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Iowa regents plans would affect admissions, hiring

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa’s three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees. The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review.

They include creating a program that would allow students to apply to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa at once. Currently, students have to apply separately even though the schools use the same admissions scoring index. Another change would require the schools to calculate students’ admissions scores uniformly. Each school currently computes them differently for students whose high schools don’t keep class rankings.

A third plan would eliminate search committees for some professional and scientific openings. A review found that step frequently causes delays.

Suspicious vehicle investigation results in a scuffle & the arrest of 2 felons

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Sheriff’s deputy in Guthrie County investigating a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Panora convenience store early Sunday morning, ended-up in a scuffle with one of the suspects. The sheriff’s office says at around 4:00 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Kent Gries questioned two men outside the Casey’s General Store in Panora. During the course of investigation, Gries became suspicious the men were involved in some sort of criminal activity. He also saw a weapon in their vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department says during an attempted pat-down of Jesse Lynn Crawford, of rural Jamaica, Crawford allegedly hit Greis numerous times in the head and upper torso. An intense physical struggle ensued for a lengthy period of time in the Casey’s General Store parking lot, on Highway 4, and into the yard of a business near Casey’s. During the struggle Gries was able to utilize his Taser on Crawford, but Crawford was able to fight through the effects. The Deputy was able to deploy his backup Taser cartridge, but still was not able to take Crawford into custody.

As the struggle continued, the Deputy attempted to radio in for emergency assistance, but was unable to reach Guthrie County dispatch but was able to activate the panic button on his portable radio. While still struggling with Crawford, a passing motorist saw the struggle and stopped to assist. With the motorist’s assistance, Crawford was taken into custody.

Panora EMS crews were called to the scene. They treated both Crawford and Deputy Gries for their injuries. Gries reportedly suffered from physical exhaustion as well as scrapes and bruises. At the time of his arrest, Crawford was found to be in possession of approximately 44 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities say it was the largest seizure of drugs in recent Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office history.

Crawford was booked into the Guthrie County Jail on numerous charges including Assault While Participating in a Felony, Interference with Official Acts with Injury to a Peace Officer, Assault with Injury to a Peace Officer, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Greater than Five Grams of Methamphetamine.

The other suspect was identified as David Michael Cannon, of Grand Junction. He was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Officials say Cannon and Crawford are convicted felons in the State of Iowa, with Crawford having numerous incidents of theft, drug and weapon violations and assault with use or display of a weapon on his record. Both men appeared before a magistrate.

Cannon was released on his own recognizance, while Crawford was being held on bond.

Weekend storms did some damage to crops

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sunday night’s storms carrying winds up to 70-miles-an-hour damaged corn fields in Crawford and Greene Counties around Denison and Jefferson. Mike Bravard farms nearly three-thousand acres near Jefferson. He did a survey Monday of some of the storm damage. “It’s worse, in Greene County, once you get a few miles south of Highway 30 there’s some corn fields, some broke off, some laid down pretty good. Some’s broke off, some’s just laid over at the roots,” Bravard says. Bravard says despite the storm damage — this year’s corn crop is doing very well.

“The corn looks really good. It could be as good a crop, as good a yield as I’ve ever had,” according to Bravard. But his soybean fields are being hit by sudden death syndrome. “Right there in the beginning of August we got three inches of rain and sudden death set in pretty good, Sudden Death Syndrome. It’s just kind of been expanding ever since,” Bravard says.”Beans are prematurely dying. There’s still going to be beans there where the beans are dying, but they’re just going to be small, I think. And it’s going to take some bushels off of our bean yield.”

Bravard estimates the disease may cut soybean yields by five, maybe even ten-bushels an acre. It’s too soon to assess how much the wind cut west-central Iowa’s corn harvest.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update 9:40-a.m.) More charges & trial date set for Leatha Slauson

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman charged in August in connection with a fraudulent cancer scheme, now faces additional charges, and her trial date has been set. According to court documents, 30-year old Leatha Slauson faces charges that include: two counts of felony Child Endangerment causing Bodily Injury; felony Distribution to a person under the age of 18; two felony counts of Administering Harmful Substances; two felony charges of Assault While Participating in a felony; Domestic Abuse Assault (a Serious Misdemeanor), and 10 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanors). Her trial is set to take place November 12th in Cass County District Court. Slauson’s arraignment will be held Sept. 22nd, with a pre-trial conference October 13th, and trial 9:30-a.m. Nov. 12th.

According to Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, from Sept 21st 2013 through Aug. 21st 2014, Slauson inserted a feeding tube through the nose and into the stomach of her five-year old daughter Riley. She then allegedly administered through the tube Cannabis Oil without a prescription, for no medical purpose, and without any prior training, direction and/or supervision. The drug was distributed to her daughter within 1,000-feet of a school and/or other restricted areas. The complaint states Slauson also injected her daughter with the cancer treatment drug Neupogen without any prior medical training and without a prescription. The drug can cause muscle and joint pain, cramping, stiffness and bodily injury.

