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Thieves hit heartland food bank

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Food banks are already dealing with a rise in demand and a drop in donations but troubles are compounded for the Food Bank for the Heartland. The non-profit group, serving western Iowa and eastern Nebraska, was targeted by thieves. Spokesman Brian Barks says they recently moved to a new building in Omaha and discovered vandals ripping into the air conditioning and heat units at the old building. Barks says, “It was during the inspection, prior to the closing of the building, that it was discovered that all of the copper had been ripped out of a number of the units on the roof of the building.” Repairing the damage may cost 90-thousand dollars. Barks says they are hoping insurance will pay for the damage but have a back-up plan in place.

Barks says, “That money would be going into our endowment fund but if we do have to pay it out of pocket, that money will be going to pay for new units.” No arrests have been made. The Food Bank for the Heartland serves 93 counties in Nebraska and Iowa, distributing nine-million pounds of food a year though more than 300 food pantries, emergency shelters, after-school programs, senior housing sites and rehabilitation centers. Learn more about the charity at: “www.omahafoodbank.org”.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

$37-MILLION EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT NECESSARY AFTER 2011 FLOODING IN WESTERN IA

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham today (Wednesday) commended the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to award Iowa an emergency relief grant of more than $37.4-million to repair roads damaged by historic flooding in 2011 along the Missouri River. Latham, Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation/HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the grant after Iowa officials filed a request for the emergency relief earlier in 2011.  

Latham said throughout the summer he saw firsthand the flood damage in western and southwestern Iowa and spoke with the Iowans whose lives were disrupted by the disaster. He says “The flood dealt serious damage to the transportation infrastructure that is critical to the flow of commerce in western Iowa.  This emergency relief funding is absolutely necessary to help repair and rebuild these roads and highways and restore certainty to Iowa’s local economies.”

Bachmann quits race, says she’ll fight for issues

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann is quitting the Republican presidential campaign, saying she’s “decided to stand aside” in the wake of her sixth place finish in the Iowa precinct caucuses. Speaking deliberatively at a news conference in Des Moines, Bachmann said she had “no regrets” whatsoever and said she ran her race with integrity and will continue to fight for the causes she emphasized on the campaign trail.

It has been a long, deep slide for the Minnesota congresswoman, who enjoyed a high point in her campaign when she won a Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa several months ago. In her statement, Bachmann referred repeatedly to “Obamacare” and said the Republican Party must not miss a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to repeal both the sweeping health care law under Obama’s watch and the financial regulation law known as Dodd-Frank.

Adviser says Bachmann out of race; Romney on to NH

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An adviser says last-place Iowa caucus finisher Michelle Bachmann is ending her presidential campaign. That leaves her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to establish himself as the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race. Santorum’s near-tie with caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination. Like Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a blow in the caucuses — finishing fifth — and he was flying home to decide whether to stay in the race.

Meanwhile, a smiling Romney jetted off to New Hampshire, telling reporters that landslides are terrific but he’d settle for his eight-vote margin of victory. The Bachmann adviser spoke on condition of anonymity before her expected announcement Wednesday morning.

Adair County Supervisors to hold special mtg Thursday

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Session Thursday morning, at the courthouse in Greenfield. During the 9:30-a.m. meeting, the Board will hear from Cass-Adair County Engineer Charles Marker, with regard to Fiscal Year 2013 requests for: the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Program; Road clearing and Weeds. The Board will also discuss Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Projects.

Man arrested in Taylor County had BAC 3.5x the legal limit

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man arrested in Taylor County is lucky to be alive, after tests showed his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was three and one-half times the legal limit for intoxication in Iowa. According to the Lenox Police Department, 30-year old Clint A. Auger was arrested at around 6:40-p.m., Tuesday, after authorities were called to the Parking lot of Cheese’s Grocery store, in response to an intoxicated male.

Officials say Auger, who refused to provide an address where he lived, was found to be in possession of two half-consumed bottles of Vodka. Following a preliminary breath test, which indicated his blood alcohol content was at .298, Auger was arrested and transported to the Taylor county jail on a charge of public intoxication.

Atlantic man arrested for assault on a Police Officer

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested last week on assault charges. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year old Joseph Donald Fredericksen was arrested Dec. 29th, and charged with two counts of Serious Assault on a Police Officer. Fredericksen was also charged by Atlantic Police with Theft in the 5th Degree, Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication/2nd Offense, in connection with events which took place on the 29th. He remains in the Cass County Jail, with bond was set at $2500 on all charges. 

The Sheriff’s Department says also, a 17-year old juvenile male was cited in Juvenile Court on a felony charge of Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana, following a traffic stop Saturday (Dec. 31st), on I-80 in Cass County. And, on Sunday (Jan. 1st), deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year old Joshua Brock Edwards, of Cumberland, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Numerous people cited in Cass County for Possession of Alcohol under legal age

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that as the result of an anonymous tip received on December 28th, and a subsequent check on a rural party, 14 people were cited into magistrate’s court for Possession of Alcohol Underage. Among those cited was: 20-year old Mackinze Marie Anstey, of Cumberland; 19-year old Jaxson D. Armstrong, of Anita; 19-year old Angela Whitney Arp, of Massena; 19-year old Paige Holland Dinkla, of Massena; 18-year old Laura Lee Beth Dolch, of Atlantic; 18-year old Taylor May Dorsey, of Anita; 19-year old Delbert Franklin Dale Halcomb, of Dallas Center; 19-year old Shay Dean Kaufman, of Anita; 19-year old Tanner Stuart Runyan, of Massena; 18-year old Preslee Ann Sisler, of Anita; 19-year old Kelsey May Smith, of Anita; 18-year old Makaye Diane Smith, of Anita; 19-year old Alex C. Stork, of Atlantic, and 20-year old James Dylan Swanson, of Marne. In addition, one juvenile male was also cited into juvenile court for being a Minor in Possession of alcohol.

Atlantic City Council to hold 1st session of 2012 tonight (1-4-12)

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January 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will hold its first session of the new year this evening. The Council, with new members Chris Jimmerson and Ashley Hayes on board for their first meeting, will hear an update from Snyder and Associates Engineers, about ongoing public works projects, and set the date for a public hearing on the City’s 2012 Capital Improvement Projects. In other business, the Atlantic City Council will hear a report from Street Department Superintendent Derald Andersen, handle administrative matters, and act on a Resolution approving the dedication of Pine Ridge Estates Infrastructure Improvements to the City. The meeting begins at 5:30.

8AM Newscast 01-04-2012

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