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Shelter for homeless fathers, children to open in Sioux City

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A nondenominational Christian nonprofit agency is opening a shelter in Sioux City for homeless, single fathers and their children. The Sioux City Journal reports that Gospel Mission began construction on the $600,000 facility in the fall of 2015. The apartments are scheduled to open later this month.

Gospel Mission will give families food and resources to find daycare and work. The apartments include various kitchen appliances, a laundry machine, a living area with a TV and bunkbeds. Residents will be allowed to stay for six months, with the end goal of getting the family back on its feet. Gospel mission already has a shelter for single women with children. A dedication and open house for the new shelter is scheduled for April 17.

AARP offers Iowans free help with the taxing task of taxes

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The deadline for filing our federal tax returns is two weeks away and Iowans who need a hand completing the chore can get free help from the A-A-R-P Foundation. Lynette Lee-Villanueva, is vice president of the foundation’s Tax-Aide program, which has more than three-dozens sites across Iowa. Lee-Villanueva says, “We help individuals who are lower-to-moderate income and specifically those who are over the age of 50 but we do serve all ages.”

The program boasts 41 locations in Iowa this spring that are staffed by a total of more than 200 trained, certified volunteers. “You can find a site either through our website, which is aarp.org/findtaxhelp, or by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-AARP-NOW,” Lee-Villanueva says. “In both instances, you’ll be asked to put in your ZIP code and you will then find a site that is nearest to you.” Iowans who are seeking tax help should bring along a photo I-D and the Social Security numbers of everyone who will be included on the return.

She says some people literally bring in all of their financial information in a shoebox. “We ask that you bring in your income statements for the year, your W-2, your 10-99, whatever form that is in, and then of course your shoebox of expenses or receipts you might have as well,” Lee-Villanueva says. “We also ask if you have last year’s tax return, that you bring that with you. It helps our volunteers to get an idea of what your previous year’s return looked like.”

This is the 48th year for the AARP’s Tax-Aide program, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax help program. People do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen to use the service.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/4/2016

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Finances of Caregiving Series – A Family Affair

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Most people wait until there is a crisis to plan for long-term care. The Finances of Caregiving is a new series of five 2-hour workshops to help families plan together for the care receiver’s care. The series begins this Thursday, April 7th, at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Long term caregiving has significant financial consequences for caregivers, particularly for women. If it is necessary for the caregiver to leave work or reduce hours, they will need to prepare for retirement while providing care. The Finances of Caregiving program guides you through finding and collecting that information. During the workshop, caregivers and care receivers may create an information binder to help family members when a crisis does occur.

To register, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office of Montgomery County, 400 Bridge St., Suite 2 in Red Oak, ph. 712-623-2592. A nominal fee covers a financial binder.

The workshop series is sponsored by the ISU Extension and Outreach council of Montgomery County as part of an effort to address family caregiving issues and improve the health of family caregivers and their family members in a holistic way.  The next learning opportunity after this is the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, a series of six 2-1/2 hour classes designed especially for family caregivers. The series will start in May in Villisca. Dates, times, and location are being firmed up by the coalition.

Creston Police report (4/4): 4 arrests

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department is reporting four recent arrests. Early Sunday morning, 29-year old Casey White, of Creston, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Assault, with Injury. White was later released from the Ringgold County Jail on $1,000 bond. Sunday afternoon, Creston Police arrested 35-year old Brian Whitfield, of Creston, on a charge of Simple Assault. Whitfield was later released on $300 bond.

Saturday night, 39-year old Travis Wambold, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was also later released on $300 bond. And, Friday night, 20-year old Haylee Pierce, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. She was later released on $300 bond, as well.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/4/2016

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:05-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Man arrested for assault in Villisca

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Montgomery County arrested a man on an assault charge Sunday night, in Villisca. Authorities say 47-year old Robert Lee Herbst, of Villisca, was arrested for simple assault, following an incident that occurred at around 10:25-p.m. in the 400 block of E. 5th Street, in Villisca. Herbst was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Council Bluffs Doctor civil suit: Imprisoned former Iowa pediatrician to be back in court

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A former Council Bluffs pediatrician already in prison for child pornography and child sex abuse will be back in court to face a lawsuit in the case. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Dennis Jones will appear in court on Tuesday.

More than a dozen families filed the lawsuit in 2014 against Jones. Jones was convicted in 2014 of possessing child pornography and lascivious acts with a child. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each charge to be served simultaneously.

Prosecutors say Jones had an estimated 1.2 million images of child pornography and 9,300 videos of child pornography in his possession — some of those being of his young patients.

Funeral held for Iowa woman killed in fiery, wrong-way crash

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Funeral services were held over the weekend for a woman who was killed in a fiery, wrong-way interstate crash that also killed two Des Moines police officers and another driver. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a crowd gathered Saturday to mourn 32-year-old Tosha Nicole Hyatt, of Des Moines, during her funeral and burial in Council Bluffs.

Hyatt was in a police car, being transported from Council Bluffs to Des Moines on an arrest warrant, when the crash occurred March 26th. Des Moines police officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales and Benjamin Beary of Knoxville, the driver of the other vehicle involved, were also killed.

The Reverend Joe Laughlin of Victory Church in Omaha, Nebraska which Hyatt attended as a child, officiated. Laughlin said Hyatt was loved by her friends and family.

 

Advocates say tackling water quality concerns a “shared responsibility”

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April 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The director of environmental programs for the Iowa Soybean Association says Iowa’s water quality issues have reached a “tipping point.” “We have to have strong soils. We have to have cleaner water. Our jobs and economy in this state depend on those things,” according to Roger Wolf, with the Soybean Association. A host of different ideas are percolating in the legislature for financing water quality projects.

They range from redirecting the “check-off” dollars farmers send to commodity groups when selling grain and livestock to using some state gambling taxes on water quality rather than state government infrastructure. Wolf says cleaning up Iowa’s water should be a “shared responsibility.” Jan Glendening, The Natural Conservancy’s state director, says it will take four BILLION dollars to address the problem.

“We have had significant water quality issues and natural resource issues for years here in Iowa,” Glendening says, “and it’s something we need to invest in.” On Friday, Iowa Environmental Council executive director Ralph Rosenberg floated the idea of collecting a “clean water fee” on every bottle of water sold in the state — to raise money for water quality projects.

“It’s urgent now. We don’t want to have a Flint,” Rosenberg says. “We want to be proud of our rivers and lakes. We want to be proud of our waters and that’s what’s urgent about it. And if it means we have to raise some taxes, then I think the public will support that as well.” Rosenberg, Glendening and Wolf all appeared on Iowa Public Television this weekend to discuss the issue.

(Radio Iowa)