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Ernst to Serve on four Senate Committees

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator-elect Joni Ernst, Monday, announced that she has been assigned to four Senate committees that she says are of “major importance” to Iowans.

When the 114th Congress begins, Ernst will serve on the: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship, committees.

Senator-elect Joni Ernst is slated to take the Oath of Office on January 6, 2015.

One person seriously hurt during Guthrie County rollover accident, Sunday

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a rollover accident Sunday evening, in Guthrie County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a man and his son were traveling on Highway 25 at around 6:20-p.m., when the son lost control of the vehicle as he swerved to miss a deer.

The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled over, ejecting the father. The man was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Des Moines. No names have been released.

Special Weather Statment: Slick spots possible this morning

News, Weather

December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-COUNTIES:

SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING

A MIXTURE OF VERY LIGHT SNOW…SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN HAS DEPOSITED JUST TOKEN AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION ON AREA ROADS OVERNIGHT AND MAY CONTINUE BRIEFLY EARLY THIS MORNING. EVEN THOUGH PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE AND WILL BE QUITE LIGHT…MORNING MOTORISTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS WITH AIR AND ROAD SURFACE TEMPERATURES CONTINUING TO DROP FURTHER BELOW THE FREEZING MARK.

Some icy roads this morning, but most are ok

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Roads early this (Tuesday) morning are in normal driving condition across the KJAN listening area. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s road report website (511ia.org), shows the only trouble spot is along Highway 44, between Highway 173 and Highway 71, in Audubon & Shelby Counties, where the road is partially covered with ice, and the bridges may be icy.

Elsewhere, I-80 in Cass County from the Olive Street exit (N-57) west to the Marne exit, is wet. The same can be said for Highway 83 from Highway 59 in Avoca east, through just south of Walnut.

Bluffs man set to stand trial in connection w/a fatal crash

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is set to stand trial in February, in connection with a double fatal accident. The Omaha World-Herald reports 31-year old Damian Morgan, of Council Bluffs, appeared in court Monday on two counts of motor vehicle homicide.

He’s accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol when he turned in front of oncoming traffic on Nov. 4th and struck a van. Morgan’s front-seat passenger, 47-year old Wendy Hastie, of Council Bluffs, died at the scene. His rear-seat passenger, 50-year old Tammi Murray, of Council Bluffs, was critically injured and later died at the hospital.

Morgan is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 5th, with his jury trial set for Feb. 24th.

Lottery to end Monopoly Millionaires’ game December 26th

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

You soon won’t be able to pass go or collect one million dollars from the Iowa Lottery’s Monopoly Millionaires’s Club game. The Iowa Lottery and other states who got together to offer the game have decided to stop selling the game on December 26th. The Iowa Lottery Board discussed the issue at their meeting last week, and spokesperson Mary Neubauer says the decision was made Monday.

“We’ve talked about it over the last week or so, sales in this game just didn’t live up to the projections,” Neubauer says. The game cost five dollars and had multiple tiers that let players win through a weekly lotto drawing, through a separate drawing triggered only when the game’s top prize is won, and on a nationally televised game show.  “And we really thought that the game was doing something that players have repeatedly told us that they wanted to see — and that’s a game that spreads the winnings around more,” Neubauer says. “You know maybe rather than just giving one person a giant jackpot in some game, they said ‘give us a game that spreads the winnings around.’ So that was the concept behind this game, but it just never seemed to get legs after its debut in October. And sales continued below expectations, below projections.”

Neubauer says there are still a lot of questions, such as what will happen with the game show. “I know that the initial tapings of the T-V game show will go forward as scheduled, so those game show trip winners who are already scheduled to travel next month to Las Vegas will attend as planned,” according to Neubauer. Neubauer says they are still trying to determine what the poor showing of the game will cost the Iowa Lottery. Iowa Lottery figures show around 409-thousand dollars worth of the Monopoly Millionaires’s Club tickets were sold in October and November.

