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Avoca man arrested on assault charge Friday morning

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A domestic incident early this (Friday) morning in Avoca, between a man and his wife resulted in an arrest. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year old Jeffrey Shane Cloughly, of Avoca, was arrested a little after 1-a.m. at a residence in the 700 block of N. Chestnut Street. Jeffrey Cloughly was charged with aggravated Domestic Assault with intent where a weapon was present, along with Child Endangerment without Injury. The report says Jeffrey and his wife both sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Authorities said also, that around 8:40-a.m. Thursday, a Pott. County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested 26-year old Adam Michael Coombe, of Treynor, on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree. Coombe was taken into custody after allegedly shoplifting merchandise at the Casey’s Store in Treynor.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/23/2016

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Grain bin fatality in Adams County

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County said today (Friday), a 78-year old man died Wednesday, after falling off a grain bin near Prescott. The unidentified man apparently lost his footing and fell to the ground. Authorities say he was unresponsive when a deputy and rescue personnel from Corning and Prescott arrived on the scene. The man was later pronounced dead by the Adams County Coroner.

The incident, which took place about a mile northeast of Prescott at 1823 Quince Avenue, was reported at around 9:24-a.m., Wednesday.

2 arrests in Creston, Thursday

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on separate charges Thursday, in Creston. Authorities say 24-year old Courtney Laine Sanson, of Creston, was arrested at around 10:50-p.m. for Trespassing. Sanson was cited and released from the Union County Jail. And, at around 5:15-p.m., 21-year old Dakota Dean Rosch, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Revoked. He was released from the Union County Jail after posting a $1,000 cash or surety bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/23/2016

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Heavy rains bring intense flooding in Ames

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Ames have been busy through the night after nearly five inches of rain inundated streets and homes. Bob Kindred is the assistant city manager of Ames. He says they had 3-to 5-inches of rain which didn’t cause river flooding, but streets were flooded. A number of homes had water in their basements and cars were stalled out on the streets.

Kindred said the situation on the Iowa State University campus was not as bad, because of the lay of the land. A flash flood warning expired at 3:30 this morning but Kindred said there are still reports of flooded streets in Ames. He said water was still 2-to 3-feet deep on some City streets as of 4-a.m., and a number of cars were damaged, abandoned in-place.

Ames police, fire and city staff plus Story County Emergency Management spent much of the night assisting residents impacted by the high water.

(Radio Iowa)

Man & woman from rural Stanton arrested Thu. night on assault charges

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Montgomery County arrested two people from rural Stanton on assault charges late Thursday night. 50-year old Tony Wayne Ruple and 45-year old Tina Marie Seiler were taken into custody at around 10:35-p.m. in the 2800 block of 200th Street. Ruple and Seiler were charged with Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail where they were being held without bond.

New census data details Latino population in Iowa

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

New census data shows the Latino population in Iowa increased by 116 percent from 2000 to 2015 which is a little more than 96-thousand (96,147) people. Latinos make up just under six percent of Iowa’s population, making them the largest minority group in the state. Thirty-two percent of the Latinos in Iowa were not born in this country. Seventy-eight percent of them came to Iowa from Mexico.

The median age of Latinos in Iowa is 22-point-two, while the state median age is thirty-eight-point-one. The median income of Latino households in 2015 was a little more than 38-thousand dollars, while the statewide median household income was nearly 55-thousand dollars (54,736.) The poverty rate was 25-point-six percent, while the corresponding rate for Iowa is 12-point-two percent.

The average family size for the Iowa Latino population in 2015 was three-point-eight-two, compared to the overall average family size in the state of two-point-nine-nine (2.99) Over half of the growth in Iowa’s Latino population from 2000-2015 occurred in seven counties: Polk, Woodbury, Johnson, Marshall, Scott, Pottawattamie, and Linn.

Polk County had the largest overall population of Latinos at 21-point-four percent. The Latino population in Ringgold County increased by 731 percent and by 652 percent in Lyon county between 2000 and 2015. When it comes to the overall population, 27-point-four percent of all residents of Crawford County were Latino, followed by Buena Vista (24.6%), Marshall (20.7%), Muscatine (17.5%), and Louisa (16.2%).

