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Cong. King closes Creston, Council Bluffs and Storm Lake offices

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Congressman Steve King announced Monday (Dec. 10th) that he will be closing offices in Creston, Council Bluffs and Storm Lake because of redistricting. In addition, King will be using the limited resources to open offices in Ames, Fort Dodge and Mason City. Staff additions will include Jeremy Davis in Ames, Jim Oberhelman in Fort Dodge and State Senator Merlin Bartz in Mason City. Details on exact locations will be announced at a later date. The three new offices will be in addition to existing offices in Sioux City and Spencer.

Mo. Valley woman victim of NE homicide

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EWING, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two homicide victims whose bodies were found after a fire destroyed a mobile home near Ewing in northeast Nebraska. Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler on Monday identified them as 25-year-old Victoria Lee, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and 30-year-old Gabino Vargas, of Omaha.

Abler also says 33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen, of Ewing, has been charged with arson and two counts of first-degree murder and remains jailed. Court records don’t list the name of Hinrichsen’s attorney. The Nebraska State Patrol says a 911 call early Saturday morning reported a domestic dispute. Another call reported a fire at a mobile home in the same area. The two bodies were found in a bedroom of the home. Another man escaped the flames, and he was released after questioning.

Mother: Neb. teen shot in SW IA hunting accident is well

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The mother of a Nebraska teenager accidently shot by his father during a hunting trip says her son could be released from the hospital this week. The Omaha-World Herald reports Lisa Rearick says her son has all his motor skills and suffered no brain injuries from the Saturday shooting. Authorities say 18-year-old Ryan Rearick of Omaha was shot at fairly close range in the back of his head by a shotgun being carried by his father, Christopher Rearick, also of Omaha. The two were hunting for pheasant in Page County.

The younger Rearick was taken to a Red Oak hospital and later flown to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Authorities say the shooting likely would have been fatal if the gun had been loaded for deer.

Autopsies confirm bodies are missing Iowa cousins

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa say an autopsy has confirmed that two bodies found last week in a wildlife area are those of two young cousins who have been missing since last summer. Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock says he received confirmation Monday from the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office that the bodies were Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, who had been missing since July 13. The full autopsy hasn’t been released to police. Elizabeth was 8 and Lyric was 10 when they went for a bike ride and didn’t return. Hunters found their bodies last week in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area, about 25 miles from where the girls were last seen. Authorities closed the park while they searched for evidence but now have reopened the area.

Two charged after deer hunting incident in Harrison County

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources says two men have been charged following an incident that occurred Saturday afternoon in Harrison County, when a shotgun slug was fired into an occupied home while deer hunting. 64-year old Stephen Kenkel, of Grinnell was charged with one count of shooting over a roadway and one count of shooting within 200 yards of an inhabited building. 52-year old Gail C. Lamberson, of Logan was charged with one count of shooting within 200 yards of an inhabited building.

The incident occurred when deer were crossing the roadway between Kenkel and the house and Kenkel shot at the deer. The shot went through a wall eventually lodged in a ceiling inside the house. The house was occupied at the time, but no one was injured.

Non-injury accident in Atlantic, Saturday

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following a collision Saturday afternoon, at 6th and Walnut Streets. Officials says vehicles driven by Lisa Stockley, of Lincoln, NE.,  and Angela Dobney, of Walnut, collided at around 1:50-p.m., when Dobney’s vehicle hit Stockley’s car as Dobney was turning left onto Walnut, from eastbound 6th Street. Damage from the accident amounted to $3,000. Angela Dobney was cited for Failure to Yield Upon Entering a thru highway.

Shenandoah man arrested on assault charge, Sunday

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports the arrest Sunday night of a Shenandoah man on an assault charge. 20-year old Steven Thomas Shane was arrested for Simple Assault in connection with an incident involving a 17-year old male. Officials say while deputies were enroute to a residence in Coin after being notified of the alleged assault, they received word Shane had left the scene.  He was stopped a short time later and taken into custody, about half-way between Coin and Shenandoah.

Steven Shane was transported to the Page County Jail and later posted bond before being released. The Iowa State Patrol assisted in handling the incident.

Ag Department wants more money to close wells

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture wants another infusion of cash to close down more ag drainage wells which officials say present a danger to Iowa’S groundwater. Some 250 wells have been plugged since the program started in the late 1980s. Ag Secretary, Bill Northey, wants one-point-five million dollars to treat another dozen wells: “Those right now drain directly into aquifers, that are drinking water aquifers, and that could be a concern,” Northey says. “We’ve been fortunate, we have not had problems with that through this time but it does make sense to close them to the extent that we can.”

Iowa’s 1987 Groundwater Protection Act called for closing the wells, which farmers installed years ago to make Iowa’s wet soils workable. Northey says the toughest ones are still left, where the soils are harder to drain. “That’s why it may make sense on some of those, if it’s an 80 acre or a 40 acres that’s drained, it may be less expensive to take part of that out of production than to find a drain a long ways away and pay a large cost,” Northey says.

After the latest round of closings, Northey says the remaining projects will cost as much as 10-million-dollars. Northey made his comments at a budget hearing where Governor Terry Branstad said it may be more cost-effective for the state to buy up the land instead and turn it into wetlands.

(Radio Iowa)

Governor says he can’t make decision on university budgets yet

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad is expressing support for students and parents, but not yet embracing a tuition freeze for Iowa residents attending the three state universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City. The board that governs Iowa, Iowa State and U-N-I has endorsed keeping next year’s tuition rates at this year’s levels, but warns they’ll have to raise tuition if the governor and legislators don’t provide at least 16 million more to the universities next year. “I’m certainly empathetic with the students and their parents who have seen significant increases in the two previous administrations,” Branstad says.

That’s a reference to the 12-year period when Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver served as governor. During Branstad’s first, 16-year run as governor, tuition increases ranged from three-point-two percent up to nearly 13 percent. “I want to make sure that we try to keep higher education affordable for Iowa families,” Branstad says.

But Branstad says he needs to wait for a report on state tax revenue and a few other items before he puts together his own state budget plan — and makes a recommendation on state taxpayer support of the three universities. By law, Branstad must present legislators with a state budget proposal by the end of January, but he has often released it earlier.

(Radio Iowa)

9AM Newscast 12-10-2012

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December 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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