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8AM Newscast 04-03-2012

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April 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 04-03-2012

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April 3rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic City Council to hold 1st reading of deer control ordinance Wednesday

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first reading of an ordinance pertaining to “Urban Deer Control” will be held during a meeting of the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday evening. The Community Protection Committee (CPC) has discussed the matter with Iowa DNR officials, and concluded an overpopulation of deer within the Atlantic City limits poses a threat to property and public safety. If eventually approved, the ordinance would allow bow hunting of antlerless deer, with certain restrictions and conditions. 
 
The Council will also act on a resolution amending the City’s Personnel Policy, with regard to “Safety and Loss Control.” A representative with the Iowa Municipalities Worker Compensation Association conducted a site visit last week, and concluded the City should adopt three new policies. One would require employees to wear seat belts in City vehicles. The second requires the use of a designated physician for on-the-job injuries. The third pertains to a “Return to work” policy.  
 
In other business, the Atlantic City Council will consider and possibly act on a resolution accepting and approving the acquisition of vacant and dilapidated properties which were deemed unsafe for human occupation. The properties are located at 400 Hickory Street, 300 Cedar Street and 302 ½ Cedar Street. The City may decide to demolish at least two of those properties and offer the lots to adjacent property owners or other interested persons, at a reasonable cost. The third house might end-up being purchased for rehabilitation by an interested person, or, the City may decide to demolish it, as well. The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday.

Man wanted on warrant involved in Council Bluffs stand-off

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant will likely face additional charges, after he held authorities in Council Bluffs at bay for about 9-hours before finally being taken into custody early this (Tuesday) morning. According to media reports, officers went to the home on South 13th Street in Council Bluffs at around 5:30-p.m. Monday to serve a warrant for 56-year old Donald Shamblen.

Shamblen was said to be near his garage when officers arrived. The stand-off began when he allegedly told officers he had a gun and a knife, and wasn’t going to jail. A Council Bluffs Emergency Response Team (ERT) and negotiators arrived on the scene, and the area was cordoned-off.

At around 2:30-a.m., police knocked down a door and took Shamblen into custody without incident. He was transported to a hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Audubon woman arrested for failure to report sex offender registry change

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon woman turned herself in to authorities Monday morning.

Cynthia Rae Bates (IA Sex Offender Registry photo, Sept. 2011)

 The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department said 54-year old Cynthia Rae Bates faces a felony charge for Failure to Report a Change of Relevant Information, with regard to the Iowa Sex Offender Registry/2nd offense.  Bates was seen by the magistrate and released. Her preliminary hearing was set for April 19th. The incident remains under investigation.

Bates was convicted in Audubon County in April 2004, of having Lascivious Acts with a male child under the age of 13.  The woman was 44-years old at the time.

(Story 1st aired 3 & 5pm Mon., April 2nd)

Weather service says March was warmest on record in Iowa

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The National Weather Service says the lack of winter weather and some record high temperatures helped make March the warmest on record in Iowa. The service says there were several date records and entire weeks of record warmth.

Some examples:  The high of 84 in Des Moines on March 16 broke the 1930 record of 77. The high of 82 in Waterloo on March 17 broke the 2003 record of 78; The average temperature of 66.6 degrees in Waterloo from March 16 through March 22 was nearly 30 degrees above normal for that span; For the month in Des Moines, the average temperature of 55.7 broke the 1910 record of 51.5; For the month in Dubuque, the average temperature of 50.2 degrees broke the 1910 record of 47.7 degrees.

In Atlantic, the average High for March 2012 was 67-degrees, or 22-degrees above the normal average High of 45. The average Low last month was 39, which was 14-degrees warmer than normal.  Rainfall for the month was 1.91-inches, which was nearly four-tenths of an inch below normal.

The month of April started out with a near record high in Atlantic. On Sunday, we topped out at 86 degrees, which was just 1 degree shy of tying the record for that date. On Monday, we broke our record high of 85 set in 1981, when we hit 88-degrees.

SW IA Boy recovering from head injuries from ATV accident

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A 4-year old southwest Iowa boy is recovering from serious head injuries following an ATV accident Saturday night, in Mills County. According to Omaha television station KETV, Kolbe Klindt, of Henderson, was flown from the scene of the accident near Treynor, to Creighton University Medical Center, where he was listed in stable, but critical condition.

The boy’s father, Erik Klindt, told the television station the family was spending the evening with friends on a farm in Mills County and enjoying a barbeque, when four-year old Kolbe suddenly darted in front of a 4-wheeled ATV, which hit the boy and flipped him into the air.

