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2 injured when van runs out of gas in Pott. Co. & is hit from behind

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September 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Nebraska residents were injured Monday on Interstate 29 near Crescent, when a van ran out of gas and was hit from behind. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2002 Ford Windstar van driven by 32-year old Brylona Moreland, of Omaha, was traveling south on I-29 at around 6:10-p.m., when the vehicle’s gas tank ran dry. The van came to rest on the traveled portion of the interstate, and was hit from behind by a 2007 Pontiac G-6, driven by 27-year old Christopher Buser, of Bellevue, NE.

Following the impact, both vehicles came to rest in the west ditch. Moreland, and a passenger in the van, 34-year old Terrell Jones, of Omaha, were transported to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Buser suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene. Officials say several traffic citations were issued to Moreland.

Senate confirms Rose as federal judge

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose as a federal judge in Iowa. Sens. Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley say the Senate voted 89-1 on Monday to confirm Rose in Iowa’s Southern District, which includes Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Davenport. Rose was one of three candidates recommended by Harkin to replace Judge Robert Pratt, who has taken senior status. President Barack Obama nominated her in February. Rose has served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa since 2009. She spent over 12 years in the office as an assistant U.S. attorney. Rose received a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and a law degree in 1996, both from the University of Iowa.

Corn harvest remains ahead of schedule

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The corn harvest continues significantly ahead of schedule in much of the grain belt with 15 percent of the crop out of the fields in the 18 states that produce most of the nation’s corn crop. That’s ahead of the 5 percent normal average for this time of the year. Iowa farmers are reporting 10 percent finished compared with the average of 1 percent. In Nebraska harvest is 12 percent complete compared with the 1 percent average. Missouri is more than half finished when the average is 15 percent. A few soybean farmers are harvesting with 4 percent done nationally. Two percent is the average. Crops were planted earlier this year because of a warm spring. Harvest is moving quickly because crops matured faster than usual in this summer’s heat.

Gov. Branstad orders flags flown at half-staff

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is ordering flags at state government buildings and other sites to be flown at half-staff to honor those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Branstad called for the flags to be lowered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at public buildings, grounds and other facilities throughout the state. Individuals, schools and businesses also are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff during this period as a show of respect. The Sept. 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

RED FLAG WARNING ISSUED FOR MORE COUNTIES IN WESTERN IA, EFFECTIVE TUESDAY

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE

339 PM CDT MON SEP 10 2012

RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 7 PM CDT TUESDAY FOR EXTREME FIRE DANGER. THIS REPLACES THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH WHICH HAD BEEN ISSUED PREVIOUSLY. A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

RED FLAG WARNINGS ISSUED FOR MUCH OF THE KJAN LISTENING AREA TUESDAY

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-DALLAS-POLK-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

324 PM CDT MON SEP 10 2012

A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM CDT TUESDAY FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.. THIS REPLACES THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY ISSUED.

SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED. IN ADDITION, THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY  WILL DROP TO 15 TO 25 PERCENT IN THE AFTERNOON. FIELD CROPS ARE NEARLY CURED AND HAVE BECOME HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE. IN COMBINATION WITH THE FORECAST CONDITIONS TUESDAY…THIS WOULD LEAD TO RAPID FIRE GROWTH. IN ADDITION…THE DRYING OF GRASSES IS WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE DUE TO THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS THIS SUMMER.

IF A FIRE STARTS TUESDAY AFTERNOON…RAPID FIRE GROWTH WOULD BE POSSIBLE AND IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN. A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

ISU Extension outreach meeting held in Atlantic

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A good-sized crowd turned out for Monday morning’s meeting in Atlantic of ISU Extension officials, to hear what the Extension Service is offering for the future, and to offer opinions on the direction the Service is taking.

Cathann Kress, ISU Extension & Outreach Vice President

Appearing at the meeting held in the Cass County Community Center, was Cathann Kress, ISU Extension and Outreach vice president, and Terry Maloy, Iowa Association of County Extension Councils executive director. Kress told the audience and Extension Council members about four trends currently guiding the work of the Extension and Outreach service. The first was “Economic Development.” She said their economic development programming is focused on actions to help Iowa’s economy grow and prosper, in addition to enhancing the health of communities, and growing businesses. She said it’s also focusing on the future careers of young people.

