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Sun blindness said to be the cause of an accident in Atlantic

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Atlantic Wednesday morning was said to be caused by temporary sun blindness. The Atlantic Police Department says Florence Hildebrand, of Atlantic, was traveling east on 5th Street at around 7:45-a.m., when she was blinded by the sun. When Hildebrand couldn’t see a vehicle parked near the intersection with Hazel Street. Her vehicle ran into the parked car registered to Maria Swope, of Atlantic. The collision caused Swope’s vehicle to be pushed into another parked car, registered to Alanda Marshall, of Atlantic.

Damage from the mishap amounted to $2,200. There were no injuries, and no citations issued.

(9-a.m. News)

High Speed chase ends in C.Bluffs w/Omaha man hit w/stun gun

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County says a high-speed vehicle pursuit ended early Wednesday when the Omaha man accused of driving the vehicle was found hiding in the grass. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 33-year old Neal S. Okerbloom, was taken into custody following a chase that began near Highway 92 at Concord Loop, and ended at the Valley View Apartments in Council Bluffs.

Officials told the paper a little after 1 a.m. a sheriff’s deputy spotted Okerbloom running a stop sign. When the deputy attempted to pull over the SUV Okerbloom was driving, he failed to stop and the high-speed chase was underway. Stop sticks were deployed at Mall and Valley View drives to slow Okerbloom down. The SUV eventually pulled into the parking lot at Valley View Apartments. Okerbloom took off on foot and hid in nearby tall grass.

After a police helicopter from Omaha saw Okerbloom and authorities converged on his location, he refused to show his hands when ordered to do so. A stun gun was deployed and Okerbloom was  subsequently arrested. Okerbloom faces charges of eluding, possession of marijuana and will likely face drunken driving charges according to authorities, as  deputies noted he  smelled of alcohol upon his arrest.

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Widespread blizzard conditons expected today

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE OUT OF NEBRASKA AND KANSAS TODAY AND  SHIFT ACROSS IOWA AND INTO ADJACENT AREAS TO THE NORTH AND EAST. AS THIS OCCURS…RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW INTO CENTRAL AND  NORTHEAST IOWA THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

Areas in red are under a Blizzard Warning; Pink counties are under a Winter Storm Warning; purple counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory today (2/20)

Areas in red are under a Blizzard Warning; Pink counties are under a Winter Storm Warning; purple counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory today (2/20)

A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW FALL IS LIKELY EXTENDING INTO MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON WITH WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH EXPECTED. THIS WILL CREATE WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD  CONDITIONS THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF IOWA INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. THIS SYSTEM LIKELY WILL CRIPPLE TRAVEL

THE SYSTEM WILL PUSH OUT BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AND COLDER TEMPERATURES ARRIVING FOR THE WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK. BY THE MIDDLE TO END OF NEXT WEEK…LOW TEMPERATURES COULD BE BELOW ZERO AGAIN AND HIGHS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ACROSS THE REGION.

(National Weather Service)

Iowa House panel approves anti-bullying measure

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa House have approved an anti-bullying measure that would emphasize teacher training standards. The House Education Committee passed the measure 19-4 Wednesday. The bill is now up for debate on the House floor.

The legislation would require parental notification in bullying situations, as well as bullying prevention and response training for educators. School officials would also be granted permission to get involved in certain instances of cyberbullying as they pertain to the school.

Some committee members said they wanted the bill to focus even more on training. Republican Representative Quentin Stanerson of Center Point said future discussions on the measure would flush out those details. The education committee in the Senate passed a similar bill Wednesday.

Most legislators headed home last night, little action at statehouse today

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The forecast of blizzard conditions in parts of the state today (Thursday) prompted many legislators to head home last night. Senator David Johnson of Ocheyedan was among them. “Concerned about how road conditions might be when you live probably closer to International Falls than you do to Des Moines,” Johnson says. Johnson was stranded overnight in a pick-up during a blizzard in 1997.

“I ended up in a ditch, tried digging myself out twice and was soaking wet and knew better than to try to walk to the nearest farmhouse — which was about three-quarters of a mile away — in blizzard conditions,” Johnson says. “I was rescued the next morning after sunrise by a couple of high school students who got into a tractor and decided to go into town to see how bad it was.”

