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2 Creston men arrested on drug charges

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report two people have been arrested on drug charges. Early this (Thursday) morning, police arrested 20-year old Jacob Davis, of Creston, for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and for Driving While Suspended. He later posted a $1,000 bond.

Wednesday morning, 18-year old Dakota Williams, of Creston, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for Possession of Marijuana. He was later released to the custody of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

(7-a.m. News)

Event tries to draw attention to veterans suffering from PTSD

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An event at the Vietnam War Memorial at the Iowa State Capitol, Wednesday, marked the first “Veterans Black Arm Band Day for P-T-S-D” in remembrance of an Iowa veteran who died in a Des Moines park. Senator Mark Segebart, a Republican from Vail, talked about the issue on the Senate floor. He read from the program for the event:”Nothing has changed since P-T-S-D combat veteran Richard Miles was laid to rest on March 23 — one year ago today. Today, the date of his birthday he would have been 42 years old,” Segebart read. “He froze to death in a public park as his P-T-S-D terror worsened. Six years ago there were 90 psychiatric beds dedicated to veteran mental health in Iowa. Today there are just 10.”

Segebart says Miles joined the military after the September 11th attacks. “He served proudly and with distinction for four years, earning the Army Commendation Medal for Leadership and Duty During Combat Operations, the Army Commendation Medal for Leadership at Fort Riley, and a U-S Army Good Conduct Medal for service from 2002-2005. And the Combat Action Badge from Operation Iraqi Freedom Two.”

Segebart said also “This ceremony today is to mourn those who have been left on the battlefield missing and unaccounted for in the eyes of their countrymen,” Segebart says, “those who will always see what we never see. Those with P-T-S-D, T-B-I and M-S-T. Richard Miles should not have died in vain.”

He said 22 veterans take their own life every day in the United States. “That’s on every 65 minutes, which is very alarming statistics.”  Segebart says the problem involves more than the veterans who most recently returned home. “The other part that I found interesting was that it spikes at age 60. What does that mean? It means that Vietnam veterans are the bulk of the suicides that are still going on. So, you see how long P-T-S-D can last in a veteran.”

Information from the organizers of Black Arm Band Day shows there are some 500-thousand veterans in the U-S with P-T-S-D, and at least five-thousand living in Iowa. The information also says there should be at least 15-hundred psychiatric beds in a state the size of Iowa, but now there are likely fewer than 600.

(Radio Iowa)

Democrats mark “ObamaCare’s” 6th anniversary

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democrats staged a statehouse news conference, Wednesday, to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which some call “ObamaCare.” Lisa Vetter, of Red Oak, has private insurance through the government exchange that was set up by the law.  “And I don’t call the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ObamaCare,” Vetter says. “And the reason why I don’t is because I like the fact that the first two words are patient protection.”

Vetter is a cancer survivor who saw her previous insurance policy cancelled at the end of 2013. “And the only reason why I was able to purchase insurance was because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Vetter says. Officials say the law has protected more than one-point-three million Iowans like Vetter from coverage denials due to a pre-existing condition. Iowa Democratic Party chair Andy McGuire, is also a medical doctor. She says getting more Iowans insured means they can avoid the emergency room and, instead, get regular care.

“As a doctor, you see nothing more important than preventive care,” McGuire says. “…If we keep someone healthy, if we catch illness early before it becomes worse or more expensive, that’s really what preventive care does.” The Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion of “ObamaCare” and polling earlier this month found 47 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the law.

Democrats argue the law hasn’t grown more popular because Americans continue to see increases in their health insurance premiums. The Iowa Democratic Party’s chair says since the law passed, premium costs have risen at the slowest rate in 50 years, plus 20 million uninsured Americans have obtained health insurance coverage.

(Radio Iowa)

CCHS session on “Building Strength”: Second Class Added

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) say the March 29th session on “Building Strength” is full, but the Women’s Health Services committee at CCHS has added another session, which takes place Tuesday, April 5th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cass County Memorial Hospital (CCMH).  Laura Hickman, DPT, ATC, and Erin Johnson, PTA, will present at the free seminar for women.

Hickman says “Resistance training is really important for women because it can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Whether it’s using resistance bands, free weights, or your own body weight—these exercises can also help women burn more calories and achieve a more toned look.”

Erin Johnson (at left). Laura Hickman (on the right).

Erin Johnson (at left). Laura Hickman (on the right).

