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Carbon rules likely mean higher Iowa power bills


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Iowa utility officials say the Obama administration’s ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is likely to increase costs. The plan announced Monday calls for carbon emissions to be cut by 30 percent by 2030 when compared to 2005 levels. But utilities and state officials say they’ll have to review the details before they know how Iowa will be affected.

Regi Goodale with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives says it’s just a question of how much electric bills will increase because of the new regulations. Iowa utilities invested heavily in wind power over the past decade and improved the efficiency of existing power plants. Mark Douglas with the Iowa Utilities Association says the state may be in a good position because of those past efforts.

Plea deal calls for egg company to pay $6.8M fine

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010. A plea agreement filed Monday by federal prosecutors calls for Quality Egg to plead guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, selling misbranded eggs and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The company is admitting that, between 2006 and 2010, it intentionally sold eggs to customers in Arizona, California and elsewhere with false labels that disguised how old they were. The company says its employees twice bribed a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector in 2010 to approve eggs that didn’t meet federal quality standards.

Company owners Austin and Peter DeCoster are expected to plead guilty Tuesday to introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

Frederickson Mem. Fund donates to Atlantic PTO & Kiwanis Bike Project


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund report the fund recently donated $1000 to the Atlantic Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO),  for the purchase of new computers to be used in 2nd grade and some Kindergarten class rooms.photo Fund spokesperson Melanie Petty says “As we strive to support the community that Trevor loved we would like to remind everyone that our 6th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament will be held in Atlantic on Saturday, August 9th. All monies raised at the tournament are given back to the community.”

Petty says also, that The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $400 toward the Kiwanis Bike Helmet Project. She says the project is one that Trevor benefited from back in the 90’s, and they appreciate the Kiwanis Club efforts in keeping children safe by handing out helmets each year.Kiwanis Donation

A-PD releases details on drug bust – multiple agencies utilized


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, today (Monday), released additional information about a drug bust that took place last Thursday. Green says after a joint investigation involving officers with the Atlantic Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office, three search warrants were conducted simultaneously on Thursday, May 29th. The search warrants were executed at 505 Cedar Street, apartments one and two, and at 502 Cedar Street.

Assisting the two local law enforcement agencies in the in the execution of the warrants, was: Officers with the Atlantic Police Reserves; The Red Oak Police Department k-9 unit; the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Dept. k-9 unit; and the Iowa Dept. of Transportation k-9 unit #T-280. Cass County’s K-9 “Vader” was also deployed.

28-year old Derek McDermott was arrested for Possession with the intent to deliver, gathering where controlled substances were unlawfully used, 2 counts of Child Endangerment and delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine. 27-year old Mary Nowatzke was arrested on two counts of Child Endangerment, possession of controlled substances and gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used. And, 30-year old Cody Hanson was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance/marijuana- 2nd offense, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance/methamphetamine.

Cass County polling place information for Tueday’s Primary Election


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. a PRIMARY ELECTION will be held for all qualified electors of Cass County to select certain candidates to appear on the General Election ballot, November 4, 2014.


1 Atlantic 1st Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zion Lutheran Church (811 Oak St)

2 Atlantic 2nd Ward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Public Library (507 Poplar)

3 Atlantic 3rd Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cass County Community Center (805 W 10th)

4 Atlantic 4th Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . United Church of Christ (1607 Hazel)

5 Atlantic 5th Ward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heritage House (1200 Brookridge Circle)

6 Bear Grove, Cass Twp/Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewis Public Library (412 W Main St, Lewis)

7 Benton, Franklin Twp/Wiota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wiota City Hall (311 Center St)

8 Brighton, Grove, Pymosa, Washington Twp/Marne . . . . . . Cass County Community Center (805 W 10th)

9 Edna, Victoria Twp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Massena Public Library (122 Main St, Massena)

10 Grant, Lincoln Twp /Anita. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anita Community Center (805 Main St)

11 Noble, Pleasant Twp/Griswold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Griswold Community Bldg. (601 2nd St)

12 Massena Twp/City of Massena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Massena Public Library (122 Main St, Massena)

13 Union Twp/City of Cumberland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cumberland Community Bldg. (200 W 2nd)

NOTICE: Iowa Law states that in order to vote in a PRIMARY ELECTION you must choose either a REPUBLICAN or a DEMOCRATIC PARTY Ballot. (Sec. 43.38, Code of Iowa) A voter may change party affiliation at the polls on the day of the election.

