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8AM Newscast 05-23-2012

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May 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Custodian at Creston Community Schools charged with Sexual Abuse

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A custodian with the Creston Community School District charged with the felony Sexual Abuse of a person between the ages of 12 and 13, has been fired from his position. 36-year old Eduardo Medina was released from his employment with the district at Monday night’s meeting of the Creston School District’s Board of Education. Medina was suspended last week after school officials received word he may have had improper contact with a former student.

According to on-line court records, Medina was arrested May 15th on a Class C felony charge of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree. His court appointed attorney waived Medina’s Preliminary Hearing. Medina was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. The man was being held in the Union County Jail on $10,000 bond.

7AM Newscast 05-23-2012

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May 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Missouri River levels expected to be BELOW normal this year

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

After record run-off and flooding on the Missouri River last year, it appears river flows this year will be below-normal. Jody Farhat is chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Office for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha. Farhat says their predictions will be welcome news to those who had flood damage last year. “Our run-off forecast for the 2012 calendar year above Sioux City, Iowa, is 21.6-million acre feet which is 87% of normal,” Farhat says. “This is based on the lack of Plains snowpack, the lower-than-average mountain snowpack and the unusually warm and dry conditions we’ve had so far this year.” Farhat says the Corps will be able to maintain normal flows on the river until at least July first. “We’re currently providing full-service navigation flow support,” she says. “If the total system storage falls below 57-million acre feet on July first, flow support will be reduced for the second half of the navigation season.”

Farhat says some normal signs of life are also returning to the river, including two types of endangered birds.”To date, 51 piping plover nests have been located, with the highest number of nests on Lewis & Clark Lake and on the river reach below Gavins Point Dam,” she says. “Very few nests have been found on the new habitat that was created below Gavins Point Dam due to last year’s flood. The first interior least tern was spotted in the basin this week but no least tern nests have been found.” Last year’s flooding of the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska, western Iowa and northwest Missouri caused hundreds of millions of dollars damage to homes, businesses, farmland and infrastructure. The high water lasted months.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Mo River governors have questions on flood control

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Missouri River governors plan to question a top officer for the Army Corps of Engineers about the agency’s plans for stopping future floods. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple  is hosting today’s (Wednesday’s) meeting in Bismarck. The governors of South Dakota and Kansas and the lieutenant governors of Nebraska and Iowa plan to attend in person. The governors of Montana and Missouri are listening in by telephone.
 
Brig. Gen. John McMahon is commander of the region that oversees the management of the Missouri River and its network of dams. He’ll be briefing the state officials on the corps’ flood-control plans.  States along the Missouri River sustained hundreds of millions of dollars in flood damage last year. Dalrymple says the governors want to know about federal plans for preventing another disaster.

Villisca man arrested Tuesday on burglary and criminal mischief charges

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Villisca man was arrested Tuesday evening on Criminal Mischief and Burglary charges, after authorities were called to investigate an assault in the 100 block of West 2nd Street, in Villisca. 20-year old Jesse Luft was taken into custody at around 5:20-p.m.  He faces 4th Degree Criminal Mischief and 1st Degree Burglary charges. Luft was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Triple A expects more people to travel this Memorial Day

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Temperatures are rising and gasoline prices are falling, a welcome combination for Iowans who are planning Memorial Day weekend getaways. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the motor club is predicting about 35-million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles away from home over the upcoming holiday. “That’s about a one-and-a-half percent increase over last year,” Weinholzer says. “Certainly, the downward pressure on fuel prices in April has done a lot to encourage people to travel after a rather wicked February and March that we had as far as gas prices.”

She says there’s a direct correlation between the drop in fuel costs and the expected rise in travel. Earlier this year, analysts predicted gas would hit four-dollars a gallon in the Midwest, perhaps a buck higher on the coasts. “But mercifully, in April, we saw a reduction in 23 out of the 30 days in gas prices and that’s gone a long ways in helping people plan their Memorial Day travel,” Weinholzer says. “Unless there’s some sort of significant political or environmental impact, it should remain that way through the summer.” The average price of gas has fallen in recent weeks in Iowa and Weinholzer was asked if it would keep falling.”I don’t know if we’ll continue to see it drop, certainly we’ll see a stabilization at the very least,” she says. “When we were looking at crude oil prices in March being $108 a barrel, that was pretty steep. They’re down now to about $94 a barrel.” The current average gas price in Iowa is three-47 a gallon, down from three-85 a year ago. The current U-S average is three-68.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Greenfield woman leads Live Healthy IA Dream team in hours of physical activity

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with “Live Healthy Iowa” say the “Living Healthy Iowa Dream Team” ended its 100 Day Wellness Challenge on May 1st with 192 pounds lost and 761 hours of physical activity recorded. The Dream Team is comprised of 10 Iowans and a team captain who served as role models of health and wellness during the course of the Challenge. The Dream Team celebrated their accomplishments at a final Dream Team Day May 5th in Ames, with Live Healthy Iowa staff members.

The day consisted of health screenings, measurements, team bonding, awards and a luncheon. Nichole Crane of Nevada was awarded ‘Outstanding Weight Loss Achievement’ for leading the team in weight loss with 41 pounds lost. Sandy Booker of Greenfield was awarded ‘Outstanding Physical Activity Achievement‘ for leading the team in the activity division with 136 hours of physical activity. ”

In southwest Iowa, ,embers of the Dream Team include: Natalie Karas, of Oakland, and Sandy Booker, of Greenfield. The team captain of the Dream Team is Stephanie Broders, an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, from Ames. The Dream Team will also be participating in Burst Your Thirst, a Live Healthy Iowa challenge focusing on hydration and physical activity from June 18th-July 30yh, 2012. Registration is open at www.livehealthyiowa.org.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 23rd 2012

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May 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police charged an eastern Iowa man with drunken driving after stopping him outside a Dubuque bar, where he was in a truck beside a small zebra and parrot. Officers arrested 56-year-old Jerald Reiter on Sunday night in the parking lot of the Dog House bar. Officers gave him a field sobriety test and charged him with drunken driving.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities investigating the deaths of a Nebraska woman and her 10-year-old son say they are not looking for an “outside” killer or at-large suspect. Council Bluffs police continue to investigate the deaths of 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling and her son, Owen Schilling.

HONOLULU (AP) — Two Republican U.S. senators are raising concerns about the cost of holding a conference for federal judges on Maui. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa question the need to hold the August conference at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, with activities offered including snorkeling and yoga.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Starting linebacker Shawn Jackson has been suspended for the first three games of Tulsa’s season. Coach Bill Blankenship announced yesterday that Jackson would not play against Iowa State, Tulane or Nicholls State because of a violation of team policy.

Special hours announced for Cass County Auditor’s Office

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May 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman is reminding residents of the County that the Cass County Courthouse will be closed next Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. The Auditor’s Office will however, be open this Saturday, May 26th, from 8-a.m. to 5-p.m., to conduct election business. That would include Absentee voting and registration.

If you are not yet registered to vote, May 26th is THE LAST DAY to pre-register and still be eligible to vote in the June 5th Primary election. If you have moved since last registering, and/or have changed your name since you last registered to vote, you should re-register. The Auditor’s Office will also be open on Saturday, June 2nd, from 9-a.m. to 5-p.m., for election business, which again, would include Absentee voting. Sunderman says same day registration and voting is permitted after the voter presents proof of identity and residency.

If you have any questions, please call the Cass County Auditor’s Office at 712-243-4570, or e-mail auditor@casscoia.us