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Trial delayed for Iowan accused of Medicaid fraud

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A trial has been delayed for a western Iowa man accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid. Online court records say 52-year-old Darren Washington, of Avoca, has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and fraudulent practice. His Pottawattamie County trial was to have begun Tuesday but now is set to begin May 31.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that Washington allegedly billed Medicaid for services he didn’t perform while working for Health Homes Family Services. Court records say the fraudulent billings totaled more than $13,400.

The Mayor of a small town in Audubon County resigns over stress issues

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mayor for the City of Exira has resigned. According to a statement issued by Mayor Brenda Bengard, she has had health issues related to stress over City bills, payroll and closing of accounts. Her health began to decline, according to Bengard, after the retirement of Exira’s City Clerk forced her to take on additional duties for the City.

Bengard said she was proud to have served the City and to have been the first woman elected as Mayor of Exira. According to the Audubon County Auditor’s Office, the City of Exira has 60 days to appoint a new mayor, and must publish its intention to appoint a mayor for the vacancy.

The publication must also notify city residents of the right to request a special election by filing a petition.

Shooting in Council Bluffs – no suspect being sought

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs responded to a report Thursday evening of a woman who had been shot. Officers who were sent to 3141 Ave. A at around 6:30-p.m., found a woman inside of a Ford Ranger truck. The woman, whose name was not released, had a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.

She was transported to a local hospital. Officers and detectives investigating the incident said at this point it appears that the woman’s wound may have been self-inflected. Authorities say they are not currently looking for any suspects with regard to the incident.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 29th 2016

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April 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CDT

(IOWA/GEORGIA) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Thursday evening, issued an Amber Alert for a missing teenager from Washington County, Iowa. 17-year old Dominique Nicole Lloyd, of Washington, was reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, April 23rd,  and was recently seen in Georgia. She is believed to be with 24-year old Micheal Brad Knuth, who’s also from Washington, and is a registered sex offender in the state of Iowa. Knuth is wanted for violating a no-contact order, involving Lloyd, and failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry. DPS officials are working with Georgia law enforcement to coordinate efforts in locating Lloyd and Knuth.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The water utility serving a half a million customers in central Iowa including the city of Des Moines says it has switched on its nitrate removal system. Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe says nitrate concentration in untreated water from river sources is approaching 10 milligrams per liter, the limit the Environmental Protection Agency says is no longer safe for babies to drink.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers attempting to finish up the legislative session are returning to the Capitol after failing to reach compromise on several budget issues, including state funding for Planned Parenthood. Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House were expected to meet Friday to try to hash out deals over some bills that will make up the roughly $7.35 billion budget that goes into effect in July.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games has given up an extradition fight to face charges in Iowa. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says Robert Rhodes, of Sugar Land, Texas, reported to the Polk County jail Thursday to face lottery fraud charges filed against him last year. Rhodes’ attorney declined to comment on the allegations.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An outgoing regent who is a director for a national furniture company failed to disclose that before its local distributor signed a major no-bid contract with the University of Iowa last year. Mary Andringa abruptly resigned Wednesday from the Board of Regents, one year into her six-year term.

Hastings man arrested on Union County warrant

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County said Thursday, a man from Mills County was arrested Thursday morning at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a Union County warrant. 21-year old Dominique James Schlup, of Hastings, was wanted for Violation of Parole. He was transferred to the authority of Union County and held without bail at the jail, in Creston.

Amber Alert issued for missing eastern IA teen

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Thursday evening, issued an Amber Alert for a missing teenager from Washington County, Iowa. 17-year old Dominique Nicole Lloyd, of Washington, was reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, April 23rd,  and was recently seen in Georgia.

Lloyd is a white female, 5’6”, 130 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes. She is believed to be with 24-year ol Micheal Brad Knuth, also of Washington, Iowa. Knuth is a white male, 6’1”, 168 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. The subjects are believed to be in a black 2008 Mazda MZ3 with the Iowa license plates DXL 519. Authorities believe they may be in the Georgia or Florida area.

Iowa Department of Public Safety officials are working with Georgia law enforcement to coordinate efforts in locating Lloyd and Knuth. Micheal Knuth is a registered sex offender in the state of Iowa.  He was charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse for an incident on March 13th, 2014, in Washington County, involving a victim between the ages of 14-17. Knuth is wanted for violating a no-contact order, involving Dominique Lloyd, and failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry.

Anyone with information on their location, is asked to call their local law enforcement.

Dominique LLoyd

Dominique LLoyd

Michael Knuth

Michael Knuth

Modale man found guilty in connection w/fatal Cass County crash

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Atlantic has found a Harrison County man guilty of homicide by motor vehicle. KETV in Omaha reports the verdict was handed down Thursday afternoon against 50-year old Paul Marshall, of Modale, who drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 in Cass County last summer, and whose vehicle collided head-on near Atlantic, with a vehicle driven by 31-year old University of Nebraska Soccer Coach Peter Underwood, who died at the scene of the May 16th crash.

