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Cass County Board of Supervisors Meeting Friday

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to hold a meeting Friday morning.

Included in the agenda is a report from the southern Iowa rural water association. They plan to discuss rural water issues for southwest Cass County.

The board will also receive reports from the Cass County Attorney, the Cass County Engineer on a secondary roads update, and from the Cass County mental Health Coordinator.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday morning at 9:00 at the Cass County Courthouse and is open to the public.

8AM Newscast 09-29-2011

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September 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Brett Johnson

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Missouri River Now Open to All Traffic

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

The Missouri River is now completely open to all traffic.

The US Army Corp of Engineers opened all stretches of the river earlier this week.

The Missouri River had been closed to all traffic when flooding began this spring and summer.

The river had been gradually opening recently until the final stretch that was given the all-clear.

Barge and recreational boaters will now be allowed on the river.

Update to Council Bluffs Gas Leak

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Officials had to evacuate a Council Bluffs neighborhood because of a natural gas leak that was started by a copper thief.

About a dozen houses were evacuated before dawn Thursday morning while officials searched for the source of the gas leak. Residents were allowed to return home around 6:30 a.m.

Council Bluffs police say the gas leak came from a vacant homewhere someone had been trying to steal copper pipe. Officials believe the thief cut the home’s natural gas line and water line while trying to steal the copper.

Police arrested a teen suspect in the theft and recovered the stolen copper.

The affected neighborhood is a couple blocks east of Interstate 29 on the west side of Council Bluffs near 36th and B streets.

–AP

Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Distributions

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Proceeds from the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund and the T-Fred Golf Tournament are continuing to be distributed throughout western Iowa.

One of the donations made possible by the fund was the donation of an enclosed trailer to the East Side Christian Church in Council Bluffs.

Trevor’s mother Melanie Petty says she and Trevor’s father learned that the Council Bluffs church was looking for a trailer to keep supplies so they could be ready on a moment’s to help the community with any disasters. The church has made a pledge to log 10,000 hours of community service in 2011.

Including the trailer, the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has made over $20,000 in donations to date. Some of those many donations include: books and magazine subscriptions to the Atlantic High School and Atlantic Public Libraries, $500 annually toward coaching expenses and t-shirts for all participants of the Trevor Frederickson Baseball and Softball Clinics , $1000 annual contributions to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA’s Partnership With Youth campaign, and $750 annual scholarships to two Atlantic High School graduates and a Southwestern Community College student.

In 2009, a Council Bluffs apartment fire took the life of 21 year old Trevor Frederickson. He was a graduate of Atlantic High School.

7AM Newscast 09-29-2011

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September 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa is Nation’s Top Hog Producer

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Iowa has widened its lead over North Carolina as the nation’s top hog producer.

The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture lists Iowa’s herd total at 19.6 million, an increase from last year’s 18.9 million.

The hog inventory in No. 2 North Carolina dropped by 7 percent to 8.5 million. Producers blamed the decline in North Carolina on the high cost of corn, which is shipped to the state to feed the hogs.

The USDA says the nation’s total hog inventory was 66.6 million. Producers have been seeing strong prices.

Shane Ellis of Iowa State University Extension says per-head profits were $21.33 in August. He expects those profits to drop into the single digits in September.

–AP

Council Bluffs Neighborhood Evacuated Because of Gas Leak

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Officials have evacuated a Council Bluffs neighborhood because of a natural gas leak.

About a dozen houses were evacuated before dawn Thursday morning.

The area was being evacuated as a precaution while officials searched for the source of the gas leak.

The affected neighborhood is a couple blocks east of Interstate 29 on the west side of Council Bluffs near 36th and B streets.

–AP

Winterset Drought Plan

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Winterset residents are being asked to conserve water as the level of the lake that supplies the city’s water continues to drop.

The level of Cedar Lake is at its lowest since 2006 and KCCI reported the 65-acre lake’s level gets lower each day.

The city’s water utilities manager says there hasn’t been any significant rain since July and with little rain in the forecast, the city is taking steps to keep more water in the lake by asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

Officials say if the lake falls another 2 1/2 feet, the city will have to buy water from the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association. Residents are being asked to not wash cars, water their yards or run water when they brush their teeth.

–AP

Iowa School On Lockdown Tuesday Night

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

An Iowa High School was put on lockdown Tuesday evening for a short time.

Dallas Center Grimes High School was put on lockdown during a volleyball game Tuesday evening when officials noticed a suspicious person walking along highway 44 near the school. The person reportedly looked to be carrying a rifle and a bullet proof vest.

After calling 911, the school’s doors were locked and officials were put on high alert for any suspicious activity that might occur. At the time of the lockdown, a volleyball game was taking place at the school.

Authorities eventually arrested Michael Jensen who is being held in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.