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Cass Co. Republican Party HQ to open Wednesday

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Republican Party has announced the opening of the county Republican headquarters, located at 319 Chestnut St. in downtown Atlantic (formerly the U.S. Army Recruiting Office).  The headquarters will be open beginning on Wednesday, October 3rd.  Its hours of operation will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Election Day.

Yard signs for the candidates will be available for pick-up at the headquarters, in addition to other materials that detail information about the candidates.  A grand opening event is pending.  Contact Party Chairman David Wiederstein at 712-249-8417 for inquiries about the headquarters and for other volunteer opportunities.  The County Party extends a special thanks to the former party chairman, Jim Field, for his assistance in securing the location of the headquarters.

Accident in Pott. County Monday morning injures 2

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people from Missouri Valley were injured early Monday morning during a rear-end collision on DeSoto Avenue, in Pottawattamie County. Pott. Co. Sheriff’s officials say the accident happened after an animal darted in front of a vehicle driven by 43-year old Teresa Powley, and she slowed to avoid a collision. In the process, her 2011 Chevy SUV was hit from behind by a 2008 Dodge pickup, driven by 57-year old Timothy Thares. The accident happened at around 4:45-a.m., near the bridge over Interstate 29, on DeSoto Avenue. Authorities say the impact spun Powley’s SUV around, and resulted in her being trapped inside the vehicle. The woman was flown by helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center. A report on her condition is not available. Thares was treated at Mercy Hospital, and released.

V.P. Biden to campaign in C.Bluffs, Thursday

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Campaign officials say Democrat Vice President Joe Biden will make a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Thursday. The Council Bluffs office of Obama for America (at 1851 Madison Ave., Suite 200) will make tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis for the event, beginning today (Tuesday), at 8-a.m. Only one ticket per person is allowed, and a ticket is necessary for the free event, which will be held at the Mid-America Center. Doors open at 11-a.m. Thursday.

 

7AM Newscast 10-02-2012

News, Podcasts

October 2nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Public input meetings planned in Iowa towns where USPS wants to reduce post office hours

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Meetings are planned this month in more than 100 Iowa towns where the U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce hours at post offices. Peter Hass, a spokesperson for the U-S-P-S in Iowa, says window hours could be reduced to 2, 4 or 6 hours a day depending on the location. “We want to hear our customers’ feedback on what their preferences are and we’re going to be doing community meetings in every community where we have a proposed change in the retail hours for a post office,” Hass said.

The USPS originally proposed closing 3,700 rural post offices around the country to cut costs, but altered the plan to simply reduce retail hours. Hass notes access to a post office’s P.O. Boxes would remain the same under the plan – only access to a clerk to buy stamps or mail a package would be limited.

The meetings happening in Iowa begin next week. Hass said Iowans who can’t attend a meeting in their community can still provide feedback. “Prior to the meetings, we’re sending out notifications to our customers in those communities with a survey, so they can provide their input in that way as well,” Hass said. The USPS is searching for ways to cut costs in response to a 25% drop in mail volume in the past five years. The plan to reduce rural post office hours is projected to save the Postal Service $500 million a year.

Here is a partial schedule of the meetings set to occur at Post Offices or other locations in southwest Iowa:

Oct. 9th: 6-p.m. at the Braddyville City Hall.

Oct. 15th: Orient Post Office, 2:15-p.m.; Fontanelle Post Office, 4-p.m; Cumberland Post Office- 5:15-p.m.; Grant Post Office, 6:30-p.m.

Oct. 16th: Prescott Post Office, 2-p.m.

Oct. 17th: De Soto Post Office, 1-pm.; Macksburg Post Office, 2:30-p.m.

Other location and meeting times can be found here: http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/our-future-network/post-plan.htm#toggle_oct2012

(Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson)

Villisca residential burglary under investigation

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County are investigating a residential burglary in Villisca. Officials say sometime between 3:30-p.m. Sunday and 9-a.m. Monday, someone entered the bedroom of a home in the 100-block of West 5th Street, in Villisca. Entry was gained through a screen window. Inside, the person or persons responsible for the theft, took $260 in cash bills and a mason jar with an estimated $35 in change. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’ Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-432-1001.

CenturyLink workers in 13 states authorize strike

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest are authorizing a strike, if union leaders and the telecommunications company can’t reach a contract agreement. The Communications Workers of America said Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action. The union and Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees before the current contract expires Saturday night. The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers. The union approved a strike during contract talks in 2008 but a work stoppage wasn’t ordered. CWA spokesman Al Kogler said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. CenturyLink workers in Montana are negotiating a separate contract.

Bon Jovi will perform at 2 Obama events in Iowa

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Musician Jon Bon Jovi will perform at free events in Iowa City and Des Moines in support of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Obama’s campaign announced Monday that Bon Jovi would give acoustic performances Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Hubbard Park in Iowa City and at 6:45 p.m. at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines. Local elected officials and volunteers also will speak at the rallies, which the campaign says will promote early voting. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is holding events Monday and Tuesday in eastern Iowa timed to encourage early voting by supporters of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Vice President Joe Biden will stress the same message on Thursday in Iowa. The Bon Jovi event is free but tickets available at Obama officers are required.

4 injured in Cass Co. I-80 rollover accident Tuesday morning

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October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Four people suffered what were described as minor injuries during a rollover accident early this (Tuesday) morning on Interstate 80, here in Cass County. According to the Cass County Communications Center dispatches, a vehicle rolled into the median just east of mile marker 60 (the Highway 71 exit). Atlantic and Anita Fire and Rescue, and Medivac ambulance were called to the scene. All four persons in the vehicle were said to be conscious and breathing following the crash, which was reported at 3:27-a.m. Their injuries included cuts from flying glass, and a possible broken ankle. A semi is believed to have been involved in the accident. No other details are available at this time. Cass County Sheriff’s deputies and the Iowa State Patrol were still on the scene investigating just before 4-a.m., but early indications are drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Dispatch reports indicated a gun was also found in the vehicle or on one of the subjects injured.

State Cost-Share Funds Available for Planting Cover Crops in Cass County

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Soil & Water Conservation District Commission (SWCD) report they have designated $5,000 of their Iowa Financial Incentives Program (IFIP) funds to offer cost-share assistance to individuals for planting cover crops on cropland in Cass County.  Cover crops are used to reduce soil erosion and capture residual fertilizer to protect soil resources and water quality.

Farmers interested in this assistance should come into the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at the USDA Service Center on 503 W. 7th Street in Atlantic or call the office at 712-243-3180.  Applications will be accepted on a “first come – first serve” basis.  Approved applications will receive a one-time payment of $20.00 per acre on a maximum of 25 acres.  Applications need to be made by Monday, October 8th .