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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 7:06-a.m. 3/11/2015

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Record High set in Atlantic, Tuesday

News, Weather

March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A nearly 100-year old record High temperature was set in Atlantic, Tuesday. The temperature at the KJAN studios (The Official National Weather Service record-keeping site for Atlantic), reached 75 degrees. The old record of 74, was set in 1917 (98 years ago). We’re on track today (Wednesday), to match or exceed the record High set for today as well. The old record of 69 was set in 1900. The forecast today calls for a high near 70.

Broadway musical version of “Bridges of Madison County” to open US tour in Des Moines

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Broadway musical production of the Iowa-based love story, “The Bridges of Madison County,” will open its first-ever national tour at the Civic Center in Des Moines later this year. Jeff Chelesvig, president and C-E-O of Des Moines Performing Arts, says it’s a “real coup” to land the premiere show. It’s based on the best-selling romance novel from 1992 which was followed by a tear-jerking Hollywood blockbuster three years later, starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

“I think of the three versions of “The Bridges of Madison County,” this is the version that tells the story most beautifully because of its score and because it really gets into areas of where Francesca came from and tells the story of her and the family,” Chelesvig says. “It also talks about the people of Iowa in a beautiful and caring way.” Des Moines Performing Arts was an investor in the Broadway production which won two Tony Awards last June.

Based in the picturesque rural county in southeast Iowa, it’s considered by some to be one of the most romantic stories ever written, about two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance and much more. Chelesvig anticipates tickets will go exceptionally fast and it will be a huge tourism boost for central Iowa.  “I think this is going to be a huge draw in a number of ways,” Chelesvig says. “People around Iowa, of course, know the story and know about the bridges of Madison County. All of the folks from the convention and visitors bureau and from Madison County are all so thrilled that we are going to be opening this and they are looking forward to selling it.”

Des Moines has hosted at least four previous launches for national Broadway productions, including “State Fair” in 1995 and “The Music Man” in 2001. “Bridges” will play in Des Moines November 28th through December 5th, followed by a six-week run in Los Angeles.

(Radio Iowa)

2 women arrested on forgery charges; 1 arrested on drug charges, in Red Oak

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports two women were arrested on felony forgery charges Tuesday, following a lengthy investigation that encompassed part of Mills County and stretched into the State of Missouri. Officials say 23-year old Desiree Pauline Willis and 23-year old Jessica Lynn Hardman, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody. Willis was arrested at around 3:10-p.m on seven counts of Forgery, while Hardman was arrested just before 7-p.m on a single forgery charge. Both women were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, each.

And, at around 1:45-p.m., Tuesday, Red Oak Police arrested 51-year old David James Altstad, of Red Oak, on charges that include Possession of Marijuana/3rd offense, Possession of Meth/2nd offense, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Meth -2nd offense. Altstad was taken into custody at 2nd and Nuckols Street in Red Oak, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $14,000 bond.

Explosion outside OSI in Oakland injuries 1 person

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident at a food-processing plant in Oakland Tuesday morning has reportedly left one person injured.  Officials with OSI issued a statement to the media Tuesday afternoon saying “At approximately 11:30 this morning, a contractor was servicing a piece of equipment when the accident occurred outside of the plant. The contractor’s employee was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs via Oakland Fire and Rescue and the extent of injuries is unknown, but the person has been discharged from the hospital.”

Some reports from employees on their social media sites made reference to a generator exploding  outside the facility, but that has not been confirmed.

 

Glenwood residents miffed about tax hike

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The discussion got a little heated during a meeting Tuesday night of the Glenwood City Council, when several residents in the crowd of more five-dozen complained about the Council’s vote to raise property taxes in order to replenish the city’s general fund and to pay for two street projects on the south side of town. According to the Omaha World-Herald, residents alleged mismanagement on the part of city officials led to the general fund being drained. Some residents also said that the council should try cutting the budget instead of raising taxes, and that the proposed street projects should be more modest.