Kress said the second “signature issue” area the are focusing on, is “Health and Well being,” in alliance with Governor Branstad’s Healthier State Initiative. The third signature issue, according to Kress, is “Food and the environment.” She says that focuses on “Local actions to produce a safe, sustainable, accessible and affordable food supply.” Kress said the fourth “Signature Issue” they’re focusing on at ISU Extension, is K-through 12 Youth Outreach, through STEM (or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. While STEM jobs are expected to grow by 16% this decade in Iowa, ACT test scores in 2009 indicated 50% of Iowa students were not ready for college-level mathematics study, while only 37% were ready for college-level work in the field of Science. ISU Extension has been recognized by the Governor’s Office, as one of the vital STEM “hubs,” tasked with increasing student preparedness for entering the STEM sectors. Kress said their goal is to “Get young people excited about learning, and discovering new career choices,” including those in the High Tech Sector in Iowa, with the idea being to encourage them to remain in the State and “Pursue an education beyond high school, and build skills that will continue to improve our communities across the State.”

Afterward, during the Q&A session, Kress was asked about how the Extension can help young people become aware of what goes on in manufacturing facilities, and why so-called “Middle skilled” workers are so desperately needed to fill those jobs. Kress said the manufacturers have brought that to their attention, and they are working to overcome the stereotype of high-tech jobs are merely those that belong to “rocket scientists,” or chemists.  She says they’re trying to make sure that they build into their programming hands-on experience for young people, to create opportunities for high school internships and early years in college.

A program which will be incorporated into the STEM hub, is called “Into the Field,” which is intended to create shorter “excursions” into the workforce, which instead of a whole semester-long ordeal, would be for a week or so, to see first-hand what it’s like to work in manufacturing, and what skills and education are needed. She says they’re also looking at creating “Destination  Science” web page, where educators, 4-H volunteers, boy scout leaders and others, can come and let it be known what their interests are, with the idea being to provide points of reference for manufacturing and campus visits. She also said there are opportunities to model some programs after what the World Food Prize organization is doing with the Youth Institute, which gives young people an opportunity to solve problems.

Adair man arrested in Atlantic over the weekend

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports an Adair man was arrested Sunday. 29-year old Zlatko Kendic was taken into custody on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. Kendic was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Official said also, Kody Hansen, of Atlantic, was cited following an accident Friday evening at 7th and Plum Streets. Vehicles driven by Hansen, and Jeffrey Richter, of Atlantic, were traveling east on 7th Street at around 5:25-p.m., when Richter stopped at the stop light. Hansen failed to stop in time, and collided with the rear of the Richter vehicle, causing a total of $2,300 damage. Hansen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

(12-p.m. News)

3 weekend arrests in Audubon County

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reports three people were arrested over the weekend on unrelated charges. Saturday night, 64-year old Ada Jo Carter, of Coon Rapids, was arrested on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. The warrant was issued following an investigation into bad checks written to an Audubon County business on May 16th. Carter was booked into the jail, and appeared before the magistrate this (Monday) morning. The woman plead guilty to the charge and was fined.

Sunday afternoon, 47-year old Julie Ann Tigges, of Newton, turned herself-in to Audubon County authorities. Tigges was wanted on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for Revocation of her probation. She had been placed on probation in March 2011, after pleading guilty to a Possession of Methamphetamine/2nd offense, charge. Tigges posted bond and was released, with orders to appear in court on September 17th.

Earlier that same day, 33-year old Gregory Alan Carter, of Audubon, was arrested on charges of OWI/2nd offense, Failure to have a valid license, and speeding. The charges were the result of a traffic stop on Highway 71, near Hamlin. Carter was brought to the Audubon County Jail, appeared before the magistrate, and released. His preliminary hearing was set for September 27th.

(12-p.m. News)

One injured during Saturday motorcycle accident

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September 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says a woman injured during a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on Highway 83 near Walnut, will be cited for Failure to Maintain Control, along with other moving violations. Danker says 39-year-old Renae Hansen was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic and later transferred by helicopter to Creighton Medical Center, after the motorcycle she was driving southbound on Highway 83, ran off the roadway on a curve and entered the south ditch. The accident happened at around 4-p.m., Saturday. It was not clear from the Sheriff’s report where Hansen was from.