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7AM Newscast 05-15-2014

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May 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Atlantic High School Graduation Broadcast Live on KJAN TV!

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May 15th, 2014 by Jim Field

The 2014 Atlantic High School graduation ceremony will be broadcast live on KJAN TV this Sunday, May 18.  We will be streaming a live video feed to viewers around the world on KJAN TV.  If you can’t make it to the ceremony, just go to the TV page at KJAN.com on Sunday to watch it live.  The ceremony begins at 2:00 pm and we will begin live streaming a few minutes prior.  ENJOY & CONGRATULATIONS  to the 2014 graduates!

Exira-EHK Super Board to meet this evening


May 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton “Super Board” of Education will meet this (Thursday) evening at the High School, in Elk Horn. The meeting begins at 7-p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Room. During the session, the combined Board will act on approving contracts for: Pre-K teachers at EHK and Elk Horn; 1st grade; Middle School Math, and Kindergarten at EHK.

The Board will also discuss and act on approving several matters, including: A revised calendar and fees for 2014-2015; A continued contract with Iowa Western Community College for concurrent enrollment classes; A New Master Contract with Teachers; Salary increases for Support Staff, and the purchase of a new school bus.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., May 15th 2014


May 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say four construction workers have been injured following a structure collapse in the northeast Iowa city of West Union. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred yesterday morning at a construction site near the county courthouse. Sheriff Marty Fisher says the workers’ injuries appear to be serious and they are being treated at a local hospital.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has died after falling from a motorcycle in eastern Iowa. Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says Abraham Harris was riding a motorcycle with his 11-year-old brother on Sunday when he fell. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports he suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have ruled out a potential suspect in the case of two young cousins whose bodies were found months after their disappearance in northeast Iowa. Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that an investigation into Michael Klunder indicates he wasn’t in the area when Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins disappeared in July 2012.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Former New York Giants and Hawkeyes safety Tyler Sash has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with an alleged scooter chase in Iowa. Court records show Sash entered the written plea on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and interference with official acts. A message left for his attorney was not immediately returned yesterday.Io

New abuse allegations made against former Iowa doc


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say numerous abuse complaints have now been made against a former western Iowa doctor charged with molesting a 10-year-old girl in 1999. Shelby County authorities tell The Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil that other people say they were victims of 81-year-old Wing Tai Fung, now of Ontario, Canada. Fung was arrested late last month at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. A warrant for his arrest had been issued in November.

A criminal complaint says Fung molested a girl in January 1999 while treating her for a knee sprain at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Fung has been charged with felony second-degree sexual abuse. Fung had an initial court appearance in Cook County, Illinois, where he waived his extradition so the case could be tried in Shelby County.

(Updated story) IWCC unveils expansion and innovation plans


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa Western Community College’s Center in Atlantic, today (Wednesday), unveiled plans for expansion within the current facility.

IWCC Atlantic Center Dir. Ann Pross

IWCC Atlantic Center Dir. Ann Pross

Cass County Center Director Ann Pross said construction will begin July 1st on a 4,000 square foot renovation for a Student Activities Center Pross says it will serve as “A point of connection” for their students, a place for resources, a comfortable place to meet, to collaborate, attend a variety of club-related activities. It will feature a conference room, quiet study areas, a Student Center with a fireplace, beverage bar, computer stations and wi-fi access along with a new classroom.

It will also have some office space. Pross says the new SAC will serve to enhance the students’ learning environment, support efforts to continue increased enrollment, and expand on the “College experience” for the students. In addition, the Design Technology Program has seen such phenomenal success, that a Design Technology Innovation Center (DTIC) will be constructed within the confines of the current facility.

Joe Vanstrom talks about the new Design Tech. Innovation Center. (Ric Hanson/photos)

Joe Vanstrom talks about the new Design Tech. Innovation Center. (Ric Hanson/photos)

IWCC Design Tech Program Chair Joe Vanstrom, says he’s excited by the changes coming soon. He’s getting brand new labs for Electrical and Mechanical Manufacturing, and a 3-D printing center.

