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Vehicle burglaries reported in Union County

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County are investigating incidents of theft, in Lorimor. A resident reported someone entered two of his vehicles. In one of the vehicles,  a mothers ring and perfume was taken. A socket set and miscellaneous wrenches were taken from the other vehicle. The loss was estimated value at $750.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Even falling back an hour can be hard on our systems

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans are dragging at work or school today (Monday), thanks to the weekend switch from daylight saving time to standard time. Even though we “gained” an hour, the disruption in sleep schedules can make some people feel groggy and lethargic. Dr. Brett Kuhn (COON), director of the Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says many of his patients are sleep-deprived.

“If you’re having trouble maintaining alertness and attention during the day, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” Dr. Kuhn says. “A telltale sign, I hate to say it, but if you’re having to be awakened by your alarm, you’re not getting enough sleep.” It may be next week or well into November before some people’s body clocks can properly recover from the change.

“Depending on your age, your natural sleep rhythm and how sleep-deprived you are, this could take a matter of three or four nights or it could actually take two weeks to adjust,” Kuhn says. “Sleep-deprived adults and teenagers probably look forward to this time of the year where, if they choose to do so, they can always sleep that extra hour.”

If you’re having a tough time, Kuhn says it’s not just the time but the lack of sunlight that may be putting you on edge.  “We always talk about making adjustments to your sleep schedule but light is actually the number-one influence on our sleep-wake routine,” he says. “You want to make sure that while you’re making adjustments in clock time, that you’re also carefully managing your light exposure.”

It may help if bright lighting is used at home during the early evening hours. The time change is likely the hardest on young infants and those early to bed and early to rise. He says more people have problems adjusting in the spring when we turn our clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time.

(Radio Iowa)

Latest Quinnipiac Univ. poll shows Braley in a dead-heat with Ernst; Hatch trails Branstad

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley has closed the gap with Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst, leaving the Iowa U.S. Senate race a 47 – 47 percent dead heat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today (Monday). Four percent remain undecided. That as compared to results of an October 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Sen. Ernst at 49 percent and Rep. Braley at 45 percent.

The latest results show independent voters divided 44 – 44 percent. Republicans back Ernst 95 – 2 percent. Democrats back Braley 94 – 5 percent. Men and women still are locked in a reverse gender gap as women back the Democratic man 51 – 42 percent, while men back the Republican woman 52 – 44 percent. Braley leads 56 – 36 percent among those who already have voted.

One day before Election Day, 95 percent of Iowa likely voters who name a Senate candidate say their mind is made up, while 5 percent say they might change their mind. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, says “Iowa’s U.S. Senate race is a dead heat. The candidate who best gets his or her folks to the polls is going to win.”

Iowa likely voters remain divided on their feelings about the candidates:
• Ernst gets a 47 – 45 percent favorability;
• Braley gets a 43 – 45 percent likability score.

In the Iowa Governor’s Race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic challenger in the governor’s race, inches up on long-time Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and now trails 52 – 41 percent among likely voters. This compares to Gov. Branstad’s 56 – 37 percent likely voter lead in an October 29 Quinnipiac University poll.

Men, women, Republicans and independent voters all back the long-time governor, while Democrats back Hatch 82 – 12 percent. Hatch leads 52 – 37 percent among those who already have voted.
Only 5 percent of voters who name a candidate say they might change their mind by tomorrow, while 95 percent say their mind is made up, Branstad gets a 57 – 35 percent favorability rating, compared to Hatch’s 36 – 27 percent score, with 34 percent who still don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.

From October 28 – November 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 778 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Mills County arrest report

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested recently on separate charges, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Dept. says 31-year old Jason Michael Eppenbaugh, of Red Oak, was arrested Friday on a Warrant for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000. Eppenbaugh was taken into custody at around 8:15-p.m. near the intersection of Highways 34 and 59.

And at around 2-p.m. Sunday, 30-year old Robyn Leigh Salmons, of Independence, Mo., was arrested at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of  Burglary in the 3rd degree.

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1 arrest; Guns and stolen bow in Creston

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest on Sunday of 23-year old Joshua Lee Jones, of Creston. Jones was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on two warrants for Probation Violation and Failure to Appear. Jones was being held in the jail without bond, while awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

And on Oct. 29th, the Creston P-D took a report about a theft. Jason Keller said someone entered his vehicle as it was parked in the 800 block of west Mills Street, and took a .357 Ruger, a ,380 gun, and a Bow Tech Destroyer bow. The theft occurred sometime between 3:25-p.m. Oct. 27th, and 3:30-p.m. Oct. 29th.

The loss was estimated at $1,100.

Growing More Common Across Iowa: A Diabetes Diagnosis

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month. It comes as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across the state and nation. The latest numbers show about 250,000 people in Iowa have diabetes, and for the U.S. as a whole, it’s 29 million.

The toll on their health can be great, says Daphne Haselhuhn, event coordinator of the Iowa chapter of the American Diabetes Association. “Your kidneys, eyesight, cardiovascular, gum disease,” she points out. “All those things are things that play into a role as far as living with diabetes or having those blood sugars that might be a little high and having pre-diabetes and not managing it.”

About 95 percent of those people who have diabetes have Type 2, which healthier lifestyle choices with nutrition and physical activity can help prevent. Haselhuhn notes that even some simple, small changes with healthy eating and regular exercise can greatly reduce the risk. “We recommend exercise at least 30 minutes a day and that can even be parking at the very end of the parking lot, instead of up close to your door, just simple things like that,” she stresses.

If the current trends don’t change, it’s estimated that by 2050, 30 percent of all Americans will have diabetes.

(Iowa News Service)

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News/funeral report, 11/3/2014

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Red Oak man arrested Sunday afternoon

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested 24-year old Eric Alan Vannausdale, Sunday afternoon. The Red Oak man was taken into custody at around 2:30-p.m., in the 1000 block of E. Valley Street, in Red Oak. Vannausdle was charged with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The man was booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $2,000 bond.

US Senate candidates Brakey & Ernst on last minute flurry to reach voters

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November 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With precinct polling places around the state opening at seven o’clock tomorrow (Tuesday) for the 2014 General Election, the two major party candidates for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat are embarking on a frenetic round of campaign activity. Republican Joni Ernst plans to make a dozen stops between now and Tuesday morning when she plans to vote in Red Oak.

“I am asking for your support November 4,” Ernst said in Ames this weekend. “I cannot do it along, folks. I do need your help in order to take this seat back so, please, grab a neighbor, grab a friend, grab a colleague and get them out to the polls on Tuesday.” Democrat Bruce Braley is embarking on a tour with stops in six eastern Iowa cities today (Monday). On Sunday, he campaigned in cities along the Mississippi River, starting in Decorah.

“We always knew it was going to be a very tight race and it’s going to be decided on who gets people out to the polls,” Braley says. “Democrats have always had an advantage when it comes to the ground game. I see that as I travel all across the state of Iowa. I see highly-motivate volunteers and campaign staff turning people out to vote and that’s how we’re going to win on Tuesday.”

A Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” released Saturday night showed Ernst with a seven-point lead over Braley. A C-N-N poll released Sunday showed Ernst two points ahead of Braley.

(Radio Iowa)