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September 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Iowa gives way to feds in Sioux City man’s case

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – State prosecutors have given way to federal prosecution of a Sioux City man accused of assault and robbery.  Court documents show robbery, burglary, theft and assault charges against Levon Dean have been dropped.  Woodbury County Attorney Patrick “PJ” Jennings says dropping the local case will save the state money and could lead to heavier federal punishment for Dean.

Authorities say Levon Dean and his brother, Jamal Dean, broke into a Sioux City home and beat and robbed a resident at gunpoint in April. A few days later Jamal Dean shot Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick, who survived. Jamal Dean was given 25 years in prison for attempted murder.

Assault arrest in Montgomery County

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report the arrest of a Stanton man on an assault charge, Sunday morning. 38-year-old Marshall Adams was arrested early Sunday morning on an Assault causing serious injury charge. Adams was taken into custody at around 1-a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North 2nd Street shortly after the incident allegedlyt took place.

Adams was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Ernst & 3 other GOP candidates for US Senate against Syria strike

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Four Republican candidates for Iowa’s U-S Senate seat agree: the U.S. should not send military strikes into Syria. The four spoke Saturday night at the Polk County Republican Party’s annual summer picnic and the crowd applauded each for their stand on the issue. Sam Clovis of Hinton is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who signed off his radio talk show in Sioux City in June to run for the senate.

“I’m amused at the fact that Bruce Braley has to go out and put a poll on the internet to find out where he stands on Syria,” Clovis said. “He ought to know where he stands on Syria. I know where I stand on Syria and that’s that we have no business being in Syria — not now, not ever. Ever!” Braley is the only Democrat running for the senate seat Tom Harkin has held since January of 1985. Candidate Joni Ernst of Red Oak is a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard and the commander of a battalion with 12-hundred soldiers.

“We are not going to Syria, not at this time,” Ernst said, telling the crowd there’s been a “lack of leadership” from the president on this issue. Candidate Matt Whitaker, a lawyer from Ankeny who was the G-O-P’s nominee for state treasurer in 2002, also served as a U-S Attorney. “I don’t see how it is in our strategic interest and I would be a note on military action in Syria,” Whitaker said.

David Young of Van Meter, who quit his job as Senator Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff this spring in order to run for the U.S. Senate, would be another “no” vote on a congressional resolution to authorize U.S. military strikes into Syria. “Assad is a mad man, obviously, gassing people,” Young says. “…But I would not support this. I certainly don’t want boots on the ground, that’s for sure.”

Congressman Tom Latham of Clive also spoke at the Saturday evening event, telling the crowd of fellow Republicans it is “irrational” to attack targets in Syria and kill men, women and children as a response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons to kill men, women and children. Latham also faulted the president for failing to build an “international coalition” to respond to Syria.

(Radio Iowa)

Record High Temps likely today (Mon., Sept. 9th 2013)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

247 AM CDT MON SEP 9 2013

VERY HOT CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST FOR CENTRAL IOWA TODAY WITH NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 95 TO AROUND 100 DEGREES FORECAST. DEW POINT VALUES BY THE AFTERNOON WILL DROP INTO THE 50S TO LOWER 60S…COMBINED WITH TEMPERATURES THIS WILL ALLOW THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES TO DROP TO 25 TO 30 PERCENT.

THESE CONDITIONS WILL ACCELERATE THE ONSET OF DEHYDRATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS THAT MUST BE OUTDOORS TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER…TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS AND WEAR LIGHT COLORED AND LOOSE CLOTHING. OUTSIDE EXERCISE SHOULD TAKE PLACE DURING THE MORNING OR DELAYED UNTIL THE EVENING.

A COLD FRONT WILL DROP SLOWLY THROUGH IOWA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. THE HEAT WILL LIKELY PERSIST ACROSS SOUTHERN IOWA THROUGH TUESDAY.

