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8AM Newscast 02-13-2012

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February 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Shop fire reported southeast of Wiota this morning

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Anita, Cumberland and Wiota have been dispatched to a fire southeast of Wiota. The first pages went out just after 8-a.m.  The Cass County Communications Center said a shop at 58282 690th Street (about 3-miles southeast of Wiota), was fully engulfed in flames at 8:20-a.m.  The property is said to be owned by David Fredericksen. No other details are currently available.

7AM Newscast 02-13-2012

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February 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Snowfall will make for slick driving this morning!

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

512 AM CST MON FEB 13 2012 Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines… 
 
 LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA AND PERSIST  THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE TODAY. ACCUMULATIONS WILL ONLY BE AN  INCH OR TWO AT MOST LOCATIONS…BUT FALLING SNOW WILL REDUCE  VISIBILITY TO BELOW TWO MILES AT TIMES AND LEAD TO SLICK ROAD  CONDITIONS. DRIVERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE THE ROADS HAVE NOT BEEN TREATED OR PLOWED.

The snow began falling in Atlantic a little after 3:30-a.m.  by 5-a.m., we’d picked up .2″ of snow here at the KJAN studios.

Events in 31 Iowa cities aim to help give out college financial aid

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Super Bowl Sunday is behind us now, but Iowa College Goal Sunday is just ahead. Now in its 4th year, the free event is designed to help college-bound Iowa students and their parents speed through the process of filling out financial aid forms. Brittania Morey, spokeswoman for the Iowa College Access Network, says the focus is on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. “We have 31 sites this year across the state,” Morey says. “Volunteers, both financial aid experts and educators, staff these events and help families fill out the forms and get expert advice on the financial aid process, not only completing the forms but the following steps after completing the forms and what to expect from the colleges.” The events will actually be held over a week’s time in the various locations. The process should only take about 30 minutes, but Morey says you’ll want to be sure to bring a few key pieces of information along.

Morey says, “Students and families should bring Social Security numbers for the parents and the student, we also need the student’s driver’s license number, date of birth and the most recent state and federal tax returns.” They’ll also need to see some information about your financial assets. “We need current bank statements and then investment records,” Morey says. “Records for investments include anything that’s personal, additional real estate outside the family home but not retirement. That’s very important, we don’t include any kind of retirement as an asset on the FAFSA.” The events will be held this Saturday, February 18th through next Sunday, February 26th in 31 Iowa locations. Learn more about Iowa College Goal Sunday at the website: www.IowaCGS.org.
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Locations & dates:
Clarinda – Feb. 18; Iowa Western Community College; 923 Washington Street.
Council Bluffs – Feb. 18; Kaplan University; 1751 Madison Ave. Suite 750.

Creston – Feb. 22; Southwestern Community College; 1501 W. Towline Street.
Denison – Feb. 25; Western Iowa Tech; 11 North 35th Street.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 13th 2012

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 100 people protested outside a Des Moines church where a pastor planned a sermon condemning homosexuality. Yesterday’s protest came after the Reverend Michael Demastus advertised the sermon with a message stating “Gay is not okay” on the marquee outside Fort Des Moines Church of Christ.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to nearly 21 years in federal prison in Iowa for his role in a drug distribution conspiracy. Thirty-year-old Alvin Lee Cooper, of Plano, Texas, was the fifth person sentenced in a case that began in Davenport, Iowa, concerning the trafficking of large amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force sergeant from Iowa has been killed in a motorcycle accident in southern Arizona. Thirty-six-year-old Technical Sergeant Dustin Jackson, of Red Oak, Iowa, died Friday in an accident near Saguaro (sah-WAHR’-oh) National Park.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who prosecutors say distributed more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and nearly 300 pounds of cocaine will spend nearly seven years in federal prison. Fifty-one-year-old Richard Mendez was part of a Colorado-based ring that distributed drugs in the Quad Cities area between 2004 and 2007.

