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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., June 14th 2014 – Flag Day

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June 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Hillary Rodham Clinton is talking about building a better America in New York, Democratic rival Bernie Sanders was in Des Moines talking about political revolution. The Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says, “There is no state in the country where we have a better opportunity to do that than here in Iowa.” Sanders says Iowa will be key for his insurgent campaign against Clinton.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Cedar Rapids are trying to clean up the mess left behind by flash flooding earlier this week — including almost a dozen cars that stalled on streets trying to drive through high water. Television station KCRG says floodwater that swamped city streets overnight Thursday drained away quickly, but not before damaging cars and sending rescue crews scrambling.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall as 20-year-old Andrea Farrington, who worked in the children’s museum at the mall. At a news conference yesterday, Coralville police said Farrington was shot multiple times in her torso Friday evening, and that a handgun and bullet casings were found at the scene. Farrington died at an Iowa City hospital.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say drunkenly crashed into three parked cars, sped off, then returned to the scene. The Telegraph Herald reports that 28-year-old Brett Howes was arrested Friday and charged with eight counts.

Authorities ID woman killed in Iowa mall shooting

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A security guard at the Coral Ridge Mall is in custody, charged with first-degree murder, in connection with the shooting in the food court area at the mall, Friday evening.

Shooting victim: 20-yr. old Andrea Farrington.

Shooting victim: 20-yr. old Andrea Farrington.

22-year old Alexander Matthew Kozak, of North Liberty, admitted to authorities he shot 20-year-old Andrea Farrington, of Cedar Rapids, at least three times in the back with a nine-millimeter pistol. Farrington worked in the children’s museum at the mall.

A handgun and bullet casings were found at the scene. Farrington died at an Iowa City hospital. No one else was injured. Kozak fled the scene in a small car bearing Texas registration plates. About an hour after the shooting was reported, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper saw the suspect’s vehicle on Interstate 80 eastbound. The car was stopped about 50-miles east of the mall and Kozak was taken into custody without incident.

Kozak was being held in the Muscatine County Jail on $10 million bond. He was employed as a security officer at the Coral Ridge Mall since late 2014. He had been working at the mall on June 12th prior to the shooting.

Farrington graduated from Montezuma High School in 2012. Her family said working for the Children’s Museum at the mall for just over 6 months, was her dream job.

Man charged with murder in eastern Iowa mall shooting

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Police have charged an eastern Iowa man with murder in the shooting death of a woman at a shopping mall in Coralville. Coralville police said they arrested 22-year-old Alexander Matthew Kozak, of North Liberty, on Friday night and charged him with first-degree murder.

Kozak is accused of shooting a 20-year-old woman at Coral Ridge Mall earlier Friday. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, died at an Iowa City hospital. Soon after the shooting near the mall’s food court, officers spotted Kozak’s car on Interstate 80 near Davenport and arrested him without incident.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/13/2015

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/13/2015

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Food banks struggle during warm-weather months

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The summer months are always difficult for the Food Bank for the Heartland, which has a tough time meeting demand once the warm weather arrives. Spokesman Brian Barks says they put out collection barrels to take in donations of canned goods from Thanksgiving through Christmas, but the June through August time-frame is a challenge. “It is a struggle because people are busy,” Barks says. “Hunger is not a top-of-mind issue in the summer, so we see a drop-off in product donations and financial donations but we must meet the same need, if not greater.”

The Omaha-based agency distributes between one-point-two and one-point-five million pounds of food each month to food pantries in 93 counties across Nebraska and western Iowa. A program in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area delivers hot meals at no charge to 15 locations during the summer. For those outside the metro area, the food bank is holding 20 rural mobile pantries just during the month of June.

“We are distributing more and more food in areas of Nebraska and western Iowa,” Barks says. “There aren’t a lot of job opportunities out in rural communities. The population is getting older. If you’re in Omaha and you need assistance, there are a lot of places where you can go to get help, but if you’re living in a rural community, there’s very limited access to assistance.”