Marshall was taken into custody after the verdict, and was being held without bond pending sentencing, which was set for June 17th. Marshall will face up to 25-years in prison. His trial began Tuesday.

Father of Council Bluffs crash victim testifies in Congress

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The father of a Council Bluffs woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash has addressed members of the Congress, speaking about losing his daughter and questioning the handling of her suspected killer. KMTV reports Scott Root testified before a U.S. House committee Thursday about the events following the January death of his 21-year-old daughter, Sarah Root.

Investigators say 19-year-old Eswin Mejia was in the country illegally when he was driving drunk in Omaha and crashed into Root’s car, killing her. Authorities haven’t seen Mejia since he posted bail and was released from jail in February. He’s on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s list of most wanted suspects.

Scott Root said his family wouldn’t stop until local and federal officials are held accountable and Mejia is caught.

Six area seniors pursuing agriculture related degrees earn $1,500 scholarships

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In one of its last acts as the West Central Cooperative governing body, the Board of Directors has announced the recipients of the West Central Excellence in Agriculture scholarships. Last winter, West Central accepted applications for its Excellence in Agriculture scholarships from children of cooperative members who are area seniors pursuing agriculture-related post-secondary education. This year, six students have each been awarded $1,500.

The Excellence in Agriculture winners are:

* Noah Borkowski, son of Dave & Lisa Borkowski of Carroll; senior at Glidden-Ralston High School.

* Zoey Dinkla, daughter of Dallas & Romonia Dinkla of Casey; senior at Adair-Casey High School.

* Brianna Goecke, daughter of Jim & Kim Goecke of Audubon; senior at Audubon Community High School.

* Andrew Irlbeck, son of Glen & Anne Irlbeck of Templeton; senior at Kuemper Catholic High School.

* Shelby Soper, daughter of Clint & Mindy Douglas of Adair; senior at Adair-Casey High School.

* John Schultes, son of George Schultes & Connie Jessen of Exira; senior at Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton High School.

Brianna Goecke

Brianna Goecke

Zoey Dinkla

Zoey Dinkla

Shelby Soper

Shelby Soper

Andrew Irlbeck

Andrew Irlbeck

Noah Borkwoski

Noah Borkwoski

Nick Schultes

Nick Schultes

West Central’s Excellence in Agriculture program had been in place since 1994. The Landus Cooperative board of directors has not yet determined their plans for the scholarship program in the future. Landus Cooperative’s chief executive officer and West Central’s former CEO, Milan Kucerak said “These soon-to-be-graduates will play a critical role in shaping agriculture in coming decades. As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are privileged to be in a position to consult with producers who are feeding the world as well as support the educational pursuits of those who will positively influence the industry for years to come.”

Report ranks Iowa 28th for cost of college education

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April 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A study from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education finds Iowa ranks 28th for the cost of college education. William Doyle, an associate professor at Vanderbilt, helped put together the College Affordability Diagnosis. He says they looked at the net price being charged to families based on their family income and compared that what families were able to pay, and the costs to attend in the cities were students attend college. He says the cost of community college figured into Iowa’s 28th place ranking.

“One of the big factors is that the net prices of community colleges are relatively high in Iowa in comparison to other states. And that’s where many undergraduate students enroll,” Doyle says. “So, having these relatively more expensive institutions where a lot of Iowans are going, hurts Iowa’s overall rankings.” The report says students would have to work 28 hours a week, on average, to cover the annual costs of attending a two-year public college full time. It says those schools are even less affordable for those earning less than 30-thousand dollars a year, as families would need to spend nearly half of their family income to pay for the costs. The Board of Regents is looking at raising tuition again at the three state universities after a couple of years of freezing tuition. Doyle says the tuition freeze sounds good, but it has to be viewed in a bigger picture.

“One thing about these tuition freezes, lots of states go through this pattern where they might lock down tuition for a couple of years and then it increases quite rapidly when some difficult economic times return,” Doyle says. “Better to have moderate predictable increases, increases kind of no more than family income, increases over time so people can make plans appropriately.” He says the state needs to provide more financial aid to students.

“Iowa has relatively low investment in need-based financial aid at its public institutions. The state has a fairly generous system for students at private institutions — but doesn’t provide as much as many other states do for students at public institutions,” Doyle says. The report says Iowa provides 39 dollars per student in need-based financial aid to those attending public institutions, compared to the national average of 474 dollars. Doyle says there’s also a large gap between the number of Hispanic and the number of white students who can afford to attend college in Iowa as the Hispanic population has grown.

“Like a lot of other states, if Iowa wants to have a more highly educated population, it’s going to have to provide more access to higher education for groups who traditionally haven’t had much access to higher education,” Doyle says. “That includes under represented groups like Hispanic students and families. And the overall education attainment of Hispanic students and families is lower than it is for say white students and families.” Doyle says Alaska is the number one school on their list for affordability.

“They way Alaska got there…institutions where most of the students go are more afforable, they are low price institutions. And also in Alaska the prices are low relative to what students and families are able to pay,” according to Doyle.

(Radio Iowa)