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Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 28 2012

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With yesterday’s hasty vote, the Iowa Board of Regents will close a public school long tied to University of Northern Iowa’s teacher training program. Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls will close before June 30, a move that infuriated local politicians and school supporters. The regents said it was too expensive to operate. The school is known for its small class sizes and research into cutting-edge practices.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Iowa State University on Thursday to speak about creating manufacturing jobs. The visit further solidifies Iowa’s importance as a swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Iowa to release a resignation agreement with a former medical employee who is trying to keep the document and his identity a secret. District Judge Thomas Reidel agreed with The Associated Press that the settlement was a public record under Iowa law and said the public has a right to know the details, including a $100,000 bonus offered if he left the university’s employment before a specific date.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will not to invite the University of North Dakota to an April track meet because of the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname. Policy prohibits Iowa’s athletic department from scheduling competitions with schools using Native American mascots, unless those mascots are approved by the NCAA.

Public Hearing in Atlantic Wednesday, over loan agreement & bond purchase

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday, will hold public hearings on loan agreements amounting to $4.95-million, followed by action from the Council on a resolution expressing the City’s intent to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purchase and Refunding Loan Agreement, and approval of a bond purchase agreement with Ruan Securities. The hearings and action will come during a Special Council Meeting that begins 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall.

City Administrator Doug Harris says the bonds will help to cover nearly $4.9-million altogether, in Capital Improvement Projects (for Streets, Storm Water, Park and Building Improvements as well as Equipment Acquisition), and, the refunding of 2007 General Obligation Bonds. Harris says refunding the 2007 G-O Bonds will save the City $45,845 in interest, over the next 5-years.

The Council will consider a resolution authorizing the issuance of 2012 G-O Bonds during its meeting on March 7th. In other matters, the Council this Wednesday, will enter into a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, following the conclusion of regular business.

Atlantic School Board to hold work session tonight (Tuesday)

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February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet tonight, in the High School Media Center. During the 7:30-p.m. work session, the Board will hear from and/or discuss the Building Leadership Team (BLT), and hold discussion on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. No action will be taken during the work session.

Requiring Rx management for Iowa Medicaid patients

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February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republicans in the Iowa Senate are pressing to require a face-to-face review with a pharmacist whenever a Medicaid recipient in Iowa gets a new prescription from their doctor. Senator Bill Dix, a Republican from Shell Rock, says it’s about controlling costs. “Medical therapy management is a concept that is utilizing local pharmacists in meeting with patients who’ve been prescribed medications from their doctor and making sure there are no harmful interactions,” Dix says, “that they’re taking them properly and also looking to find potential savings if they can use generics and things like that.” 

In 2005, the legislature in Minnesota set up a system which pays licensed pharmacists to conduct these sorts of consultations with Minnesotans who quality for government-paid health insurance. Dix says Iowa has had a similar pilot program and it’s time to expand it statewide for Iowans who qualify for Medicaid.  “In the pilot project that medical therapy management technique has shown to potentially save the state million of dollars, on top of what’s currently being saved,” Dix says. “It holds strong promise to save taxpayers a lot of money and to ensure better care of the patients.” 

Medicaid provides health care to Iowans who are disabled, low income and to thousands of children whose parents cannot afford health insurance. In addition, many senior citizens on Medicare are part of similar medical therapy management programs, as a result of the prescription drug benefit extended to seniors a decade ago. A 2006 study found 65 percent of elderly patients were prescribed a drug that was unnecessary. And a study conducted last year found nearly half of all Americans used at least one prescription drug in the previous month.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

2012 Cass County Fair Schedule released

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February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the ISU Extension Service in Cass County have released the schedule for the 2012 Cass County Fair, which runs from July 26th through the 31st. (The complete schedule can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/NR/rdonlyres/FD79263F-7EEC-4FD2-9AAE-9A47B9EACD65/164027/2012Schedule_CassCountyFair.pdf )

Events begin Thursday, July 26th, with the Swine, Rabbit, Horse, Poultry, Dairy and beef entry sign-ins, entry and judging of 4-H static exhibits, and a food sale at the Community Center. Later that same evening, the King and Queen Contest will take place, along with Senior Recognition.

Friday’s activities (July 27th) include: the Rabbit, Horse and Feeder Calf shows; and a bull riding competition. On Saturday, July 28th, there’ll be a Sheep and Pet show, livestock judging, and ATV races.

