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Another convenience store robbed in Council Bluffs

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November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating yet another convenience store robbery. Officials say at around 9:30-p.m., Saturday, a clerk at the Kwik Shop located at 1602 Avenue G, reported an unknown male subject walked up to the counter, pointed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. He grabbed about $60 before running out of the store.

The suspect was described as being white, about 20-to 30-years old, 5-feet 11-inches tall, and weighing about 175-to 190-pounds. He wore a dark ball cap, dark coat and dark pants. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-326-4765.

Three other convenience store robberies remain under investigation in Council Bluffs. Those events occurred September 30th at a Kwik Shop, October 30th at a Kum and Go, and November 3rd at a Kum-and-Go, all in Council Bluffs.

Adams County accident shuts down Hwy 34 for about an hour

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Highway 34 was closed for nearly an hour this (Saturday) afternoon, due to an accident in Adams County. Details about the crash are currently not available, but officials said both lanes of travel on Highway 34 were closed two-miles west of Corning due to the accident, which occurred at around 3:50-p.m.  Traffic was rerouted while the scene was being investigated and cleared.

Council Bluffs/Omaha area ranks high on list of Best Places to Relocate to

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Council Bluffs are thrilled the city shares the honor with Omaha, Nebraska, as being the third best place in the nation, to relocate to.  In fact, several cities are in the Midwest are on the list, compiled by Sperling’s BestPlaces.net and posted on CNBC.com. Only Pittsburgh, Penn., and Buffalo, N.Y. finished ahead of Omaha/Council on the Top 10 list, and ahead of such places as Austin, Tex., Madison, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul and Des Moines.

The recently released list was based on the following factors: unemployment, cost of living, crime rates, population health, and cultural events. The ten best cities to move to all have lower than average house prices and unemployment rates below the national average (10.2%). Leisure activities and sports teams were also factored into the equation.

According to BestPlaces.net, the Omaha/Council Bluffs area’s cost of living is 12.4 percent below the national average. The average price of a home is $137,600, well below the national average of $171,700. The unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, less than half the national average of 10.2 percent.

Kathy Fiscus, Special Projects Director for the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau said the city’s ranking was “Super” news,  and that they’re “pleased and proud” to be on the list. Fiscus told the Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil “A lot of people think we’re ‘Midwest nice,’ which means we’re so nice.” She asked “Wouldn’t you really enjoy living somewhere where you’re greeted on the street and have no fear for yourself when you leave your residence?” Fiscus says the area still serves as a place to live out “The American Dream.”

See the report for yourself at: http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/americas_top_relocate_cities.aspx

Dry conditions & strong winds present fire danger today (Saturday)

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

STRONG AND GUSTY SOUTH WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 40 MPH WILL OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THIS WILL ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR FIRES ACROSS THE AREA WITH DRY GRASS CONDITIONS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES AND STRONG WINDS. THESE ARE ALSO LOCATIONS THAT SAW RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION EARLIER IN THE WEEK…SO CONDITIONS REMAIN DRY. USE EXTRA CAUTION OR PUT OFF BURNING UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE.

A Burn Ban remains in effect for Cass County, IA, until further notice. The Fire Danger Rating in Shelby County is “High.” The Fire Danger Rating in Shelby County is “High.” Burning of any kind in Shelby County is restricted unless approval is received from your local fire chief.

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

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MO. RIVER FLOOD WORKING GROUP SETS HEARING FOR NOV. 30th

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham will take part in a Nov. 30TH hearing focusing on this summer’s historic flooding along the Missouri River. The hearing was announced on Thursday by the newly formed U.S. House Missouri River Flood Working Group, of which Congressman Latham is a member. Latham said he will voice the concerns of Iowans who live and work along the Missouri River during the hearing. He said any new river management policies enacted in the wake of this summer’s disaster must focus on flood prevention in lower basin communities.

The working group aims to make flood control a greater priority in Missouri River management after concerns arose in recent months regarding river management practices by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps of Engineers is currently conducting public meetings for its 2012 Annual Operating Plan of the Missouri River system. The Nov. 30th hearing will be a chance for House members to voice questions and concerns about the 2012 operating plan.

Low pheasant numbers have an economic impact

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Lower pheasant numbers are not only hurting the efforts of hunters to find the birds, they are also putting a damper on the economic impact of hunting. D-N-R wildlife technician, Mark McInroy, says sureveys shows hunters spend an average of 125-dollars each day they are out. McInroy says that’s one of the most unfortunate things about the drop, as he says lower bird numbers mean “only the most passionate hunters keep involved” and he says that impacts grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, motels are impacted. Hunting clubs are one alternative for those who want tobe sure they get a bird during their hunt.