(Radio Iowa)

Legislative panel recommends transportation help for Iowa schools

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A legislative committee is recommending that the 2015 Iowa legislature consider changes that would help schools deal with transportation costs, a particular problem in rural Iowa where many districts have long bus routes for students. A group of legislators met for four hours on Monday to discuss the details of how state aid to public schools is distributed and agreed lawmakers should find some way to address the budget difficulties in property-poor school districts, although the group did not make a specific recommendation.

Representative Ron Jorgensen, a Republican from Sioux City, is chairman of the House Education Committee. “We all know the importance education plays in providing individuals and society with a higher standard of living,” Jorgenson says. “Having an education population will help increase wages and spur economic development.” Senator Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, is chairman of the Education Committee in the Iowa Senate.

“If our students in Iowa don’t get education that makes them competitive economically and in other ways with students raised in other states, then we are not being equitable to our own students,” Quirmbach says. Quirmbach and Joregensen served on the legislative panel that met Monday to discuss preschool-through-12th grade education funding issues.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 16 2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state’s often-criticized Republican straw poll, but other GOP leaders say the event may still go on next year. The poll is traditionally held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus. Branstad said Monday that it could diminish the state’s kickoff caucuses. Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kauffman said he expects the board that governs the party to vote next month on whether to hold a straw poll in August.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have suspended a multi-state lottery game aimed at giving out $1million prizes because of low ticket sales. Terry Rich, president of the North American Lottery Group, says officials decided to suspend future ticket sales of the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game, just two months after it launched in 23 states. Tickets will be suspended shortly before its last weekly drawing on Dec. 26. Rich says the game did not meet ticket sales expectations, but he did not elaborate.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials for a Dubuque museum say they’ve received 16 baby turtles that were confiscated at an airport in Alaska. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscated the turtles at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska. They arrived at the museum on Wednesday. More than 200 turtles were recovered at the airport after being packed inside boots in luggage.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown officials say a school employee has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student. The Marshalltown Community School District says it contacted the Marshalltown Police Department on Monday with concerns over an alleged inappropriate relationship between a school district employee and an 18-year-old student. No charges have been filed.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to interview finalists for Asst. Director’s job

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will gather Wednesday and Thursday evening of this week at the Parks & Rec Building at Sunnyside Park, to begin interviews of five finalists for the Assistant Parks and Rec Director’s position. Current Director Roger Herring’s five-year contract with the City expires in May, 2016.

Parks Dir. Roger Herring talks to the Board about the Asst. Director finalists.

Parks Dir. Roger Herring talks to the Board about the Asst. Director finalists.

In September, Herring asked the Board to start looking for someone to succeed him. He said the assistant would learn the Operations aspect of the department, which would allow Herring to work on other, important aspects of the job, such as grant-writing.

During Monday evening’s meeting. Herring told the Board a screening committee whittled-down 30 applicants for the position to eight finalists, but he thought that was still too many, so he asked them to pair down their selections again, and they came up with six. One of the candidates however withdrew their name from contention.

Herring said the applicants were all highly qualified and experienced. The Board received binders containing information on all five finalists. They also handed Herring a list of prepared questions, which will be pared down to eliminate duplicates.

There are three interviews scheduled for Wednesday, with the remaining two candidates to be interviewed Thursday evening. Afterward, the Board will discuss the candidates, make reference calls if necessary, conduct further background checks and then meet no later than next week to select their choice for the position.

Missing Special Needs woman is found safe

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said Monday (today), a Special Needs woman who jumped out the window of a facility at 2065 Nash Boulevard late last month has been located and is safe.

Kyla Jones

Kyla Jones

21-year old Kyla Jones contacted a family member by phone and made arrangements to meet with them. Family members and an Officer with the Council Bluffs Police Department met with Jones and confirmed that she was alright.

Jones had left the area in an unknown direction after she leaped from the building at around  8:50-p.m., Nov. 26th.