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Pottawattamie County House Fire

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January 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

HONEY CREEK, Iowa (AP) – A mother and daughter escaped serious injury after their house went up in flames in Pottawattamie County.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that the fire was reported early Friday morning in Honey Creek.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the fire was initially reported as a garage fire, but the flames quickly spread to the house and a camper on the property.

The 31-year-old mother says she was watching TV when she heard a noise, looked out the window and saw flames. She and her 10-year-old daughter managed to escape, but were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The house, garage and camper were destroyed.

Council Bluffs Car Jacking Saturday

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January 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Council Bluffs police were called to Bucky’s Car Wash at 3501 West Broadway in Council Bluffs around 12:50pm Saturday (1/26) for a car jacking that had just occurred.

Officers learned that 34-year-old Ibraham Dirie was vacuuming out his privately owned Happy Cab Van when a man approached him and struck him in the head with his fist.  After assaulting Dirie, the suspect stole the van and fled the scene. The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital with minor head injuries.

A short time later the suspect was apprehended by the Omaha Police Department and was determined to be  52-year-old Ronald Lee Vallq of Omaha. Vallq is being held in Omaha with charges pending from the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Nebraska-Iowa bridge ownership going to states

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DECATUR, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Iowa will take over ownership of the Decatur toll bridge over the Missouri River following approval by a Nebraska commission. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska State Highway Commission on Friday approved the transfer. Officials have been discussing an ownership transfer agreement since the mid-1960s. The bridge carries Nebraska Highway 51 traffic east and Iowa Highway 175 west over the Missouri River. It’s situated at Decatur, Neb., about eight miles west of Onawa, Iowa. During peak summer months, about 2,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.

The Burt County Bridge Commission owns the span, but county officials have said maintenance and repairs are too costly for the county to keep it. The transfer of ownership is expected by the end of the year.

Freezing Rain Advisory extended from 3-a.m. Sunday until 3-p.m

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-MADISON 301 PM CST SAT JAN 26 2013

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM CST SUNDAY

AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT BETWEEN 300 AM SUNDAY TO 600 AM SUNDAY, AND CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE MORNING HOURS SUNDAY BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONS TO ALL RAIN BY MIDDAY. ICE ACCUMULATION WILL LIKELY BE AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN INCH. SPOTTY AMOUNTS OF UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE.

ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY QUICKLY WITH GROUND TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW FREEZING. SURFACE TEMPERATURES MAY WARM ABOVE FREEZING MID TO LATE SUNDAY MORNING…BUT THE COLD GROUND TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY TAKE SEVERAL HOURS LONGER TO WARM.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Harkin won’t seek 6th Senate term

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he will not seek re-election in 2014. The 73-year-old Harkin tells The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” because by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81. Harkin said it would also allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office. The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a fundraiser next month.

Harkin played a lead role in urging the Senate’s more liberal members to back the 2010 health care bill. No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat. Harkin’s decision eases the burden on the GOP, who have to gain six seats to win the majority.

8AM Newscast 01-26-2013

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January 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Bill would require Iowa schools to test for radon

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines legislator is backing a bill requiring all Iowa school districts to test for the cancer-causing gas radon and make buildings safe if the gas is found. Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy filed the bill this week, saying it’s needed to protect students. The bill is similar to national legislation filed recently by Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley. The bill would require all public and nonpublic districts to test every room of each school. If high levels of radon are found, districts would need to have ventilation system installed to make buildings safe.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that leaks through cracks in building foundations. It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. All of Iowa’s 99 counties lie in the government’s highest risk zone.

Freezing Rain Advisory Sunday (3-a.m. to Noon), Jan. 27th 2013

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-    DALLAS-MADISON….
335 AM CST SAT JAN 26 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON CST SUNDAY. FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE  TONIGHT (SATURDAY) BETWEEN 300 AND 600 AM.  ICE ACCUMULATION WILL LIKELY AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN INCH. SPOTTY AMOUNTS OF UP TO TWO TENTHS  OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE.

ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME SLIPPERY QUICKLY AS THE GROUND TEMPERATURES WILL BE WELL BELOW FREEZING. SURFACE  TEMPERATURES MAY WARM ABOVE FREEZING IN THE MORNING SUNDAY…BUT THE COLD GROUND WILL LIKELY TAKE SEVERAL HOURS LONGER TO WARM.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

2 Red Oak residents arrested Friday night

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest late Friday night of two Red Oak residents. Officials say 21-year old Aaron L. Mellott was taken into custody just before Midnight, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. At about the same time, 18-year old Kelsey M. Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of Possession of Alcohol by a person under the age of 21. Adams was released on a citation, while Mellott was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

2 arrests in Adams County, Friday

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January 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested Friday night. 30-year old Richard Buchanan-Riley, of Creston, was arrested during a traffic stop at around 9:40-p.m..  Buchanan-Riley faces charges of Driving While Suspended and No proof of insurance. His bond was set at $1,040.

And, at around 6:50-p.m., Friday, Adams County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 25-year old Jessie B. Fitzwater, of Villisca, for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Fitzwater was being held in the Adams County Jail without bond.