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Veterans Appreciation Tailgate during this Saturday’s Hawks vs. IL game

News, Sports

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Veterans and their families are invited to watch the Iowa-versus-Illinois (away) football game this weekend at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City. The opportunity is being presented as part of a “Veterans Appreciation Tailgate” event sponsored by the Johnson County Commission of Veterans Affairs, along with the Cedar and Jefferson County Veterans Affairs offices.

Attendees will be able to enjoy the Nov. 15th game from the Kinnick Stadium Press Box on 24 TV’s. They’ll also get a tour of the Press Box, along with a free, tailgating lunch and refreshments. Veterans benefits information will be available, along with a tour of the Mobile Veterans Center.

Free parking is available on the west side of Kinnick Stadium. The facilities will be open 30-minutes before and after the game, with kick-off slated for 11-a.m., Saturday. If you have any questions, call Gary Boseneiler at 319-356-6049.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 11/11/2014

News, Podcasts

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Icy road causes I-80 accident in Adair County

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Icy road conditions contributed to an injury accident this (Tuesday) morning on Interstate 80, in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 37-year old Daniel Arredondo-Sarmiento, of Des Moines, was traveling westbound in the right lane of I-80, when the vehicle went out of control. The pickup left the road to the right and came to rest on its top in the north ditch. The accident happened at around 3:50-a.m.

A passenger in the pickup, 69-year old Reinaldo Arrendondo-Bonilla, of Des Moines, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Adair Rescue to the Adair County Memorial Hospital, in Greenfield.

Icy Road Conditions continue this (Tuesday) morning

News, Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for the KJAN listening area
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
603 AM CST TUE NOV 11 2014

…ICY ROADS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING…

EXCEPT FOR A FEW FLURRIES…THE ACCUMULATING SNOW HAS ENDED ACROSS CENTRAL IOWA. A STRONG NORTHWEST WIND AT 15 TO 30 MPH WILL PERSIST ACROSS IOWA TODAY. THE WIND MAY PRODUCE SOME MINOR DRIFTING ACROSS ROADS ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS FOR THE START OF THE MORNING COMMUTE.

VEHICLES DRIVING OVER ANY SNOW BLOWING ACROSS ROADS WILL PRODUCE A THIN GLAZE OF ICE ON ROAD SURFACES…ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES…OVERPASSES AND UNTREATED ROADS. USE WINTER DRIVING RULES THIS MORNING AND SLOW DOWN. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR
DESTINATION AND LEAVE EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.

Legislative leaders will remain the same in 2015 session

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The party leaders who control the Iowa House and Senate will remain the same in the new session in January. Republicans control the Iowa House and have voted to keep Representative Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha in the role of the Speaker of the House. Paulsen will be serving his seventh term. He is an attorney for a Cedar Rapids trucking company.

Representative Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake was re-elected as the Republican House Majority Leader. She is a nurse who will also will be serving her seventh term. Democrats held onto their slim 26-24 margin in last week’s election to maintain control of the Iowa Senate. Senator Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs will continue as majority leader and Pam Jochum of Dubuque was re-elected Senate President.

Gronstal has been the Senate minority or majority leader since 2001, while Jochum will be in her second term as Senate president. The 2015 Legislature will convene in Des Moines on January 12th.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested on a drug charge, in Red Oak

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Cass County man early this (Tuesday) morning. 23-year old Mark Allen Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, 2nd offense, and, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His arrest took place following a traffic stop at around 12:35-a.m. at east Linden and north Broadway Streets, in Red Oak.

Fredericksen was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $2,000 cash bond.

Red Oak teens arrested on burglary charges

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three teens from Montgomery County were arrested Monday evening, on burglary charges. Red Oak Police report 16-year old James McCauley, along with 13-year old’s Joey Lucky and Daniel Athay, all of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 5:30-p.m. following an investigation into a residential break-in that took place November 3rd. All three of teens face felony Burglary in the 3rd degree charges.

They were cited into juvenile court and then released to their parents, while awaiting a juvenile court date.

ISU to honor student/veterans who died in wartime

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A ceremony will be held this (Tuesday) afternoon at the Memorial Union at Iowa State University to honor five I-S-U students who died serving our country. I-S-U spokeswoman Kristin Erdman says this is the 13th year for this Veterans Day event on the Ames campus. “The Memorial Union was founded in 1928 as a memorial to veterans, at that time, from World War One,” Erdman says. “The Gold Star Hall was created as a living memorial for these Iowa State students who fell during the time of war.” The names of each of the student-veterans are engraved on the wall at the Union in a special place of honor.

“The criteria for being a name on the Gold Star Hall wall is that these students had to have attended Iowa State full-time at some point in their career,” Erdman says, “and they also had to have passed away during the theater of war during a time of wartime.” While many Iowa State students have made the ultimate sacrifice, she says five were singled out for this year’s ceremony.

“The first one that we’ll honor is Maurice Raskin, he’s from Woodbury, Iowa,” Erdman says. “He was a pre-veterinary medicine student in 1938 here at Iowa State. He was in World War Two and was killed in a mission over Italy in 1943.” Others being honored include: Jerry L. Converse of Boone who was killed in 1967 aboard the U.S.S. Liberty off the shore of Egypt at the time of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt.

Charles Douglas King of Muscatine was a para-rescueman during the Vietnam War who went missing in action in 1968 while attempting to rescue the body of a pilot in Laos. Donald Lee Sparks of Glidden was a 1968 ISU graduate initially listed as an MIA in South Vietnam in 1969. He was later declared a Prisoner of War and is believed to have died in captivity. Deric Rasmussen of Storm Lake attended Iowa State between 1999 and 2002 was killed in Afghanistan last May 11th. The ceremony begins at 3:15 P-M.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 11 2014

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The largest union representing state employees is seeking repeated 2 percent raises over the next two years. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, says in its initial contract proposal, negotiators called for 2 percent raises on July 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2016; July 1, 2016; and Jan. 1, 2017. The Iowa Department of Management says the raises would cost the state an extra $523 million over two years. State and union officials will resume contract organizers in two weeks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are sticking with their leaders in the Iowa House and Senate. House Republicans say GOP members had elected Rep. Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, to continue in his role as House speaker. They also opted to keep Rep. Linda Upmeyer, of Clear Lake, as House majority leader and Rep. Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley, as speaker pro tem. In the Senate, the majority Democrats chose to keep Sen. Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, as majority leader and Sen. Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, as president of the Senate.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter’s cancer diagnosis has been moved to another county. A motion argued that extensive media coverage and gossip among residents would prevent 30-year-old Leatha Slauson from receiving a fair trial in Cass County. Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting donations for her treatment. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Iowa researcher charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his wife in 1997 has died. Leon Spies, an attorney for John Bloomfield, says his client died suddenly on Thursday at a hospital in Minneapolis. He did not elaborate on a cause of death. Bloomfield was arrested in November 2013 in connection to the death of his wife, Frances Bloomfield, in Iowa City about 17 years ago.

(Update 5-a.m. – road open) I-29 northbound in s.w. Iowa blocked early Tue. morning

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 5-a.m.: I-29 northbound at Exit 24 has re-opened 3-miles south of Pacific Junction area. The road was blocked because of a jacknifed semi trailer.