Persons attempting to vote in the wrong precinct will be directed to the correct precinct. Persons must be registered in Cass County at their current residence address to be eligible to vote. Persons who have changed their name/address within Cass Co. since registering will be required to re-register at the polls before being permitted to vote. Same day registration and voting is permitted (the voter must present proof of identity and proof of residence address).

Dale E. Sunderman, Cass County Election Commissioner

8AM Newscast 06-02-2014

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June 2nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Primary campaign winding down


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

State and federal candidates are heading into the final hours of the campaign for support in party primaries on Tuesday. A Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” released Saturday night found Joni Ernst had the support of 36 percent likely voters in the race of the Iowa G-O-P’s U.S. Senate nomination. Ernst led competitors Mark Jacobs, Matt Whitaker, Sam Clovis and Scott Schaben by double-digits. The poll also found 16 percent of voters hadn’t picked a candidate. University of Iowa political science professor Tim Hagle says since primary elections attract just a fraction of those who vote in a presidential election, many of those undecided voters may wind up staying home.

“So it’s really a little bit hard to say and we just have to wait and see — and I’m certainly not to going try to make any prediction as far as what’s going to happen,” Hagle says, with a laugh. “It would seem that Ernst is the best position to potentially get to that magic 35 percent.” A candidate in any party primary in Iowa must get at least 35 percent to win the nomination. It that doesn’t happen, delegates at a nomination convention decide whose name will be on November’s ballot.

“Convention delegates often give a lot of deference to who actually was the top vote-getter in the primary,” Hagle says. And that was the case in Iowa’s last nomination convention, when Republican delegates in what was then Iowa’s fifth congressional district chose Steve King as their nominee. King, who won the nominating convention after three rounds of voting, finished the primary with just under 30 percent of the votes cast.

There are also primaries this Tuesday in three of Iowa’s four congressional districts. Congressman Bruce Braley has no opposition in the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate primary. The seat has been held by Democrat Tom Harkin for three decades. Since Braley’s U.S. House seat is open, five Democrat and three Republicans have been traversing northeast Iowa’s first district, hoping to cross the 35 percent threshhold to win their party primaries. Republican Congressman Tom Latham announced in December he would not seek reelection.

Two Democrats and a half dozen Republicans are competing to run in Latham’s southwest district. In the second congressional district in southeast Iowa, two candidates are competing for the Republican nomination and the chance to face-off against Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack in November. Among the 23 candidates running in Iowa’s senate or congressional primaries this year, six are women. Dianne Bystrom is director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

“And I think it’s exciting from the fact that Iowa has never sent a woman to congress. I think we’ve got a lot of women this year who are viable candidates and I’m as optimistic as I’ve ever been that we will send a woman to congress this year,” Bystrom says. The polls open at 7 a.m.for Tuesday’s primary voting and close at 9 p.m.

(Radio Iowa)

2014 Primary Election Preview


June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Primary Election, but turnout isn’t expected to be all that great, because there typically isn’t as much interest as during the presidential election cycle. The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office doesn’t release projections of voter turnout. The polls will be open from 7-a.m. until 9-p.m.

Republicans will consider Iowa a possible pickup for the U.S. Senate seat in November. Senator Joni Ernst is the top contender in the GOP primary. The winner of the five-candidate race Tuesday will face in U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley in November. Braley is unopposed in the Democratic primary. That victor will replace longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Besides the Senate race, the top primary contest in western Iowa is for the 3rd District Congressional seat, which represents southwest Iowa and includes Council Bluffs as well as much of the Des Moines area. Staci Appel will be the Democratic nominee, and the district has a crowded field of GOP hopefuls. If no candidate gets at least 35 percent of the vote, the Republican 3rd District nomination will be settled at a special convention.

