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Red Oak man arrested for Trespassing

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February 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Saturday morning for Trespassing, in Red Oak. 31-year old Zachariah Michael Holland was taken into custody at around 2:20-a.m. in the 400 block of north 4th Street. His bond was set at $300.

Portsmouth man injured in Pott. County crash, Saturday

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February 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Shelby County was injured during a rollover accident Saturday morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 28-year old Nikolas Schaben, of Portsmouth, was traveling east on Interstate 80 at around 5-a.m., when he lost control of the 2004 Mercury Sable he was driving, about 5 miles west of the Neola Exit.

The car went out of control and rolled over. Schaben traveled to a nearby residence and was transported by private vehicle to University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

Deadline approaches for health care coverage

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February 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents seeking health care coverage on the federal exchange have until Sunday to sign up. This is the second open enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, known as the Affordable Care Act. For the most part, enrollment has gone more smoothly this time, with fewer complaints about technical glitches.

Federal authorities say nearly 40,000 people in Iowa had signed up or had been re-enrolled in a plan as of last week. In Iowa, some consumers have been scrambling to find new coverage since the state took over a cooperative that was selling insurance to residents in Iowa and Nebraska.

2 Iowa people sentenced to prison for Nebraska robberies

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February 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people from Sioux City have been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for robberies committed in Omaha, Nebraska. The Sioux City Journal reports that Anthony Aranda was sentenced Thursday in Omaha’s federal court to 10 years and 10 months in prison. Jamie Speelman was sentenced to 12 years and three months. Both had pleaded guilty to carjacking and brandishing a firearm. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nebraska said the two stole a pickup at gunpoint on Nov. 22, 2013. Later that day, they robbed the Midtown Gas and Grocery at gunpoint, taking more than $400.

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SW IA native/astronaut gets assigned to new mission to the space station

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Astronaut and southwest Iowa native Peggy Whitson is being assigned to another six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, what will be her third trip into orbit. Whitson has already spent 377 days in space, more than any other woman, and she’s thrilled by the chance to return. The space station has grown in size with several additions since Whitson was last there in 2007. “The U.S. has scientific facilities in both the European and the Japanese laboratory so it’ll give me a lot more places to do different science,” Whitson says. “Most importantly, the cupola was added on since I was there last. I’m looking forward to the view from the cupola.”

Whitson, who is a native of Beaconsfield, in Ringgold County, turned 55 this week. She was the space station’s first science officer, its first woman commander and she set records for spacewalks for a woman and for the most days in space for a woman. She also holds two patents for her work in biomedical research. In an interview with Radio Iowa, she was asked if there’s one accomplishment for which she’s the most proud. “I feel really lucky and honored to have had an opportunity to be in the right place at the right time for all of these things,” Whitson says. “Any one of them, the opportunity to live in space for over a year is a very special one and I’m really excited about the opportunity to get to live up there another six months.”

During one of her previous missions, Whitson did a little space farming — she grew soybeans in the lab. There are certain to be more experiments involving plants in her upcoming mission, but the details are still in the distance. “You can’t set your mind too much on the specifics of the mission in advance because the one thing that is super-sure is that it will change,” Whitson says. “You have to be flexible enough to go with the flow and adjust your expectations as you’re going along.”220px-Peggy_Whitson

Since America’s space shuttle program is over and a replacement spacecraft is still in the testing phase, Whitson and two crewmates will blast off in December of 2016 aboard a Soyuz rocket from a Russian launch pad. Relations between the U-S and Russia are strained right now, given the Ukraine situation, but Whitson isn’t worried about diplomatic issues overshadowing or threatening her mission. “The international partnership is stronger that the political issues that are going on right now,” Whitson says. “What’s really great is, the crew members on board, this is your family and you live with them and it doesn’t matter — the politics on earth don’t matter.”

Training for the next mission won’t be a breeze, but she anticipates it will be easier, since she’s already gone through the process twice before. Will this next mission into space be her last? Hopefully not, she says: “If my body can hold out, I’d be happy to keep going.”

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Iowa GOP reviews bids to host Republican straw poll

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Republican Party has received four bids to host the 2015 straw poll later this year. The party announced Friday that four venues have submitted proposals to host the August event, which has traditionally been held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus.

The locations are the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, the Iowa State Center in Ames, the Iowa Speedway in Newton and Drake University in Des Moines. A committee will review the bids and recommend a location. No timeline has been set for the decision.

First held in 1979, the Iowa straw poll has grown from a county GOP fundraiser to a large event. The poll draws a small percentage of caucus attendees. It’s one early test of campaign organization.

U. Iowa police body cameras often need repairs

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – One of the first Iowa police departments to outfit officers with body-worn cameras has repeatedly had to pay for repairs, highlighting one ongoing cost of the increasingly popular devices.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety has shipped dozens of cameras to their manufacturer for replacement and repair since buying them in 2011.

The department has paid 26 times to repair cameras at a total cost of nearly $5,000, about half of which was incurred last year. Each repair costs $193. That’s nearly the price of some new cameras, which have dropped in cost. Interim department director Dave Visin says the most common problem comes when officers plug cameras into computers to download videos the wrong way and damage the USB port.

John Deere adds jobs at Dubuque factory amid layoffs

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – John Deere has recently laid off hundreds of workers in the Midwest, but it has added jobs at its factory in Dubuque, where the company manufactures huge vehicles for construction and forestry. Last month, the company announced the layoff of 910 workers at five locations in Iowa and Illinois, citing reduced demand for farming equipment as the reason. But the Telegraph Herald reports that John Deer Dubuque Works has added more than 100 jobs since late 2014.

General Manager Byron Taylor says this addition brings the total number of people working at the Dubuque site to 2,500. Taylor says the rollout of new bulldozer models and forestry machines, which hit the market in January, have contributed to the company’s strong growth in a new customer segment.

2 from NE arrested on forgery & other charges, in Glenwood

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February 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police In Glenwood report the arrest on Wednesday of a man and woman from Nebraska on forgery and other charges. Officers responded to the Bomgaars Store in Glenwood at around 1:10-p.m., following a report of a subject attempting to use a fraudulent check. After an investigation revealed other alleged, illegal activity, 31-year old Michael Dyer, of Omaha, was arrested for: Ongoing criminal conduct; conspiracy to commit felony forgery; 3 counts of forgery, and theft third degree.

33-year old Danelle Darling, of Bellevue Nebraska, was arrested for: Conspiracy to commit felony forgery; forgery, and theft 3rd degree. Both subjects were taken to the Mills County Jail
where Dyer’s bond was set at $47,000, and Darling was being held on $12,000 bond.