While his injuries were severe, the boy is expected to recover. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Donations to help the family with Kolbe’s medical expenses, are glady being accepted in the name of Kolbe Klindt, at all Rolling Hills Bank and Trust locations.

Iowa GOP pushes limits on local tax trick

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

All 15 Republicans in a House committee have approved a bill designed to limit the ability of Iowa cities and counties to create special taxing districts that have been used to finance everything from sewers to swimming pools. Representative Chuck Soderberg, a Republican from Le Mars, says the aim is to get a handle on just how much property tax money is being diverted from general purposes to these special projects. “There needs to be more transparency, more accountability, more auditing,” Soderberg says.

Developers say the districts help cities, because the property taxes in those districts are used to pay off bonds that finance the improvements, like new sewers and roads, that lure businesses to the area. Critics say cities have abused the concept and officials in at least 22 Iowa cities have declared all property in their city as one of these special districts. The bill would no longer let cities use this financing tool to pay for things like swimming pools or hospitals, but it could be used to finance police and fire stations.

Representative Dave Jacoby, of Coralville was one of the 10 Democrats who voted against the bill. “Why is this any of the state’s business in the first place?” Jacoby asked during Monday afternoon’s committee meeting. Others argued the bill would create too many limits on communities, making it impossible to quickly come up with a deal to lure a new business to town or to keep an expanding business from leaving. The issue has flared this year due to a situation in eastern Iowa, as Coralville is trying to lure a department store out of Iowa City, using this particular tax gimmick.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Lawmakers debate school start date

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa schools would be able to start on the 4th Monday of August, but no earlier under legislation pending in the Iowa House. Representative Peter Cownie, a Republican from West Des Moines, urged members of the House Ways and Means Committee to endorse the bill late Monday afternoon. “We’re trying to solve a problem here and we’re trying to mend a relationship between government, business and schools,” Cownie says. Existing state law forbids schools from starting before the week in which September 1st falls, but most Iowa schools apply for a waiver from the state and start far earlier in August, some as early as August 15th.

Governor Branstad is irked at his own education department – the state agency granting those waivers. “I believe it’s a mistake to just give wholesale waivers to everybody,” Branstad says. “My daughter teaches in Waukee. She’s not even going to be able to go to the State Fair because teachers have to start on the 9th of August. I think this is unconscionable.” The state’s entire tourism industry complains about lost customers, as families quit traveling in August since practices for fall sports and other school activities often begin before classes resume for the fall semester.

Branstad supports legislation to establish a uniform school starting date in Iowa “that’s around Labor Day.”  “I believe the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and other states — high achieving states, a lot of states in other parts of the country have a school start date that’s Labor Day or later,” he says. The bill that’s now eligible for debate in the Iowa House would allow schools to start no earlier than the 4th Monday in August, but they’d have to pay a 100-dollar fee to the state Education Department to process their waiver request to start before September 1st. Representative Jerry Kearns, a Democrat from Keokuk, ridiculed the Republicans who were supporting this new fee.

“If I had run or if my constituents had said they don’t want any new taxes, any new fees or charges by the state, I’d have to vote against this, wouldn’t I, if I were going to satisfy that constituency?” Kearns asked during the committee’s debate. Kearns and all the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee voted against the bill, but it passed with the support of 13 Republicans. Two Republicans did vote no, however, including Representative Jeremy Taylor, who is a teacher from Sioux City. Taylor says it’s time to start thinking about “innovations” like a year-round school year instead. “Last year I thought that I could come up here as a freshman legislator and do away with the statutory school start date and I ran into the buzz saw of the State Fair and the tourism industry and football and so on,” Taylor says. Other critics say after three solid months of summer vacation, students have to relearn some of what they were taught the previous semester.

School officials say starting earlier in August allows the fall semester to conclude in December, before the holiday break, plus it gives schools a cushion to hold classes in early June to make up any days that are cancelled earlier in the year, due to snow.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Omaha schools offering top job to Iowa candidate

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha school board has voted to offer its superintendent’s job to the superintendent of schools in Des Moines, Iowa. The board voted Monday to hire Nancy Sebring. Des Moines school spokesman Phil Roeder told The Des Moines Register, that Sebring accepted the offer “pending successful contract negotiations.” The Des Moines board will meet Wednesday to discuss the search process for a new superintendent. Sebring, who’s in her sixth year in Des Moines, will replace Omaha’s current superintendent John Mackiel, who’s retiring in August. He’s been superintendent since the 1997-98 school year. Other finalists were ReNae Kehrberg, Omaha assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction; and Dan Nerad, superintendent of the Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan School District.