Vanstrom says while the Design Tech Program is capable of graduating with a skill set that will enable them to succeed in almost an industry setting, the program is in need of more equipment to train the students. That was the impetus behind the DTIC concept.

A “Project Innovation Center” room within the DTIC will allow industrial representatives to collaborate with them on ideas, and, it will allow students a place to relax. That portion equates to 610-feet of space. It will also allow easy access to the new Design Technology classroom. Vanstrom says the 500-square foot Fabrication Lab will enable students to look beyond just creating products on a 3-D printer. He says they will be training on CNC – Computer Numeric Control – work stations, learning how to operate advanced manufacturing equipment.

The Electrical Fabrication Lab, or Center, will be 390-square feet, a place where students can design almost anything. Vanstrom says the 3-D Design Printing Center will take up 225-square feet of space, feature two more 3-D printers and be entirely student run.

A committee comprised of Atlantic businessmen Jim Tyler, Scott Deter, Larry Turner Duane Acker  and Nick Hunt, is in the process of soliciting funds for future of the Design Technology Program. Money raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the college itself, with the goal being $600,000 altogether.

Sioux City man pleads not guilty in son’s death


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to a neglect charge in connection to the death of his 2-month-old son. The Sioux City Journal reports 26-year-old Michael Williams entered a written plea Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of neglect of a dependent person. A trial date has not been set.

Williams was arrested April 29 after bringing his dead son to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s hospital in Sioux City. The boy’s autopsy results have not been released.

Court documents at the time of Williams’ arrest say he admitted to leaving his son unattended for long periods of time in his apartment. Investigators wrote the apartment was in poor condition. Two other children in the apartment have been taken into protective custody.

IWCC unveils new expansion plans


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa Western Community College in Atlantic, today, unveiled plans for expansion within the current facility. Director Ann Pross said construction will begin in July on a 4,000 square foot Student Activities Center.

In addition, the Design Technology Program has seen such phenomenal success, that a Design Innovation Center will be constructed within the confines of the current facility.

The DIC will have a Design Technology Integrated Classroom, Mechanical Fabrication Lab, Electronics Fabrication Lab and 2 more 3-D printers.

We’ll have more on this story later today.

Fatal accident in Mills County, Tuesday evening


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in Mills County has claimed the life of a man from Minnesota. The Iowa State Patrol reports 74-year old Lawrence Decheine, of Blaine, MN, was not wearing his seat belt, when the semi he was driving entered the median before rolling several times. The accident happened at around 6-p.m. on Interstate 29 northbound, just north of the exit to Plattsmouth, NE.

Officials say when the 2014 Freightliner semi went out of control and entered the median, Decheine overcorrected, causing the rig to roll before it came to rest on the northbound lanes of the interstate. Decheine was trapped in the cab and had to be freed by rescue crews from Glenwood. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

GOP leader in legislature expects “flat” tax to be 2014 campaign promise


May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The top Republican in the Iowa House says if Republicans win statehouse majorities in the House and the Senate this November, one item on his wish list for 2015 is a “flat” state income tax. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, spoke early this morning (Wednesday) at a breakfast meeting of central Iowa Republicans.  “It’s one of the things that the governor and I have spoken about,” Paulsen said. “…I don’t want to speak for him, but I do know that is something he has interest in as well.”

Paulsen and his fellow House Republicans endorsed a “flat” tax proposal last year, but it was not considered in the Democratically-led Iowa Senate. The proposal would have allowed Iowans to continue filing their income taxes under the current system or choose the alternative of a four-and-a-half percent flat tax on their income, with no deductions.

“That would be about a $400-500 million income tax cut,” Paulsen says. “My guess is it would grow the state of Iowa (economy) and end up over time increasing revenue because I think that is what’s happened every single time we’ve cut income taxes in the state of Iowa.”

Republican Governor Terry Branstad floated the idea of a “flat tax” in December of 2013, but wound up abandoning the proposal in early 2014 because of Democratic opposition. Democrats say the “flat” tax would provide a “significant’ tax break for wealthy Iowans and do nothing to make the state’s income tax system fairer.

(Radio Iowa)