Johnson’s pick-up had two fuel tanks, so he was able to start the engine periodically, run the heater and keep himself warm until that help arrived. There are no events scheduled in the Iowa House today (Thursday) and most House members are out of Des Moines. Four committees in the Senate are scheduled to meet and Democrats say there’ll be enough Democrats who’ve stayed in Des Moines so committee work can be done.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Feb. 20th 2014

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February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials are predicting several inches of snow over a large swath of Iowa overnight and through Thursday evening. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says thundersnow — an area of heavy snow with embedded thunder — could occur today. The winter storm system will be largely out of the state by Friday morning as it moves northeast into Wisconsin.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Iowa Senate are advancing a bill that would establish a state facility for delinquent girls. The Senate Human Resources Committee approved the bill yesterday in a party-line vote with eight Democrats in favor and five Republicans opposed. The legislation was originally designed to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, but now just says there must be a state-run facility for delinquent girls.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa House have approved an anti-bullying measure that would emphasize teacher training standards. The House Education Committee passed the measure 19-4 on Wednesday. The bill is now up for debate on the House floor.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has hired Buffalo defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Maurice Linguist as its new secondary coach. The Cyclones announced yesterday that Linguist has been hired to replace Troy Douglas, who left for Pittsburgh last week. Coach Paul Rhoads says Linguist is a “dynamic personality” who should also bolster Iowa State’s recruiting efforts.

Atlantic City Council adopts budget, Public hearing set

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February 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council held a shorter than normal session Wednesday evening, due to some items on the agenda being tabled or withdrawn entirely. During the meeting, the Council adopted the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. City Administrator Doug Harris reminded the Council the budget as submitted amounts to $9,373, 546 (9-million 373-thousand 546 dollars). He said that would generate a 32-cent tax increase or 1.8-percent over the last Fiscal Year.

The Atlantic City Council holds their meeting in the Senior Center while renovations are under way at City Hall.

The Atlantic City Council holds their meeting in the Senior Center while renovations are under way at City Hall.

After adopting the Budget, the Council set  March 12th at 5:30-p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on the budget. After the hearing, the Council may decrease the budget, but cannot increase it. And, because the budget must be filed with the State and County Auditor’s Office by March 15th, the Council will hold back-to-back Wednesday meetings on March 5th and 12th instead the 5th and 19th as would normally be the case.

In other business, Doug Harris recommended the Council table action on approving a Resolution accepting Public Improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He said the final bills for the plant are in, and it turns out Hawkins Construction owes the City $5,361 net. Harris said before the City settles with the Contractor, they still have leverage with liquidated damage it could assess, and/or go after the Performance Bond.

The issue the City has with the company was over the matter of defective work on the blower building caused by settling ground, which was due to improper compaction of fill materials. In his report to the Council Harris said he has held discussions with CGI Communications, Inc. in Rochester, NY. (www.cgi.com). The discussion centers around a proposal to add a video feature to the City, Chamber and CADCO websites.

It’s meant to showcase Atlantic to visitors, help retain and attract residents and businesses. The National League of Cities is promoting the feature, and about one-dozen towns in Iowa are looking into signing-on. Harris said there would be no cost to the City. There would be two or three one-minute video clips highlighting education, housing and recreational opportunities.

Harris said he’s expecting a call from CGI next week to continue discussions.

Several inches of snow predicted over Iowa

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February 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials are predicting several inches of snow over a large swath of Iowa, with blizzard conditions hitting the northern half of the state. The National Weather Service says anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of snow could fall in central and northern Iowa from the early hours of Thursday into the evening hours.

Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says the wintry mix of sleet and snow will develop Thursday morning for northern Iowa. Rain will fall in central Iowa until it transitions into snow. Heavy snow will fall from Thursday morning into the afternoon.

Kotenberg says thundersnow — an area of heavy snow with embedded thunder — could occur Thursday. The winter storm system will be largely out of the state by Friday morning as it moves northeast into Wisconsin.