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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Dec. 29th 2012

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Iowa woman is suspected of driving while intoxicated after her sport utility vehicle plunged about 25 feet off an interstate bridge. Nicole Butschi of Robins lost control of her car and crashed early yesterday morning. She had been traveling southbound on a roadway that curves near Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City wants to mount video cameras on some of its police officers. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says a report by the city’s police department proposes buying body mounted video recorders to capture police interactions with the public. The annual improvement plan also lists the implementation of new red light cameras as a focus for next year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report shows Iowa’s hog inventory continues to surpass all other states in the country. The United States Department of Agriculture says in its latest report released yesterday that the Hawkeye state has 20.6 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms as of December 1st. That’s a three percent jump from the same period last year.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A national professors group says administrators at the University of Northern Iowa violated governance, academic freedom and tenure procedures when they eliminated certain programs and shuttered the education training school. The American Association of University Professors says UNI officials failed to follow certain policies when determining programs to eliminate.

Name change and slightly new look in-store for Council Bluffs Hospital

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

So often during accident reports issued by law enforcement, especially those which occur in Pottawattamie County, we note the victim or victims were transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs. According to the Council Bluffs NonPareil, beginning next week, “Jennie,” as it’s referred to by most local medics, will be referred to as “Methodist Jennie Edmundson.” The slight name change and a new look, becomes effective Tuesday, as part of an ongoing rebranding campaign.

The “Methodist” part of the name refers to the hospital’s affiliation with Methodist Health System, a relationship that began in 1994. The facility has been a part of the Council Bluffs community since 1886.  The rebranding to “Methodist Jennie Edmundson” according to the paper, will include new, on-campus signage, as well as future advertising.

Bond for Red Oak man set at $100-k

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December 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak said Friday, that a local man was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a large bond, following his arrest Friday afternoon. According to a police report, the bond for 48-year-old Dean Glen Heideman, Jr., was set at $100,000. Heideman, Jr., was arrested on a felony warrant a little  after 4 p.m. Friday.The warrant was issued after he failed to appear for his pre-trail conference Thursday. Heideman, Jr., faces three Class-C felony Controlled Substance Violation charges, to which he’s pleaded Not Guilty.

The Controlled Substance Violations allegedly occurred late last February, and again in March, 2012. According to online court records, his jury trial on those charges was set for January 15th.

Light snow expected to continue across Iowa

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say light snow will continue across most of Iowa as an upper level system passes through the state. The National Weather Service says between 2 and 4 inches of snow is expected to fall Friday along northern Iowa. An additional 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected around the Des Moines area, after a similar amount fell overnight. Weather officials expect patchy freezing drizzle mainly south of Interstate 80.

Temperatures are expected to climb, but arctic air will hit the region next week. Wind chill values could reach 20 below zero. Winds of up to 15 mph are expected Friday across western and north central Nebraska. The combination could produce near 20 below zero temperatures across the western Sandhills and parts of the Platte Valley.

Pella man escapes serious injury in Cass County crash

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A south central Iowa man was injured during a single-vehicle accident this (Friday) morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. The Iowa State Patrol says 21-year old Chase Alan Waters, of Pella, was checked and treated for injuries at the scene, but did not require transport to the hospital. The Patrol says he was wearing his seat belt.

Officials say Waters was traveling westbound on I-80 at around 8:04-a.m., when the 2004 Jeep Wrangler he was driving went out of control just east of the Wiota exit. The SUV entered the median and rolled over, coming to rest in the left lane on the eastbound side of I-80.

Waters told the authorities the cruise control was set and on at the time of the accident. Officials have been warning drivers NOT to engage the cruise control of their vehicles when road conditions are not dry.

Iowa governor relaxes strict rules on felon voting

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa felons seeking to regain voting rights will no longer have to submit credit histories or pay off all their full restitution to become eligible.  Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday relaxed rules he enacted last year that had made Iowa one of the hardest states in the nation for ex-felons to regain voting rights.

Iowa will still be one of four states where felons who complete prison and parole terms have to apply to restore their rights to vote and hold office. Under the changes, applicants have to be current on restitution payments instead of having to satisfy judgments entirely. They also won’t have to submit credit histories, which the governor’s office had required as a way to check for outstanding court debts. Critics said that step was a deterrent.