(Radio Iowa)

Magic mushroom case in Storm Lake High School

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A northwest Iowa teenager faces a felony drug charge for allegedly distributing what are sometimes called “magic mushrooms.” A Storm Lake teen has been charged after police investigated a report of a boy ingesting illegal, hallucinogenic mushrooms at the Storm Lake High School. Police learned the juvenile allegedly acquired the illegal mushrooms at the high school from another student, a 16-year-old male from Storm Lake.

The victim was taken to the hospital in Storm Lake for treatment and later released. Police charged the 16-year-old with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. He was taken to the youth detention facility in Cherokee, awaiting an appearance in juvenile court.

(Radio Iowa)

Senator Ernst calls out Ag Secretary on happy portrayal of farm situation

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September 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she called out U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack over the happy picture his department is portraying when it comes to the current state of the farm economy. “A week or so back he had met with a group and was trying to paints a very rosy picture of the farm economy — but that’s not what I am hearing — and I really did press him on that issue,” Ernst says.

The Republican from Red Oak says the things she sees in the state goes against what the former Democrat Iowa governor is saying about the farm situation.”Right now we see corn is at three dollars and under ( a bushel), I’ve seen that at my own hometown at the Merch in Red Oak. It is really hard for our farmers to get ahead with commodity prices being so low,” Ernst says. ” So, I will continue to press him on that.”

Ernst says her concern is the U-S-D-A regulations and programs aren’t helping smaller farmers. “He tried to tout a number of programs that U-S-D-A has, but again I think the things that they promote — the GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration Rule) is a great example of that — it really does inhibit some of those small beginning farmers from even getting a fair start,” Ernst says. Ernst was asked if Vilsack is doing a good job as Ag Secretary.

She focused her answer on the department and not Vilsack. “I’m not going to say yes or no about his role as ag secretary,” Ernst says. “But what I will say is that I think U-S-D-A as a whole is trying to paint an optimistic rosy picture of what is going on, but in reality that is not what is going on. And I hear that every day in Iowa.” Ernst says farmers need less government regulation not more. She referred back to the GIPSA Rule.

“What I fear is that this will cut out those small farmers, those small operations, they won’t be able to engage in the contracts like we see some of the larger packers doing. So, this is an issue that has been brought up by the Iowa Pork Producers, they have spoken to me about this, they have great concerns there. As, well as some of those packing houses,” according to Ernst. She says the packing houses want to have a supply of livestock from a variety of sources and are worried the rule will prevent that. Ernst made her comments during her weekly conference call with reporters.

A U-S-D-A spokesperson issued this response to Ernst’s comments:
“Secretary Vilsack is a tireless champion for American agriculture, and has said several times recently that ‘it is always the wrong bet to bet against the American farmer, rancher, and producer.’ Median farm family household income has held steady at historic highs for the last two years, as a direct result of the hard work and good management by our farm families. Meanwhile, farm debt-to-asset ratios are near record lows, showing the underlying fundamental strength of the American agriculture.”

“This is why yesterday Secretary Vilsack expressed cautious optimism about the state of the agricultural economy, but at the same time he understands the challenges many producers are going through right now because of prices and oversupply in some parts of the sector. USDA recognizes that 10 percent of U.S. farms are highly or extremely leveraged, and that is why we have used every dollar of our farm loan authority and every last dollar of our CCC authority to provide help and assistance to those who need it. Specifically, USDA enrolled 1.76 million farmers in the new Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, which have provided $5.3 billion in financial assistance for crop year 2014, to more than one million farms. The past seven years have been the strongest in history for agricultural exports, while the past five years have been the best in history for median farm household income. Census data shows that incomes in rural America grew by more than 3 percent last year, on pace with income in metro areas. Rural communities are also beginning to see population growth, a dramatic fall in poverty and hunger, and more jobs in the last two years than at any point since 2007. There is concern, and the Secretary expressed that, but there is also cautious optimism. And that is why we have invested more resources than any prior Administration in the future of America’ rural communities, especially our young people and our new and beginning farmers.”

(Radio Iowa)