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January 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Adair BOS special session today (1/11/13)


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will hold a special session this (Friday) morning, in Greenfield. During their 9:30-a.m. meeting, the Board will hear Fiscal Year 2014 funding requests from the Area 14 Agency on Aging, the County Environmental Health & Sanitation Department, and the County Engineer, who will also have a report on his department’s activities.

City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment to meet Mon. morning


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment is slated to meet early Monday morning. During their 7:30-a.m. session at City Hall, the Board will hold a Public Hearing with regard to an application for a variance, from Tony Sunderman, on behalf of Dale and Sheryl Sunderman.

If approved, the variance would allow for the construction of an addition to a structure at 211 East 11th Street, that would otherwise not conform to the rear yard setback requirements, as spelled out in the City’s Zoning Ordinance.

Iowa website aims to prevent child abuse


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new Iowa website offers advice on how people can prevent or report sexual or other abuse or neglect of children. The Des Moines Register says the site was launched by a private group, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.

The site includes advice and provides links to groups with counselors. The site also has advice for community groups in preventing abuse of children involved with the groups.  The group’s website address is http://www.pcaiowa.org/.

2 arrests reported after western IA home invasion and assault


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Monona County say two people were arrested following a robbery and assault at a residence in Onawa. Officials with the Onawa Police Department say 20-year old Nicholas Conyers and 19-year old Trae Carter were arrested Wednesday after police found evidence of the robbery in Conyers’ home, following the execution of a search warrant. According to the police report, Conyers and Carter allegedly forced their way into the home of a 75-year-old woman, assaulted her with a stun gun and stole her money.

Conyers and Carter face several felony including robbery, burglary, assault while participating in a felony and going armed with intent. They were being held at the Monona County Jail in Onawa.

Authorities in SW IA search for teen involved in accident


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County and the surrounding area, are asking for the public’s help in finding a teenager from Tabor, who was officially reported missing this morning, in a state-wide report issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Officials say 16-year-old Devon C. Powers.  It’s believed that Powers, who was reported missing to local authorities on Tuesday, was last seen two days ago at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, where  he had sought treatment for an injury he suffered in an auto accident.

Powers was described as being a white male, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, with red hair and blue eyes. The DPS was not able to provide of photo of the teen. Anyone with information concerning his location, should call the Fremont County Sheriff’s office or the missing person’s clearinghouse at 800-346-5507.

IDPH: there are shortages, but flu shot still available


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cases of the flu continue to climb in Iowa as spot shortages of the flu vaccine are being reported around the state. Iowa Department of Public Health medical director Patricia Quinlisk confirms the availability is dwindling, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot.  “If you get the shot today, you’ll have a little bit of immunity and tomorrow, a little more,” Quinlisk said. “Depending on how your system responds, you could have full immunity in a week to two weeks.” Last year’s mild flu season prompted some hospitals and other flu vaccine vendors to order less this year and now those locations may be out or have limited supply. But, the vaccine is available.

“People always have to try and predict how many people are going to come in and want the flu shot. In general, there is plenty of vaccine out there, it may just be the one place you try – they may not have it,” Quinlisk said. “There should still be plenty available in the community, you may have to try a couple of places, but you should be able to find the flu shot.” Many Iowa hospitals are busy because of the flu outbreak.

In Des Moines, a group of hospitals issued a press release urging residents to avoid visiting emergency rooms for non-emergent medical care. The release states the hospitals are experiencing “heavy volumes of patients and long wait times due to a large number of flu cases.”

(Radio Iowa)

Important USDA report to be delivered

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Several important agricultural reports will be released today (Friday) that will impact producers in Iowa. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Gerry Bange says the final production numbers report for 2012 will be issued at 11 a.m. Those numbers will be crunched to make new grain and livestock forecasts for supplies and prices. Bange says the reports include information gathered from around the globe.

“We’ll look very closely at the situation in Argentina, where people know there have been excessive rains there,” Bange said. “We’ll also look what’s going on in Brazil, Australia and South Africa. We’ll be looking at some of the final numbers coming out of China with regard to cotton production or whatever the issues are, we’ll be looking at all of those things.”

(Karla James/Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Jan. 11th 2013


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says going to jail may be an effective way to protest a federal mandate for employers to cover contraception in insurance plans. On Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace’s (DACE) Wednesday night show, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said civil disobedience is one way to attack the federal healthcare requirement being challenged in a federal lawsuit by Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby stores.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School officials in Des Moines have reversed a decision to hold classes on Martin Luther King Junior Day. The Des Moines school district unanimously voted yesterday to cancel its plans to hold classes on January 21st.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials in central Iowa are asking people with minor illnesses to avoid hospital emergency rooms because of an influx of flu-related cases. Officials at several hospitals in the Des Moines area said yesterday that local emergency rooms are experiencing heavy volumes of patients and wait times due to flu cases. They recommend that people with non-life-threatening illnesses visit their primary health care provider, a local urgent care or walk-in clinic.

GALVA, Iowa (AP) — The CEO of a processing plant in northwest Iowa has released more details about an explosion that caused a small fire. Mark Schuett of American Natural Processors said Wednesday’s fire happened after material being tested by employees at the American Natural Soy plant near Galva caught fire.

Council Bluffs officials lift boil advisory


January 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs officials have lifted a boil advisory after bacteria tests on the city’s water returned negative. Council Bluffs Water Works director Doug Drummey announced the lift at a news conference Thursday. He says the tests confirmed the water system was not compromised or contaminated. A water main break early Wednesday caused a drop in pressure. Officials worried it could have allowed contaminants to enter the lines, posing a danger to health. Schools, businesses and city residents took extra precautions during the advisory, including drinking bottled water and boiling water for a certain period of time.