes that overall, the sheer number of jobs posted shows that the economy has recovered. Government-listed positions were not part of the report. Carnevale notes another trend is in sales jobs, which traditionally have not required a four-year college degree. Now, two-thirds of sales jobs require a college degree. “And a fair share of them – half, roughly – are selling medical or industrial technology and equipment,” he says. “You’re selling to experts, you’ve got to be one.”

The best states for college graduate jobs are Massachusetts, Delaware and Washington. The worst are South Carolina, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

(Iowa News Service)

3 arrests in Creston

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people have been arrested on separate charges, in Creston. According to the Creston Police Dept., 30-year old Jessica Jo England, of Creston, was arrested early Sunday morning for Driving While Suspended. She was later released on $300 bond.

Friday night, 65-year old Dennis Jay Wilkinson, of Des Moines, was arrested in Creston for Driving While Revoked. He was later released on $300 bond. That same night, 40-year old Michelle Marie Snyder, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Felony OWI/3rd Offense, charge. Snyder was later released on $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, Mon., March 30, 2015

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Catholic parish packs 30K meals destined for east Africa

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa Catholic parish has packed tens of thousands of meals to send to east African families. The Daily Nonpareil reports volunteers from the Corpus Christi Parish packed an estimated 30,000 meals on Saturday destined for families in Moshi, Tanzania.
Deacon Monty Montagne says the meals include rice, beans, dried vegetables and vitamins. He says each packet will feed a family of six for one day.

The parish worked with nonprofit Outreach Inc. on the project. According to the parish’s website, it serves the communities of Council Bluffs and Carter Lake and includes the Queen of Apostles, Holy Family and Our Lady of Carter Lake churches. Jennifer Brungardt, a member of the parish’s social concerns committee, says about $7,500 was raised from the three congregations to fund the project.

Escapee reported from Council Bluffs facility

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man serving a seven-year sentence for Willful Injury Causing Bodily Injury, Assault with a weapon and Assault Causing Serious Injury, has escaped from a work release facility in Council Bluffs. Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Corrections say 21-year old Joseph Cias Smith Junior was reported missing, Sunday.

Joseph Cias Smith, Jr.

Joseph Cias Smith, Jr.

Smith was transferred to the Council Bluffs Work Release Facility after being granted a work release by the Iowa Board of Parole. His parole was revoked on March 12 2015, and his sentence began on March 28th.

Smith is described as being a white male, 5-10, and 198 pounds, with brown hair, Hazel eyes and tattoos on his upper right arm, forearm, left hand, and left thigh. If you have any information about his location, call the Council Bluffs Police Department at (712) 328-4701 or the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department at (712) 890-2200.

RED FLAG WARNING EXPANDED to include the western 1/2 of Iowa

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

414 AM CDT MON MAR 30 2015

A RED FLAG WARNING is IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY UNTIL 7- PM FOR THE ENTIRE WESTERN HALF OF IOWA, INCLUDING ALL COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA. THE RED FLAG WARNING IS FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.

Red Flag Warning for counties shaded in pinkish-red.

Red Flag Warning for counties shaded in pinkish-red.

* WIND…SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS AT 20 TO 25 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…HUMIDITY VALUES WILL DROP TO AROUND 20 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.

* FUEL…GRASSES REMAIN NEARLY 100 PERCENT CURED ACROSS THE WARNING AREA.

* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD VERY RAPIDLY DUE TO WINDY AND DRY CONDITIONS. ANY OUTDOOR BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Arrest made in Red Oak assault

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man early this (Monday) morning, on an assault charge. 19-year old Bryson Lee Powell, of Red Oak, was taken into custody for Domestic Abuse Assault, at around 12:20-a.m., in the 500 block of East Coolbaugh Street. Powell was being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

RED FLAG WARNING Monday afternoon-evening for western IA Counties

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE COUNTIES…354 AM CDT MON MAR 30 2015 …

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING DUE TO WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING DUE TO WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* WINDS…WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 16 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR WITH A HIGH POTENTIAL FOR OUT OF CONTROL BURNS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY.

Field fires keep area firefighters busy Sunday

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March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several area fire departments responded to field or grass fires Sunday: Massena Fire was called to a field fire at around 1:50-p.m., near 61040 765th Street;  Crews from Brayton, Audubon and Exira fought a field fire southeast of Exira, just east of 2268 300th Street, at around 4:40-p.m.; Kirkman Fire was called to the scene of a tractor fire at 1417 Woodland, at around 5:40-p.m.; and, another fire was reported to have taken place at around 2:30-p.m. Sunday, across the road from the Audubon County Landfill. No other details are available.

In other activity, rescue crews from Cumberland were called to the scene of a go-cart accident at around 5:15-p.m., Sunday. The accident took place near 207 Jackson Street, in Cumberland, where a 37-year old female reportedly suffered from non-life threatening head, arm and leg injuries. The woman was transported to the hospital and released late Sunday evening. She reported later on her social media page that she was “banged-up and bruised,” but nothing was broken. Her name was not officially released by the Sheriff’s Department.