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Winter Storm Watch update: Tues., Feb. 19th 2013

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February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNITES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE… 306 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013 …WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA VERY EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING NEAR THE TIME OF THE MORNING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST OF THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL FROM MID MORNING THURSDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED INTO THURSDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR A GENERAL SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES.

* WINDS…EAST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON THURSDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON…BUT WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING LEADING TO LESS BLOWING SNOW. THE BLOWING SNOW IS MOST LIKELY IN OPEN AREAS.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO HEAVY FALLING SNOW ON THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE PREPARATIONS.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 19th 2013

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February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines Democrat wants to require that school harassment policies address the issue of student bullying on social networking sites. Rep. Bruce Hunter introduced a bill yesterday that would update state guidelines for district bullying and harassment policies to include so-called cyberbullying. It also would require that all alleged incidents be reported to school administrators.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers say changing state laws remains a challenge given the politically divided Legislature. Advocates held a rally in the state Capitol yesterday afternoon with Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and other abortion opponents. Branstad said life from the point of conception was a freedom granted by the founding fathers, while Reynolds said the anti-abortion movement supported women.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he will travel to Washington to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss extending a state health insurance program set to expire later this year. Branstad said yesterday that he would meet with Sebelius on Friday and discuss extending a federal waiver to continue the IowaCare program, which provides limited health care coverage for about 70,000 Iowans.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The five final Blockbuster stores in Iowa will close this spring as part of a move to close hundreds of the video rental shops across the nation. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that stores in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Muscatine will close in April, ending a 20-year presence in Iowa.

Some ammunition harder to find in Nebraska, Iowa

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ammunition for certain guns is hard to find in Nebraska and Iowa because people worried about the possibility of tougher gun control are buying it up. Demand for ammunition and guns took off after the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six adults. The shortages are apparent at gun shows and many stores. Dealers say .223-caliber ammunition used in semiautomatic rifles, 9mm bullets and even .22-caliber bullets seem to be in short supply.

Terry Edwards of Palmyra, Neb. says ammunition supplies were already tight before demand surged. At a gun show in Altoona, Iowa, dealer Kevin King says many customers are afraid they won’t be able to buy the amount they want in the future, so they’re stocking up now.

Winter Storm Watch issued for SW Iowa late Wednesday night

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

315 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

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

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. * MAIN IMPACT…SNOWFALL POTENTIAL OF 8 TO 12 INCHES IS INDICATED WITH EAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH CAUSING SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

* OTHER IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS AND MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS DUE TO SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Copper wire theft reported in Montgomery County

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating the theft of copper wire from a piece of machinery. The Sheriff’s Department says the wire was stolen from machinery belonging to Crushed Aggregate Products, LLC, of Red Oak, sometime between Saturday and early this (Monday) morning. An exact dollar amount of the loss is currently not available, but officials estimate it to be more than $10,000.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 1-712-623-5107, or Crimestoppers, at 1-800-432-1001.

Shelby County Hotel-Motel tax matters to be discussed Tuesday

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Matters pertaining to the Hotel-Motel tax in Shelby County will be heard before a meeting of the Shelby County Board of Supervisor’s, Tuesday.  The Supervisors and Harlan City Officials have received the Hotel/Motel Tax money from the Shelby County Chamber, which forwarded the funds to the new Hotel/Motel Tax Fiscal Agent, the Shelby County Auditor, last Wednesday. That information, however, was received five-days past the deadline set by the Shelby County Supervisors.

A sticking point with regard to the tax money, is the 3rd quarter administration fee to the Chamber. The Shelby County Chamber has submitted a bill to the Auditor for the 20% administration fee for 2012 3rd quarter dollars. Last Tuesday, the Shelby County Supervisors held a meeting and told the public the two entities’ lawyers were getting together to hammer out all the details. Tomorrow (Tuesday), the Supervisors will hold another regularly schedule board meeting. During the session, the Board will be make appointments to the Hotel/Motel Tax Committee, give a fund update, and hire an audit firm to expand the analysis of Shelby County Chamber’s management of the Hotel/Motel Tax funds, to include the time frame from September 30th, 2012 through February 14th, 2013.

The Shelby County Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9-am on Tuesday in their Chambers at the Shelby County Courthouse.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Harlan School Board Secretary/Superintendent Sec. Cox to retire

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Our sister station KNOD in Harlan reports Harlan Community School District’s Board Secretary and Superintendent Secretary,  Mrs. Terry Cox will be retiring at the end of the school year. According to Superintendent Justin Wagner, Cox has been with the school district for 29 years.

Her resignation is on  the agenda for this (Monday) evening’s meeting of the Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education.

Weekend arrests in Atlantic

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were arrested over the weekend. On Sunday, 32-year old Jamie Willms, of Radcliffe, was arrested on a Serious Assault charge. And, on Saturday, 21-year old April Rutledge, of Atlantic, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for OWI/1st Offense. Both of the individuals were booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 02-18-2013

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February 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

7AM Newscast 02-18-2013

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February 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson