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ISU Extension family life specialist offers tips to parents for student success in school

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Now that the Labor Day break is history, schools are back in session and students will spend the next several months in classrooms and doing homework. Kim Greder is an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist. She encourages parents to set high, but reasonable, expectations for the children and to get involved in their education.  “I think having positive open communication with your children on a regular basis is something that develops that relationship, so your kid is then going to talk with you when things aren’t going so well at school, when they have concerns about things, if they know they can trust you and you’re willing to listen,” Greder says.

Another key to a student’s success, according to Greder, is parents who frequently visit with their teachers and school counselors.  “I think some people realize that when they connect with teachers, school counselors, and their kids that it pays off, that their kids do well in school when they keep that communication going,” Greder says. “I think there are also parents who don’t understand how valuable this is.”

Greder says youth who are most at risk of failing a grade or dropping out of school commonly have parents who have low levels of education, low income, are a racial or ethnic minority, and live in a neighborhood that experiences high poverty.

She suggests parents take these proactive steps to avoid problems in school or potential dropout:
· Regularly talk with your child about his or her school day
· Encourage reading at home and be a role model to read regularly
· Talk to your child’s teachers and school counselor for updates on grades and behavior, and identify resources available to help your child at school
· Watch who your child hangs out with and make sure they are doing healthy activities
· Get your child involved in activities or sports to develop leadership skills and positive communication and conflict resolution skills.

(Radio Iowa)

Debate over the data from “connected cars”

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Nearly 12 percent of new vehicles sold last year were “connected” — meaning they were equipped with devices that collect data and transmit it to the dealer or some other private company. Some even pinpoint slick spots on roads, but Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino says government agencies like his don’t have access to that information. “They’re the ones collecting the data,” Trombino says. “It’s not coming to us and I think there’s a big question on what happens to the data.”

Privacy advocates say government shouldn’t have access to that kind of data. Nearly all new vehicles have the equivalent of a “black box” to record speed and braking at the time of an accident and U.S. courts are starting to decide vehicle crash cases in which that “black box” evidence is being used. Automakers are even marketing cars that use computerized equipment to avoid accidents. The Iowa D-O-T’s director says if governments ultimately have access to vehicle data, he’s most interested in getting that information to other drivers, so they can avoid crash sites, traffic back-ups and bad road conditions.

“We want to make sure that we’re prepared to get the best advantage for the citizens of the state. And so, what are the things we need to do?” Trombino says. “That’s sort of what’s being debated right now.” Iowa and other states are already using a service called INRIX right now to process data from traffic management centers which collects information from roadway sensors, traffic cameras and accident reports.

(Radio Iowa)

Trial to begin in slaying of Rockwell City officer

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CLARION, Iowa (AP) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today (Tuesday) for a 33-year-old man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer. Corey Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying on Sept. 13 of Jamie Buenting. Prosecutors say Trott shot Buenting during a standoff at Trott’s house. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an assault on his mother.

The trial was moved to Wright County at the request of defense attorneys. In June Rockwell City dedicated a park to Buenting.

Check your ‘fridge for these cheese products…

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards. While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. Kraft has had no consumer illness complaints for this product associated with this recall. The affected product is limited to four varieties with “Best When Used By” dates of February 20, 2015, and February 21, 2015.

The affected product was shipped to customers across the United States. It was not distributed outside of the United States.

The following varieties are being recalled:

Product Size
Name of Product
Units/Case
Best When Used By Code Dates
Package Code
Case Code
12 oz. 12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices) 48 20 FEB 2015 and 21 FEB 2015 0 21000 60464 7 00 21000 60464 00
16 oz. 16 oz Kraft American Singles (24 slices) (36 count case) 36 20 FEB 2015 0 21000 61526 1 00 21000 61450 00
16 oz. 16 oz Kraft American Singles (24 slices) (12 count case) 12 20 FEB 2015 0 21000 61526 1 00 21000 61526 00
64 oz. 64 oz (4 lb) Kraft American Singles (4×24 slice) 8 20 FEB 2015 0 21000 63360 9 00 21000 62559 00

Consumers can find the “Best When Used By” dates on the bottom of the product package. No other Kraft Singles products are impacted by this recall.

The affected product was produced at Kraft’s Springfield, MO manufacturing facility.

Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-5512.

Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead. A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in July. The index had reached a three-year high of 60.6 in June.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index climbed to 60.4 from 60.0 in July. It had hit 63.6 in June. The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Aviation museum honors former Bluffs Airport head

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man who once was the head of the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport was honored recently as the latest member of the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame, in Greenfield. The Omaha World-Herald reports Dan Smith was among 27 selected as Iowa’s “second generation” of aviation promoters. The term “second generation” was used because many of the selected individuals are sons or daughters of earlier recipients of that award.

Smith, chosen by his peers, was honored for his years of service at the Council Bluffs airport, as well as efforts to save the Iowa Western Community College airplane mechanics program. The school had considered closing the program in early 1999 when Smith led the charge to stop its closure. He brought in numerous airplane industry officials to urge the school to keep its program going. At Smith’s suggestion, the program was moved to the airport.

Officially known as the Aviation Maintenance Technology Powerplant Certificate Program, it’s designed to place graduates into the workforce after just one year. It’s Federal Aviation Administration certified and unique to the region, focusing solely on the power-plant aspect of aviation. Half of students’ class time is spent in a state-of-the-art lab working on aircraft in the hangar of Iowa Western’s Aviation building at the Council Bluffs airport.

Water leak forces Red Oak Middle School closure

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A valve on a water line came open over the weekend at the Red Oak Middle School, flooding the second floor of the building and forcing the school to be closed today (Tuesday), while crews clean-up the mess. The Omaha World-Herald reports the water damaged the  sheetrock ceilings and the school’s security system.

School officials say there’s no evidence of vandalism. Superintendent Terry Schmidt attributed the incident to the age of the structure and its systems. The middle school is a three-story renovated high school building that’s more than 100 years old. About 300 students in grades six through eight attend the school.

After working Sunday and Monday, crews had the school about 80 percent dried out, but workers need to make sure everything is dry to guard against mold buildup. Computers in the building and the school’s electrical system were not damaged.

 

Red Oak man arrested Tue. morning for supplying alcohol to a minor

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report 51-year old Fred Carl Flick, of Red Oak, was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning, for allegedly Supplying Alcohol to a Minor. Flick was taken into custody at around 12:30-a.m. His bond was set at $1,000.  And an 18-year old from Red Oak was cited late Monday night for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Jazmyne Labri George was cited at around 11:30-p.m. and released on a $330 citation.

Red Oak Police report also the arrest Monday night of 18-year old Zachary Aaron Thomas, of Red Oak. He was taken into custody in the 1900 block of east Summit Street at around 11:40-p.m., for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Thomas was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond.

And a little after 9-p.m., Monday, Red Oak Police arrested 25-year old Patrick James Covey, of Red Oak, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Covey was also cited for Careless Driving. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Slauson to appear in court this afternoon

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged late last month with two counts of Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury and 10 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon for her preliminary hearing. 30-year old Leatha Slausen admitted to injecting her five-year-old daughter Riley with a drug that can cause pain in the body, and treating her with cannabis oil as part of a scheme to raise money for the girl’s cancer treatments. An investigation revealed the girl had no known cancer or other form of terminal illness.

Leatha Slauson’s hearing is set to take place at 2-p.m. in Cass County District Court. She remains in the Cass County Jail on $35,000 cash only bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Sept. 2nd 2014

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood in Missouri Valley have been evacuated after water from the overflowing Boyer River broke through a levee. Rresidents in the southeast corner of the city were asked to leave their homes after the levee breach occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday about two miles east of Missouri Valley near U.S. Highway 30.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say a pilot is uninjured after his plane flipped over during an emergency landing in a soybean field. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office tells KCCI-TV  that 31-year-old Jason Stone was traveling from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Marshalltown Municipal Airport on Monday. Authorities say Stone’s single-engine plane experienced engine problems and he was forced to land. They say the plane got stuck in the mud during the landing and flipped over. Stone was the only occupant of the plane and wasn’t injured. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to investigate.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine man has been hospitalized with a leg injury after he fell from a boat in the Mississippi River. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 33-year-old Matt Peterson was struck in the leg by a boat motor propeller after falling from the boat into the river west of Fairport at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned. Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state’s Cherokee Mental Health Institute. On Friday Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should be sent to the institute, which provides inpatient treatment and care. Rosenbladt had ruled Aug. 6 that Barlas’ psychotic episode in his father’s home rendered him incapable of comprehending right from wrong.