Eagle to be released at Iowa-Nebraska refuge

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – A juvenile bald eagle that had suffered a broken wing and other injuries in south-central Nebraska will be released at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge that sits in both western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.  The Daily Nonpareil newspaper says Raptor Recovery Nebraska’s chapter in Omaha expects to free the bird between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, near the visitor center.

The refuge straddles the Missouri River north of Omaha, sitting between Blair, Neb., to the west and Missouri Valley, Iowa, to the east.  Denise Lewis, of Raptor Recovery, says the female was found injured in the Grand Island, Neb., area. Lewis says the broken wing and soft-tissue injuries may have resulted from the bird flying into something or being grazed by a vehicle while feeding near a road.

Deadline to get a 2012 College Savings Iowa deduction is Dec. 31st

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is reminding you to take advantage of the state tax deduction for contributing to you kid’s College Savings Iowa account. The deductions are based on the calendar year when you deposit funds to the account.  “Parents and grandparents must get their contributions in by December 31st, or it must be postmarked by December 31st to be able to claim this on your Iowa income tax as a deduction for 2012,” according to Fitzgerald. You can have accounts for each of your children.

“Anyone can put up to two-thousand-975 dollars in for each child. And that’s a whopper of a deduction,” Fitzgerald says, “you know if a typical family with two kids, mom and dad put it in, they can deduct 11-thousand-900 dollars from their Iowa taxes. So it can mean a lot.” Fitzgerald says relatives wanting to help out can donate.  “Most parents raising kids don’t have that kind of money, but a lot of grandparents do, and whatever they put in — if they have 10 grandchildren — they can put money in for each one of them and it adds up,” Fitzgerald says. He says one third of the accounts in the program were started by grandparents.

Fitzgerald says you can start an account with 25 dollars, and that is the minimum you can make with each deposit.  “Most people do not put in the max, because putting in 29-hundred and 75 dollars for each child is a little bit steep, a little too challenging for most folks financially. But the average account by the time a child goes to college in Iowa, they’ll have 14-thousand dollars saved,” Fitzgerald says. Investors in the program do not have to be Iowa residents. The child can take out the money for qualified college expenses including tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United Sates or abroad.

You can call 1-888-672-9116 to sign up or go to www.collegesavingsiowa.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Returning gifts? Follow these tips for a smooth exchange

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Christmas was a few days ago, and the big crowds are gone from Iowa’s malls. Now would be a good time to return that ugly sweater or the toaster oven you didn’t need. Kimberly Hazen, with the Better Business Bureau, says stores aren’t required to exchange an item unless it’s defective or was wrongly advertised. “It really is up to the store’s policy to take — or not take — an item in return,” Hazen says. “They can decide if they offer a full refund, if they offer just a store credit or if they offer just an exchange.”

Stores must honor their written policies, but those might not always be clear. Some Iowa stores print those policies right on the receipt, which she says is very helpful, but most don’t. “Then you want to really hope you got a gift receipt from the person that gave you the gift,” Hazen says. “Also, making sure you don’t take the tags off and you keep the original packaging.” Consumers need to beware, Hazen says, as retailers may charge a fee to put the items back on the shelf. “A restocking fee can be as high as 25% of what you paid for the original item which can be kinda’ hefty,” she says.

If you encounter a problem at the store, consult the Better Business Bureau website at b-b-b-dot-org and enter your town in the search window.

(Radio Iowa)

Snowy roads cause accident in Atlantic Thursday

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December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Snow covered, slipper roads contributed to a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, in Atlantic. The Police Department reports vehicles driven by Michael Bald and Danny Anderson, both of Atlantic, collided at around 1:25-p.m., at the intersection of 10th Street and Hospital Drive.

Officials say Bald was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle due to the road conditions. The vehicle slid and hit a SWITA bus driven by Anderson, as the bus was traveling west in its normal lane. No injuries were reported. Damage to the SWITA bus amounted to $500, while Bald’s vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. No citations were isssued.