IN ADDITION…THERE IS AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER MONDAY AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY ACROSS AREAS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA WHERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE RETURNED. THE COMBINATION OF LOW HUMIDITY…A GUSTY 20 TO 25 MPH SOUTHWEST WIND AND DRYING VEGETATION COULD LEAD TO QUICK FIRE GROWTH SHOULD A FIRE BE IGNITED.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 9th 2013

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad has jetted off to Japan and India, embarking on his sixth international trade trip since 2011. Since 2011, the state has spent less than $10,000 on Branstad’s travels, but the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s foundation, which takes private contributions, has paid out nearly $114,000. It will spend another $10,000 on the current trip.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa law doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability. Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a 79-year-old man has drowned at a swimming area in a Mason City park. Mason City police Sergeant Steve Klemas tells the Mason City Globe Gazette several people pulled John Beery out of the water Saturday evening at Big Blue swimming area in Ray Rorick Park.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials at Iowa City-based USA Wrestling vow to keep improving the sport after reinstatement as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Wrestling, which was dropped from the list of core sports in February, received 49 votes Sunday to win in the first round of secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee.

Public hearing in Atlantic Mon. morning on variance application

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing early Monday morning at City Hall, with regard to a variance request. Keith Leonard, of 1108 Roosevelt Drive has requested a variance to allow for the construction of a two-family dwelling on an 8,000-square foot lot that does not conform to the minimum lot size requirements in an “R-3” High Density Single Family District, as stated in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The site of the lot is at 801 Hickory Street.

The public hearing is slated to begin shortly after the board convenes at 7:30-a.m., Monday.

Atlantic School Board to act on several matters Mon. evening

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening at the High School, during a regularly scheduled session. During their 7:30-p.m. meeting in the High School Media Center, the Board will hear a special presentation from Ginger Bechtold, and architect Jerry Purdy will update the Board on the Middle School Renovation project.

Among the many action items on their agenda is approval of: the School Resource Officers’ (SRO) program agreement for 2013-2014; A sharing agreement with the Harlan Community School District for a Curriculum Director; an full-time At-Risk Advocate for the EOC/Level 3 Behavior/Preschool program; and lighting and electric bids for the AHS Auditorium lighting project.

The Board will also discuss Capital Projects and Board Training.

Public hearing in Audubon Monday night on the sale of property

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a public hearing Monday evening at City Hall, with regard to the sale of City-owned property. The hearing, which takes place during the Council’s regular meeting beginning at 7-p.m., pertains to lots located at 414 Pacific Avenue, the west side of South Golden Street, 202 Washington, and 210 West Broadway.

Following the hearing, the Council will act on approving a Resolution authorizing the sale of the aforementioned property. And, Mark Heller and Mike Wede will speak to the Audubon City Council, with regard to a matter pertaining to the car wash.

Special Weather Statement: Heat related

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

518 AM CDT SUN SEP 8 2013

 …VERY HOT CONDITIONS TO RETURN TO IOWA MONDAY…

VERY HOT CONDITIONS WILL ARRIVE MONDAY WITH NEAR RECORD HIGH
TEMPERATURES OF 95 TO 100 DEGREES FORECAST. DEW POINT VALUES BY
THE AFTERNOON WILL DROP INTO THE 50S TO LOWER 60S AND COMBINED
WITH THE TEMPERATURES WILL ALLOW THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES TO
DROP TO 25 TO 30 PERCENT. THESE CONDITIONS WILL ACCELERATE THE
ONSET OF DEHYDRATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS THAT MUST BE
OUTDOORS TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER…TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS AND
WEAR LIGHT COLORED AND LOOSE CLOTHING. OUTSIDE EXERCISE SHOULD
TAKE PLACE DURING THE MORNING OR DELAYED UNTIL THE EVENING.

A COLD FRONT WILL DROP SLOWLY THROUGH IOWA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. THE HEAT WILL LIKELY PERSIST ACROSS SOUTHERN IOWA THROUGH TUESDAY.

IN ADDITION…THERE WILL BE AN ELEVATED WILD FIRE DANGER MONDAY
AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY ACROSS AREAS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA
WHERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE RETURNED. THE COMBINATION OF LOW
HUMIDITY…BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS AND DRYING VEGETATION COULD LEAD TO QUICK FIRE GROWTH SHOULD A FIRE BE IGNITED.