Other races to watch include in State Senate District 11, where GOP candidates Art Hill and Tom Shipley are running to replace incumbent Hubert Houser, who is retiring. No Democrat is running in the district, which includes most of Pottawattamie County, all of Adams and Union Counties and part of Cass County.

Positions set to appear on the Cass County ballot for the 2014 Primary Election include: The Board of Supervisors positions in Districts 2 and 3; County Attorney; County Recorder and County Treasurer. Recorder Joyce Jensen is not running for re-election. Those vying for her position include: Republicans Mary Ward, Jess Ehrman, Shelly Glynn and Delbert Thurman, all from Atlantic. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner faces a challenge in the Primary from Attorney Dave Wiederstein, an Audubon native who has lived in Atlantic since 2007. In Adair County, District 4 Supervisor Cliff Sheriff faces a challenge from fellow Republican Brian Rohrig.

In Adams County, there is a Republican race for Supervisor in District 4, with Kevin Olson and Leland Shipley the contenders. There are no contested Primary races in Audubon County. In Guthrie County, there is a race for the Board of Supervisors in District 2, where Republicans Clifford Carney and Todd Hambleton look to square off in November against Democrat Kerry Sheeder. There is also a Republican challenge between Bruce Lauritsen and Thomas Rutledge for the District 4 seat on the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors.

In Montgomery County: Incumbent Steven D. Ratchliff faces a challenge from fellow Republican Steven J. Berendes, in District 1. In District 2, incumbent Republican Karen Blue faces a challenge from Republican Joshua A. Wiig. And in District 4, Incumbent Republican Supervisor Randall Tye faces a challenge from two men: Republicans Brian Coughlin and Mark L. Peterson.

In Shelby County, the contested race will be for county recorder. Three republican candidates, Geralyn Greer, Renee Hansen and Colleen Oliver are running as well as two democrats Jessica Gessert and Larry Wendt. Current county supervisor Roger Schmitz, County Attorney Marcus Gross Jr. and County Treasurer Carolyn Blum all will be running unopposed.

Seven men, all Republicans, will seek three seats on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors. The seven board candidates include three incumbents: Scott Belt, Lynn Leaders and Loren Knauss. The four other candidates are Justin Schultz, Tim Wichman, Steve Leaders and Brian Lund. There is also a Republican race for Pott. County Recorder, between Mark Brandenburg and Bill White.

Trails crew using hands-on approach to improve Iowa state park amenities

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June 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A small group of young adults is hard at work in a few of Iowa’s state parks again this summer. The Americorps trails crew, comprised of 11 current undergraduates or recent college graduates, is working with Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff on several projects. Whitney Davis, Trails Program Coordinator for the DNR, says the Americorps employees are paid a “modest living stipend” for some very difficult and dirty – but ultimately rewarding – work.

“We pride ourselves on using a lot of hand tools and manual labor to accomplish things that might be done with a machine if we brought in a contractor,” Davis says. “We do have some machines of our own that we use…but we can finesse things a lot better by hand.” The crew has moved into Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Center as they work to stabilize a trail surrounding a lake and bring back a pathway from the trail, up a hill, to a park.

“There are railroad tie stairs that go up to it, but they haven’t been used for quite some time and they’re in disrepair,” Davis says. “The trail crew is refurbishing that staircase. It’s pretty long and takes you up to a nice picnic area.” Other projects on the trail crew’s agenda this summer include improvements to equestrian trails within Lake of Three Fires State Park in Bedford and work in Bellevue State Park along the Mississippi River.

Davis says the Bellevue project involves construction of hiking trails. The workers are also scheduled to attend the 5th annual Iowa Trail Summit in Cedar Falls that features more than 20 panelists speaking about the future of Iowa’s trails. Last year, according to Davis, the trail crew’s most significant projects took place at Brushy Creek State Park, Bellevue State Park, and Stone State Park.

(Radio Iowa)

7AM Newscast 06-02-2014

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June 2nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson