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7AM Newscast 02-22-2013

News, Podcasts

February 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

To Iowa man, it was ‘just an average storm’

News, Weather

February 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PERVICAL, Iowa (AP) – The big storm system that dumped a half foot or more of snow on some parts of Iowa may have fallen short of some expectations.  Kelly Malone is a shift manager at the Pilot Flying J station and store that sits along Iowa Highway 2 just west of Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa. Malone said Friday that things were pretty hectic at the Flying J on Thursday, as customers stopped briefly for fuel or food while hustling to beat the storm.

His company had taken precautions by reserving seven rooms for employees at the nearby Super 8 Motel.  Malone says, “We were prepared for the worst, but it didn’t happen that bad. To me it was just an average storm, but I’m a person who drives through anything.”

The National Weather Service said snowfall across the area ranged from 5-to 6-inches across the southwest corner of the state, from 3.5-to 5-inches across Ringgold and Taylor Counties northwestward to portions of Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties. Other areas received anywhere from 2-to 3-inches of snow.

Snowfall reports from around southwest/western Iowa (as of 6-a.m.):

Atlantic (@ KJAN) 4.5″…..Villisca 6″…..Malvern 6.5″

The Iowa Department of Transportation (511ia.org) reports that as of 6:25-a.m, roadways in southwest Iowa, west of the Cass/Adair County line and along and south of I-80, were partially or mostly covered with snow. Towing services are prohibited. Other roads around the listening area are completely covered with snow, and towing services are prohibited.

Snowfall Totals across Iowa

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February 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Statewide snowfall totals for Iowa as of 5:30-a.m. Feb. 22nd, 2013…

Slippery roads contribute to 2 vehicle crash in Red Oak

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February 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak say a crash between two vehicles Thursday afternoon at the intersection of north 8th Street and east Chautauqua Drive, was caused by slick road conditions. No one was injured when vehicles driven by 36-year old Sue Baier and 24-year old Marie Childs, both of Red Oak, collided at around 12:35-p.m.

Officials say Baier’s 2011 Nissan Versa was traveling west on east Chautauqua, and due to the ice and snow covered roads, could not stop at the intersection. Her vehicle slide through the intersection and hit a southbound 2004 Kia Sedona, driven by Childs. Damage amounted to $5,700. No citations were issued.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Feb. 22nd, 2013

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February 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A major snowstorm sweeping through Iowa did not stop Miranda Lambert’s fans from watching her perform in Ames. The country singer performed last night at the Hilton Coliseum. Officials recommend concert-goers consider staying at nearby hotels if conditions worsen.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say road conditions are rapidly deteriorating in parts of Iowa as a major winter storm moves in. The state Department of Transportation says strong winds from the east reduced visibility yesterday afternoon to a quarter to half mile in southern and central Iowa. The National Weather Service says up to nine inches of snow are expected in central Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa’s largest homeless shelter says the center will be packed because of a snowstorm moving through the state. Tony Timm, executive director of Central Iowa Shelter in Des Moines, says 150 emergency beds already were full at the shelter on the edge of downtown by midday yesterday. He expects there will be about 40 people who will sleep in chairs at the shelter overnight.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate subcommittee voted in favor of a bill to expand Medicaid. Two Democrats in the three-member Human Resources Subcommittee approved the bill yesterday. The Republican member was absent. The bill would extend Medicaid to an additional 150,000 Iowans. The federal government would pick up all costs for three years, then 10 percent of expenses would gradually shift to the state.

Road Conditions Continue to Deteriorate With Heavy Snow and High Winds

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February 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 21, 2013: 5 p.m. update – Iowa travel conditions are rapidly deteriorating in many areas of the state due to the advancing winter storm. Light to moderate snow continues to fall over southern and central Iowa, but an intensification of the storm is expected in the next few hours. A strong east wind is reducing visibility to one-quarter to one-half mile, especially in open areas. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s road condition report is listing most roads in southwest and south central Iowa as partially to mostly covered. For southeast Iowa, a break in the snow is expected to be short-lived as more snow is on its way. Iowa DOT road conditions in this quadrant of the state are shown as completely covered. For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).

UNL-ISU Beef Feedlot Roundtable Is Re-Scheduled

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

The UNL-ISU Beef Feedlot Roundtable Webinar that was scheduled for today (2/21) at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm has been rescheduled for March 12. Same time, 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend.

Agenda:

12:45 Registration

1 p.m. Animal Welfare Challenges Facing the Beef Feedlot Industry – Temple Grandin, Colorado State University

2 p.m. Market Outlook and Key issues Related to Formula Pricing – Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center

3 p.m. ISU Research update – Stephanie Hansen & Dan Loy, ISU

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Winter Storm Warning Update (1:05-p.m.) 2/21/13

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February 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

…A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS BEFORE BECOMING LIGHTER BY THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL OCCUR THROUGH 6 PM CST TODAY. THE LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS FRIDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF MID MORNING FRIDAY.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 9 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...EASTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUST NEAR 35 MPH WILL LEAD TO VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. THE STRONG WINDS WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH LATER THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES AND VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO ICY AND SNOW PACKED ROADS.

Some Iowa motels filling up as storm menaces

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February 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) – Some motels are filling up ahead of a snowstorm that threatens to dump to a foot of snow in some parts of Iowa.  Krista Tillman is manager of the Super 8 motel near Percival, just off Interstate 29 in the southwest corner of Iowa. Tillman said the snow had been falling for about 90 minutes but she’d rented out about 30 of her motel’s 45 rooms in the last 60 minutes. She expects to be sold out by 2 p.m., if not sooner.

A desk clerk at the nearby Americas Best Value Inn echoed Tillman, saying he expected his 80 rooms would be gone within a couple of hours.

Malvern man arrested on drug charges

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February 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday of a Malvern man. 18-year old Dylan Lee Conn was arrested late Tuesday night on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a Possession of Controlled Substance charge, for which there is no bond. He faces additional charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond on those charges was set at $2,300.  Also arrested on Tuesday, was 33-year old James Leonard Burson, of Council Bluffs. Burson was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a warrant for allegedly violating his probation. Bond was set at $10,000.

Authorities in Mills County report also the arrest on Wednesday, of 41-year old Darold Eugene Bredberg, of Emerson. Bredberg was wanted on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd degree. His bond was set at $5,000.  And, 38-year old Preston Wayne Mathis, of Glenwood, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office for Assault/Display of Weapon. His  bond was set at $2,000.