Exactly how much residents will be taxed has not been determined. The council voted to allow itself to tax property owners in town up to 46 cents per year per $1,000 of value, meaning an owner of a $100,000 home would pay as much as $46 more per year in property taxes. The council will vote later on exactly what the tax hike will be. The council needed to vote on the tax increase Tuesday night in order to finalize its budget, which is due to the state Friday.

The vote was unanimous, but some council members expressed misgivings, saying they felt forced to vote for it at the last minute. The two street projects cover about four blocks of Vine Street and a block of Railroad Avenue. The two projects total about $1.2 million but, with 80 percent of the cost covered by state and federal money, the city would pay $260,000. Landowners along the two street projects will also pay an assessment to help fund the project — to total 9 percent of the city’s costs. Some landowners along the route say that is unfair.But City Administrator Brian Kissel says some properties are getting new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveway approaches. The people who are receiving that benefit are being charged the assessment.

Another concern for those at the meeting is the money designated to replenish the general fund. The city says doing so is necessary because the city spent nearly $200,000 on the town’s library after its roof collapsed in late 2012, and another $150,000 has already been spent on the two street projects. The city has a general fund balance of $100,000, Kissel said. But officials want to get that to about $300,000.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., March 11 2015

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March 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has reiterated his criticism of the planned closing of two state mental health facilities. Rep. David Heaton, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, spoke on the House floor about the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal removes funding for two of the four state mental health facilities in Iowa. Branstad calls the facilities outdated and says patients could receive more efficient treatment elsewhere.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school districts could decide when to start the academic year under a bill that has won approval in the Iowa Senate. School start dates became a key issue for the Legislature after state education officials said they would stop issuing automatic waivers that allowed districts to start early. Supporters say providing districts with control is best for students, while opponents argue early starts can hurt tourism.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Air Force captain who oversaw contracts in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to an influence-peddling charge stemming from his later employment representing a vendor. Adam Pudenz pleaded guilty to violating a law that bans ex-federal employees from trying to influence matters in which they were involved, and to making a false statement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would make several changes to Iowa’s gun laws. The House voted 75-24 today to advance the bill to the Senate, where lawmakers are considering similar legislation. The bill would make it legal for a child under 14 to use pistols and revolvers under a parent’s supervision.

Numerous departments battle fires near Villisca, Tuesday

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Peronnel with the Villisca Fire Dept along with several other firefighters from Department within Taylor, Page and Adams County, battled a large field fire Tuesday afternoon. Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman said on his social media page that the fire involved several hundred acres, large round hay bales and brush piles.

Photo from the Montgomery County EMA's Facebook page.

Photo from the Montgomery County EMA’s Facebook page.

Hamman said also conditions are ripe enough for fire to get out of control and move at a dangerous speed. He mentioned it was Villisca’s second fire of the day. All of the blazes were in Taylor County, just southeast of Villisca. The Fire Danger index in southwest Iowa was in the “Very High” category, Tuesday.

Iowa Senate supports letting districts decide school start

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school districts could decide when to start the academic year under a bill that has won approval in the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted 32-17 in favor of the legislation Tuesday. School start dates became a key issue for the Legislature after state education officials said they would stop issuing automatic waivers that allowed districts to start early.

Supporters say providing districts with control is best for students, while opponents argue early starts can hurt tourism. The bill will now move to the House, where lawmakers in the House Education committee have approved a bill that would require classes to start on or after Aug. 23, with a stipulation that school districts cannot seek a waiver to begin sooner. Senators said they hoped to soon resolve the issue.

Iowa lawmaker criticizes closing of mental health facilities

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has reiterated his criticism of the planned closing of two state mental health facilities. Rep. David Heaton, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, spoke on the House floor Tuesday about the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. He received a standing ovation from many lawmakers.

Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal removes funding for two of the four state mental health facilities in Iowa. Branstad calls the facilities outdated and says patients could receive more efficient treatment elsewhere. Heaton says the closings would force patients to travel long distances for treatment. He says medical professionals have told him there is no space available in local hospitals for additional patients.

Heaton says Branstad and the state Department of Human Services should offer more solutions as the session moves forward.