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Iowa lawmakers say they’ve reached compromise on budget

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers say they’ve reached an agreement on the budget that will keep state funding for Planned Parenthood, and the tentative deal is expected to be a breakthrough leading to adjournment.

Legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House say they agreed Friday to a health and human services budget bill that will take a GOP proposal off the table to end funding of family planning facilities that provide abortions. The bill adds more state oversight of the Medicaid program, which shifted to private management on April 1st.

Republicans have secured more tax credits for adoptive parents in the state. The chambers are expected to vote on the legislation Friday as they finalize other budget bills, including transportation. The roughly $7.35 billion budget will go into effect in July.

Des Moines woman turns herself-in the Page County authorities

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Des Moines wanted on Page County warrants for Trespassing and Conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, turned herself-in this (Friday) morning. 30-year old Charlene Lynn Chaney, appeared at the sheriff’s office at around 8:30-a.m., was processed and booked, then later released on $5,000 bond, pending further court proceedings.

Charlene Chaney

Charlene Chaney

Court tosses Iowa City robbery conviction on unlawful search

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A divided Iowa Supreme Court has overturned the robbery conviction of an Iowa City man establishing that police can’t search someone’s personal belongings without a warrant even when the items are in the home of another person who consents to a search. The case involves a backpack owned by Marvis Latrell Jackson located in an Iowa City apartment housing men police suspected of robbing a pizza restaurant on Dec. 31, 2012.

One of the apartment’s occupants consented to a search but police did not ask Jackson if they could search his backpack where they found a gun and cash. Justices in a 4-3 opinion say officers should’ve gotten a warrant or Jackson’s permission to search the backpack. They threw out Jackson’s conviction and ordered a new trial.

Cass Supervisor’s schedule public hearing on S.W. IA egg project

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday), set May 11th as the date and time for a public hearing on a construction permit application for Southwest Iowa Egg. Supervisor Duane McFadden explained the facility near Massena intends to renovate the plant buildings in phases, over a period of years. Two buildings will be removed, and replaced with one, larger building with increased capacity for both the laying hens and manure management.

Supervisor Frank Waters said the people who he’s spoken with – some of whom were originally opposed to the facility when it was first proposed a dozen years ago – said they didn’t object to plans, and so far, there have been no written objections. Steve Baier, of Griswold, is a Southwest Iowa Egg stockholder, who says the facility will be modern, efficient and, better for the birds. It will feature larger cages, and a better manure storage.

The new facility will keep the manure drier, and provide less “out-gassing” of odors. In other business, the Board approved a request from the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, for the creation of an avenue of flags and plaza area, in the County’s portion of the downtown, Atlantic City Park. Trevor’s mom, and fund spokesperson Melanie Petty explained the project to the Board.

conceptual sketch of the proposed City Park plaza improvements.

Conceptual sketch of the proposed City Park plaza improvements.

She said the Atlantic Parks and Rec Dept. and members of the TFMF will install 8, 16-foot flagpoles purchased from the Kiwanis Club. The flags will be lit by solar lights installed on the flagpoles. A new, 3-foot by 58-foot sidewalk will be installed next to the current sidewalk on both sides, to act as a surface for the poles and plaza for memorial benches.

The memorial benches will lock into the concrete, so they aren’t stolen. The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund will take care of all costs associated with the project, and  will continue to maintain the flowerbed in the plaza area. The project has the blessing of the City of Atlantic’s Parks and Rec Department, and Kiwanis Club, and the Supervisors were in unanimous support of it. The project will likely be completed sometime late this fall.

And, the Cass County Supervisors tabled action until May 11th, on authorizing the County Recorder to purchase specialized equipment to take passport photos. The equipment would cost about $1,695. The current driver’s license camera and equipment cannot be used for passport purposes. Supervisor Mark Wedemeyer wanted the request be tabled because a local businessman wanted the chance to object. That person was not able to attend today’s (Friday’s) meeting.

Glenwood man arrested on assault charge

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood arrested a man Thursday on an assault charge. 50-year old David Smith, of Glenwood, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. Smith was being held without bond in the Mills Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Stanton tornado confirmed as EF-1

News, Weather

April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has confirmed an EF-1 Tornado touched down in rural Montgomery County on Wednesday, April 27th. No injuries were reported and damage was limited.

According to the Weather Service Survey of the event, the twister touched down at 3:14-p.m., three-miles east/southeast of Stanton and ended 5-minutes later three-miles east/northeast of Stanton.

Tornado track

Tornado track

It packed winds of 85-to 90-miles per hour, and was about 25-yards wide. It was on the ground for about one and three-quarters of a mile before dissipating.

Photo of the twister as is crossed Hwy 34 near Viking Lake (Photo credit: Adam Wainwright via the Montgomery County EMA)

Photo of the twister as is crossed Hwy 34 near Viking Lake (Photo credit: Adam Wainwright via the Montgomery County EMA)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/29/2016

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/29/2016

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Cass County Deputy receives another Drug Recognition Expert Award

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Sheriff’s Deputy from Cass County was recognized Wednesday night at a State conference held in Okoboji.  Deputy Ben Bartholomew received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) for the Southwest Region of Iowa.  It’s the 5th year in a row he’s won the award, which was presented April 27th during a conference of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB).

Bartholomew told KJAN News there are six DRE Regions (including the Iowa State Patrol, which has it’s own region). The award is given to the DRE who has the most evaluations for impaired drivers, over the past year. This past year, Deputy Bartholomew had 43 interdiction’s, which he says is the same as last year, but nearly twice as much as he had during his 1st year as a DRE 5 years ago, when there were 23. The 43 interventions in each of the past two-years was also the second highest in the State.

Bartholomew described what the duties of a DRE are: He says it’s his responsibility to determine the level of impairment and what type of substance is causing it. He says while there are the usual impairments by illegal drugs like marijuana and meth, there’s been an increase in the number of “Poly-drug” drivers. That’s a person who is impaired by more than one drug. A combination of drugs causes different reactions in a person that makes it interesting for the DRE to observe.

He says taking more than one drug in the same day or within a few hours, it can cause a person’s reactions and health to take drastic turns. “Bart” as he’s known, credits his and his fellow law enforcement officers’ efforts in getting impaired drivers and others off the road. He says it’s a team effort to try and make the roads safe for other motorists.

Creston man arrested on assault charge

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested a man on a Domestic Assault charge, late Thursday morning. 37-year old Demion Garrison, of Creston, was brought to the Union County Jail and later released on $1,000 bond.