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Traffic stop may result in 25-year prison term for Bluffs man


October 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop late Monday night in Council Bluffs resulted in the driver of the vehicle being arrested on drug charges. The Daily NonPareil reports 64-year old Larry Uphold, of Council Bluffs, was pulled over at around 11:50-p.m. When police searched his vehicle,they found 6.9-grams of methamphetamine, 3.1 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Uphold was arrested for:felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver/methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted on the felony charge, Uphold could face up to 25 years in prison.

Uphold remains in custody in Pottawattamie County Jail with bond set at $25,000.

Stay alert, this is Walk to School Day in Iowa


October 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa motorists need to be especially watchful for pedestrians this (Wednesday) morning as this is International Walk To School Day. Organizers of the effort say at least 150 schools in Iowa will be taking part with many thousands of kids on the sidewalks and roadsides, hoofing their way to class. Troy Carter, Safe Routes to School Director at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says the day’s goals are simple. “We would like to see more kids getting out, exercising and just having a good time realizing that they can walk to school safely.”

The event introduces children to the physical, social and environmental benefits of walking or biking to school, while increasing school spirit and fostering a sense of community. The Safe Routes to School program is designed to do what its name says, find and develop pathways kids can take in order to safely reach their schools. Sometimes, there’s better safety in numbers as kids can make their way together.

“We also provide our Walking School Bus and a lot of schools participate around the state of Iowa and they walk anywhere from two to five days a week, up to two or three miles to school one way,” Carter says. While this is Walk To School Day, plenty of Iowa’s youth will be pedaling two-wheelers to school. “Biking, we really focus on that in May for the Bike To School Day, but biking is also a healthy option to get kids to and from school,” Carter says. “It’s all about wellness and trying to get kids more active.”

Walking or bicycling to school is any easy way to promote physical activity, he says, and to help reduce the prevalence of obesity. walk3

(Radio Iowa)

Seven presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa today; Clinton in C. Bluffs


October 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says within a week she will unveil a plan to “go after Wall Street abuses” that caused the last recession. “I’m going to go after what I think are the real problems,” Clinton said. “Not the problems of the past, the problems of today because what I am interested in Is stopping something like this happening again. That is my goal.” Clinton made that vow during a town hall meeting in Davenport Tuesday afternoon.

Clinton began by touting the Affordable Care Act and outlining steps she says would “rein in” health care costs. Clinton also promised to confront “monopolistic control over pricing” in states like Iowa. “Iowa doesn’t have enough competition to get the costs down,” Clinton said. “You know, you have one big insurance company — Wellmark — which covers a lot of people and has just gotten approval from your insurance commissioner to raise premiums between 18 and 28 percent. That is a lack of competition.”

Clinton is campaigning in Mount Vernon this morning (Wednesday) and in Council Bluffs this afternoon (Wednesday). Six competitors for the REPUBLICAN Party’s 2016 presidential nomination are campaigning in Iowa today (Wednesday) as well. Jeb Bush has stops scheduled in Muscatine, Oskaloosa and West Des Moines. Donald Trump has a midday rally planned in Waterloo. Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum are campaigning in western Iowa. Mike Huckabee will be in central Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Tickets go on sale today for Kinnick Stadium concert

News, Sports

October 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Tickets go on sale today (Wednesday) to the general public for the first ever concert to be held in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City in August of next year. Former Hawkeye All-American and N-F-L tight end Dallas Clark lead the push for the concert billed as “The Back Porch Revival.”

“We have Blake Shelton as our headliner along with many other great artists, a couple still be announced,” Clark says. “It’s gonna be an epic night, but the best part about this whole revival is that all the proceeds from this concert go and help support the Native Fund — which is an organization that me and a few friends started up.” The idea for the Native Fund started back in 2008 with the tornado that devastated Parkersburg and then the flooding in eastern Iowa. Clark, a Livermore native, was playing for the Indianapolis Colts at the time and watching from afar.

“Kind of felt helpless and wanted to do something and didn’t really know what to do. I came up with kind of this epiphany that God put on my heart of Iowans helping Iowans and kind of an Iowa version of the Red Cross,” Clark explains. Clark’s N-F-L schedule didn’t allow him to make much progress with the idea until a few years later when his football playing days ended.

“Moved the family back to Iowa and retired and it kinds of was still weighing on my heart a little bit and made a few phone calls this spring. And I mean it’s been non-stop since this spring when we kind of ran it across the University of Iowa and Mr. Barta (Iowa AD) gave us the green light with the stadium and the university’s approval,” Clark explains. Now he is hoping people will see what they can do by purchasing a concert ticket.

“Be a part of history and help the state of Iowa all in one,” Clark says. Iowa football season ticket holders got a chance to buy tickets to the event prior to opening up sales for the general public. Clark hopes those who don’t see the Hawkeyes as their favorite team will get involved too.

“Non-Hawkeye fans I think if you can look into ‘hey I am buying a ticket because I want to help the Native Fund and I want to help Iowans helping Iowans,’ then please buy a ticket and come and swallow your pride of red or purple or blue and be a part of the big event” Clark says. “Because it is, it’s an Iowa celebration, it’s an Iowa event.” Clark says when it comes time to helping, Iowans are Iowans no matter what school they support or where they live.

“It’s going to be where is the need let’s go. We’re not going to worry about the details, you just go and you help your neighbor when they need help. That’s the Iowa way and that’s what I put my hat on,” Clark says. Clark hopes the Native Fund builds on the idea of the Iowa way of helping each other.

“It’s just something that we need to constantly remind ourselves of why this state is great, what it means to be an Iowan and why it is so important,” Clark says. “And I don’t think it hurts to be reminded of that and to have situations where we can prove that. An I think that’s how we build the love and the foundation that we have in our great communities throughout the state.” Tickets for the August 27th concert go on sale at 10 a-m today (Wednesday) on the www.thebackporchrevival.com website.

