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Utility calls meetings to talk about nuclear study

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – MidAmerican Energy Co. is holding meetings with landowners and residents in two locations in Iowa as part of a nuclear energy assessment study.  About 40 residents in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County, and a similar number in Muscatine County in eastern Iowa received invitations.  MidAmerican will discuss the purpose of soil samples the company is gathering for the study to assess the viability of nuclear generation in Iowa.

Spokeswoman Tina Potthoff says the company is taking five soil borings of nearly 100 feet deep in both locations. She says no decisions have been made to build a nuclear plant.  The Legislature in 2010 passed a bill allowing MidAmerican to recover up to $15 million in study costs from Iowa electric customers.  A report will be filed with lawmakers next year.

8AM Newscast 09-21-2012

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September 21st, 2012 by admin

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7AM Webcast News (Podcast) – Fri., Sept. 21st 2012

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BASF of Germany buying Iowa-based Becker Underwood

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – German-based chemical maker BASF had made a deal to buy Ames-based Becker Underwood, which makes seed treatment and other farm products.  BASF says the purchase price is $1.02 billion. Becker Underwood was co-founded in 1982 by Atlantic natives Roger Underwood and Jeff Becker.  They sold controlling interest to Norwest Equity Partners of Minneapolis in 2004. Becker has more than 210 employees in Ames; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Caldwell, Idaho; and nearly 270 more in several other countries.

BASF is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and produces chemicals and plastics as well oil and gas and agricultural herbicides and fertilizers. BASF spokeswoman Anne Burt says final decisions haven’t been made about the future of Becker Underwood’s chief executive officer, Peter Innes, other managers or other workers.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Sept. 21st 2012

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September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A Cedar Rapids police spokeswoman says no obvious signs of trauma have been found on the body of a man that was found between two houses. Officers were sent to the scene on the southwest side of the city after a neighbor reported seeing the body of 25-year-old James Tamayo shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines area developer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud in connection with a loan to develop a condominium project. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt announced that Randal Walters of Polk County pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of bank fraud related to the Meadow Cove project. The 55-year-old Walters acknowledged during court proceedings that he diverted loans intended for condos to other uses.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rural electric cooperatives operating in Iowa, Nebraska and seven other states are getting federal loan guarantees to improve portions of their power lines and generating systems. The funding includes a $6.7 million loan guarantee for Nobles Electric Cooperative, which serves customers in northwest Iowa and Minnesota.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Cleanup of an oil spill along 10 to 15 miles of the North Raccoon River south of Jefferson continues as environmental officials warn people to avoid canoeing, fishing, or even hiking in the area. Pools of thick black smelly oil are apparent in the area after a valve on a storage tank malfunctioned September 13th at Krieger’s Greenhouse in Jefferson.

Missouri River trash cleanup is Saturday, volunteers needed

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Volunteers are needed to pull on boots and gloves this weekend to help clean up the banks of the Missouri River after last year’s historic flooding. Jeff Barrow is director of Missouri River Relief and says they’re focusing their efforts Saturday on the Nebraska side of the river, just north of Omaha. They’ll be getting the debris that washed up on the islands and in the woods in last year’s flooding. Barrow says up to 300 volunteers are expected for the event who will help pick up 10 to 15 tons of trash. He recommends bringing bug spray and sunscreen. The trash pick-up runs until noon and lunch will be provided. After lunch, more volunteers are needed to sort and haul that trash away.

The Army Corps of Engineers is providing a barge on which the trash will be dumped, while there will also be separate dumpsters for trash and scrap metal. Volunteers should be on the look-out for unusual items and there’s a contest for the best “trash treasures” found. Barrow says they’ve literally found a message in a bottle before.”We were doing a clean-up way down near the Mississippi River on the Missouri River and someone in Council Bluffs had put a message in a bottle and it’d been in the river ten years,” he says. “We found it. It was really amazing. We tried to call the person back but the phone number was no longer active.”

Volunteers should be at N-P Dodge Park north of Omaha at 9 AM Saturday. Barrow says in ten years, more than 16,500 volunteers have collected and hauled away more than one-million pounds of trash from 784 miles of river.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County residents encouraged to participate in local walks

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are calling on Cass County residents and all Iowans to join in a one-kilometer Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, October 3rd, as one part of an effort to become the healthiest state in the nation. More than 291,000 Iowans from each of Iowa’s 99 counties participated in the Healthiest State Initiative’s “Start Somewhere” walk in 2011. This year, many organized Healthiest State Walks will be held at noon on October 3rd, but walks are encouraged throughout the day.

A kilometer is about 7.5 city blocks, a 12-minute stroll for the average walker. Walkers can sign up for the event and find or create a local, organized walk at www.iowahealthieststate.com. In addition to walking, Branstad and Reynolds are encouraging Iowans to add one more wellness activity to their day on October 3rd.  The Governor and Lt. Gov. last year announced the plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index(r). In 2011, Iowa ranked 16th compared to all other states, moving up from the 19th position in 2010.

The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led, public effort that engages Iowans and their communities throughout the state. It involves individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector in a broad-based community-focused effort.

Page County officials: Ottumwa man found in the cab of a semi, died from natural causes

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports his deputies were called Thursday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a vehicle.  Deputies responded to 1851 A Avenue at approxiamtely7:30 AM. Following an investigation, which involved the Page County Medical Examiner and the Page County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that 59-year old George Henry Mier, of Ottumwa,  had died from natural causes in a Semi tractor waiting in line to get into the business of Hallet Materials.  The Semi was parked on A Avenue facing north just south of the entrance to the business.

Montgomery Co. Auditor’s office: Absentee ballots available beginning Sept. 27th

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office said Thursday, that Absentee ballots for the November 6th General Election will be available in the Auditors Office on Thursday September 27th. Absentee ballots may be cast in the Election/Auditors Office, 2nd Floor of the Courthouse, during office hours from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  Last day to cast Absentee ballots is in the Auditor’s Office on 11/5/12 until 5:00 PM. Absentee ballots must be requested in writing.  Forms are available at the Auditor’s office and on the Secretary of State website at www.sos.iowa.gov.  Return ballots must be postmarked by 11/5/12 or earlier. All requests for a ballot to be mailed must be received by the Election Office by 5:00 pm, on Friday November 2, 2012.

For further information, contact the Montgomery County Election/Auditors Office at 712-623-5127 between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday.

Cass County Authorities remind residents not to fall victim to the “Relative in Jail” phone scam

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September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to be aware that telephone scams are still alive and well in the county. Most recently reported to officials is the old scam whereby people are called by someone claiming to be that person’s grandchild or other relative and asking for cash to be wired to them so they can get out of jail. If you receive this sort of call, be sure to satisfy yourself as to the true identity of the caller. Never wire money without verifying the whereabouts of your actual relative, and never give out personal or banking information over the phone.