The Harmful Substances charge alleges Slauson administered the drugs to her daughter on numerous occasions. The Assault charges allege Slauson intentionally administered both the Cannabis Oil and Neupogen.  And, the Unlawful Possession charges are with regard to 10 vials of Neupogen that were found in Slauson’s possession during the time the drug was allegedly administered to her daughter.

An investigation revealed the 5-year old Riley had no known cancer or other form of terminal illness. Leatha Slauson  was being held in the Cass County Jail on $35,000 cash bond only.

(Corrects bond amount from previous posts)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 9-2-14

News, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston Police report, 9/2/14

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest Monday night of an Ottumwa man on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 29-year old Bradley Gregg Clymer was being held without bond in the Union County Jail, awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

Early Sunday morning, Creston Police arrested 18-year old Dylan Daniel Meggison, of Creston, for Interference with Official Acts. Meggison was subsequently released on $300 bond. And, Chad Sterling Cozad, of Creston, was arrested Sunday night on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $1,000.

Last Friday night, 48-year old James Orville Conley, of Creston, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense. He was later released on $2,000 bond. Earlier that evening, officers with the Creston P-D arrested 20-year old Storm Julian Spencer, of Creston, on Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct charges. Spencer was released on a promise to appear later before a magistrate.
In other news, Creston Police investigated incidents of theft and vandalism. A Creston man reported Monday morning someone placed rocks in a pipe on his property, and took two lens covers for his security lights. On Sunday, a Creston resident reported that a tote bag with VHS tapes, CDs books and sunglasses were stolen from his vehicle sometime over the weekend. The loss was estimated at $35. Another Creston resident reported someone vandalized the interior of his vehicle. The damage was estimated at $150. And, a Creston man reported an XM car radio, CD player faceplate and cigarettes were stolen from his vehicle over the weekend. The loss was estimated at $486.

Atlantic City Council meeting preview

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is set to act on approving several matters this week. During the 5:30-p.m. meeting Wednesday in the Council’s chambers at City, Hall, Mayor Dave Jones is expected to make appointments to the: Library Board of Trustees; Utility Board of Trustees; Cable Television Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment. The appointments are subject to Council approval. The Council will then act on appointing persons to the Airport, Planning and Zoning and Community Promotion Commissions, as well as the Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Oct. 11th Color Run route

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will act on approving the route for the Color Run road event scheduled to take place Oct. 11th. As we mentioned during on sportscast over the weekend and online at kjan.com, the 5-k fundraising event for the A-H-S Student Council begins and ends at the Atlantic High School.

The Council will also act on approving a renewal of the 5-year 28-E Mutual Aid Agreement between the City of Atlantic and the City of Lewis, for fire department response. They’ll also act on the third and final reading of an Ordinance designating the 2014 City of Atlantic Urban Revitalization Area, and the second reading of an Ordinance amending the City’s Code of Ordinances by making a slight language change in the section pertaining to Speed Regulations.

And finally, the Council will act on approving a change order between the City and AAA Budget Environment, for the mitigation and disposal of additional asbestos materials on the property located at 611 Linn Street. The change order amounts to $1,554.

Conference next week to focus on Physician Assistants in rural areas

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September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s two medical schools are co-sponsoring a national conference in Omaha next week that will explore the role physician assistants play in the changing world of health care, especially in rural areas. Dr. Michael Huckabee is director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s P-A Education Division.  “You know there are barriers in rural primary care and a lot of this is the change that is required in health care reform and dealing with some of the misperceptions that come with that,” Huckabee says. “The PA is not in competition or making people leave their doctors. Unique to PAs, we, by state laws in every state in the country, must be linked to a physician’s practice.”

Huckabee says the increased need for health care is expected to be a burden to small communities that may not have the infrastructure and workforce to provide those services. “There are just not enough doctors to go around,” Huckabee says. “Physician assistants, by their very name, are linked to physicians to extend that care.” The fast-evolving health care landscape has created a time of change and challenges for the entire medical profession, he says, though some people may be unclear about what it is P-As do.

“All PAs are trained in the model of primary care so they’re equipped to manage acute and chronic health care problems of all types within the scope of their physicians’ practice,” he says. The conference is called “Advancing Rural Primary Care,” and it’s scheduled for next week (September 11th and 12th) at the Hilton Omaha Hotel. Huckbee says there will be a slate of national speakers.
He says, “All of them are here to address how PAs can effectively be utilized in rural communities to continue to extend the care of physicians.”

The conference is being co-hosted by the University of Iowa and Des Moines University, as well as Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of South Dakota and Wichita State University. The conference is tailored for those who hire and use P-As. It’s geared toward administrators, health care leaders, academicians, policy makers, physicians and P-As.

For more information on the conference, visit: https://unmc.edu/cce/rural_primary_care.htm>

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News/Funeral report, 9/2/14

News, Podcasts

September 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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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)