Other country artists set to perform include: David Ray, Morgan Frazier and Tucker Beathard (who is the brother of Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard). There will be around 56-thousand tickets sold with prices starting at 39 dollars. Actor Ashton Kutcher and golfer Zach Johnson, both native Iowans, are on the board of directors of the non-profit that Clark created for The Native Fund.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Oct. 7th 2015


October 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four former prison guards at a maximum security penitentiary in eastern Iowa face charges after authorities say they used illegal drugs while armed at work. Twenty-nine-year-old Garrett Barton, 29-year-old Ethan Darrow, 38-year-old Marques Maryland and 28-year-old Seth Vogel face different charges ranging from firearms possession to possession of controlled substances. Each man has agreed to plead guilty.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for his part in the death of a 5-year-old girl, who overdosed on morphine. Deshaun Trombone pleaded guilty to child endangerment resulting in death and other charges in the death of Jayda Canada. She died on Oct. 7, 2014, and an autopsy showed morphine in her system.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three top officials with Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign claim political motivations are behind charges alleging they violated federal financial disclosure laws by secretly paying an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement. Federal prosecutors, however, say the men broke several federal laws when they concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson after he jumped from the Michele Bachmann campaign to the Paul campaign a few days before the January 2012 Iowa caucuses. Trial is scheduled for next Tuesday in Des Moines.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’ll soon offer a plan to deal with “Wall Street abuses.” In Iowa Tuesday, Clinton said that in the next week she’ll have a proposal to “go after Wall Street abuses and rein in the too-big-to-fail banks and other institutions.” Clinton has maintained strong ties to Wall Street from her time as a New York senator.

Drinking Water Warning Issued for the City of Hancock


October 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

Due to a water main break and loss of water pressure, the City of Hancock has been placed under a Drinking Water Warning. This warning should be in effect for the next 48 hours or until water testing validates that water is safe for consumption.

What citizens should do during a Drinking Water Warning:
– DO NOT DRINK WATER WITHOUT BOILING FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
– This should be done when using water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation.

Boiling water before use will kill bacteria and other organisms that may have entered the system during break and subsequent water pressure drop.  Repairs are being made and water safety testing will be conducted. These tests may take up to 48 hours. This warning will remain in effect until testing validates the water is safe for consumption.

Citizens can find updates, as they are provided, at the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Facebook page. Updates, notices, or additional emergency messaging will be distributed through the Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System “Alert Iowa”. Citizens may sign up with their home and mobile phone numbers, free of charge, at www.pottcounty.com.

Council Bluffs officials: Interest shown in midtown building


October 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Leaders in Council Bluffs say developers are showing interest in a large, long-vacant brick building. Mayor Matt Walsh tells the Daily Nonpareil that plans are in the works to renovate the building located at South Sixth Street and 10th Avenue, which was part of a two-building operation by the International Harvester Company years ago.

City Community Planning Department Director Don Gross says officials have talked about the project “in a conceptual way” and that details haven’t been worked out. Neither Walsh nor Gross would reveal who is interested in revamping the building.

Cruz to visit Atlantic, Clarinda, C. Bluffs & other locations, Oct. 23rd


October 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be touring Iowa this month, with stops in the KJAN listening area beginning Mon., Oct. 12th. The junior U.S. Senator from Texas will be in Rockwell City, Sac City and Sioux City, on Oct. 12th.

And he’ll make stops in Glenwood, Sidney, Clarinda, Atlantic and Council Bluffs on Friday, Oct. 23rd.

Locally, Cruz will hold meet and greet events Oct. 23rd:

9:30-a.m. at the Gathering Place, in Glenwood (110 S. Vine St.)
11:30-a.m. at Penn Drug Company, in Sidney (714 Illinois St.)
1:30-p.m. at the Garrison Coffee House, in Clarinda (106 N. 16th St.)
4:00-p.m. at the Sweet Joy Shoppe, in Atlantic (315 Chestnut St.)
6:30-p.m. at Bayliss Park Hall, in Council Bluffs (530 First Ave.)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Sen. Grassley to hold field hearing on meth in Iowa next week


October 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It’s not often we hear about methamphetamine lab busts in Iowa any more, but crimes and other problems associated with meth addiction continue to raise concerns. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will chair a field hearing of the U-S Senate Judiciary Committee in central Iowa next week to discuss the ongoing battle with meth. Grassley says Iowa law enforcement and drug treatment officials tell him the problem is still “severe.”

Grassley says, “While some state and federal laws have helped to limit meth production in our state, Mexican drug cartels are apparently stepping in to eliminate the gains we’ve made in the fight against meth.” In recent years, state and federal legislation has restricted the ability to buy key ingredients used in making meth, like allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine. Still, drug lords south of the border are managing to smuggle in larger and larger quantities of the ready-to-use drug.

“The hearing is designed to learn about current trends concerning meth use and distribution in Iowa,” Grassley says. “Another purpose of it is to bring awareness to the issue, and another purpose, to find out if there are ways the federal government can help address the problem beyond what we’re already doing.” Iowans who want to offer input at the hearing but who can’t attend will still have options.

“I intend to hear from witnesses on the front lines in the battle against meth abuse,” Grassley says, “in addition, to help us gain full understanding of the problem, Iowans can submit written testimony for the hearing record.” The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 13th, at 10 A-M in the main auditorium of the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

Special meeting of the Atlantic Parks & Rec Board set for Wed.


October 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Wednesday evening at the Parks and Rec Building at Sunnyside Park (1200 Sunnyside Lane). During the session, which begins at 5:15, the Board will discuss, but take no action, on a 5-year plan for the Parks and Rec Department.