Curt Sandahl brings in birds from the Dakotas to stock the Winterset Hunt club. He says it gives the hunters the experience they’re looking for. Sandahl says every day is opening day because the birds haven’t been hunted before and they act like opening day birds. Sandahl also sees an impact from the lower bird numbers, as Iowa’s position as a top pheasant state drops. “Twenty-years ago, every small town hotel was booked for the first three weekends (of the pheasant season) from people from out of state,” Sandahl says. He says South Dakota now has those people from all over the country going to their state to hunt pheasants.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested

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November 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a Red Oak man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning. 44-year old Mark Ray Maley was taken into custody at around 12:30-a.m., on a charge of Public Intoxication, following an incident at 3rd and East Hammond Streets in Red Oak. Maley was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Five months after moving out for flood, MidAmerican facility to reopen in Council Bluffs

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November 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Life is slowly returning to normal for many people in western Iowa who dealt with a summer of flooding along the Missouri River. Businesses that were evacuated are also reopening. Ann Thelen, spokesperson for MidAmerican Energy, says they’re moving back into their customer service office in Council Bluffs this weekend after spending nearly five months working out of a temporary office in the Mall of the Bluffs. “We have been able to serve our customers in this temporary location, but it feels good to go back home where customers are accustomed to finding us,” Thelen said. The MidAmerican facility, located at 3003 South 11th Street in Council Bluffs, was not badly damaged – thanks in part to sand barriers.  Thelen said they also moved a lot of equipment to higher ground. “We had minimal impact to our facilities. We’re pleased we took all the steps to protect it, because if we hadn’t, we would’ve likly seen some damage,” Thelen said. The MidAmerican temporary office at the Mall of the Bluffs is closing at 5 p.m. today (Friday). The office on South 11th will re-open Monday at 8 a.m.

(Radio Iowa)

King to moderate Cain/Gingrich debate in Texas; Gingrich looks forward to “serious conversation”

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November 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King will serve as moderator of a debate between Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich tomorrow night (Saturday) in Houston, Texas. The event’s

(R) Congressman Steve King, IA

organizers have said the “gossip” about allegations that Cain sexual harassed former employees in the late 1990s will not be discussed and King doesn’t expect the topic to come up at all.  “Only if Speaker Gingrich brings it up. I don’t think Herman Cain will and I don’t intend to,” King said during an interview with Radio Iowa. “My view is…you’re innocent until proven guilty. We don’t even have the name of anyone who alleges this at this point.” King says the whole issue should be off limits until “responsible media” produce an “Anita Hill” — a reference to the woman who came forward during U.S. Senate confirmation hearings to say that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her.

 

“It may well be that these allegations, even if true, are so devoid of substance that the voters would decide they like Herman Cain a lot more,” King says. Cain and Gingrich have agreed to focus the debate on entitlement reform.  “It’s going to be really interesting to see how the two candidates interact with each other,” King says. Beyond Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, King is prepared to press the candidates to reveal their plans for dealing with the federal budget deficit and the interest on the federal debt.  “I want to see if we can get the presidential candidates, in this case Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, to address the components of the entitlements and what they would do to slow the growth in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in such a way that we can get ourselves to a balanced budget again,” King says. The event is billed as a “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate. Earlier this week during an appearance in Pella, Gingrich described the format this way:

“Having two people sit down and have a serious conversation, not a Mickey Mouse debate, not a gotcha — but just talk.” Gingrich expects to present “three big” reform proposals.  “My guess is that Herman and I are going to have a very interesting conversation that’s very different than most political stuff,” Gingrich said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to is an interesting two hours of the American people seeing people talk about very large solutions at a time when we have very large problems , as opposed to: ‘In 30 seconds, what’s your position on X?’ which, when you think about it, is pretty silly.”

The debate — which will be 90 minutes long rather than two hours — is set to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast nationally on C-SPAN. According to the agreed-upon format, King as moderator is to have a limited role, asking just three or four basic questions during the event. Iowa Democrats have criticized King for “chasing the limelight” and paying more attending to the presidential campaign than to the concerns of his Iowa constituents. King was a panelist at a South Carolina forum for the G-O-P presidential candidates and this past winter King hosted a candidate forum in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)