KJAN News

QR CODE 35357558

NEW!! SCAN (OR CLICK) THE QR CODE ABOVE TO SHOP THE KJAN BIG DEALS STORE!!

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

7AM Newscast 07-11-2015

News, Podcasts

July 11th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks

Play

Jeb Bush to be in Council Bluffs Tuesday

News

July 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be in Iowa this coming week, attending meet-and-greet events Monday at Morningside College in Sioux City, before heading to Ames to speak at the Story County GOP dinner. On Tuesday, the former Governor from Florida will attend a meet-and-greet at the Barley’s Pub, in Council Bluffs (114 W. Broadway), beginning at Noon.

Bush’s campaign reported Thursday that it raised $11.4 million in just six days. That’s likely at least twice as much as his next closest Republican competitor.Yet Bush has no direct control over 90 percent of the money. The total includes $103 million raised by a super PAC. And by law, the super PAC can’t take direction from Bush’s Miami-based campaign. The two operations have limits on how they can communicate. The system was designed by Bush’s most trusted advisers. It’s a strategy untested in modern politics.

 

 

Central Iowa hospital needs volunteers with high blood pressure for study

News

July 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Volunteers with treatment-resistant high blood pressure are needed for a medical trial that’s being done at a hospital in central Iowa, one of only seven medical centers in the country chosen for the study. Dr. Magdi Ghali, of the Iowa Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, says a small metal device is implanted in the carotid artery in the neck, a key place where the body regulates blood pressure.

Dr. Ghali says, “This device sits there and increases the sensitivity of the nerve endings to the pressure that’s happening inside the artery, allowing the brain to receive the correct signal and then lower the blood pressure.” Despite advances, Ghali says a growing number of patients in Iowa with high blood pressure suffer from drug resistance and they have few options once they’ve failed multiple medications. The trial is designed only for patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure, also known as resistant hypertension.

“The patients who qualify are people who are on three blood pressure medications and their blood pressure is remaining higher than 160/90,” Ghali says. “If that’s the case, we would evaluate the patient to make sure there’s not a secondary cause and then they would have a couple of weeks of keeping a diary of the blood pressure to make sure they’re exactly the right patient for the study.” Hypertension can significantly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure, so controlling it is vitally important, he says. For more information about the trial, call (515) 633-3845.

(Radio Iowa)

King’s Resolution on same-sex marriage

News

July 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King is trying to get the U.S. House to pass a resolution that says States “may refuse” to recognize or license same-sex marriages, although such non-binding resolutions do not have the force of law. King’s resolution is his latest response to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

“We’re in a place where the Supreme Court has put themselves above the law, above the Constitution and above the will of the people,” King says. Most Republicans in congress have publicly expressed opposition to the court’s ruling, so the resolution would likely pass, although House leaders have not indicated it’s a priority for debate. King’s House Resolution embraces what he calls the “traditional definition of marriage” as a “union between one man and one woman.”

“The domestic life of America has been dramatically transformed by the order of the Supreme Court,” King says. King calls the court’s same-sex marriage opinion a “blatant act of judicial activism” that has “perverted” the word marriage. “And they will impose it on the rest of the country because they’re the ‘enlightened five’ of nine in black robes,” King says. “Well, the Supreme Court has had a terrible record on dealing with large domestic issues.”

King cites the court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision which ruled African Americans weren’t citizens and the federal government had no authority to restrict or regulate slavery and the 1962 decision that ruled mandatory prayer in public schools is unconstitutional. Earlier this year, before the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last month, King tried to get congress to pass legislation that would forbid the federal courts from deciding such cases, but that legislation stalled.

(Radio Iowa)

Blue-green algae causing concern at some Iowa lakes

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Some Iowa lakes are having issues with blue-green algae blooms. Mary Skopec oversees the D-N-R’s water monitoring program for state park beaches. “We advise people to use caution if they enter a lake that has a blue-green scum,” Skopec says. “Sometimes the looks like someone spilled paint on it, and there are thick mats of algae. If you see that, you should really avoid going into that water or letting your pets drink that water.” Skopec says the algae releases dangerous toxins.

“The toxins can affect the liver as well as the nervous system. In the most extreme they can cause respiratory distress. Often times we see issues with nausea or diarrhea, headache, that kind of thing,” according to Skopec. “So, it can make people quite ill — and it has in isolated cases caused pet deaths deaths, dog deaths around the state.” She says avoid drinking the water in those areas or putting your head under the water in those areas.

The D-N-R says a “substantial” fish kill on Crystal Lake seven miles west of Forest City in Hancock County is linked to an algae bloom over the Fourth of July weekend. Three lakes — Black Hawk, Pine Lake, Twin Lake — have advisory signs posted after D-N-R testing showed issues with blue-green algae.

