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Sioux City school boss Iowa’s third highest paid

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new contract giving the Sioux City school superintendent an $8,000 raise has boosted his salary to the third highest in the state. The Sioux City Journal reports Superintendent Paul Gausman will be paid $212,482 in the current school year. That’s behind the Des Moines superintendent’s $260,000 and Cedar Rapids’ at $220,972. The state’s third largest district, Davenport, will pay $195,868. The Sioux City district is the fourth largest in Iowa.

Sioux City school board member Doug Batcheller says the pay raise is meant to keep Gausman. Batcheller says Gausman has been approached four times about jobs elsewhere. Batcheller says an increase in student performance, improved graduation rates and declining dropout rates were key factors in the decision.

Gausman is entering his sixth year in Sioux City.

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Fatal northwest Iowa fire ruled an accident

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KIRON, Iowa (AP) – Investigators say a fatal house fire in the northwest Iowa town of Kiron was an accident.  Sioux City television station KTIV says the fire was reported about 9 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters put out the blaze, then found the body of 50-year-old Tina Reed.

Kiron is a town of about 280 that sits 60 miles east-southeast of Sioux City.

Flights for Korean vets still short of donations

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The organizer of free Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans of the Korean War says he’s booked a plane that he can’t yet pay for.  Bill Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha says he has a goal of $80,000 but has only $20,000 in donations so far.

He told the Lincoln Journal Star that he’s joined forces with his counterpart in southwest Iowa, who is in the same bind. The Iowa organizer also has raised just $20,000 toward his $80,000 goal.  They’ve booked the same plane for consecutive flights: Oct. 29 for the Nebraskans, Oct. 30 for the Iowans. Williams says that will save them about $20,000.

2 arrested following incident at Hy-Vee in Corning, Sunday

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests occurred on Sunday. 19-year old’s Mikel Olin Hilton and Jacob David Jones, both of Corning, were arrested at around 10:45-a.m. on 5th degree theft and simple assault charges. The young men are accused of going to the Corning Hy-Vee Store and stealing a pack of cigarettes worth just over Six-dollars, and assaulting the manager of the store.

Hilton and Jones were being held without bond, in the Adams County Jail.

2 Clarinda residents arrested following Viking Lake incident

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say two Clarinda residents were arrested Sunday night, following an incident at Viking Lake State Park, near Stanton. 19-year old’s Shayla Nothwehr and Christian Clark Latham, both of Clarinda, were charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age. Latham was hit with an additional charge of Interference with Official Acts. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond. Nothwehr was cited for her offense, and released.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

UI officials issue reminder about campus safety measures

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials on college campuses around the state are reminding students about precautions they should take to avoid becoming the victim of an assault. University of Iowa Police Officer Alton Poole advises students to travel in packs. “When you have more people around, you increase the likelihood that you can stay safe,” Poole says. The first assault of this school year near the U-of-I campus occurred at 2:45 a.m. on August 25. A woman reported being knocked to the ground by a male attacker on a sidewalk. The woman escaped with minor injuries, according to a press release.

Poole says the incident should serve as a reminder that there are safety measures offered at the university, including NiteRide. “NiteRide is a service for women only, it’s free, and it operates seven days a week,” Poole says. “They can contact our website to get information about times, pickups, and boundaries.” The University of Iowa Student Government also offers a free taxi cab service for students called SafeRide.

Poole says students can avoid putting themselves in an unsafe situation by staying away from alcohol or at least drinking responsibly. “You’ve heard of people drugging other people’s drinks, so don’t leave your drink unattended and watch how much you consume,” Poole says. “If you plan on drinking, have a person with you who agrees to be sober.” In addition to the NiteRide and SafeRide programs, the University of Iowa has “blue emergency alert stations” scattered around campus.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 2nd 2013

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September 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

INWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Environmental officials are monitoring a northwest Iowa stream after cattle manure flowed into it last week. The Des Moines Register reports the manure flowed into a tributary of the Rock River near Inwood after it was improperly applied to a corn field. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating the situation.

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found a western Iowa ravine. The Harrison County Sheriff’s office says the teen has been charged with first-degree murder in the death that was reported Saturday evening. The boy’s caregivers found his body in a ravine in rural Harrison County Saturday. The teen was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond on Sunday.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a one-vehicle crash that killed a 24-year-old man near Glenwood. The Iowa State Patrol says Jake Champ died after the crash around 6:30 a.m. yesterday. Champ was driving northbound on 221st Street north of Glenwood when he lost control of his vehicle and drove down a steep embankment.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Spain’s Javier Gomez took the lead with about a mile left in the run to defend his title in the Hy-Vee Triathlon yesterday in Des Moines. Emma Moffatt of Australia won the women’s race. Gomez and Moffatt each earned $100,000 for their victories.

(Update!) Teen arrested in death of 5-year-old Iowa boy

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found a western Iowa ravine. The Harrison County Sheriff’s office says Cody Metzker-Madsen was charged with first degree murder in the death that was reported Saturday evening. The boy’s caregivers found his body in a ravine in rural Harrison County Saturday.

Metzker-Madsen is being held in the Harrison County jail under a $500,000 bond. In Iowa, first-degree murder is a Class A felony and is punishable by a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Authorities say the teen and the 5-year-old had been living together in the same foster home since early August. Authorities did not immediately release the child’s name. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Monday morning.