Some families are struggling with higher grocery bills now that school is out and many children aren’t getting free or reduced-price lunches at school. “In our service area, the best data that we have indicates there’s 220,000 people who struggle with the issue of hunger and 91,000 of those are kids under the age of 18,” Barks says. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen those numbers rise a little bit, despite all of our best efforts.”

Given the buying power of the food bank, he says one donated dollar can buy three meals. Learn how you can help at food-bank-heartland-dot-org.

(Radio Iowa)

1 dead in shooting at Iowa mall; suspect in custody

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died following a shooting that took place near the food court of the Coral Ridge Mall, in Coralville, a little after 7-p.m., Friday. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety say the woman’s name was being withheld pending notification of family. The suspect was stopped and arrested on Interstate 80 near Highway 61 by Iowa State Patrol along with Scott County Sheriff’s deputies. No other suspects are being sought. No other details have been released at this time.

The Coralville Mall, located in the eastern Iowa community of 19,000, is the second-largest mall in Iowa. The shooting prompted some shoppers and workers to rush out of the mall and others to remain on lockdown for more than an hour.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., June 13th 2015

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June 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CORALVILLE – One person is dead and the suspect is in custody following a shooting Friday evening at the Coral Ridge Mall, in Coralville. Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety say the victim is female. Her name was being withheld pending notification of family. The suspect was stopped and arrested on Interstate 80 near Highway 61 by Iowa State Patrol along with Scott County Sheriff’s deputies.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa. That has farmers, scientists and government officials hopeful the worst outbreak of bird flu in the U.S. is winding down, though they know it doesn’t mean the outbreak is over. The first turkey barn that was infected in Minnesota is restocking, and Iowa officials say they hope to begin to do the same in several weeks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush is adding another Iowa event to his presidential announcement tour next week. The former Florida governor will appear at a backyard event in Washington, Iowa on Wednesday morning.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing new pressures in Iowa, a state that already views him as too moderate for socially conservative caucus voters. Many of Christie’s competitors for the Republican presidential nomination were in the state last weekend, for Senator Joni Ernst’s “roast and ride” to Boone. Christie, however, was not among them. He returned to Iowa for the first time in three months this week.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man and two of his children died in a crash on Interstate 10 while visiting Florida from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Officials say 39-year-old Benjamin Bartlett, 10-year-old Charles and 9-year-old Bailey died. Bartlett’s wife, 39-year-old Erin Bartlett, suffered minor injuries, and 7-year-old daughter Kaia was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Ernst unsure yet on COOL vote

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June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Jonie Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says she is still trying to sort through the information before taking a stance on repealing labeling of meat products so you can tell which country they come from. It’s called the Country of Origin Labeling or “COOL.”

“Member of our delegation are kind of split on this, so we’re working through those issues and figuring out where we need to go with this. We know we have been hit hard by the W-T-O (World Trade Organization) and they will continue to come after us as long as we have the labeling in place,” Ernst says. She says she likes the idea of know where products come from.

“I would love a way to highlight our American products — be able to label them as American — and make it work for the W-T-O. We’ve got to find some sort of compromise there,” Ernst says. The labeling covers beef, pork, and chicken, but she says the issue is much broader.

“It’s not just our agricultural industry which will be hit. It’s going to be many, many other industires, manufacturing and agriculture and the types of products that we are sending into Canada or into Mexico,” Ernst says. “So, we really need to take a look at what the W-T-O is saying and then decide how we want to move forward.” The repeal of COOL passed on a 300 to 131 vote in the U-S House. It’s future in the Senate is uncertain.

(Radio Iowa)

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Reports Arrest

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June 12th, 2015 by admin

A Red Oak woman was arrested Friday, in Montgomery County. Authorities say 23-year old Amanda J. Huebner was taken into custody at around 1:40-p.m. at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, on a warrant for Interference with Official Acts. Huebner was being held in the jail on a $300 bond.