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7AM Newscast 12-11-2012

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December 11th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

(Update) Atlantic man stabbed Mon. night

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December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department issued a statement this morning pertaining to an incident which occurred Monday night at the corner of 4th and Pine Streets. Police Chief Steve Green says officers responded to a reported assault at around 7:40-p.m.  The alleged victim was identified as a 27-year old Atlantic man, who was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital suffering from a single stab wound to his abdomen. The man, whose name was not released, was later transferred to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, for additional treatment.

The incident is being investigated by the Atlantic P-D and agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Anyone with information about the incident, is being asked to contact the Atlantic Police Department.

Chief Green says this appears to be an isolated incident, and there is likely no danger to the general public. He declined to elaborate on why that is the case, and whether any suspects were being sought.

Investigators says plane hit trees before fatal NW IA crash

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December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A preliminary accident investigation report says a small plane hit some trees before fatally crashing short of a grass airstrip near Correctionville in northwest Iowa.  The National Transportation Safety Board says in the report issued Monday that despite the foggy conditions the evening of Dec. 1, the pilot told air traffic controllers that he had the airstrip in sight.

The crash killed two passengers, 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville. The pilot, 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, also of Correctionville, was taken for treatment of his burns to a hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

The NTSB says the Beech P35 had taken off from Correctionville that morning and flew to Grand Island, Neb., to pick up one of the passengers. It crashed when it returned to Correctionville.

Atlantic School Board discusses FY 2014 budget

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December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board Monday night discussed, but took no action on the district’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said looking at the current budget, an enrollment increase and factors affecting the budget such as debt service at the high school coming-off in May, and the cost for services at the Hospital School that are contracted out and not billable to Special Education, it becomes clear that the Board will need to look at sending those students to a facility outside of Atlantic, and what those costs would be.

He says revenues should continue to increase, based on enrollment. And, the district recently received an unexpected Title 6-B grant which they hadn’t been eligible for in the past. However due to the district’s Free and Reduced lunch rate, the district received $28,000 through the program. Amstein said a majority of the budget, 80-to 85-percent, will probably have to be used for salaries. One of the unknowns that will affect the final outcome of the budget, is allowable growth.  Amstein says he’s “Not an optimist,” in saying that the matter will be addressed early in the Iowa legislative session. He says the board may end up having to make their best guess at what the figure will be, and base their budget on that.”

Amstein says the unknowns are what will make this an “interesting budget year.” He says it will be interesting to learn what the allowable growth rate will be, and secondly, and what the “Repurposing Funds” segment of the budget might look like. In addition, it’s not clear what Governor Branstad’s Education Reform package might look like once it comes out of the legislature.

Amstein says he sees some scenarios that could play into the budgeting process that the board may be facing in the months to come:  Zero-percent Allowable Growth; two-percent allowable growth; or maybe even four-percent allowable growth. The percentage will determine how much the district receives from the State in revenue. A Special Education deficit will also affect the outcome of the budget. The General Fund, Amstein says, may take a big hit because of that, and affect the district’s solvency ratio.

The Board and administration, according to Amstein, will do what it can to remain as “Fiscally responsible” as possible, given the current unknowns in the budget.

Alleged assault with a knife incident under investigation in Atlantic

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December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

At least one person was hospitalized following an alleged incident of serious assault in the vicinity of the mobile home park in Atlantic, Monday. According to Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, the incident involving a knife happened at around 7:40-p.m., near 4th and Pine Streets. One person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. No other details are currently available.

Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Dec. 11th 2012

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December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport has hired a gaming consultant to assist the city with its purchase of the Rhythm City riverboat casino. The city will work with Gary Buettner, the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Jumer’s Casino and Hotel. The Quad City Times reports Buettner will review the $46 million asset purchase agreement for the Rhythm City casino.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Records show a former University of Iowa athletics department counselor at the center of a sexual harassment scandal was rehired in 2002 without mention that he had been fired from another university for performance or had earlier worked at Iowa. The university released records yesterday related to Peter Gray, who resigned last month after being accused of sexually harassing athletes through improper touching that allegedly dated back to his employment at Iowa from 1993 to 1995.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City official are troubled by the loss of students to other school districts. A record 445 children who live within the district opted through the state’s open-enrollment rules to attend school elsewhere this school year. That’s a net loss of 325 students because 120 students from other districts are attending Iowa City district schools.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa say freezing weather may have caused a pipe at a community college to break and flood several rooms. Students and staff were evacuated from the affected classrooms after yesterday morning’s flooding at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Officials: Cold linked to Iowa school flooding

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa say freezing weather may have caused a pipe at a community college to break and flood some classrooms. The Sioux City Journal) reports students and staff were evacuated after the Monday morning flooding at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Officials say the pipe spewed water into a hallway and later spread into a manufacturing lab. The broken pipe also activated the building’s fire alarm because of a drop in pressure to the school’s sprinkler system. Classes were canceled for rooms affected by the flooding. They were expected to resume Tuesday.

Sleepy driver drives off the road in Page County

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December 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A sleepy driver found herself and her vehicle in a farm field this (Monday) afternoon, in Page County. According to the Sheriff’s Dept., 65-year old Gloria Kline, of Clarinda, was traveling west on Highway 2 at around 1:30-p.m., when she fell asleep at the wheel of her 1996 Toyota Camry. The car traveled onto the north shoulder of the road before crossing both lanes of traffic in a southwest direction, and entering the south ditch.

As the vehicle left the ditch, it went airborne and entered a field, where it came to rest. Both front airbags in the car deployed during the accident. Kline, who wore her seat belt,  was checked for possible injuries by medical personnel, but refused treatment. The car was declared a total loss. No citations were issued.

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.