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8AM Newscast 09-13-2012

News, Podcasts

September 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

2 arrested in Omaha for stun gun robberies in Iowa


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Arrests have been made in back-to-back robberies of a western Iowa store in which the clerk was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun. Police in Omaha arrested 18-year-old D’Jay Betts on Tuesday and 22-year-old Loyal Brown on Wednesday. Both men live in Omaha.

Police say Betts and another man entered Exotic Gifts in Council Bluffs on Aug. 24th, and that Betts repeatedly attacked the store’s clerk with a stun gun while the other man stole merchandise. Betts and Brown are accused of returning to the store five days later, with Betts again attacking the same clerk with a stun gun while Brown took merchandise and money.  Betts and Brown remained in an Omaha jail this (Thursday) morning.

The search begins for a new Police Officer in Adair


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Adair has voted to begin the search for a new Police Officer. The decision came during a meeting Wednesday night, and follows the recent firing of Lt. Josephine Weston, and the resignation of Police Chief Bob Koeneman. City officials have declined to release any details concerning the departures of the two law enforcement officials.

The City will begin advertising for the position in the Des Moines Register, Omaha World Herald and locally, soon. The person hired for the job will be required to live in Adair. Until that person is hired, deputies with the Guthrie and Adair County Sheriff’s Offices will continue to patrol the city of Adair.

Iowa band wins $25k in website contest


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Artistsignal.com, a digital distribution platform for artists, bands, and record labels, have announced two bands, one from Minnesota, the other from Iowa, has received $25,000 each, following a vote-driven, internet contest. “Crankshaft and the Geargrinders,” from Minnesota, and “Randy Burk and the Prisoners” from Iowa were announced as the winners of the contest, during which  fans could cast a vote every hour for 90-days.  Originally, there was only one $25,000 top prize designed to help an artist or band, jumpstart their career, but the online venue decided the top two musicians receiving votes would each receive the big prize.

Randy Burk and the Prisoners, whose lead singer is Atlantic native Randy Burk, will use  their prize money to record a new album at Iowa recording studio, The Sonic Factory. In a press release, the 39-year old Burk said “We could record anywhere in the country and have great contacts in Nashville and California, but think it’s important to keep the money here, rooted to the fans and community that supported us in this contest, helped us win, and support us everyday.”

(updated) Rain in excess of 1″ in Atlantic overnight…too little, too late?

News, Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rainfall over the Atlantic area for the past 24-hours (7-a.m. Wednesday through 7-a.m. Thursday) amounted to 1.12-inches. That’s still three-inches less than average for September, with a little more than two-weeks remaining in the month. Total precipitation so far this year in Atlantic (Jan. 1st through August 31st), was 17.36-inches, which was 4.8-inches below the normal average. Excluding the 24-hour period which ends at 7-a.m. today, there have been only three other times this year that we’ve received rain exceeding one-inch: August 25th (1.86″); June 23rd (1.18″); and April 14th (2.35″).

Other rainfall amounts reported this morning include: 2.25″ in Oakland; 1.85″ in Harlan; 1.8″ in Audubon; 1.72″ in Irwin; 1.5″ at “The Valley” (Highway 71/I-80 in Cass County); 1.45″ in Carroll;  1.44″ near Avoca; 78″ in Exira; 77″ in Massena. Other rainfall across southwest Iowa ranged from .9″ in Shenandoah to 1.2″ near Emerson.

Cigarette demand could increase soon in the Council Bluffs area


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Tobacco retailers on the Iowa side of the Missouri River could see a big boost in business as Omaha leaders consider a new cigarette tax. The proposal would add 35-cents per pack to the cost of cigarettes sold in Omaha, which Omaha Tobacco Outlet owner Bob Wagner fears will send his store’s profits into the ashtray. “Any tax is horrible,” Wagner says. “My customers are so price-conscious, if they can get a carton from a competitor of mine who is three miles down the road, I’m going to be hard-pressed.” Omaha leaders are considering the cigarette tax hike as a way to help pay for the construction of a new cancer treatment and research center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. It could create 12-hundred jobs by 2020.

