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Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Dec. 21st 2014

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December 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — State and local Iowa officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that an agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. of Omaha from $2.1 million in county property taxes through 2024. At a separate meeting in Des Moines, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved another $1 million in loans and state tax credits for the project at AGP’s complex near Sergeant Bluff.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Sioux City are keeping an eye on winter weather to help determine when a new children’s museum under construction will be ready to open to the public. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Children’s Museum of Siouxland was scheduled to open by next summer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks. The Des Moines Register reports that senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard. A report released Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health says more than half of Iowans being hospitalized for the flu are 65 or older.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Applications are now being accepted for the Citizen’s Police Academy in Dubuque. The Telegraph Herald reports that the annual program aims to give residents a better understanding of how police work.

Iowa flu hospitalization doubles in recent weeks

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December 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks. The Des Moines Register reports that senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard. A report released Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health says more than half of Iowans being hospitalized for the flu are 65 or older.

The latest report says that through Dec. 13, 65 Iowans were hospitalized for the flu at a set of hospitals monitored by the department. That was up from 50 the previous week, and 26 the week before that. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the department’s medical director, says the Type A H3N2 is the most common strain of the flu hitting the state.

7AM Newscast 12-20-2014

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December 20th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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OWI Arrest in Red Oak Saturday Morning

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December 20th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of an Omaha man on a charge of OWI First Offense early Saturday (12/20/2014) morning.  22-year-old Dillon Jacob Fenn of Omaha was arrested in the 400 Block of East Washington Avenue on Saturday morning at 1:40am.  Fenn was booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 bond.

Audubon County Arrest

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December 19th, 2014 by admin

The Audubon County Sheriffs Department reports the arrest of a Carroll man early Friday morning. 24 year old Andrew Roland Petersen was charged on an outstanding warrant. Petersen was charged with Operating While Intoxicated; Reckless Driving; Following too Closely; Unsafe Passing; Failure to Maintain Control and Driving on the Wrong Side of a Two Way Highway. The charges stem from the investigation into an accident that occurred on December 1st on Highway 71 south of Audubon. Petersen was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held. He was released following an appearance before the magistrate. A preliminary hearing is set for January 8th at 9-30.

Iowa’s November unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

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December 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped in November but remains slightly higher than the rate a year ago. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the November unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in October. The November 2013 rate was 4.2 percent.

The agency says the number of unemployed residents dropped to 73,900 in November. The number of residents with jobs was nearly 1.64 million. Iowa’s unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the national rate of 5.8 percent in November.

Atlantic Police Chief issues another reminder about scams

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December 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green is reminding area residents, especially those who are elderly, about the numerous, ongoing telephone scams that continue to circulate. Green says in recent weeks, the scams have been escalating to the point that the Police Dept. is receiving several complaints per week.

Green says two of the most frequent types of calls claim to be from either the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), or, from Publishers Clearing House (PCH). Some of the calls are automated. The Chief wants to stress that neither PCH nor the IRS will call you to tell you about prizes won or taxes owed. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should give provide any personal or financial information to the caller, nor should you send cash or money orders to persons who have called demanding payment for those types of services and others.

The only true way to handle the calls, is to HANG UP. Any new calls should either not be answered if they show up as being from the same number, or if your caller ID show no numbers, then don’t answer, or hang up. The scammers on the other end of the line are experts at trying to gain your confidence or compliance by tempting you to win prizes or threatening you with arrest.

Green says the P-D is aware of the scams, and individual reports to police are not necessary. He says it’s especially important that you sit down with elderly family members or friends and explain to them they may be receiving the scam calls, because those persons are most often targeted for exploitation of their finances and personal information.

Iowa court: VoIP providers must pay telephone tax

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December 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says companies that provide phone service through the Internet must be taxed the same as traditional telephone service providers. The court ruled 6-0 Friday that Voice over Internet Protocol providers operate “telephone lines” even if their service is provided through a broadband network. Therefore, justices say those companies are subject to annual property tax assessments based on the amount of cable and wire they use to provide the service.

The ruling rejected a challenge from Cable One, Inc., an Arizona-based company that provides cable, internet and VoIP service in the Sioux City area. Cable One challenged two years of Iowa Department of Revenue assessments totaling $1.4 million, arguing they didn’t apply because the company doesn’t operate a telephone line.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 12/19/2014

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December 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Area newspapers to cease publication citing declining revenue/circulation

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December 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two area newspapers have announced they will cease operations next week. The Danish Villages Voice will publish its last issue on Christmas. Officials with the publication pointed to declining revenue. The Walnut Bureau’s last issue is also set to be on December 25th, with hopes of selling the business due to declining advertising and subscriptions.

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