The class will be held in CCMH Conference Room 2. The first portion of the class will cover the basics of resistance training—the why and how behind it—and the second portion will be an active session for the participants. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably. Laura Hickman says “We’ll be up demonstrating these exercises, but all of our attendees will be actively trying them, too,” said Laura. “We’ll also send everyone home with a resistance band so they can continue these exercises on their own.”

The event is free, but because space is limited, reservations are required and can be made by calling 712-243-7479. Attendees are asked to park in Parking Lot C and enter through Rehabilitation Services. Any questions about the event can be directed to CCHS Public Relations Department at 712-243-7405.

Lewis to host final Cass County Legislative Coffee on April 2nd

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The final Cass County legislative coffee for the current legislative session will be held 10-a.m. Saturday, April 2nd, at the Lewis Community Library (506 West Main Street), in Lewis. The events are organized by P.R.I.D.E., the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise.

The economic development organization works on behalf of communities, businesses, and citizens for Southwest Iowa development. For additional information, contact Clarke Gerlock, vice-president, at 712-774-5476, or Kenner Baxter, president, at 781-2395.

Rep. Tom Moore and Sen. Tom Shipley meet with constituents at the March Legislative Coffee, in Marne.

Rep. Tom Moore and Sen. Tom Shipley meet with constituents at the March Legislative Coffee, in Marne.

Heading north today? Beware of poor travel conditions!

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Heavy snow overnight in northwest Iowa has made travel conditions difficult and will continue through the morning commute. Travel is not advised on many roadways around and to the north and east of Sioux City, including Interstate 29 north of the city. Some areas are impassible due to disabled vehicles.

Motorists are urged to evaluate the need to travel in extreme conditions. If you must travel, be sure to monitor road conditions and Iowa DOT snow plow locations by using the winter driving resources listed under the travel section of the Iowa DOT website, www.iowadot.gov.

If you must travel to a bordering state you are reminded to check their traveler resources as well. A link to these pages is available at 511ia.org.

Iowa principal says he sent home student who threatened him

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHARTER OAK, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a western Iowa high school student was sent home with his parents after he allegedly threatened his school principal. The incident occurred Wednesday morning at Charter Oak-Ute High School in Charter Oak. Principal Adam Eggeling says no one was hurt and that classes were held without interruption. Eggeling says the student allegedly threatened to shoot him.

Parents were sent a message that the school was in lockdown, but Eggeling says he regretted using that description because the issue had been resolved before the message was sent. He says the student won’t be allowed on campus today (Thursday).

2 firefighters injured, 5 animals die in Bluffs home fire

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation after fighting a house fire in Council Bluffs, Wednesday afternoon. The Omaha World-Herald reports five pets – three dogs and two cats – died in the blaze, but none of the residents at 2003 5th Avenue, were injured.

The fire was reported just before 3-p.m. Officials say conditions at the scene worsened after they entered the building, and two firefighters were taken to an area hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thursday, March 24th 2016

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March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Iowa Legislature have approved legislation that would increase K-12 education spending for the upcoming fiscal year. The Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-majority House both voted Wednesday in support of the legislation, which would increase basic aid for K-12 schools by 2.25 percent for the next academic year.

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) — Norwalk police say they have captured an escaped kangaroo. Police received a call Tuesday night reporting that a kangaroo was wandering around Norwalk. Police quickly captured the animal and transferred it to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Police say the 3-foot-tall animal is owned by a man in Norwalk who had intended to keep the animal as a pet while living in a rural area.

POMEROY, Iowa (AP) — A court says Iowa authorities had no duty to protect residents of a nursing home from a sexual predator who assaulted a 95-year-old woman after being placed there by court order. The Iowa Court of Appeals says the state had no duty to supervise William Cubbage once he was discharged from its treatment program for dangerous sex offenders in 2010.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court says Iowa State University can get out of paying some legal fees to a whistleblower who was viciously mistreated by his superiors. The Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that a judge erred in awarding $368,000 in legal fees to Dennis Smith, sending the case back for a lower award. Smith was awarded $500,000 for emotional distress and $150,000 for reputational harm he suffered after reporting financial misconduct by his boss. The majority says Smith can recover attorneys’ fees only for the whistleblower claim, and the judge should have cut the fee award since that claim was only partially successful.

Buck Creek Dog Park in Atlantic still open, despite construction

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March 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Parks and Recreation Dept. Assistant Director Seth Staashelm reports the Buck Creek Dog Park at the Schildberg Recreation Area remains open, despite the beginning of construction on a parking area. Staashelm says they hope to have the parking lot in-place within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, persons bringing their animals to the park, are asked to park on the street.