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(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/29/2015

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Report: more ag-related jobs available than college grads able to fill them

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows there are plenty of jobs in ag-related fields, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Krysta Harden is Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “Folks don’t really realize the variety of jobs and the availability of the jobs in science and technology, in education, in communication, food production, all the way through the entire chain, frankly,” Harden says.

The report from the USDA and Purdue University states there are nearly 60,000 ag related job openings expected annually in the U.S., but only a little over 35,000 graduates available to fill them. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, says that means there are some great opportunities for recent college graduates.  “For some majors like agribusiness, animal science, crop science, the young people are being offered two to three job offers and signing bonuses,” Ramaswamy says.

The report projects almost half of the ag job opportunities in the next five years will be in management and business. Another 27 percent will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. According to the report, more than half the grads in agriculture and ag-related fields are women.

(Radio Iowa)

Warnings to all drivers as we enter the 100 Deadliest Days

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A new study finds almost two-thirds of people injured or killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people -other- than the teen behind the wheel. Rose White, traffic safety director at Triple-A-Iowa, says we’re now in what’s considered the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb. Kids are out of school, White says, and often have access to vehicles.

“As a result, we always see a big increase in crashes and, unfortunately, fatalities and injuries involving young teen drivers,” White says. “Looking at stats over two decades, we are noticing that in those fatality crashes, it’s usually a person in the other vehicle or possibly a passenger that’s killed in the car crash.”

Since teens spend more time behind the wheel during the summer than any other season, White is reminding everyone, including drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, to be mindful when sharing the roads with young drivers. “Driving is the most dangerous activity a teen will undertake,” White says. “What that means is, they need to have practice time behind the wheel. So, we encourage parents to spend more time with their teenager. Some helpful tools are available at the website teendriving.aaa.com.”

While great strides are being made to improve driver safety, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. “In Iowa, the most current statistics available which are gathered from the year 2013, that year 27 fatalities were reported in which a teen driver was at fault,” White says. “In those situations, 11 teen drivers died, seven passengers died and nine occupants of other vehicles.”

Nationwide in 2013, the Triple-A report found teen driver-involved crashes claimed nearly three-thousand lives and injured 371-thousand people. Crash rates for teens are higher than any other age group. White says keeping teen drivers safe is the shared responsibility of parents, policy makers, other motorists and the teens themselves.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/292015

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Red Oak man arrested for Trespassing on RR property

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Thursday afternoon, for allegedly Trespassing on railroad property. Police say 29-year old Joshua J. Pedersen was observed walking along the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks just east of J. Avenue, on the east side of Red Oak.

Pedersen was taken into custody without incident at around 4:20-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $300 bond.

Bluffs Police arrest 1 person in stabbing incident

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was arrested on a felony Willful Injury charge Thursday evening, following an incident at 1435 North 15th Street that resulted in a stabbing. Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson says officers were dispatched to the home at around 7-p.m. for a reported stabbing. When they arrived, they found the victim, 40-year old Alphonso Wesley, of Council Bluffs, suffering from three stab wounds to his lower back.

Wesley, and the suspect in the case, 52-year old Bernard Lucas, of Council Bluffs, were staying at the house and are known to each other. Dawson says the men were in a sleeping area, when Lucas allegedly began to push Wesley. As Wesley was walking away from Lucas, Lucas pulled out a black folding knife and allegedly stabbed Wesley from behind, in the back.

Wesley was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of Non-life threatening injuries. Lucas was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail. An investigation into the incident continues.

FREE Garden Webinars Offered in June, July and August

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Gardeners have the opportunity this summer to learn about theme gardens, planting trough gardens, water features and conservation, attracting butterflies and bees, and growing herbs. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach “Growing Season” webinar series will be offered at multiple locations across Iowa during June, July and August. The Cass County Extension Office is one of the locations hosting these webinars.

This is the sixth year for the Iowa Master Gardener program annual summer series. It is open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed master gardener training to attend. Each of the three webinars feature an Iowa Master Gardener and ISU Extension and Outreach faculty or staff member presenting the two-hour course at an ISU Extension and Outreach county office. Course topics and speakers include:

JUNE: Design from Yard to Trough, with Iowa State University Department of Horticulture lecturer Lisa Orgler and Fayette County Master Gardener Gary Whittenbaugh. Participants will learn how to add spark to landscape designs and trough planters filled with conifers and their companions.

Cass County Master Gardener Bus Tour Heads for Des Moines on June 18

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Des Moines Botanical Garden and Polk County Master Gardeners Enabling Garden are two of many highlights on the 2015 Cass County Master Gardener bus tour. The trip is scheduled for June 18th, departing from the Cass County Fairgrounds in Atlantic at 8-AM and returning around 6-PM. Other stops include nurseries, gardens and greenhouses in the Greater Des Moines Area. Lunch, catered by Hickory Park, will be served at the Polk County Extension Office.ISU Extension

The trip is sponsored by the Cass County Master Gardeners but is open to everyone. Registrations are due by June 10th, so register soon so you can be sure to save your spot on the bus! The cost is $55. 00 which includes transportation, entrance fees and a meal and snack. Registration forms are available at the Cass County Extension office, and can also be found on the Cass County Extension website at www.exension.iastate.edu/cass.

A full itinerary is on each registration form. Be sure to bring plant labels and boxes to mark the goodies you pick up along the way!

(Press Release)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, May 29th 2015

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May 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Demolition has begun on two Iowa City cottages that date to the 1850s, months after officials declined to designate them historic landmarks. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports crews started work Wednesday to demolish the cottages and replace them with a mixed-use development. A third cottage was demolished last December. Developer Mike Hodge didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A 34-foot-tall stainless steel artwork will soon stand in Marshalltown. The Times-Republican reports that workers on Wednesday delivered the shiny pieces of steel to a site on North 13th Street. It will be set up in the next few days in a green space, making it the first public art project organized by the Marshalltown Public Art Committee.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to neglecting a dependent person in northern Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Brian McDaid of Clear Lake filed a written plea in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Tuesday. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for a 19-year-old Des Moines woman who’s accused of cashing counterfeit payroll checks in northern Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Keyera Coleman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of theft and forgery. Her trial is set to begin on June 23rd.

Amber Alert Cancelled in Iowa

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May 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Amber Alert issued late Thursday afternoon was cancelled, effective 3:30-p.m. today (Thursday). Both teens have been located. The teens were found in Cherokee County. They were uninjured and safe when located by deputies.

The Alert had been issued for 12-year old Bayli Rian Jordan, of Everly, and 16-year old Jamie Patrick Panko, from Royal, IA. They were last seen Wednesday afternoon.