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Child checked for injuries following accident near Avoca, Monday

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a one-year old boy from Bellevue, NE, was transported to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan Monday, following an accident near Avoca. Pott. County Sheriff’s Department investigator, Sgt. Dwayne Riche, told KJAN News the accident happened at around 3:45-p.m., just off the Interstate 80 exit to mile marker 40.

Riche says 31-year old Erica Velasquez, of Bellevue, NE, was driving a 2009 Subaru Impreza, while a 2013 Ford Explorer was being driven by William Michaels, of Forest Lake, MN. Both vehicles had exited the interstate and stopped at the intersection, with the intention to turn right onto Highway 59. The Subaru proceeded into the intersection, but due to confusion with oncoming semi traffic, Velasquez could not continue, and had to stop again. At that time, her car was rear-ended by the SUV.

A passenger in the Subaru, 1-year old Xander Velasquez was transported to Myrtue Hospital by Shelby Rescue, to be checked for injuries. Authorities cited Michaels for following too close. Damage to the vehicles amounted to $4,000.

8AM Newscast 10-09-2012

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October 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Possible, future changes to Atlantic’s Driver’s Ed program

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board Monday, discussed, but did not take action on a possible change in the way Driver’s Education is taught in the District. Drivers’ Ed is currently only available during the summer, but Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said with the trend in other area districts being to contract-out the service of Driver’s Ed instructor, it’s appropriate that Atlantic consider doing the same thing, because of the cost saving it would provide. That includes the areas of FICA and IPERS on the salaries the district pays, and wear and tear on the vehicles the district provides for the training.

Amstein says the district can realize a considerable savings by contracting-out the service, and potentially, offer the classes during the early Fall and Spring semesters, as well. They would be designed so as to not interfere with daily instruction.

The district currently pays about $25,000 in salaries and benefits for the Driver’s Ed instructors, along with the price of gasoline and wear and tear on vehicles. This past summer, there were more than 100 students taking Driver’s Ed in two class periods. Atlantic Activities Director Josh Rasmussen said smaller class sizes of about 20 or so would be a better learning environment for those students, instead of 50-per class.

The school would still collect money from the students for the classes. It would not be paid directly to the company or person providing the training. If the district decides to contract-out for those services, the earliest it would take effect would be the summer of 2013. Amstein said if a contract is worked out, it could also be an option in-place for the fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014.

Accident in Red Oak Monday results in injuries to 2 adults & a child

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County says three-people were transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon. According to the Red Oak Police Department, both drivers and an infant passenger in one of the vehicles suffered non-life threatening injuries during the crash, which occurred a little after 3:30-p.m.

Officials say a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Peggy Sue Gurney, of Red Oak was hit at the intersection of East Corning and North 2nd Street, as Gurney was traveling east on Corning, and 87-year-old Howard Austin McClelland, of Villisca, as McClelland was traveling west. Gurney, her infant son and McClelland were injured in the crash.

Officers cited McClelland for having no proof of insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt, and unsafe turning.

Malvern woman arrested on assault charge

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a Malvern woman was arrested Monday on assault charges. Officials say 24-year-old Tonisha Christina O’Meara was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting separately, police and corrections officers. O’Meara was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Atlantic Board of Ed approves Level 1 District Investigators

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Board of Education, Monday, approved the assignment of Level 1 Investigators for the school district. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein explained what a Level 1 Investigator is responsible for. He said they look into allegations against a building employee, in the areas of “inappropriate behavior,” or possible abuse. Amstein their findings are reported to his office, and if the allegations are deemed credible, he will make contact with the proper authorities, based on the findings the investigation. He said it’s a “self check” in each of the district’s buildings, to make sure there is no abuse going on, and that there are “qualified folks” to conduct the investigation.

If there is a conflict of interest, a separate investigator will be used from another one of the districts’ schools. The advantage of having multiple investigators, according to Amstein, is that depending on the situation, the district has the option of using a man or woman, depending on the allegation.

Currently, each of the schools in the District with the exception of the Atlantic Middle School, has one Level 1 investigator per building. On-line training is available for persons to be certified as a Level 1 investigator. Approval of those internal investigators is an annual occurrence required by the Board.

Voting in Iowa? There’s an app for that

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Wondering where your new polling site may be on Election Day? Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz says there’s now an “app” for that. “We’ve been working on this for the last six to eight months,” Schultz says. “Now it’s available on iPad, iPhone and Android.” Beyond finding your polling place, the new “app” helps Iowans register to vote, ask for an absentee ballot — and even track that absentee ballot once they’ve mailed it.  “You can check right on your phone to see if your absentee ballot’s been received by your (county) auditor,” Schultz says. Download the app, for free, in the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Market. “It’s a comprehensive app that is really a first of its kind, I think, in the country,” Schultz says.