If the cigarette tax hike passes, Wagner guesses many Omaha smokers will make the short trip across the bridge to Council Bluffs to buy their cartons. “Certainly everybody wants jobs, but if this passes, at a minimum I’m probably going to have to let go of two people and then pray that I can keep my doors open,” Wagner says. He says a 64-cent per pack cigarette tax hike was first suggested, but that was cut to 35-cents a pack. He hopes the proposal will be defeated, but is worried.

“This is a direct hit, a gut punch to the blue collar workers in the city of Omaha,” he says. “You’re going to gut check them and then strap this tax to their backs and ride it all the way home. This is absolutely unbelievable.” Omaha is being asked to put up 40-million dollars for the cancer center. Construction could begin on the 323-million dollar facility next year, with opening in 2016. The city’s tax on bars and restaurants that was implemented a few years ago generates about 25-million dollars a year.

(Radio Iowa)

Crash on I-80 near Casey blocks EB traffic for nearly 2-hours


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A crash involving a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Adair County, blocked the eastbound lanes of traffic for nearly two-hours early this (Thursday) morning. The Iowa DOT says the accident happened on I-80 eastbound near exit 83, sometime after midnight. Both eastbound lanes of traffic were blocked until around 2:20-a.m. No other details are currently available.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Sept. 13th 2012


September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A veteran Cedar Rapids teacher who spent most of her career with kindergarten students is the 2013 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Governor Terry Branstad recognized Tania Johnson yesterday for the state’s top teaching honor. The Cedar Rapids educator and the other finalists will be honored on October 26th at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A new heating and cooling system at Dubuque City Hall is worth its weight in water. The city replaced the system this year after an energy audit showed City Hall was using between 8 and 12 million gallons of water a year. The new system cost $660,000. Funding came from a capital improvement budget and federal money.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque contractor has been sentenced to five months in prison followed by five months of house arrest in a case involving illegal immigrants. The U.S. attorney’s office says Thomas Kehoe was sentenced yesterday in Cedar Rapids federal court on one count of conspiracy to transport, harbor and encourage illegal immigrants to live in the country. Kehoe pleaded guilty in April.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The emerald ash borer, which kills ash trees, appears to be staying put in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County. The northeast Iowa county has been under quarantine since 2010 when the insect was discovered along the Mississippi River. The quarantine covers firewood and ash products, including lumber and bark chips.

1 injured during I-80 rollover accident in Cass County, Wed. Night


September 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a pickup/camper rollover accident on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center, the accident happened at around 7:30-p.m., just before the 54-mile marker westbound. The driver of the vehicle was up and walking around prior to the arrival of rescue crews. He was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, for treatment of his injuries. A dog traveling with the man was not injured. No other details were available late Wednesday evening. The accident was under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Scavenger hunt prize: year-supply of Coca-Cola


September 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A scavenger hunt that begins Monday may result in you winning a year’s supply of Coca-Cola. Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce announced today (Wednesday), that in honor of Atlantic’s 20th Coca-Cola Days,  the Chamber is giving away a year-supply of Coca-Cola to one lucky and observant household. The scavenger hunt is set to run September 17th through the 21st. Thirty 12-packs will come in one or a variety of flavors for the winning household.

To be entered to win, players must correctly identify at least eight special Coca-Cola items located in 11 participating businesses. Each business features only one scavenger hunt item. “You Found It” signs flag the item as the right object.

Scavenger hunt lists with rules can be found on AtlanticIowa.com, in the Atlantic News Telegraph, or at the Rock Island Depot. Completed lists must be returned to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce by Friday, September 21st, at 5:30 p.m.

A winner will be drawn at the Tailgate Party at the Rock Island Depot on Friday evening. Winners will be featured in the Coca-Cola Days parade Saturday at 4 p.m. The Iowa Chapter of Coca-Cola Collectors co-sponsors the parade.

The scavenger hunt is a product of the chamber’s Special Promotions and Events Committee. More information can be found through (712) 243-3017 or chamber@atlanticiowa.com.