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Atlantic to host Exira/EHK consolidation meeting tonight

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic High School will host a public meeting tonight with regard to consolidation of the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton School Districts. Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein announced during the district’s Board meeting in January, that Exira-EHK officials requested an “impartial setting” for the meeting, which takes place in the A-H-S Auditorium, beginning at 6-p.m.  Also in attendance, will be representatives with the Green Hills and the Heartland Area Education Agencies.

No decision is expected tonight on the reorganization of the districts, but this will likely be one of the final steps in the process.

Macedonia child injured when dresser falls on him Tuesday

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A four-year old Pottawattamie County boy was injured Tuesday, after a dresser fell on him inside his Macedonia home. According to the Omaha World Herald, deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call around 4:22-pm. Rescue crews from Macedonia and Treynor also responded. Officials say the child suffered a head injury but was breathing and conscious when they arrived.

The boy was transported to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, suffering from possible life-threatening injuries.

7AM Newscast 03-13-2013

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March 13th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

2nd half property tax payments due April 1st

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Treasurer Tracey J. Marshall reminds residents of the county that your second-half tax payments of real estate and mobile homes are now due. The tax may be paid online at www.iowatreasures.org. You can also use your credit or debit card for the payments made at the Treasurer’s Office. The deadline for payments without penalty is Monday, April 1st, 2013.  Payments postmarked by April 1st will be accepted without penalty.

Slick roads in the KJAN listening area

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Slick roads may have contributed to an accident early this morning near the Interstate 80/Highway 71 interchange, northeast of Atlantic. Dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center indicated a two-vehicle personal injury accident involving a pickup and a semi/tanker truck happened at the I-80/Highway 71 interchange on Highway 71, at around 5:37-a.m.  Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac responded to the scene. The 36-year old driver of the pickup, who was from Nebraska, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. A report on his injuries is not currently available. The semi’s tractor was reportedly leaking fuel from one of its tanks following the collision.

Deputies reported the road to be slick this morning, and the Iowa DOT’s website at 511ia.org, shows all roads north of Highway 71/92 interchange are partially to mostly covered with snow,  ice or slush.

Group home resident in Lenox arrested for alledgedly assaulting staffer

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A male resident in a group home in Lenox was arrested Monday night for allegedly assaulting a member of the homes’ staff. According to the Lenox Police Department, authorities were notified about the incident at around 6-p.m.  They were told an 51-year old male resident of the facility had choked a female employee and was threatening to stab her with a knife.

Police were able to disarm the unidentified man and take him into custody. He was taken to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning for treatment of injuries, then later taken to the Clarinda Mental Health Institute (MHI) by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say their investigation is ongoing and the case is being reviewed to determine if the man is competent to face charges.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 13th 2013

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa police officer rescued an unconscious driver who had been doing doughnuts in a church parking lot by pulling him from his burning car. A police spokesman said Officer Zac McDowell wasn’t injured Sunday night when he saved 18-year-old Ian Waseskuk. Police say Waseskuk will be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving when he leaves the hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Low-income Iowa residents would get a bigger tax break under a bill moving through the state Senate. The measure would apply to households with incomes of less than $45,000. He says about 210,000 households would get a roughly $250 tax break. But Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed similar legislation in past years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — People and aging inmates with sexually aggressive or combative behaviors may have a place to go under a measure passed by the Iowa Senate. Lawmakers unanimously passed a measure yesterday to create a committee to study the need for a specialized long-term care facility for sexually aggressive or combative people. The bill now moves to the House for review.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Attorney General Tom Miller says Iowa will receive more than $115,00 from Google as part of a multistate settlement over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks. The case dates to 2010, when Google revealed that mapping cars had been gathering the data.

Iowa Senate panel OKs tax break for low income

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Low income Iowa residents would get a bigger break on their taxes under a bill that is moving through the state Senate.  Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says Tuesday that the measure would apply to households with incomes of less than $45,000. He says about 210,000 households would get a roughly $250 tax break.  The proposal would raise the state credit from 7 percent to 20 percent of a taxpayer’s federal earned income tax credit.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved the bill Tuesday and will now go to the full Senate for a vote. But while Democrats who control the Senate support the effort, it may have little chance of becoming law. Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed similar legislation in past years.

Dumping cell phone plan for new company to be easier under bill

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Senator who’s known far and wide for his Tweets via smartphone now says he’s introducing legislation that would free cell phone users from a long-time albatross. Senator Chuck Grassley says consumers need more freedom from restrictive cell phone contracts and this bill would provide it. “If you change your cell phone before your contract runs out, you’re guilty of violating federal law,” Grassley says. “It simply repeals that provision that has the penalty in it so that you can change your cell phone, where you want to get your service, at will.”

The legislation would “empower” people to use their cell phone carrier of choice after they’ve complied with the original contract. The bill aims to address whether cell phone buyers, who often receive new devices at a reduced cost in exchange for committing to a long-term contract, should be able to switch devices to new carriers once the primary contract is up. Grassley says portability of devices would allow for more price competition and consumer choice.

(Radio Iowa)

Legislation to help focus attention on “high ability” students

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Some educators may be so concerned about helping under-achieving students to succeed that they may neglect gifted students. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is co-sponsoring a bill which he says insures the needs of students in advanced placement, or A-P, classes are included in federal education policy. Grassley says, “As it stands, there’s a shortage of attention given to high-ability students, especially those students in under-served settings, and that could include most of rural America.” The legislation would make sure A-P students are included in the planning process at the district and state levels. If they’re not continually challenged, some advanced students may get bored with school, quit applying themselves or even drop out. Grassley says the bill would modify federal education policy to develop and encourage more achievement from high-ability students.

“America cannot afford to ignore the needs of its brightest students,” Grassley says, “and by doing so, squander the potential that they bring to our country, as well as their own potential.” The bill stipulates existing teacher quality grants would be used to help improve the achievements of all students, including those in gifted and talented programs. Grassley says gifted students “don’t get the attention they deserve,” adding, the advancement of those students “will help to enhance the future prosperity of our nation.”

(Radio Iowa)