Events Sunday (July 28th) include: the Swine, Poultry, Dog and Horse Fun shows; Decorator’s showcase; and a Tractor Pull.  Sunday and Monday afternoon, there will also be a “Skid Loader Rodeo.”

The last full day of activities on Monday, July 30th, will include: the Beef, Dairy/Dairy Goat, and Goat shows; Best of Iowa; a watermelon feed; Style show and building awards; and Grand Champion Beef selection. The Fair concludes Tuesday morning, July 31st, with the Livestock Sale. Clean-up activities will occur the following day.

For more information on the 2012 Cass County Fair, call 712-243-1132, or e-mail xcass@iastate.edu. On the web at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass

Feedlot Operator talks to youth about beef selection process

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February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A custom feedlot owner operator from Adams County told attendees at Sunday afternoon’s Rolling Hills Heifer Project banquet and awards program in Atlantic, that when he purchases feeder cattle, whether it be from auctions or through private sale, he takes a lot of time asking questions about the animals’ health, quality and when, where, and how he will harvest and market the animals. Todd Drake, who owns Nodaway Valley Feeders, in Nodaway, said his decision is ultimately impacted by how healthy the cow is. He says he likes to purchase cattle which come directly from the mother cow, complete with a round-to-modified live vaccine, about three-weeks prior to shipment.

Drake says cattle which are weaned have more value to him, depending on the time of the year. He says he also likes to buy cattle which are on a “non-starch” diet, or those who eat very little corn. He says he doesn’t want the cattle to be “huge” before he buys them. He recommends forage based diets for the animals. As for quality, Drake says the types of animals that bring in the most money at his feedlots, are those with capacity, and spring of rib depth. He says he wants cattle “That can consume a lot of dry matter.” Cattle “With some width between their front legs and plenty of spring of rib,” appear to be their lowest cost of gains or best dry matter conversions.

Drake says it’ important for the animal to have some size. He says they like to have steers that finish out at around 1,350-pounds, and heifers that finish at 1,250-pounds. Drake says he has not preference when it comes to color and breed of the cow, but the bottom-line on closeouts is, that those animals with at least three-quarters English blood in them provide the best closeouts. That would include those animals bred to Charolais, Simmental, and some exotics. The “half-and-half” bloods…such as a Charolais bred to an Angus cow…don’t work as well, he says, when it comes to dry matter conversion.

Drake says he spends a lot of time on marketing the animals he gets into his feedlot, and get them harvested before it gets too hot, or late in the fall. He left the young people at Sunday’s meeting with a phrase to remember when purchasing their own cows in the future. He says great calves to buy should grade about 70% choice and about 70% one and two yield grades. Many of the animals he purchases come from Florida, Montana, the Sand Hills of Nebraska and elsewhere, but the majority comes from northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

8AM Newscast 02-27-2012

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February 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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February 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Audubon City Council to review budget tonight

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February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a final review of the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget. The review, and action on a resolution setting March 12th, 7-p.m.,  as the date and time for a public hearing on the budget, will come during the Council’s meeting, which begins tonight at 7 o’clock.

The Council will also refine the definitions of a “Nuisance Lighting” ordinance, and discuss: An ordinance banning parking in yards; a Water/sewer maintenance contract; and, compensation practices.

Former Perry man set to stand trial in Guthrie Co. fatal crash

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February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man formally of Perry, who authorities say was the driver behind a car that went out of control in Guthrie County and crashed in 2009, is set to stand trial, Tuesday. According to the Omaha World-Herald, and, online court records,  30-year old Thomas Dugan has been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and drunken driving, in connection with the August 23rd, 2009 death of Adam Anderson, of Bagley.

Anderson was 28-years old at the time. As KJAN reported on August 24th, 2009, officials said a 2003 Ford Mustang the men were in, was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Wink Avenue in Guthrie County, when the road changed from hard surface, to gravel. The car began to fishtail out of control and entered a ditch before rolling end-over-end, and coming to rest on its top in a soybean field. Even though they were wearing seatbelts, both men were ejected during the crash, which happened at around 6:30-a.m.  Anderson died at the scene, while Dugan suffered critical injuries.

The newspaper says Dugan wasn’t charged until Feb. 2011, because it took authorities that long to determine who was driving. The answer came through the results of a DNA test. Dugan was arrested in March, 2011. He was released later that month on a $25,000 bond. According to Iowa Courts Online, the trial, which was supposed to have started January 24th, but was continued until 9:30-a.m. Tuesday in Guthrie County District Court,  is expected to last about four days.