He hopes to add new features for future elections, allowing people to follow real-time Election Night results via their smart phone or tablet. “More and more people are using tablets and smart phones. I mean, I don’t even use a computer much anymore. I use my tablet more than anything,” Schultz says. “I think a lot of people who use technology are going down this road and, obviously, those voters who don’t still have the general way of going to the auditor’s office and getting their absentee ballot request form and so forth, but this is a way in which we try and make it as easy and accessible as possible for voters here in Iowa.”

One of the apps lets Iowans report suspected voter fraud. Schultz, a Republican, reviewed Iowa D-O-T lists earlier this year and discovered almost 34-hundred people had registered to vote when they got their driver’s license or photo I.D., but were not eligible to vote. Schultz wants to check that list against a federal database, but the effort has been challenged in court. A lone Division of Criminal Investigation agent is combing through the list, however, and so far five people have been charged with voter fraud.

(Radio Iowa)

Romney-Ryan connection to King, Lange, Archer & Latham

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been very publicly voicing their support of the four Iowa Republicans who’re running for congress. On September 7th when Mitt Romney was speaking at a rally in Orange City, he pointed to Steve King — currently a congressman from northwest Iowa. “I’m looking here at Steve King,” Romney said. “This man needs to be your congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington, D.C.” The Republican congressional candidate in northeast Iowa — introduced Paul Ryan at a rally October 1st in Dubuque. “How about Ben Lange, huh?” Ryan said immediately after getting the microphone. “We’ve got to send this guy to represent us.”

John Archer, the G-O-P congressional candidate in the southeast quadrant of the state, got a similar shout-out from Ryan at a rally in Burlington last Tuesday.”That guy’s going to be your next congressman,” Ryan said of Archer. “Make sure it happens, all right?” And when Mitt Romney rallies with Republicans on a farm near Van Meter Tuesday, Republican Congressman Tom Latham will be there. Nick Ryan ran former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle’s campaigns in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and he says there’s “no question” the competitive presidential race has been a factor in this year’s Iowa congressional races. But Ryan sees a reverse benefit as well.

“When you have strong congressional candidates working with a strong presidential campaign, good things are able to happen,” Ryan says. Ryan says all four Republican congressional candidates — two incumbents and two challengers — have all amassed valuable lists of volunteers in each of the four districts.This past Saturday’s statewide get-out-the-vote effort by Republicans — to benefit all the G-O-P candidates on the November ballot — is a case in point. “I’ve seen numbers that compare 2008 volunteer activity — phone call activity and door-knocking activity — to 2012 and our voter contacts in 2012 far out-pace what they did in 2008,” Ryan says. ”

Regardless of how it’s working, it’s working very well.” Latham’s congressional campaign is renting office space in Urbandale to the Romney campaign, but James Carstensen, a spokesman for Latham, downplays the idea there’s a strong connection with the Romney camp. “As far as running campaigns together, we just don’t,” Carstensen says. Carstensen says Latham believes if he runs a “strong, independent” campaign, it will benefit Republicans up and down the ticket.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Steroid that caused hepatitis never made it to Iowa

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Health officials around the country are trying to track down patients who may have received a deadly dose of steroids used to treat back pain — but not here — as state epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk says none of the material reached Iowa. “What the C-D-C is recommending at this time is to contact the people providers, health care, clinics who received one of those three lots and working with them contact all the patients who may have received one of the three lots. Since we never received any of the three lots we have not had to do that,” Quinlisk explains.

Dr. Quinlisk says the Massachusetts company has recalled not just the contaminated steroid, but every product on its shelves just to be safe. “There may be some of the things on that list that did make it to Iowa but its being recalled out of a total abundance of caution. It’s not even been something that’s been forced upon them, this pharmacy just doesn’t want to take any chances and is recalling everything,” she explains. At least seven people have died and dozens more are became ill from a rare form of meningitis linked to the steroids.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Oct. 9th 2012

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October 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MORAVIA, Iowa (AP) — Officials say hunters found a solid bronze deer statue that was stolen in June near Moravia in southern Iowa. KCCI-TV reports that the Appanoose (AP’-uh-noos) County sheriff’s office says that “Swamp Jumpers” was discovered about 30 miles away. The statue depicts a large buck and doe and weighs about 1,500 pounds.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County prosecutors have added three involuntary manslaughter charges, but dropped one of eight counts against a Des Moines doctor suspected of prescribing narcotic painkillers to people who fatally overdosed. The Des Moines Register reports that the additional charges were filed yesterday against Dr. Daniel Baldi (BALD’-ee).

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will visit Iowa on Friday to support Democrats running for Congress. Clinton will speak at a rally for Christie Vilsack in Sioux City. Later, Clinton will attend a fundraiser in Des Moines for Rep. Leonard Boswell. The Gazette says U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will attend a fundraiser for Republican Ben Lange Oct. 17 in Cedar Rapids.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The search continues for suspects in the shooting of a trumpeter swan at a nature center in northern Iowa. The Globe Gazette in Mason City says the swan was killed Saturday at the Lime Creek Nature Center in Cerro Gordo County.