Audubon & Massena City Council meetings set for tonight

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City Councils in Audubon and Massena are set to hold their regularly scheduled meetings tonight. The Audubon City Council meeting begins at 7-p.m. Discussion and/or action items on the agenda include: maintenance of the Audubon Fire Dept. building; Insurance matters; a Resolution to re-appoint Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Board Members (Milo Clemmensen, William Roth, & Rod Rowland to the BoA, & Bruce Christensen to the P&Z Board); and, a Resolution appoint a representative to the Hazard Mitigation Committee.  Other discussion items will cover issues pertaining to the transfer station, a nuisance lighting ordinance, a water/sewer maintenance contract, and compensation practices.

The Massena City Council meeting begins at 7-p.m. as well, but will be preceded at 6:30, by a Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. During the regular meeting, the Council will act on building permits for 303 Spruce Street and 103 Rosalinda Drive, and a Resolution pertaining to the installation of a street light near Massena Livestock.

The Council will also: Receive an update from MSA Professionals, and discuss sewer infiltration issues; discuss rainwater runoff and damage concerns, from Mulberry Street RV Park.; hear from Rod Anderson, about concerns over the Feb. 14th 2011 budget hearing minutes;  hold discussion on other matters to come before them.

Winter Weather Advisory continues for far western/sw Iowa

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE COUNTIES…

245 AM CST MON FEB 13 2012

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

* TIMING…SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA TODAY. ALSO…AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL BE POSSIBLE MAINLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 BY MID MORNING.

* SNOW AMOUNTS… MUCH OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA WILL SEE AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW…WITH HIGHER TOTALS AROUND 3 INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS NORTHEAST NEBRASKA. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL LIKELY BE FALLING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW ALONG WITH AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL MAKE FOR DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE WHEN THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED. SLICK ROADS AND SIDEWALKS ALONG WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES CAN BE EXPECTED. MOTORISTS SHOULD ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME TO REACH MORNING DESTINATIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Woman trapped/freezing in C.Bluffs sewer ditch rescued Sunday afternoon

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A woman who was found freezing and seriously injured over the weekend in Council Bluffs, spent at least 24-hours in a sewer ditch before being rescued. The unidentified woman told officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department she’d been walking along a retaining wall Saturday, and accidentally fell into the sewer opening near 515 North 6th Street. She was found at around 4:45-p.m. Sunday, by two men. She was said to have been naked, from the waist down. Authorities said she had been apparently been suffering from hypothermia after having spent Saturday night outside in sub-zero air temperatures. Paramedics took the woman to a Council Bluffs hospital, where she was reported to be in critical condition. The case remains under investigation.

DOT host online meeting on Chicago to Omaha passenger rail route

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is hosting an on-line open house meeting as part of a study of passenger rail service. Amanda Martin of the D-O-T says the meeting begins today (February 13th).  Martin says the study will consist of five previously established passenger rail routes from Chicago, through Iowa to Omaha. “Each route is approximately 500 miles long, and as part of the midwest regional rail initiative that was the corridor that was established as a route for future study and future passenger rail service,” Martin says. The study is one of the steps in moving ahead to establish a new route. “It’s looking at the alternative routes and determining what route is most feasible based on the purpose and need of the route,” Martin says. “So it’s a tier one service level environmental impact statement is what we will end up with.” You can submit comments on the routes during the on-line meeting.

“People who have concerns about particular routes…or if they are supporting particular routes since it is looking at several. If there are concerns about any sort of impacts their state might be affected by if the route were to go through their community, those sorts of things,” Martin says. The on-line format provides lots of information for people who’re interested. “There is a video that will be on the website that they can review and it’ll talk about the project and will give more details about what we are doing, and there will be resources within the website, maps and information that will help the user understand the study a little bit better, and what sort of comments we are looking for,” Martin said. Go to:www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha to participate in the meeting.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)