In addition, testing showed relatively high levels of toxin for clear water on Lake Geode, Lake of Three Fires (near Bedford), and Green Valley Lake (Near Creston) — though those lakes didn’t have signs of algae blooms. Some Iowa beaches also have signs posted for high-levels of bacteria this week: Backbone Lake, Denison Beach on Black Hawk Lake, Lake Geode, Lake Macbride, Pine Lake, and Union Grove Lake. While Iowa waters have issues with bacteria and algae blooms, a 14-year-old boy died this week after being infected by an amoeba after swimming in a Minnesota lake. Skopec says the amoeba is not a major concern here.

“At this point I wouldn’t be too worried about it, because it’s a very isolated condition,” Skopec says. She says the amoeba that causes the problem likes specific water conditions. “The amoeba is really related to water temperature. And if the water temperatures are high enough, it is possible for them to end up in water in Iowa. The fact that it was found further north of us does present some challenges in terms of whether we might see that or not,” Skopec says.

“Normally it likes those warmer temperatures and so I think we are learning more about where they might occur. But at this point I would say it is a very isolated incident in Minnesota, and people should avoid waters that are extremely warm,” she says. “A lot of times they occur where there is a warm spring, or extremely hot stagnant water. So, if they avoid that hot stagnant water, they should be okay.” The amoeba enters the brain through the nose. Skopec says again, if you avoid drinking water with any of these issues and don’t put your head under the water, you should be okay. You can find out more about the beach water monitoring program at: www.iowadnr.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

2 injured in NW IA crash Friday evening

News

July 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A couple from Kingsley were injured during a single-vehicle accident Friday evening in northwestern Iowa’s Monona County. The Iowa State Patrol said a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 77-year old Josephine McConnell, was traveling north on Interstate 29 at around 6:45-p.m., when the woman fell asleep at the wheel.

When the pickup went off the road onto the east shoulder, McConnell woke up, and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go out of control. The pickup went onto the west shoulder and rolled over, coming to rest upright in the west ditch.

Josephine McConnell, and her passenger husband, 79-year old Max McConnell, also of Kinsgley, both of whome were wearing their seat belts, were injured. Josephine was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Mercy Hospital – Sioux City. Her husband was transported to the same facility by Burgess Ambulance.

Assisting the State Patrol at the scene were deputies with the Monona County Sheriff’s Office, Sloan and Whiting Rescue personnel and others.

Two from Nebraska arrested for vehicle theft in Fremont County

News

July 11th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Friday of two Lincoln, Nebraska residents for vehicle theft after a traffic stop.  At approximately 8:00pm Deputies stopped a black 2006 Chevy Cobalt on southbound Interstate 29 near the 21 mile marker.  During the traffic stop it wast discovered the vehicle was just reported stolen from a car dealership in Lincoln, Nebraska after the occupants failed to return after a test-drive.

Officers then arrested 33-year-old Kimberly J. Coffman and 32-year-old Timothy S. White both of Lincoln, NE.  They were charged with 2nd Degree Theft, a Class D Felony.  Charges are pending in Nebraska and both individuals are being held on $5,000 bond.

Beware pension phone call scams

News

July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of a phone scam that was reported to the office today (Friday). Officials say someone called an individual in the county, claiming to be from the office that administrates their pension fund. The scammer claimed the reporting party had been overpaid from the pension fund and owed money back, but declined to allow caller to stop at the pension office.

The Sheriff’s Office advises that if you receive a call that sounds as though it could be valid, do your homework! Ask for information by mail, and, if you are able, find a number on your own for the place that is allegedly contacting you to verify the validity of the call.

Work continues on Hwy 6/7th Street project in Atlantic

News

July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The field representative for the company charged with rebuilding Highway 6/7th Street in Atlantic reports work continues on the project, and more activities are planned for the week of July 13th through the 17th.

Among the scheduled portions of the project is: Finishing the installation of a modified base and paving steel, from Pine to Cherry Streets (The base is what forms the foundation for the laying of forms and PCC paving; The laying of Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) Pavement from Pine to Cherry on the north, 25-feet in width- which is expected to begin next Wednesday or Thursday; Subgrade Preparation and Installation of a Subdrain; The placement of a modified base from Cherry Street to EPA Zone (Near Plum Street); PCC pouring at Spruce Street north intersection and PCC taper from Olive to Spruce.

Among the work that’s been accomplished this past week: Subgrade Prep / Installation of Subdrain completed between Pine & Cherry; and installation of most of the modified base from Pine to Mulberry.

Community sets up safe zone for completing Internet sales

News

July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa community has designated a “safe exchange zone” where strangers can meet to complete Internet purchases and sales. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the zone is at the Public Safety Center in Sibley and it has 24-hour video surveillance.

Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth says that if people have any questions or apprehensions about the strangers they’ll be meeting, “then by all means we welcome you to come here.” The zone also may be used as a safe meeting place for online dating or child custody exchanges.